Last week, I did a readers survey and many of you filled it out. Thank you! I read through all 243 pages of responses! Your answers were very helpful to me. I’ll be using the insights to plan future posts, improve the function of the site and more.
I did want to share a few things with you. Some things did not surprise me at all, and others were a little baffling.
First, the thing that confused me about your responses:
Several people mentioned that they were disappointed that the recipes aren’t free anymore.
All of the recipes on Eat at Home are free and always will be. I asked on Facebook about this and some people thought maybe readers are getting confused between the Weekly Meal Plans (which there is a charge for now) and the recipes.
So, I want to be clear. Here’s what you can get for free on Eat at Home:
- All the recipes that have been posted on the blog (almost 5 years worth!)
- Every kitchen tip, cooking tip etc that has been posted on the blog.
- A sneak peek at each Weekly Meal Plan menu, so you can see the recipes that are offered that week. (Only members get the grocery lists, printable recipe docs and cooking tips though)
I want Eat at Home to be a resource for you. So please, come use the recipes and posts all you want!
Most Common Reader Request:
Readers want better search options for the site. Requests were made for better site navigation, a search bar that’s easier to find and use and even a visual recipe index.
Site navigation and search are something that I tweak every time I have work done on the site. It’s a bit of a challenge to find all the recipes that have been shared here, just because of the sheer volume of them. I am going to look into a better search bar and better placement for the search function. And I’ll look into having a visual recipe index, but I think that will require me to find someone to build it. From what I’ve heard, it’s not an easy or cheap thing to add.
The Thing Some Readers Loved (and miss) and the Thing I was Weary of:
I was so surprised at how many times Ingredient Spotlight was mentioned. I really didn’t think anyone would miss that feature at all. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, Ingredient Spotlight was a once a week post, with a link up. Each week we highlighted a different ingredient. I did it for several years and felt like we’d covered every ingredient that could possibly be lurking in the pantry. I was tired of that post and I really thought readers might be too.
But apparently, I was wrong! At the first of the year, I partnered with Finding Joy in My Kitchen and we hosted the party together. Since then, she has taken it over.
The Funniest Answer (I blame auto-correct):
In response to “What would you like to see more of on Eat at Home?”
Well…if you search for my ebook, Feast in 15, on Amazon Fancy Feast cat food comes up as a result. Is that close enough to Meow recipes for you?
I used a random number generator to choose one of the survey responses for the winner. Rachel A. was the winner of a $50 Amazon gift card. I’ve already emailed her and sent the gift card to her. Congratulations, Rachel!
And we also have a winner for the Kitchen Aid Slow Cooker from Libby’s. Congratulations to Joan C.! Your slow cooker should be arriving soon.
Thanks to everyone who filled out the survey and entered the Libby’s giveaway. I am so thankful for all of you who come here to read posts, find recipes and share your experiences in the kitchen. You are fabulous readers!