The Results from our 2012 Readers Survey Are In

Thank you to all who took part in our 2012 readers survey! It has been really helpful for me to read your responses, and it helps me get a sense of who the readers are. Here is a quick breakdown:

Who took the survey:

The survey was sent to the people on my email list. Right now there are 780 people on this list. Of this group, 130 took the survey. I know everyone is busy, and from what I have read about “response rates” for email lists, this is good participation. I feel that this is a good representative sample of the people on my mailing list. It may not be fully representative of my web traffic, but it’s still helpful. Here are some demographic notes about your fellow readers:

Gender Breakdown of Readers:

  • 75% male
  • 25% female

Relationship Status of Readers:

  • 83% married
  • 6% single
  • 6% in a relationship, but not married
  • 5% divorced

How people heard about this website and/or mailing list?

  • 37% Attending Faithful and True Workshop where I spoke
  • 21% Through the Internet – Google search
  • 18% Through the Internet – a link on another website
  • 14% Heard about me from a friend
  • 10% Attending some event where I spoke

What personal interest readers have in the material in this website / newsletter (note: people could check more than one answer)

  • 70% are sexual strugglers / addicts themselves
  • 20% are pastors or counselors who seek to help others with their struggles
  • 19% are partners of sexual strugglers / addicts
  • 9% are parents of a sexual struggler
  • 6% struggle with a different addiction, and apply my teaching to that

If I resarted doing teleseminars or webinars, what would you want to participate in:

  • 50% either tele seminars or webinars
  • 25% wouldn’t be participating in either one
  • 19% interested in webinars – wouldn’t do tele seminars
  • 6% interested in tele seminars – wouldn’t two webinars

What readers want to hear more about:

I offered a multiple choice option for this question, and then also gave a place where people could raise a question they would like answered. I got 100 answers … there was some overlap, and I’m still analyzing those responses. But here is what people said in the multiple choice question.

  • 71% How to experience long term recovery (keys to lasting recovery)
  • 61% How to re-build intimacy in marriage
  • 56% Building recovery around emotional / spiritual health (getting beyond behavioral solutions)
  • 40% The spiritual questions / challenges we face in recovery
  • 33% Dealing with issues of codependence as it relates to recovery
  • 31% How the church helps and hinders people in recovery
  • 27% How to help people recover – what families, friends, and churches can do

My takeaways:

I will be using the responses to the last question as I formulate content for future blog posts and ezine articles, which I’m hoping to put together into some publishable form in the future. As I said, I still have more work to do to go through the questions, and I will be doing that soon.

I was struck by the theme and focus of the readers on issues surrounding long term sobriety. What this says to me is that a lot of the readers have established some sobriety and are wanting to build recovery as a long term, sustainable way of living. This makes sense, given that a significant percentage of the readers have attended a recovery workshop at some point in the past. They want to build on that.

Thanks again for your responses. If you have any further thoughts, add them in the comment section below.

2 thoughts on “The Results from our 2012 Readers Survey Are In”

  1. Mark,

    I think the relationship status gives a lot of hope to spouses of addicts and addicts in general:


    83% married [I would add, that they are STILL married]
    6% single
    6% in a relationship, but not married
    5% divorced

    I find this ration true in our Faithful and True support groups. Five years ago, I surveyed every member and former member [dating back 10 years] with this one question: Still married or divorced? 83% were still married. First of all, congratulations to those who are working hard on their marriage.

    The hidden (unbelievable) truth is that most addictive people really do love their spouse. We addicts have done some unlovable things, but we really do desire to keep our family together. The key belief for the addict is, “I will do whatever it takes”.

    1. I totally agree with what you’re saying Jerry. It is cool to see how marriages get restored in the process of recovery. It’s not always the case, and it often takes longer than people hope, but many marriages do turn around, and in fact get stronger through the whole experience.

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