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I Took the 2008 ALA Survey

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s back, bigger and better than ever.  Please read Jeffrey’s wonderful introduction, and then start answering!  It shouldn’t take much more than 10 minutes to complete (it took me 6 minutes, 44 seconds, but who’s counting?).

I TOOK IT! and so should you: The Survey for People Who Make Websites

Last year, we had an astonishing 32,831 responses; I can only imagine where we’ll end up this year.  And just as with last year, we will report our findings and release an anonymized raw data set.

The more people who take the survey, the better the results will be, so please—post the link on any relevant sites, mailing lists, discussion boards, or other communities.  Print up flyers and post them around your town.  Anything we can do to get the word out!

Thank you.

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    • #1
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    • Tue 29 Jul 2008
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    Matthias wrote in to say...

    Me too!

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    • Tue 29 Jul 2008
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    Received from Take the A List Apart 2008 Survey

    […] Eric Meyer […]

    • #3
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    • Tue 29 Jul 2008
    • 1034
    Brajeshwar wrote in to say...

    Good one, I missed last year. Did my part this time.

    • #4
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    • Tue 29 Jul 2008
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    Kyle Weems wrote in to say...

    I loved all the information in last year’s survey results, and I’m glad I had the chance to actually participate this year. I’m hoping this yea we’ll see some of the data broke broke down in geographic regions and such, to see how the industry compares from place to place.

    • #5
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    • Tue 29 Jul 2008
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    Bridget Stewart wrote in to say...

    I took it! Not sure how helpful an emerging freelancer’s information is, but I want to be part of the solution. (hee hee)

    • #6
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    • Tue 29 Jul 2008
    • 1700
    Karl Roos wrote in to say...

    I took it too…
    15 year old freelancer, that’s me!

    Err.. “How much have your academic studies helped you in your work as a web designer/developer?”
    Hasn’t helped me so much yet, like 4-5 years to go and then I’ll go to university, a bit left.

    Anyway, easy and straight forward form to fill in.

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    • Tue 29 Jul 2008
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    Received from A List Apart Survey 2008 » Dever's Blog

    […] Daca anul trecut au fost aproape 33.000 care au completat chestionarul sunt sigur ca anul asta vor fi mult mai multi si rezultatele vor fi pe masura. via […]

    • #8
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    • Wed 30 Jul 2008
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    Tobias wrote in to say...

    Read your article (just like last year), took it myself (just like last year), encouraged others to take it (just like last year), looking forward to the results (just like last year) and to the fun you guys are going to have tackling the +30MB CSV-File (just like last year)!

    This is becoming a tradition, I hope! ;)

    • #9
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    • Wed 30 Jul 2008
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    Web Major wrote in to say...

    Last year’s results were helpful for me in contract negotiations.

    The least I can do is take it again!

    • #10
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    • Thu 31 Jul 2008
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    Tim Wright wrote in to say...

    Good survey this year, I like how you guys adjusted it for the current economy/job market. Looking forward to the results.

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    • Thu 31 Jul 2008
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    Received from Dave Stevens: ALA Survey for people who make websites 2008

    […] *Graphic pinched from Eric Meyer […]

    • #12
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    • Thu 31 Jul 2008
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    Sean wrote in to say...

    Don’t know if this is the appropriate venue to ask, but does question one _actually_ want me to describe myself, or just list my age?

    • #13
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    • Thu 31 Jul 2008
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    Eric Meyer wrote in to say...

    Just your age, Sean. Good question, though. I’m going to go edit that question now so it’s more clear.

    • #14
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    • Thu 31 Jul 2008
    • 1452
    Jason wrote in to say...

    The later questions, like on page 15: Do they mean recently, or ever?

    • #15
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    • Thu 31 Jul 2008
    • 1459
    Eric Meyer wrote in to say...

    Jason: Unless we said something about “recently”, then more or less “ever”. We leave the exact interpretation up to the survey-taker, though.

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    • Thu 31 Jul 2008
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    Received from The A List Apart 2008 Survey Awaits! |

    […] The news is making the rounds on the web – indeed, two prominent figures have already written about it: Jeffrey Zeldman and Eric Meyer. […]

    • #17
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    • Fri 1 Aug 2008
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    Tom Leo wrote in to say...

    Just finished, look forward to seeing the results.

    • #18
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    • