Elderblogger Survey - Part 1
Elderblogger Survey - Part 3

Elderblogger Survey - Part 2

Today, day two of The Elderblogger Survey results, we’ll take a look at the questions about Living Arrangements, Employment and Financial Condition.

Before we get started, here’s the standard reminder about this Survey:

  • It is not balanced against the general population

  • It is not balanced against even the elder population

  • Respondents are self-selected, so not a representative sample

  • Therefore, the survey has no statistical validity

Nevertheless, because the survey was distributed mostly among elderbloggers themselves and other elders who read blogs, we can get a bit of an idea of who we are and what we are like.

Today, we can further refine the description of an average elderblogger to a woman who lives in a small city in the U.S. with her spouse or partner and a cat. She is retired, lives in a house she owns and has an income in the mid-five figures.

(A total of 402 people participated in the survey, but some did not answer all the questions. In today's group, there are 390 respondents unless noted otherwise in parentheses at the end of a question.)

13. What country do you live in?
We overwhelming live in the U.S., but I am surprised and pleased to see how many other countries are represented even if only by one or two people each.


Other countries with either one or two residents:

Austria -1
Denmark – 1
France – 2
Germany – 2
India – 1
Israel - .5 (lives in U.S. half the year)
Italy – 1
Mexico- 1
Northern Ireland – 1
South Africa – 1
Sweden - 1
Switzerland -1
Turkey - 1

14. What size city do you live in?


15. What kind of housing do you live in?
Write-in answers were allowed. I’ve folded answers of co-housing (one) and condo into apartments because I was looking to distinguish between single-family homes and multiple-person dwellings.


16. Do you own or rent your home?


17. With whom do you live?
Multiple answers were allowed.


18. Are you a full- or part-time caregiver? If so, to whom?
The total is larger than 100 percent as multiple choices were allowed.


19. Do You Keep a pet or pets?


20. If you keep pets, what kind do you have? (257)
Multiple choices were allowed for this question. “Other” pets include hamster, chinchilla, guinea pig, ferret, mice, turtle, and rabbits. Farm animals include horses, chickens, goats, oxen, cows and ducks, some as working/producing animals and others as pets.


21. What is your employment status? (390)


22. If you work, how many hours a week do you do so? (260)


23. Do you do volunteer work? (If so, how many hours per week?) (390)


24. What is your annual gross income (in U.S. dollars)? (390)


25. What Are Your Sources of Income? (390)
This was a multiple choice question so results add up to more than 100 percent. I’ve folded all sources of earnings – commissions, freelance fees, book residuals, sale of artwork, etc. into salary, and such income as property rentals and royalties from mineral rights into investments.


Remaining in the “other” category of income sources are a few such as alimony, and “private.” I don’t know if private means, “I won't tell you” or if it might be something more – well, interesting. My favorite “other” answers of one each are none, gambling and gifts. None is intriguing, gambling undoubtedly has its ups and downs over time, and gifts leaves open a lot of questions.

Tomorrow we’ll look into our use of technology and the internet.

The Elderblogger Survey - Part 1
The Elderblogger Survey - Part 3
The Elderblogger Survey - Part 4
The Elderblogger Survey - Part 5

[The week of Mother’s Day stories continues at The Elder Storytelling Place today with The Best She Could.]


Ronni, these stats confirm my studies on blogging and the social part of it is the active arena of engagement and why blogging is significant.

All of this is very interesting. I hope you continue to maybe explore some of the things you are uncovering.

Again, results somewhat unexpected in terms of what I presumed.

I don't care what the numbers say, Dogs Rule.

I will be interested to see how the technology graphs look, but given that the predominant audience is from the US, I expect the techie aspect to also be large. Not that other country TGB readers are not computer-literate, I don't mean that at all, just that the US is obviously very connected now in most all parts of the country to the Internet.

Access being the key ingredient - kind of a "duh" observation...

Nothing much in this survey surprises me.

Except the greater number of people seem to prefer cats as pets (yeah, I have cats too, we just don't acknowledge each other). But then this is a left-heavy blog, and most of my left-leaning friends are cat fanciers. ;-> (I just noticed Cowtown Pattie's response - gotta love her!)

Myself being a social liberal/fiscal conservative, I have a bunch of dogs - mutual acknowledgment all around.

Fair winds to one and all,

The Captain

Actually, in response to Cowtown Pattie above, the U.S. is behind much of hte world in broadband/computer usage. Just not the kind of thing we tend to realize, too often.

Not surprising cats are prevalent. They're easier to leave alone if you go to work. Some places, such as my apartment complex, allow cats but not dogs. Cats don't bark and leave deposits all over.

As your sole respondent from Turkey I was disappointed in the low numbers outside the US. And surprised that more people from English-speaking countries didn't take part. Not to mention countries where there is a significant English-speaking retired population. I am now thinking of ways in which TGB can become better known in these countries - I'll get back to you.

I don't find too much surprising in this second part of blogger survey results. I was surprised in part one that there weren't more bloggers in my age group. I, too, wished there had been more of a gender balance. Wish we had more numbers variation in ethnicity besides all us white folk.

I know from a computer group with which I'm associated, the preponderance of males seem more focused on web sites other than blogs -- genealogy and photography are really big with them; also, specialty type sites i.e. hobbies with which they're involved. (Am trying to "gently" expose them to blogging and allay some false perceptions about this activity.)

I cannot allow the comment you made on your earlier survey post slip by without offering my own opinion. FWIW I believe that you have absolutely no reason to feel your education level is an issue of much consequence here. The high quality of your writing speaks for itself. Never under estimate the value of self-education -- it's what you do with what you got and what you get. You got it, and then some!

I have always admired the way in which you legitimize what you write through supporting documentation -- better than some academically trained to do so. I agree with others who have described your skill at integrating ideas. You have a knack for molding them into an intelligent whole that is truly greater than the sum of its parts. Your writing stimulates my thinking, whether or not I always agree with you. I like the way you inject your sense of humor even when it's dark, Crabby Old Lady!

Your comments here reflect your recognition of the interpretative values as well as the limitations of this survey's results. That is what any good researcher should do, but too many don't. I agree with Mother Pie in her encouragement that you continue to follow up with this blogging exploration in the future.

Joared's comment reminds me of what I failed to tell Ronnie re education.

Ronnie--In my mind (and experience) it would be shear folly for any of us to equate one's level of formal education with one's level of intelligence, capability, or value. Let us hope that your readers are good company in which you find yourself; but, you definite stand on your own, considerable merits.

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