Autostraddle Reader Survey 2011: Talk to Us (It’s Multiple Choice)

Hello bold beasts of the future! Look at you! You have the world cradled in the palms of your capable little hands. Where will we buy our frozen yogurt and hoodies? What books will we read after the apocalypse? Will we ever get over Hoarders? The answers to these questions — and many more! — are right there in your heart. You just don’t know it yet!

In order to cull this priceless information from the death grip of your subconscious, we have devised a very clever plan:

Autostraddle Reader Survey 2011

*click to participate*

The masterbrains of Autostraddle dot com wish to know you better. We’ve read your comments and updates and blogs and tumblrs and tweets, mhm, but what of your deepest, most anonymous truths? How did you first make your way here? Are you the only one of your kind or is there more of you? Can you make decent baklava? No probably not.

But we’ll never know unless you complete this fancy-yet-straightforward Autostraddle Reader Survey!

You’ll fill it out, right? Of course you will. People love talking and thinking about themselves! This survey should take you all of about three minutes to complete, possibly less. Look, it’s a picture of Tegan and Sara and a puppet:

you probably love this sort of thing, but how will i ever know for sure?

Nothing would please me more than you completing this survey. It’s 100% anonymous and so easy, even your straight-girl crush’s boyfriend could do it!

JUST KIDDING he doesn’t read Autostraddle. (Unless he does in which case HAY TAKE OUR SURVEY) But you do! And so you’re very important to us and the future.

Do you have questions or concerns regarding this survey? Let us know about them in the comments! We’re always here, reading what you have to say, because we just can’t get enough of you.

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  1. Can I add something to the “what do you want to see more in Autostraddle”?

    A resident cat (or other pet) model. Then you can dress it up or make it pose however you like. For posts I mean. Mascot! Unless Tinkerbell is already the mascot.

  2. Even though this post claims to have been written by “the team,” I just wanted to say that it feels a lot like Rachel wrote it. I don’t know why but it’s interesting to think about.

    Also, will you publish the demographic information when the survey closes and you’ve had time to look at it? I know I’d be interested to see, and am not sure what the harm is, unless you have to do tons more work to make it happen.

  3. Last night, I had an nightmare about Autostraddle; I bought a magazine version of AS and was reading it at the top flour of a large, white building, in the middle of a park (NYC style) and I bumped into a group of very homophobic friends of mine, and they realized that I was reading a gay magazine, and they chased me down the building and around the park.

    So please, never do a print version of AS…

  4. I LOVE taking surveys for some reason. It’s probably because it makes me feel like I’m doing something selfless and helping someone when I’m really just giving my opinions/talking about ME ME ME. Anyways, this was definitely one of my favorite surveys to take.

  5. I clicked on this thinking it was going to be mostly about what kinds of stories readers are most interested in reading. There’s a little of that, but it is so clearly primarily about product placement, and market research. I get that autostraddle is a combination of activist-oriented articles as well as the fluffier commercial stuff, but really? This is a little gross. Autostraddle has the potential to be a great example of what the internet can do for the queer community: letting people from communities all over the world share their stories and experiences and feel connected. Please don’t devolve into a cheap, corporate brat trying to be alternative and edgy while selling me designer shoes and expensive tequila! Keep autostraddle feisty, insightful, and full of conversation. It means a lot to us kids in isolated places trying to reach out to the global community.

    • that’s a beautiful thought and all, but in reality how is a website to survive these days without running a few ads? I don’t mind a little advertising as long as it stays true to autostraddle.

      I guess if bad comes to worse there’s always bake sales and care washes.

    • come on. how long is your memory? remember that big funding drive like 5 minutes ago? the wonderful team behind this wonderful place need bucks to keep it going. I reckon you’re drawing a long bow to get from some audience stats to shilling expensive tequila.

    • I don’t understand why talking about activism and edgy stuff while wearing designer shoes and drinking expensive tequila is a problem. The whole “being poor is cool” hipster thing is BS, and I’ve noticed that the people who bitch about money and other people needing money the most are the ones who never had to worry about being able to eat tomorrow once in their lives.
      If you want to read more cool stories on Autostraddle, you have to be supportive of Autostraddle getting the money to publish said stories.

      • Right, bloggers need to eat too, site needs adverts to stay up, and part of “girl-on-girl” culture includes consumption, shopping habits… But maybe be more upfront about the purposes of this survey, and have another one that does ask for more personalized reader input? I don’t think it was an awful survey, just would be far more interested in something that asks for more detailed input on content. Feels a little shitty being asked about yourself… and then being directed to a multiple choice about your online shopping habits. We’re more than a preferred brand of beer or an amazon wishlist.

