Thanks to everyone for participating in the readership survey. I received 493 responses in 12 hours, which I would estimate means that about half or slightly more than half of the readers who visited during that time window responded.
By way of background, I plunked down $19.95 for the survey because I have mixed views about whether it makes sense to keep up this blog. I enjoy it, but it often takes up several hours a day; I wonder if I should be blogging less and doing other things more. I figure that I can’t answer that unless I know who is reading.
In any event, enough navel gazing. Here are the results of the survey:
1. Who are you?
24.5% Law Student
7.1% Law Professor
21.3% Private Firm Lawyer
18.1% Goverment Lawyer
7.9% Some Other Kind of Lawyer
2. How Often Do You Read OrinKerr.com?
20.1% I visit more than once a day.
35.5% I visit about once a day.
23.1% I visit less than once a day, but more than once a week.
5.1% I visit once a week, or less often than that.
15.6% I read the site through an RSS feed.
0.6% Other (please specify)
3. Do you read the Volokh Conspiracy (aka the VC)?
30.5% I visit the VC more than once a day.
27.4% I visit the VC about once a day.
23.8% I visit the VC once in a while.
12.4% I receive an RSS feed of the VC.
6.9% I never or rarely read the VC.
4. If I stopped blogging at OrinKerr.com, and returned to blogging at the Volokh Conspiracy, what would your reaction be?
4.1% I would be very happy.
5.9% I would be a little bit happy.
26.8% I really wouldn’t care.
44.3% I would be a little unhappy.
14.4% I would be very unhappy.
8.3% Other (please specify)
5. Have you ever left a comment at OrinKerr.com?
6. Do you prefer this blog’s moderated comment section, or would an open comment section be preferable?
74.3% Keep it moderated
17.6% Open it up
10% Other (please specify)
I also received 142 written comments, which were quite helpful. Oh, and I’ll keep the survey open for a few days if anyone who hasn’t filled it out yet would like to do so.