KERF Survey: Results

January 28, 2013

Thank you to the over 5,000+ of you who weighed in on the future of KERF!! I was humbled to see so many participants, and thanks to Google Docs, the results were nicely put together for me:

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I had to weed out a few ridiculous responses that I suppose were intended to ruffle my feathers (they did not). After that, the results are pretty neat! The survey definitely had some flaws (like not being able to check nothing on the “I’d like to see less” question until I edited it late in the game), but the results still give me a good idea of some direction.

It seems variety wins (and I’m glad I created a separate blog on which to write about cloth diapers and breastfeeding…)

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Topic requests:

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This one was interesting! Also, sort of hard to interpret because you could check all of the boxes, but this definitely gives me the sense that you guys want more nutrition talk, recipes, lifestyle and weight loss. Product reviews should probably not be my focus : )

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Topic reduction requests:

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I’m actually kind of glad to see Nothing + Other (which was most often a write-in for nothing) at the top. Whew! I was not surprised to see product reviews as the most checked box – I stopped doing formal product reviews over a year ago, and I’m glad I made that decision. I was a little surprised to see house organization as the #2 since I feel like I get a lot of requests for that, but that’s some good feedback! In general the LESS mirrors the MORE so that’s good too.

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I’ve always wanted to know the answer to these questions. The results are pretty much what I expected:

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Thanks to all of you for your loyalty <3

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And finally the hot box: topic requests. You guys had some excellent suggestions that gave me lots of ideas!! I wish I could write on them all right away, but I have a feeling that it’s going to be a slow start to get going since my goal was to step back a little from the internet overall. But since I’m not blogging about my days, there is definitely more time to tackle topics. {Like I’ve had fun writing this post!}

A handful of the topic requests:

  • Grocery shopping/budgeting/meal planning/staples ( <— popular request)
  • Behind the scenes at Great Harvest/starting a business
  • Baby stuff (most of that is on BERF!)
  • Healthy meal ideas for students, moms and working professionals
  • Losing the baby weight/weight loss general ( <— popular request)
  • Fad diets/food trends ( <— popular request)
  • Finances/budgeting
  • Gardening
  • Nutrition for getting pregnant, nursing moms, working adults, fitness, students, babies, weight loss, other cultures, shift workers, endurance athletes ( <— popular request)
  • A day in the life of me (beyond the food) and Matt
  • Exercise: how much do we really need?
  • Foods you should eat: everyday, sometimes, almost never
  • Vitamins/minerals/supplements/protein/fats
  • Marriage/romance advice ( <— I find this really interesting!)
  • Making bread/bread recipes ( <— probably not my specialty…)
  • How to start a blog
  • More Nerd KERF
  • Fitness in general plus a bunch of specific topics
  • Best of Charlottesville
  • Skincare tips
  • Nutrition for babies/toddlers/kids
  • My bucket list
  • Menopause ( <— mom can take care of that one!)
  • Intuitive eating
  • Music/beer/wine/favorite products
  • The ‘why’ behind things (kale, organic, etc)
  • Vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free meals, recipes, thoughts

I will admit, it will probably take me years to cover all of those. And some of them I’m not sure I want to write on (for example, I feel there are so many great vegan/gluten-free blogs out there that I’m not sure writing about these topics would really be all that helpful).

The diet trends request is another tough one. I feel that to really write about some of these trends I would need to do some deep research to support a post instead of just giving my opinion. I’m not sure at this point in my life I have time to do this kind of research-based blogging, but perhaps when Mazen is older and I have chunks of time back? But unfortunately I don’t think this will be a near-future topic. Unless I can think of a way to just scratch the surface and still write a meaningful post based on research (like Amelia does in this post).

A few posts I am working on already:

  • Weight loss
  • Top nut butters
  • Nutrition choices throughout the day
  • Spotlights on foods and the “why” behind them

Thanks, as always, for your feedback! I definitely want to do more surveys in the future.

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1 Maureen January 28, 2013 at 11:22 am

Thanks for posting the results for all of us to see! :) I can’t believe, wait, yes I can, that some people would take the time to be so negative. These people need more hugs in their life!

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2 Victoria January 28, 2013 at 11:24 am

SO excited to see some of my requests up! Thanks for taking the time to ask us Kath, it really shows you care about your readers :-)

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3 Emily January 28, 2013 at 11:25 am

Well, for what it’s worth, I love the home organization and Nerd KERF posts. :)

Brilliant idea about the nut butters review–I’ll look forward to that post especially!

