December 29, 2005

Reader Survey Time!

Prof. Purkinje's wife, Dr. Ethnomusicology, wonders where my readers come from. I had always imagined they came out of their mommies' uteri [rimshot, please].

Seriously, I now realize that I generally track referrals more than actual readers. And perhaps I need demographic data, like the print media use. (Though I suspect we'll have more fun with it than they do.)

If you're a regular here, please leave a comment and answer these questions for me and the rest of the class:

1) Where do you live (city, state, or province, region + country, or what drugs you're presently on)?

2) How often do you stop by Little Miss Attila?

3) From whom—or what—did you first hear about Little Miss Attila?

4) Explain either what you do for a living, or a juicy tidbit of gossip about you.

5) What do you most like to read here? (A: Analysis; B: News/current events; C: Joy prattling on about her personal life; or D: Joy waxing philosophical about the world around her.)

6) What sorts of products do you (or might you) buy over the web? [That is, we know you are a consumer of blogs. But what other sorts of advertisers should Little Miss Attila be selling to?]

Thank you for participating. In exchange, I promise to be extra-interesting for a full week.

Posted by Attila Girl at December 29, 2005 10:44 PM | TrackBack

1. South Carolina
2. 2-3 times per week
3. anther blog - can't remember which
4. programmer
5.all of it

Posted by: Tom at December 30, 2005 07:04 AM

1. Alexandria
2. Daily to twice a week
3. Good question. Most likely another blog, but which one?
4. Arguer.
5. E. All of the above.
6. Yea, books are good.

Posted by: Lysander at December 30, 2005 09:32 AM

1) New York
2) You're on my daily perusal list, sometimes in the AM waiting for the coffee to kick in, sometimes on the post-work wind down.
3) That insta-guy. Glenn something.
4) I work for the Feds, making radioactive drugs in an underground drug lab (i.e., it's in the basement...)
5) All of the above. The mix is nice.
6) Books, movies and kitchen appliances are largely from Amazon. But honestly, I'm picky about my kitchen stuff, and am likely to point out (IMHO) better alternatives to most items suggested. Think cantankerous nuclear physicist who watches Alton Brown. Then be afraid, be very afraid. (You don't want to know what's in my hot sauce. Pay no attention to that Geiger counter behind the curtain...)

Posted by: Dr_Mike at December 30, 2005 05:12 PM

1) Midlothian, Texas, just south of Big-D

2) How often do you stop by Little Miss Attila? Three or four times per week, work and life permitting

3) From whom—or what—did you first hear about Little Miss Attila?

I really don't remember. I owe them one, though.

4) Explain either what you do for a living, or a juicy tidbit of gossip about you.

Ummm -- either I'm a lawyer, or I proposed to my wife on the floord of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, or I made love under the stars in the center of Lewis Field (football stadium) at Oklahoma State University as a graduate student. Or all of the above. You decide.

5) E -- all of the above. The mix works.

6) I don't buy things over the web. I know -- I am SOOOO last century. My wife and daughter remind me of that on a regular basis.

Posted by: MrSpkr at December 30, 2005 09:12 PM

1) Tucson. What? Do you mean prescription or otherwise?

2) Usually daily.

3) Got me. It was way back in your blogspot days. I recall helping you with some of the settings.

4) Glad that's either/or! Civil Engineer.

5) A, C, D mostly but not consistently. You're not a faceless news aggregator. You have personality and presence here, so that's what I tend to gravitate toward the most. Honestly I don't usually follow your links off to other bloggers unless what you've said about what they wrote first is particularly compelling.

6) All sorts of stuff. Really. Unless I know right where to find it locally, I'll look to the web before I'll look to the yellow pages. But I rarely follow an ad link from a webpage. When I buy online, it is either from a company I've previously purchased from or it is someplace I've ferreted out via Google. Not what your advertisers want to hear, unfortunately. But on the other hand they must know that showing up high in a Google search is priceless--sort of like a prominent placement in the yellow pages.

Posted by: Desert Cat at December 31, 2005 09:04 AM

That's okay. Everyone says they don't pay attention to Blogads, but I think as the ads get better they will. Or if someone promotes just the right . . . book, say. Or gadget (I have a lot of male readers).

