And here’s where we try to get a handle on where to focus for 2014:
The top interest among Daily Mirror readers is film, followed by famous crimes (unsolved and solved), then preservation, architecture, television, LAPD/law enforcement, other, theater and fashion.
When we break down the popularity of current Daily Mirror features, we find this:
It’s no surprise that the mystery photo (35) got the most response as “It’s my favorite,” followed by features that focus on a specific event like the death of Ted Healy or the Masked Marvel Murder (30), Mary Mallory/Hollywood Heights columns (23) and then focusing on a specific year (22), with Parker Center Cop Shop files getting 16 and the rest receiving single digits.
But when “It’s my favorite” and “I like it” are combined, we find the top feature is focus on a specific event (110 out of 121 or 90%), focus on a specific year (104 or 85%), Mary Mallory/Hollywood Heights (97 or 80%), Parker Center Cop Shop Files (90 or 74%) and mystery photo (84 or 69%).
So what do readers want for 2014?
The top essential is focus on a specific event, followed by focus on a specific year, mystery photo and Mary Mallory/Hollywood Heights.
The ranking of essential plus somewhat important is: Focus on a specific event (109), focus on a specific year (106), Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights (101), Parker Center Cop Shop Files (91) and mystery photo (85).
And finally, what would readers like to see added in 2014?
No question about it, you readers what book reviews and author interviews!
As we know from the survey, you are longtime readers, so you are familiar with the refrain “So many stories, only one Larry Harnisch.” The idea of adding book reviews to the mix is quite appealing, but I honestly am not going to have the time to do many of them. Mary Mallory has offered to do some, but I’m wondering if there is someone among the brain trust who would also like to take on the task of writing books reviews. If anyone is interested, email me.
To be continued.