#WDYTWed: last week’s results & isolated TBR

#WDYTWed: last week’s results & isolated TBR

In the more than ten years that I’ve been writing this blog (the first post was August 28, 2009), one of my favorite things has been interacting with the readers.

That used to happen a lot more. When I started out, I averaged 1,000 new words a day, but in more recent times, I just haven’t been able to do that. I’ve been trying to write more narratives again, but without that, the blog doesn’t tend to provoke many comments…and I miss that. I think my long time readers do, too.

One of those long time readers and amongst my most frequent commenters is Lady Galaxy, who suggested that I write something once a week with the intent of increasing interaction.

It’s a good idea. 🙂

I think the best way to do that is to do one or more polls (which I’ve done throughout the past decade).

I’ve decided to name this series #WDYTWed. WDYT is an internet abbreviation for “What Do You Think?”, and I’m going to do them on Wednesdays. Hopefully, just about every Wednesday…although I missed some recently due (at least in part) to the holidays.

Last week, I shared the results of the previous week’s poll(s), and I decided to do that again:

This one fascinated me and was a difficult choice for my readers! I asked if you could only fund one, schools or public libraries (there was more context to it than that), which would you choose?

If you didn’t have enough money to keep both schools and libraries open, which would you fund?

  • I would fund libraries: 35.29%
  • I would fund schools: 35.29%
  • I could never make that choice: 17.65%
  • Other: 11.75%
  • I don’t know: 0%

Yes, that’s right…it was a tie! Clearly, in a perfect world, we would fund them both.

So, this week…

I think you can probably guess what inspired me on this, but here we go: if the internet went down and you couldn’t leave your house (or have books delivered), how many unread books would you have available to you? Count p-books (paperbooks) and e-books you already have on your devices (including ones you have on back-ups that you could transfer to something on which you could read them), but not e-books in the cloud,


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4 Responses to “#WDYTWed: last week’s results & isolated TBR”

  1. Lady Galaxy Says:

    You topped it out at 100? Among my 5 Kindles, I probably have over 500 unread books. I’ve used my original Kindle First Edition as an archive for books I’ve read and may want to read again sometime. How did I get to the “so many books, so little time” stage? It’s hard to resist Kindle Daily or Monthly deals!

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      Actually, I had a “more than 100” choice, which turned out not just to be the plurality, but the majority, with 60% selecting it. I just don’t use my Kindles as archives like that…although I may have two or three unread books on them.

  2. Karin Says:

    I have about 1200 unread pbooks and I have 3593 unread ebooks (I keep track).

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Karin!

      I’m surprised (and pleased) by the number of unread p-books people say they have in their homes!

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