No one person's assertion in this regard is anything I'll get concerned about: I get hundreds of hits a day, and I'm just trying to figure out who everyone is, for personal and professional reasons.

I really really really appreciate eveyone's help with this.

Posted by: Attila Girl at December 31, 2005 09:23 AM

1. Raleigh, NC. Tavist D, usually
2. Usually at least a couple times a week
3. Kinda just ran across ya, don't remember how.
4. I am a retail store manager for Cingular. I like to set of metal detectors with the steel bar in my leg.
5. D,A, C, B
6. About the only time I buy anything on the 'net is when I cannot find it in a local store, or for a gift that I am shipping, such as Christmas presents, which get sent to the 'rentals house in NJ, flowers for Mom's day. Otherwise, I do research, then go buy it if I can.

Posted by: William Teach at December 31, 2005 03:22 PM

1. Atchison, KS - Permanent; Currently Camp Victory, Iraq.

2. Every other day (when I have time).

3. Clicked on Michelle Malkin's blogroll, liked what I found here.

4. US Army (National Guard on active duty). I have worked domestic and abroad for about 3 years now and stopped my "day job".

5. E. All of the above. It is nice to catch some "normal life" per se while working on, in, and around the bad guys. Keeps my head in a better place.

6. Not a lot of e-commerce; you might see if the Army Reserve or CA National Guard might be interested in adverts. There are several opportunities for both men and women that pay off rather nicely.

Have a good new year!

SGT Dave Bailey

Posted by: SGT Dave at December 31, 2005 08:28 PM

Wow. Cool crew. I'm impressed. Hm. I might have to block all this data out when I'm done, less I get stage fright or something, and be unable to continue . . . :)

Posted by: Attila Girl at December 31, 2005 09:17 PM

1. Walnut, CA. Los Angeles area. Claritin and Advil
2 2-3x/week
3. Michelle Malkin
4. Healthcare field. Ex-gang member, LA.
5. Although I like them all, I favor D.
6. I bought my car tires on line(reviews were posted by customers). Knick-knacks may be nice; t-shirts, goggles, globes, telescopes and the like.

Posted by: Dalsan at January 1, 2006 06:22 PM

1. Chicago
2. Daily. More often if you are luring men to their demise with sex, as one reader suggested.
3. Michelle Malkin's Blogroll(most likely)
4. Energy Research and Development, consulting
5. All of them! It makes it interesting...don't change a thing. It's our confort and Joy.
6. Ads worth clicking. Nothing that adds malicious software to our computers.

Posted by: Darrell at January 1, 2006 09:25 PM

Yes, it's true: I'm the thinking man's succubus.

Posted by: Attila Girl at January 1, 2006 11:17 PM

1) Where do you live (city, state, or province, region + country, or what drugs you're presently on)?

Cleveland, OH. Hooked on marathoning.

2) How often do you stop by Little Miss Attila?

Now and then.

3) From whom—or what—did you first hear about Little Miss Attila?

Probably followed a link and added you to my bookmarks.

4) Explain either what you do for a living, or a juicy tidbit of gossip about you.

I do software. I run around with lots of beautiful young women. That usually involves 26.2 miles.

5) What do you most like to read here? (A: Analysis; B: News/current events; C: Joy prattling on about her personal life; or D: Joy waxing philosophical about the world around her.)

Anything well written and original.

6) What sorts of products do you (or might you) buy over the web? [That is, we know you are a consumer of blogs. But what other sorts of advertisers should Little Miss Attila be selling to?]

I buy stuff that I don't have to try on or see. That mainly seems to be earrings for my darling wife. So far I'm batting 1.0, or so she says. What she wears confirms my taste.

Posted by: PAT at January 2, 2006 07:42 PM

Posted by: Attila Girl at January 3, 2006 01:19 AM

I hate it when my comments go kerflooey. Here's your link:

Posted by: Attila Girl at January 3, 2006 01:22 AM

Dallas Tx

Daily, (when I'm home, otherwise depending on the computer situation where I am) usually via RSS feeds.

I don't remember where I heard of you first. But probably TBIFOC or PW.


Usually I prefer to read what you write.

Most of the stuff I buy online is electronic gadgets that I couldn't find at Fry's.

