Two weeks ago, I wrote to the Monday Mailer and asked if my readers would do me a favour and fill out a quick survey. People spend so much time and energy trying to figure out what their audience wants — I figured I'd just ask them. 130 people were kind enough to take 6 minutes (on average!) out of their busy schedules and fill it out. Their answers will help me create great content for the newsletter & podcast in the year to come.
I thought it would be interesting to share some of the results.
84% of respondents identified as a software developer. Of those who didn't, the most popular job titles were variations on:
- Product Manager
68% are working on a side project of some kind, with 58% planning to monetize it. 8% of those who responded have already monetized a side project.
When I asked the other 32% what was holding them back from working on a side project, they said:
- A lack of time/too busy
- Not having any ideas
- No motivation
- Feeling burnt out
- Having trouble deciding what to work on
Asked what the biggest challenge they were facing in their work was, most people said:
- Time management/balancing goals & timelines
- Maintaining motivation
- Producing good work consistently
- Staying focused
- Suffering from imposter syndrome
Most respondents want to learn more about:
- Marketing & building an audience
- Team management & leadership
- Monetizing their work
- Learning design skills
- Improving their time management skills
When asked about other sites, authors, and podcasts they liked, the most popular answers were: