Thanks to all of you who took the survey below (it’s now closed). If you’re curious, this is what I learned:
- Over 50% of you found Polish Housewife via facebook (it’s important more me to stay active there and try to navigate the latest algorithim changes.)
- 44% of you find out about new content via social media (ditto my FB comment above, when you like, comment share, it helps!)
- 47% of the responses were from readers 65+ (FB tells me readers are equally distributed between 35 and 65+, but I can see how someone 65+ has more time to take a survey)
- 83% have no dietary restrictions in the household
- The biggest frustrations in the kitchen are lack of time (24%) and organizing/planning meals (34%) (I can relate! I often cook for blog post on the weekend, and we’ll eat those recipes during the week.)
- Whether or not you make a dish you see online has to do with prep time/complexity (37%) and the ingredients (37%)
- 76% of you usually shop at a traditional supermarket.
Thank you for your kind words about what you like, or don’t like. (The most precise and valid point came from a technical writer who finds my use of commas instead of dashes, understandably annoying or distracting. If you let me know where I’ve errored, I’ll correct it. My former colleague in the communications office had a thing about dashes being overly used, so I may be gun-shy. As a CPA, I feel the same way when people use financial terms or concepts incorrectly, or when people use the word pierogies. Pierogi is plural, friends.)
As for what you’d like me to post about more often:
- beside traditional Polish recipes, the most frequent comment was SIMPLE recipes
- a desire for more use of buckwheat, cabbage, beets, fermented foods, nutritional info
- ideas and recipes from other readers (this is going to lead to a new feature on the Polish Housewife facebook page. On Sunday mornings, I’ll make a zapraszamy post. Feel invited to share your what’s on your mind in the comments of that post. How have you simplied your favorite Polish recipe? Tell us about your last trip to Poland? What family traditions do you have for upcoming holidays? We’ll try it and see how it goes. I look forward to hearing from you!
Your enjoyment of what’s written here matters! To help us connect meaningfully, will you be so kind as to take a quick survey by answering 10 questions by clicking on this link? It really will take just a few minutes.
The main focus of my questions has to do with cooking and recipes, but you should feel free to respond on other topics in the open-ended questions. Your responses will be valuable input as I prepare the editorial calendar for Polish Housewife.
This isn’t a one time invitation, reach out anytime via social media, email, or a comment on a post. Your questions and suggestions have inspired some of my most popular posts, and I’m always happy to hear from you!
An accountant by trade and a food blogger since 2009, Lois Britton fell in love with Polish cuisine during the years she lived in Poznań, Poland. As the creator of PolishHousewife.com, she loves connecting readers with traditional Polish recipes. Lois has a graduate certificate in Food Writing and Photography from the University of South Florida. She is the author of The Polish Housewife Cookbook, available on Amazon and on her website.
Love the recipes and the pictures of Poland that I’ll probably never get to visit. Please keep up the good work!
Thanks, Dina. I love sharing it all with you!
I love reading your recipes and seeing the pictures of the food and of Poland too. I will never be able to visit but it still is fun to learn more about the country and the people from where one side of my family is from. Polan is what the records say and I am supposing it is now part of Germany. But it still is important to me to find out about the area.
Pearl M. Estepp
I really enjoy this site! The parents of both my mother and father came from Poland. My mother and father both spoke Polish fluently as it was spoken in their homes. My parents were both born in America and went to our schools. Growing up, my parents spoke Polish (when they didn’t want us to know what they were talking about), but that stopped after we started understanding what was being said. My Mother cooked traditional Polish food and we followed all the Polish traditions and holidays. My Mother could make soup out of anything it seemed and it was all delicious. Some of the soups and foods come up on this site. I love the camaraderie we share on this site. We discuss traditions, recipes and enjoy seeing and hearing about Poland. I will never get the opportunity to visit Poland but truly enjoy seeing the costumes and the sites of the different areas of Poland. Please continue to share all this with us.
Thanks for your kind words, Pearl. I enjoy the camaraderie too!
We don’t have many aunts or uncles to relay recipes that we miss. Thanks for keeping me in the loop & able to try them
I’m glad to help; thanks!
I love the recipes and the pictures of everything Polish. I remember my Poppa telling stories of his family in Poland. He was a young child when he came to America.I enjoy seeing pictures of kitchens in Poland.
Kitchens! The heart of every home.
Cheryl Plombon Knollenberg
I too appreciate this site. All the recipes and discussions and comments bring me a little closer to my heritage.Both my father and mothers families were 1/2 Polish and 1/2 German from what I’ve been told.. My Gramma and Grampa’ s families came to America to raise their families. I haven’t d ont know very much beyond that but wish I did.
So thank you for making me feel a like I actually belong to these wonderful people and places.
I’m glad to connect you with your roots, Cheryl!
Appreciate the sharing of your time, talent and treasure. Blessings!
Thanks, Susan. Blessings on you and yours too!