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4 Shari January 28, 2013 at 11:30 am

Love reading your blog!

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5 Dawn January 28, 2013 at 11:34 am

Top Nut Butters YAY!!!!!!!!!!

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6 Anna @ On Anna's Plate January 28, 2013 at 11:37 am

Very cool! I know it’s probably neat for you to see such specific results of what people love from your blog. And for the record, I like the organization posts!!! :-)

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7 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! January 28, 2013 at 11:42 am

Cool to see the results! What program did you use to set up the poll?

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8 KathEats January 28, 2013 at 11:43 am

Google Docs Forms

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9 Liz January 28, 2013 at 11:46 am

I’m another who loves the home organization/nerd posts. I’ve got some great ideas from you.

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10 Katherine January 28, 2013 at 11:47 am

Great feedback! You really do a good job.

http://therealfoodrunner.blogspot.com/

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11 Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) January 28, 2013 at 11:49 am

I was definitely surprised to see that people want less home organization posts!! I love the Home Neat Home series :(

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12 Hope January 28, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Me too! I am a naturally messy person who holds on to things that I should get rid of and it’s so nice to see how really organized people keep things in their home. It’s definitely helpful for me.

Bring on the Home Neat Home!

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13 Cathy January 28, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Ditto. Very inspiring posts I thought.

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14 Kathy W. January 28, 2013 at 9:12 pm

yep. I can’t get enough of organizing, decorating, & reno posts. That’s one of the things that distinguishes your blog from other food/healthy lifestyle blogs.

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15 Elizabeth January 29, 2013 at 7:38 am

I agree! I would love MORE home organization posts, not less.

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16 KD January 29, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Yikes, I’m having non-voter regrets! Your home org posts are among my favorite, Kath! In fact, I LOVE them. Please don’t quit Home Neat Home!

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17 Jessica January 28, 2013 at 3:33 pm

I agree. The tidiness and airiness of Kath’s home has been inspiration for me. I’ve tried to better myself in the organization/cleaning department thanks to Kath’s posts.

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18 sara @ fitcupcaker January 28, 2013 at 11:50 am

I cant wait for the top nut butters, yum!

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19 Jola January 28, 2013 at 11:58 am

Thank you for sharing the results! It’s really interessting to see what other readers think ad want.
Hope you have a wonderfull day!

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20 Averie @ Averie Cooks January 28, 2013 at 12:12 pm

I love seeing data broken down like this (and that someone else did the organizing and date-drilling down for :))

I am surprised to see so many people want more weight loss and formal nutrition talk. It’s always interesting to me to find out what others seem to want. I actually love your home organization posts. But really, whatever you post is just dandy! I am here to read, regardless. Can’t wait for that nut butter post. And I would love Matt to do a bread post. I read that in the comments/suggestions list. Sounds like a fun topic. Make him to the post :)

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21 KT January 29, 2013 at 8:14 am

Why are you surprised by the fact that people want more weight loss and formal nutrition posts? She is a registered dietician, of course! It would be great to see her putting her years of hard work to share with her readers.

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22 Kavi January 28, 2013 at 12:15 pm

It was interesting to see the results of your poll! I’ve been reading for years (and I’m one of the people who enjoy the home organization posts, haha!), and I look forward to the evolution of your blog going forward. Cheers!

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23 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 28, 2013 at 12:46 pm

I’m so glad you shared the results, I was curious! Although my blog is much, much smaller, I’m considering doing a survey like this tomorrow!

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24 Ashlee January 28, 2013 at 12:56 pm

NUT BUTTERS! Whoever made that request is genius :-)

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25 Maggie January 28, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Thanks for sharing these results, I’m curious to see where your blog goes in the future and how you will incorporate some changes. Looking forward to reading the posts you are working on now – they definitely interest me for sure! All the best to you and your family!

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26 Elisabeth January 28, 2013 at 1:16 pm

So glad you shared all the results – very interesting to see! I’d like to see a bucket list post, too – I always find bloggers’ posts on those interesting reading ;)

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27 Alice January 28, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Were there any comments that were not ridiculous but that actually had valid suggestions underneath the negativity?

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28 KathEats January 28, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Yes

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29 M January 29, 2013 at 7:14 pm

I didn’t take the survey *blush* but I think it would be neat to see a post on how you deal with negativity in the blog world (ie- comments intended to ruffle feathers). Also, I would like to see guest posts from your Mom and Karen!

