It’s here! The results of my survey on How Do You Learn WordPress?
So the big question.
Was I Surprised By the Results of How People Learn WordPress?
The fact that online text and screenshots were number one was expected. Haven’t we all learned by words and images throughout our lives? If you are a regular visitor here to my blog, you will find that when I do extensive video tutorials, the second most popular choice in the survey, that I often add text and screenshots to it. This is done so you don’t have to watch the video again to revisit a specific piece that you needed a refresher on.
But at the same time, books fell short in the popular list. My guess is that it’s the challenge of keeping up with changes. There are some books for WordPress out there that do a pretty good job of it, and are very popular, but I often wonder if books are kept more as a resource after the fact of learning for some.
Not My Favorite. But I Can Handle It.
Here we see books pop up to #1. And the text and screenshots drops to the bottom. Well, that makes sense as the latter was the favorite way to learn. But as you can see a lot of people will deal with other ways of learning, if given the chance. Just not their first choice if there are other options available.
No Freakin’ Way
Again, interesting stuff, and really, no surprises. I do have to chuckle because you are probably asking right now, Are you insane Bob? Did you see that the two least favorite ways of learning are the two services you offer?
Yes, I did see that, and no worries on my part. There are still plenty of people who not only prefer the personal touch, but must have it. For those people, the on-on-one online coaching and in-person workshops are a must.
If you are looking at this from an instructor’s point of view, I bet you can come up with a lot of other thoughts and maybe even some deep insights. But the fact is, while these numbers can tell us a lot of what the majority of people prefer, as teachers of WordPress, we still need to find the markets that are not being filled, and the offerings that are not over-saturated, no matter what the numbers tell us.
This was a result of 428 responses. We all have different learning styles and needs, and I have shared my own opinion based on the findings.
Final note: It was pointed out to me that I left out what a few people thought should have been included.
Podcasts: Podcasts are great. But it can be a challenge to teach technology through audio alone, especially step-by-step instructions. But ideas, strategies and stories will always work well when shared through podcasts. And that is the power in them.
Hangouts and Webinars: These two are a bit too specific and both incorporate one or more of these learning styles, so it seemed a bit redundant to include them.
So let me know if you have any thoughts about the results. And if you would like to share this infographic on your site, feel free to copy the embed code below. I just nicely ask that you leave attribution and a link to my site. Cheers!