About a month ago, we asked you to answer a few questions about A Bicycle Built for Two, and we were thrilled when almost 200 of you responded! Thank you for sharing your opinions—and thanks for all of your positive feedback! We love the site, and it’s always good to hear from readers about how much it means to you. (We’re happy to report that 99.4% of you “most enjoy” the Real Wedding posts!)
Curious about some of the nitty gritty? Here are some stats we thought it might be fun to share:
- About 50% of respondents are between 20-30 years old, and another third are 30-40. The rest (besides a few under-20s) are 40 and older—we were excited to see we even have a couple of readers who self-identified as 60+.
- 84% of you have been visiting the blog for more than a year, and we’re thrilled that so many people keep coming back for more—even though more than a quarter of respondents said that they are already happily married!
- More than half of you said you’d be interested in seeing A Bicycle Built for Two on Instagram, and a healthy number already follow us on Tumblr and Facebook. However, less than 10% of y’all visit our page on Pinterest—we’ll be working on jazzing it up in the next few months, so if you’re a Pinterest user, come on over!
Gripes? We heard a few, and we promise to work on them! One had to do with galleries— although we think it can be fun to look back into the archives, they are also, as someone pointed out, a way for us to “recycle” material, and we’ll try to use them in moderation. The best way to help us with that is to make sure we have plenty of submissions—encourage your friends, aunts, cousins, coworkers, etc. to submit their photos to the site!
We think that our most important area for improvement has to do with diversity. While a majority of respondents said they “see themselves” in the couples who appear on A Bicycle Built for Two, we also had lots of requests for more people of color, people with disabilities, and non-U.S. weddings. The most common comment, though, was that folks (ourselves included!) are excited about seeing more trans* and genderqueer weddings. If that is you (or someone you’re marrying), then please consider submitting— and feel free to be explicit with any requests involving language, pronouns, etc.!
We loved reading every single one of your survey responses, but there were a few that we just had to share.
“I LOVE that the blog covers [real] people. I connect so well because everything is perfectly imperfect—just like normal people are.”
We also know that, for some of you, the blog is a happy place in a world where things aren’t always coming up roses. You are one of the reasons we think it is so important for this blog to exist—you are not alone, and we hope that someday you will find yourselves celebrating your love for your partner with a big ol’ cake (or other dessert of your choice)!
“In my country same-sex marriage does not exist and well, let’s just say that being gay here is not the easiest thing. But your blog always cheers me up, and the moments I spend just scrolling through all the lovely couples are like daydreaming to me.”
“When I was in the process of coming out it was such a sanctuary for me.”
Finally, there was one respondent who surprised us, then made us shed a few happy tears:
“I am a straight mom of a lesbian daughter. She is about to be married to a beautiful, wonderful woman. I love looking at your beautiful wedding pictures. I hope they will submit theirs!”
Supportive moms are so great, aren’t they? We hope they submit their photos too!
We’ll be back with a beautiful engagement on Monday, but in the meantime, we hope you have a wonderful weekend! Happy Pride to those of you who are already celebrating!
Photos courtesy of De Nueva and Shutter Styles Photography.