Reader Survey Results

In the next few weeks there are going to be a lot of really big changes going on here at Kitsune Noir. Uh oh, change! How scary! Well I promise these changes are going to be extremely positive and will help the site be better prepared for the next few years. As a part of these changes I recently released a survey through Twitter asking you the reader several questions, the two important ones being what do you like about the site and what would you change. I knew what some of the answers would be but I also learned a lot from your responses.

I’ve begun to think of Kitsune Noir less as a blog and more like website, and beyond that a town. Now bear with me here, but more or less I’m the mayor of this town and you the reader are a townsperson. When I started this site is was for me, the things that I wanted to share and an outlet for my creativity. But now there are a whole lot of readers out there who have expectations of what this site, or better yet town, should be. So to keep the townspeople happy I’ve asked your opinion and you’ve given it to me. What proceeds is a list of things I’ll be doing to better serve you.

• Bring Back Mixcasts and Mixtapes
This one is a no brainer. I get it, you all love the mixes and I’m glad you do. The problem is they take time, roughly a day, so it can be different. Here’s what I propose: I’ll continue to do the Mixcast weekly, releasing them every Monday. As for the Mixtapes they will be curated by me and created by creative people from around the world. It’s funny, I made the distinction a while back that I made Mixcasts and other people made Mixtapes, that’s what the difference is. The funniest part is I never bothered to share that with you.

• Make The Desktop Wallpaper Project Weekly Again
This one is the other no brainer. You want a new wallpaper every Wednesday when you wake up without fail. This is easier said than done. People are flaky, finding new talent can be time consuming… but whatever, those are excuses. You’ll be seeing brand new wallpapers in the next few weeks including a GIANT new project which is going to expand into a new series of wallpapers. I know I mentioned at some point that I was bored by the wallpapers. Well, I figured out how to make them exciting for me yet again, which in turn should make you excited as well.

• Bring Back Comments
Some of you already know this but I never took away comments from the site… only hid them, slightly. If you click a title of a post you’ll see at the bottom the comments are still intact. The fact is though that a lot of times I get frustrated by people’s lack of respect. On the flip side there are those of you who honestly do like to leave feedback and I want to respect that. So I’ll be returning the comment link to the individual posts in due time, though I’m still going to delete comments that don’t add anything conversational in nature. You don’t ever have to agree with me, but at least make a good point.

• More Community Based Projects
A lot of you really like being able to participate in a project, something like creating a desktop wallpaper based around a theme, for example. I really like these as well, they just take a bit of management and as stated before, that can be tough. I have some interesting ideas for some community projects that I’ll be announcing in a few weeks.

• Post More Music
Done and done. As you’ve seen from today I went a bit crazy with music related things. I’ll try to post more throughout the week as well, even if it’s just a song in my head.

• Less Angry Rants
People piss me off, what can I say? I’ll do better about not ranting on here or Twitter.

• Spell Check More Frequently
I can’t make any promises on this one, but I’ll do my best for all you English-y type people. Man, it was hard not to make a spelling error on purpose somewhere in there.

I think this is a reasonably long enough list/post, so I’ll wrap it up. The one thing to remember is even though I’m taking your suggestions I’m still sticking with my gut and doing what I like doing, which is why this blog is successful today. This will be the blog you enjoy reading, just a little bit better.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support.


11 Comments Reader Survey Results

  1. Corey Thompson November 2, 2010 at 1:40 AM

    Does less angry rants mean you won’t be doing the Playboy post? That one sounded interesting.

  2. Kjell-Roger November 2, 2010 at 2:29 AM

    Looking forward to see the “evolution” Bobby. I’m amazed to see the effort you put into this blog.

    I drop by every day and I probably spend far too much time on this blog, there are few other blogs that matches your quality.


  3. andy November 2, 2010 at 5:56 AM

    So excited about the return,resuming of mixtapes and mixcasts. i’ve been wearing out all the past ones anxious for anything new. Also cant wait to see the changes the blog is in store for. way to go!

  4. HopeZ November 2, 2010 at 7:30 AM

    Thanks so much! I super-LOVE mixcast 43!

  5. steve November 2, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    do it! i like that your keeping this “town” a personal gift rather than a souless crowd pleaser, KITSUNE IS DEAD!LONG LIVE KITSUNE!

  6. Bobby Solomon November 2, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    @Corey – Oh no, that was me coming up with ideas. I’m definitely going to flesh out that project, wah wahhhhhh…

  7. justin November 2, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    something i didnt think of ‘when feeding back’, i really liked the sort of competition style of the favourite-designer-magic-card-thing a while back. obviously it can’t be a weekly sort of thing. but when you or a reader comes up with an idea for something similar, i’d love to give it a bash (Dieter Rams deserves his place in the spotlight ;-) ). I suppose this ties in to the community-based-project thing a little.

    I also didnt mention how much I appreciate the effort, love and time you and your newly-added cohorts put into this fantastic piece of blogestry. Well done Bobby, really.

    Though i’m not much one for your ‘rants’, i love that you can use this space to express yourself, and i’d rather have that (rants and all) than have this be a chore for you.

    P.P.S: promise i wont write an essay again.

  8. ikea November 2, 2010 at 10:11 PM

    Personally I think censorship is the worst thing ever, so I would hope that comments aren’t deleted. However it is your blog…

  9. Bobby Solomon November 2, 2010 at 11:46 PM

    @Ikea – Sure, censorship can be bad, but when I get comments like “This sucks.” what’s the point? If someone doesn’t like something then I want to start a conversation around their reasons

    The other part is that this isn’t a free forum to say whatever you want, this is my baby that I work quite hard on. If someone wants to espouse their opinions they should start their own blog and talk about it there. As long as your comment is polite and worthwhile it will always be posted here.

    Keeping things positive.

  10. Hambone November 3, 2010 at 7:36 AM

    Yay! I’m so glad Desktop Wallpaper will be coming back. I can’t even count how many interesting conversations they have sparked with people who’ve seen them on my laptop.

  11. ikea November 3, 2010 at 9:46 PM

    Yes, but I think what is considered polite and worthwhile is subjective. This gets me thinking about the post on the film Vertigo that I think Danica posted. When I read it I was considering commenting on how much I think Vertigo sucks. Would that have been worthwhile? Maybe not, but is thinking that Vertigo is great any more worthwhile? I think the difference of opinions and getting multiple viewpoints on a subject is something very worthwhile, and that can only come from letting people say whatever they want. I’m glad that she made that post and I disagree with it, because it makes me want to watch the movie again to see if my opinion will change. Keeping things too positive (or negative) breeds ignorance/complacency. A simple “I love this!” is just as pointless as “This blows”, the only difference is that one appeals to our innate sense of wanting to please everyone.

    Anyway I digress… this is a great blog, thanks for all the work you put into it.

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