When I first launched my magazine, I also asked you to help with a survey. (Begged you, implored you desperately to do my survey more accurately. Wait, did I just say that out loud?) Anyway, in the interests of transparency, I thought I’d share some of the insights I gained. I can’t tell you the exact results, because it’s only a small sample size. So the results are heavily skewed, but I’m going to be objective about it. There were 5 questions in total.
1. What is your gender? (based on the sum total of you physically, mentally, emotionally, psychologically and other -allies)
Quite self-explanatory. You think the addendum is irrelevant? I thought so too, until I read about how complicated it could be to respectfully ask a person’s gender. At least I didn’t ask you if you have a Y chromosome.
I thought I’d simplify the conditions, and let you decide whether you feel you’re a male or female. Hey, you could be a hermaphrodite, but generally feel that you’re masculine. If the criteria gets too complicated, throw them out and go with your gut feeling.
Oh yeah, they were all men.
2. What is your age?
I had 5 ranges:
- below 20 years old
- between 20 and 30 years old
- between 30 and 40 years old
- between 40 and 50 years old
- more than 50 years
The survey participants were aged between 20 and 50 years old. Ok, so Pokemon is definitely out of the question…
3. At what price should the Singularity micro magazine be priced at?
The answer was a unanimous “free”. Quite expected. I’m charging for the magazine not because I want to wheedle you out of your hard earned money, but because I gotta eat.
“Free” was the first option. The second option was “$0 to $5”. I was wondering if the $0 would trigger something. Technically, free and $0 are the same. But do people respond more to the word “free”, or to a numeric value “$0”? Oh well, only if I placed them as two separate options, with the third as “$1 to $5” will I find out…
4. In which country are you living in now till 1 year in the foreseeable future?
Due to the small sample size, I will not disclose the answer to protect the innocent. Let’s just say they are all different countries. And none of them is Singapore, so yay I love you international readers! (I still love you readers in Singapore. Don’t mind that last sentence)
The question was phrased that way, to take care of travelling and resettling conditions. The point was to understand if it’s useful to do localised articles specific to a country. If I knew where you lived, I could write articles that include examples, events and activities in your country.
5. What do you want to read about in a magazine in the pursuit and application of knowledge? (write as many subjects as you like)
I wanted to know what you’re interested in. The answer surprised me. The consolidated answer is basically “what you write on your blog”. Ohhkkaayyy…
On further analysis, that is correct. The magazine is geared towards promoting polymathy. I write on diverse topics here on the blog (some of them are even interesting). It makes sense. I should’ve asked some other question…
So your wish is my command. I will go source for various fascinating and exciting topics for your reading pleasure.
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