Monday 20 May 2019

D4Dementia 7th Birthday

On 20 May 2012, I began D4Dementia with this simple introductory post: Welcome to D for Dementia.

Since then the blog has been read by thousands of people around the world, and I’ve had countless comments, requests for help and stories shared via email or social media. For every person who has ever read my blog, or taken the trouble to share it or comment on it, thank you. I appreciate all of your amazing support.

In preparing for D4Dementia’s 7th birthday, it occurred to me that I'd never actually asked my readers what you think of the blog in an organized, analytical way. So I created and published a 5-question survey on 20 April 2019 to gather that feedback. 

Thank you to everyone who completed the survey. I’ve loved reading your responses and want to share some of the information I’ve gathered.

Firstly, I asked how often you read my blog – almost every respondent said monthly, which is fantastic considering I publish a new blog monthly. Then I asked if you had a favourite post on D4Dementia. Most respondents didn’t, but those who added an optional comment pointed to posts including the following:

Then I asked for your comments on D4Dementia. These are a selection:

Question 4 asked what is most important to you in blog content. You can see the answers below, with 'Providing practical solutions' and 'Drawing on personal experiences' as the most popular choices.

Finally, my last question asked about topics you’d like me to cover in future blogs. Some of the suggestions that were made have already been put into my workplan, but to address two comments that I probably won’t be writing stand-alone blogs about:

"I'd like to know more about your work and impact in the sector."

Please see my website for more information.

"More about co-housing with students/young people."

I would suggest reading about the work of Homeshare and Shared Lives Plus.

Huge thanks once again to everyone who reads my blog and everyone who contributed to the survey. I hope you continue to enjoy D4Dementia, and please do keep in touch with your comments, queries or questions.

Next up, my Dementia Action Week blog: 'We are family'.

Beth x

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