Posted by: tommy at January 3, 2006 02:56 PM

1) Florida, USA
2)Several times a week.
3)You commented somewhere and I clicked.
4)PHP, HTML, CSS, and other related stuff.
5)A, B
6)Books. Gadgets (computer oriented gadgets, mostly).

Posted by: Kathy K at January 3, 2006 04:45 PM

1. Fairfield CT

2. Every time the RSS reader says there's a new post

3. When you came to

4. Graphic Designer

5. E All of the above

6. I buy everything but food online. Can't wait until I download a Pizza.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at January 3, 2006 05:07 PM

1) South Carolina

2) Formerly every day, lately just no time (I am getting the paperwork ready to buy a house - just enough time for that and work)

3) Either Right Wing News or the original Right We Are!

4) I'm a science teacher (alas, my life has no current good gossip about it - my sweetie is still in Cleveland OH)

5) D: Joy waxing philosophical about the world around her.

6) Books, household items, gifts. I'm a sucker for bargains. Am currently filling out the paperwork for a mort**** that I started on Lending Tree - does that count? (your software flagged the mort**** word)

Posted by: Linda F at January 3, 2006 05:13 PM

1) Coweta County, Georgia -- if you call this living.

2) Generally every day, if I have the energy.

3) From Little Miss Attila -- that is, seeing her comments at, IIRC, Protein Wisdom.

4) I'm not wearing any pants.

5) E: All of the above.

6) To be honest, I don't know that I've ever bought anything because of an Internet ad.

Posted by: McGehee at January 3, 2006 06:19 PM

1) Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Around 25 prescriptions (including ointments etc.) plus one hell of a bandaid habit. This lifestyle hasn't yet changed my location. Except in the sense that I'm still here, of course.

2) Several times a day.

3) I'm honored to say, from Little Miss Attila herself.

4) Commercial loan workout specialist & bankbuster, involuntarily retired at 32. Now a professional half-a-bubble woman. Non-bubble time I mostly do rehab, backyard bricklaying, cooking, rescuing hurricane-orphaned plants, and a little rock hunting and fossil collecting. Nothing to gossip about any more, I'm horribly well-behaved. (Although not wearing pants, me either. But maybe none of us are.)

5) All, especially C & D.

6) I've only bought a few books, and things like 1000 deep-discounted spiky ponytail seeds. Since I never respond to ads, advertisers hate my guts. Feel free to delete me quick before they read this.

Posted by: k at January 3, 2006 08:42 PM

No, no. I want honest answers. Anyway, no internet business is going to dig this deeply. You go on the grid as "discount garden products, cost-effective masonry supplies, epicurean with an emphasis on 'comfort foods.'"

McGehee--you always make me laugh. And that ain't always easy to do.

Posted by: Attila Girl at January 3, 2006 09:14 PM

1. Western Washington (west side of Puget Sound). Work on a ship so spend most of my time even farther west than that. No drugs, just high on life, maaaaan.

2. About once every two days. I'd visit more often, but we have a crappy 36kbps satellite link for Internet and your page takes a long time to load on it.

3. Don't recall, think it was Instadude.

4. A civilian mariner employed by the US Navy. Juicy gossip... uh... I sleep in my underwear?

5. Analysis, of course. No, personal life... no, wait, philosophy!

6. Books, mostly from Amazon, but also from ABE (if you haven't tried them, they are THE BEST at locating out of print stuff) and the US Naval Institute. Mostly I read science fiction, history, and military affairs. Sometimes bios.

Ammo and shooting supplies, when home USPS won't deliver ammo, so God bless UPS and FedEx!).

CDs and DVDs.

Tools (power, hand, and model building).


Clothing (from Cabela's).

Posted by: Steve Skubinna at January 4, 2006 06:47 PM

Well! and I'm certainly pleased with that. I never thought I'd like any characterization of myself for ad purposes, but this one makes me want to bounce around in the yard and kitchen all happy.

You know. Whip up a batch of Christmas cookies and plant a tray of seeds, and such.

Posted by: k at January 6, 2006 04:49 AM

1. Sydney, Australia

2. Usually a couple of times a week.

3. I honestly don't remember. I think you came over to the munu side just before we opened the floodgates, but I don't remember the exact circumstances.

4. I program computers. And stuff.

5. A combination of the above, lightly spiced, and seared on both sides to keep in the juices.

6. Computer bits.

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