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30 Fancy January 28, 2013 at 1:41 pm

The home organization is my favorite piece of your blog…I would LOVE to see more Home Neat Home posts!

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31 gwen January 28, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Agree, the home organization is one of my favorite parts too :)

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32 Karen January 28, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Menopause?! ;)

Fun results and great summary. I, for one, favor your out-of-the box posts like this one. They remind us of your all-around creativity and offer you more of an intellectual challenge.

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33 Karen January 28, 2013 at 7:02 pm

I think the example you cite of Amelia’s post comparing various diet programs is exactly the type of post I envision you doing and doing really well. Plus, it would really engage readers eager to express what diverse opinions. Gena (Choosing Raw) posted another great example today on a fascinating subject that would fit into theme of “health in the news.” Neither of these would require intensive research but rather a review of a several online articles. Your outstanding sunscreen lotion safety summary that you posted this summer is another example that springs to mind.

Thanks for eliciting and listening to our feedback, Kath.

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34 RunEatRepeat January 28, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Survey Says… You rock!

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35 KathEats January 28, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Haha

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36 Elizabeth @ My Neon Running Shoes January 28, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Thanks for sharing! I think it’s so interesting to see what other readers are requesting too! It sounds like a really helpful tool to point you in the right direction!

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37 Juli January 28, 2013 at 2:04 pm

I’m excited to see a post on nut butters! I know some of them have different nutritional stats – do you think you could touch on that? Like cashew nut butter seems to only have 160 calories per 2 tbsp serving and I’ve heard that’s it’s better than peanut butter for you – but I don’t know if any of this is actually true! Anyways, would love your input. Also, I recently tried peanut butter with flaxseeds in it – it’s got the perfect amount of crunch!

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38 Ray January 28, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Seconding Juli’s request. I would be interested to see discussion of nutrition as part of the top nut butters post. I pick them up at the store and put them back down when I see all that sugar! So it would be great to have recs on the healthy NB choices.

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39 Shel@PeachyPalate January 28, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Can’t wait for your top nut butters….though it will probably make me want to visit the US to come home with a case full of them!

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40 Devon M January 28, 2013 at 2:33 pm

So excited I have just recently stumbled across your blog and fell in love with reading it. I love how unpredictable your posts are. My favorite topic coming up in the near future is definitely the one on the nut butters! My sister and I have recently become obsessed and are so jealous of all the wonderful homemade ones you have on your blog posts. We can’t wait to hear your favorites so we can hunt them down at the nearest store they can be found. Your breakfasts always look SO delicious. Thanks for the inspiration!

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41 Vidya January 28, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Cool to see the results. But WHO wanted less home organization posts??? I am surprised too. I really love those posts and I want more of them please:-)

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42 Tracy January 28, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Fascinating! It’s fun to see the results. I’m actually really surprised by some of them.

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43 Allison k January 28, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Marriage and romance? That made me chuckle . Not to insinuate you don’t know anything about that, it’s just not ever been something you blog about, it sort if seems like you purposefully don’t, which I think is fine since you have a healthy eating blog. Do you think you will transition more into lifestyle blogging and include those types of things?

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44 KathEats January 28, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Definitely not : )

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45 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 28, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Thanks for sharing the results!! I enjoyed having the opportunity to fill it out but also really intrigued by everyone else’s answers!

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46 Sam January 28, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Ack! Please do not do fewer house organizational posts. That is one of the top things that I really love to read about on your blog as it helps me get my own life in order. I’m serious!

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47 Lisa January 28, 2013 at 3:28 pm

I’m so glad that there were so many others that are interested in nutrition talk! I can’t wait to learn more from a trusted RD. :)

P.S. I’m glad you aren’t letting the trolls get to ya!

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48 Calgary Catering Companies January 28, 2013 at 3:45 pm

I use blogs like this for recipes. Love all the food I can make!

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49 Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite January 28, 2013 at 3:50 pm

This was so cool to see! Thanks for posting the results!

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50 Alexandra January 28, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Thank you for taking the time to do this Kath! I am glad that you do not take negative comments to heart. I absolutely love your blog and would hate for you to get down about it over a few negative comments! You rock!!

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51 Katie January 28, 2013 at 4:32 pm

I’m excited for the top nut butters post! I’m curious if you read all your comments!?

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52 KathEats January 28, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Yep!