        • alls im saying is it’s one survey. just one, and how much awesome info has autostraddle given us? and it’s not like it’s going to spam our email or anything

          p.s. wouldn’t amazon be worse since it tracks you online, it actually tracks you on this site too (get ghostery if you want to block it)

        • we sorta thought we made that clear in the post, but i can change the post to make it more clear that this is for advertising/marketing purposes.

          we aren’t at a crisis with content or site composition. we’re happy with the site right now and the amount of feedback/discourse we already have with you. if we weren’t happy with site content or felt you were unhappy, we’d definitely make a survey to find out how we could better serve you. this is not that survey. we asked questions about content on that survey, however, because we want to know anyhow and this seemed like a good time to ask and it will help us grow, too.

          we ARE at a crisis with marketing/advertising/sustainable business model. this survey aims to solve that problem. that’s the point. your shopping habits aren’t a part of girl-on-girl culture, in my opinion. but they are a part of the kind of information we need to approach marketers.

          I’m not going to apologize for trying to find a sustainable advertising-based business model to keep the site running and growing without begging y’all for money all the time. I think you’ll all be happy when we create a sustainable business model and see all the other amazing things we want to do but haven’t had the resources to do yet. This survey is a part of that process. It is what it is.

          • YES! As an nonprofit employee myself (not that you’re a nonprofit, but let’s be honest…), I am sick to death of well-meaning but clueless people shaming those of us who have to spend our time asking them for money in order to fund our own tiny salaries. As a socialist and a pretty radical feminist, I think one of the most radical things one can do is help the economies you care about to flourish. And another radical thing is getting a corporation to give advertising money to a lesbian media outlet that remains unabashedly feminist in all of its content. No, really. I think advertising money in Autostraddle’s hands really is that important. Economics are NEVER separate from social justice movements and we’ve got to own our role in said movement.

            The Think Global Buy Local is an excellent example of this modern incarnation, as are historical and current Black nationalists doing it with Black-owned bookstores and shops (see Malcolm X for a primer). A really great scholarly book on the subject is Incite’s “The Revolution Will Not Be Funded.” Seriously, this book is some good shit compiled by a dope women-of-color feminist collective.

            I’m not saying we’ve all got to buy whatever is advertised on this site, but the very least we can do is help Autostraddle approach the advertisers that may eventually pay for the editors’ health insurance.

            Ok, end rant. Can anyone tell I’m in fundraising season right now and I may have overdosed on this topic…:)

          • Yes, I was thinking it should link through your thing but I didn’t know how. Thanks!

            Also can we please bring back LIVING LA VIDA LOCA? I’m gonna get on that real quick.

          • THIS IS IT

            “I’m not going to apologize for trying to find a sustainable advertising-based business model to keep the site running and growing without begging y’all for money all the time. I think you’ll all be happy when we create a sustainable business model and see all the other amazing things we want to do but haven’t had the resources to do yet. This survey is a part of that process. It is what it is.”

          • How abouts some Autostraddle clothing? I mean, I love the sticker and calendar. But I wouldn’t be adverse to a t-shirt. Or coughunderwearcough.


    • well! actually, the point of the survey is to help us attract advertisers who are right for our brand. so yes, most of the questions are marketing questions. these are the same marketing-style surveys that every major website and magazine conduct in order to create their media kit. we just haven’t done it yet.

  6. oh no! my girlfriend filled out the survey and now i can’t because we have the same computer/ip address. is there any way to fill out the survey without finding a different computer?

  7. The describe-your-sexuality question was the most satisfying survey question I’ve ever answered. So beautifully, customisably comprehensive :) I don’t even care if it’s going into a giant marketing machine…

  8. My assumption is that this is market research, but I’d enjoy hearing some AS facts when it’s all said and done! Actually, the one I am most curious about is the ONE word everyone chose to describe Autostraddle. My guess is “gay” ranks pretty high. It seemed like a hard question when I read it but then a word came to me instantly that I thought was perfect. Hope you take it the right way. :)

    • You know, it seems this site attracts such an open-minded and diverse group that everything regarding sexuality and relationships offends or irritates at least someone. I seem to accidentally do it a couple times a month. When I took the survey — any survey — I wanted to offer more specific answers because I know sometimes they seem one way but the backstory is another way. I just pick the one the matches best and move on. If someone were in a serious, long term polyamorous relationship, I am pretty sure they know which box they should be checking. If not, maybe surveys with checkboxes aren’t for them. I’m just saying.

      • Well said. I’m not legally married (doesn’t count for shit in my country) but we had a fancy wedding a few months ago and the law here considers us “de facto” spouses, so… good enough.

  9. I was sold when multiple choice was mentioned. It’s brings out the nostalgia for standardized tests without all the stress (except for the alcohol question, so hard to pick between vodka, rum, and whiskey).

  10. This is really the only survey I’ve ever been fully invested in. I always start out with good intentions and then fall asleep by the middle of the survey since they tend to be super long and boring.

  11. All this survey did was make me realize things about myself that I hadn’t realized. Like the fact that I can’t afford to do anything it’s asking about (watching tv, drinking, purchasing things) lol
    Hopefully the results get posted :)

  12. I’m sorry guys, you surveyed my inebriated mind accidentally. I filled this out while pretty faced.

    The only thing I remember with clarity is answering the liquor question, where I confusedly tried very hard to click all of them at once.

  13. I didn’t read the post until after I took the survey. I just saw survey and went for it. Therefore, I answered honestly. And unfortunately was too daft to realize it was for marketing purposes. So, sorry if I fucked up.
    My word was effervescent.

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