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53 lucy Lincoln January 28, 2013 at 4:55 pm

I think the fact that variety came up as the biggest LIKE factor means that you just continuing to switch it up on various topics as you always have done is basically what everybody enjoys! I like the variety of your home organisation, lifestyle, food, nutrition, family life and Mazen. I think you have a wise voice on various subjects and would like to hear your views on any things related to life or musings! I like the fact that you talk nutrition, nourishing, as opposed to dieting and depriving. Your blog is a refreshing place! I can see no food politics / discriminations on your blog but a healthy attitude and buying local/fresh/real/organic! all good!

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54 Emily January 28, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Whaaat? People don’t want the product reviews?? I love seeing those :(

So excited to be seeing more recipes from you in the future!

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55 Steph @ Upbeat Eats January 28, 2013 at 5:15 pm

I just want to say I think it’s so cool that you’ve made it a point to be so in tune with what your readers would like to see. Many people are so closed to feedback. It’s very refreshing to see your openness!

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56 Caroline January 28, 2013 at 5:31 pm

I’m exicited for all the topics. I did participate in your survey, but I forgot to say that I’m always interested in food prep post. Which food can be prepared, etc. I come home at lunch time and then I’m always to hungry to cook, so lunch has to be prepared before. (Lunch is like your dinner here in Germany. We eat the sandwich and the salad for dinner and a warm meal around noon.) Thanks!

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57 Lauren January 28, 2013 at 6:29 pm

I was surprised to see that you haven’t done formal product reviews in over a year–I feel like I’ve seen them more recently than that? Is that because KERF is separate from BERF? I also like the home organization posts :)

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58 KathEats January 28, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Yep! I’ve mentioned a few whole foods (Alaska fish,apples) but I haven’t done reviews.

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59 sarah January 28, 2013 at 6:39 pm

I was also thinking the other day, and after reading your comment about other gluten free/vegan blogs that it would be helpful if you went through your blogroll and deleted blogs that aren’t that great, and organized them a bit- it’s a long alphabetical list, and kind of overwhelming. Then we would know where to find those other great blogs! Thanks, Kath!! :)

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60 Katie @ Real Food Katie's Way January 28, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Isn’t it amazing to see how far you’ve come? You started just as an online food diary and now you have THOUSANDS of people telling you what they like and don’t like about your blog!!! That is absolutely mind blowing Kath!

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61 C January 28, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Aww, I’m one of the 3% who wanted more baby :) I’m a faithful BERF subscriber, though! Thanks for sharing the results–I’ve been an on-again,off-again reader for years now and always find your blog inspiring!

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62 Camille C. January 28, 2013 at 10:25 pm

People are so interesting. I love to read your blog and look forward to your posts but rarely take time to comment, so it shocks me that someone who mean spirited would take the time to attempt to ruffle your feathers. Good for you for being the bigger person and not letting it get to you! I look forward to your future posts, whatever they may be!

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63 Ilane January 28, 2013 at 10:42 pm

Thank you, Kath!!! :) :) :)

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64 Janet January 28, 2013 at 11:41 pm

Are you still taking suggestions? I would love for you to do a post on body pump as you mentioned a few times that you take that! I am just curious as to what kind of clothing and shoes to wear for it, and what kind of results to expect! Please considar!

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65 christina January 29, 2013 at 7:38 am

I just want to say thank you for actually caring about what your readers want to read…I know it sounds silly, and I know that blogs are a free commodity that we don’t have to read, but seriously the product pushing on some other top blogs is getting to me so much!

Sometimes it just feels like we’re being brainwashed when 12 blogs post on the SAME DAY the same review of a certain product.

I commend you realizing that we, as readers, see what the companies are trying to do. I just really appreciate it.

I’m looking forward to your blog having a variety of posts!! You should be writing about whatever you feel like focusing on. Love that you may talk about gardening, home, throwing parties etc!

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66 Sam January 29, 2013 at 9:25 am

I could not agree more with this comment!

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67 Kimberly January 29, 2013 at 10:44 am

I agree! It’s sort of annoying to see the same products on all of the blogs. Like a few weeks ago when pretty much every blogger in my reader was shilling the Old Navy workout clothes. It just seems kind of fake. It’s nice to not see that here.

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68 Parita @ myinnershakti January 29, 2013 at 7:53 am

A lot of those topics are all over the place! Kind of cool how people want a little of everything! Can’t wait to read what you come up with. :)

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69 Ashley January 29, 2013 at 8:55 am

In your nut butter post could you touch on making your own nut butters. It’s such a huge money saver but when I’ve tried it the results aren’t anywhere near the store bought stuff. Would love to hear if you’ve tried this and if you have suggestions!

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70 Allison January 29, 2013 at 9:05 am

Kath- you really are the best. I can’t tell you enough how much I love your blog. I’m recovering from disordered eating and constantly trying to learn more about nutrition and what my body needs- and your blog provides for me a positive safe haven for advice and wisdom.

I’m really really really looking forward to the posts that you are working on- keep rocking.

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71 Tami@nutmegnotebook January 29, 2013 at 9:18 am

This was so interesting to see. I’m looking forward to the variety of posts you will be doing. This makes me think I should do some kind of survey on my blog. Periodically I ask my readers for post suggestions and I get such a variety of ideas from them.

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72 Christine January 29, 2013 at 9:24 am

woohoo! Can’t wait to read future posts! You got some great feedback! Every time I come to your blog and see a new post I get super excited to read just like when I get a card through snail mail, LOL

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73 Emily @ MainEats January 29, 2013 at 9:26 am

I love how easy it was for you to analyze your data! AND what a great response! Thanks for being so open to listening to your readers and I’m sorry about those meanies who wrote things to “ruffle your feathers” because boo them!

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74 Katie January 29, 2013 at 10:24 am

Ohhh top nut butters – I can’t wait for that one! I’ve discovered so many new foods from blogs, and I”m always down for a new nut butter :)

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75 Shannon January 29, 2013 at 10:51 am

I’m excited for the nut butters post! I’ve really fallen in love with almond butter, I also like sunbutter and PB and recently tried Teddie brand white choc! I’d also like to hear more about why they are good for us!

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76 Roseda January 29, 2013 at 11:42 am

lovely to see the survey results. have been a long time reader and its nice to see the transition from food diary to more thoughtful posts.

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77 J January 29, 2013 at 11:54 am

Maybe this is just me, but I feel like the Open Sky and Amazon affiliate stuff kind of bleeds into product review territory. It’s great that you can get some extra revenue and direct readers to a place where they can purchase the products you love, but it sometimes feels like you’re just trying to sell us something (like those rainbow knives from a while back). I guess I feel like a link to coconut butter or garlic gold (things you’ve been using for a long time and get lots of questions about) is one thing, but other times it feels like a commercial. Just my opinion of course :)

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78 Amelia January 29, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Pleeeeeease don’t reduce the Home Organization posts! You really inspire me in this department!!

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79 Angela January 29, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Thanks for sharing. It’s exciting to start a new stage in life. I love your optimism and honesty.

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80 Lisa January 29, 2013 at 7:03 pm

I love the organization posts! Please do more of those!

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81 Erin January 29, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Hi Kath, that list looks good. It was good to see results. What is NerdKerf?

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82 KathEats January 30, 2013 at 9:22 am

Videos on this page! http://www.katheats.com/videos

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83 KathEats January 30, 2013 at 9:23 am

{On using Gmail, G-Calendar and Budgeting}

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84 Andrew G. January 29, 2013 at 9:53 pm

It was great to see the results! I’m glad to see most people have the same opinions as I do.
I’m very excited to see what posts we get in the future!

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85 Katie January 30, 2013 at 10:44 am

I would really love to read about how you incorporate meat (beef, pork, chicken, eggs, etc.) in your diet. I’ve been reading a lot about vegetarian diets and just don’t think going 100% is for me, I do want to eat less meat. It seems like you strike a good balance with your meals, but haven’t found anything discussing your thought process behind it. Some specific questions: Do you purposefully stick to a certain number of meat-based meals each week? Or do you eat it whenever you want it, but keep portions small? And when you buy meat, do you go for specialty (grass-fed, organic, etc.) or conventional?

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86 Katie January 30, 2013 at 10:46 am

One more. :) Your thoughts from a RD standpoint regarding the health (or maybe not) of eating meat. There’s just so much conflicting info floating around, so I’d love to hear your take on it!

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87 Emily February 2, 2013 at 12:55 am

I SO appreciate that you don’t want to write posts ‘reviewing’ current diets or diet trends because you don’t think you’ll be able to do enough research to be able to really offer a good opinion. I’ve gotten frustrated because I’ve seen a lot of posts by other bloggers that are fairly shallow and misrepresent the facts about health and diets because it does take a lot of time to understand and write about the science. Thanks!

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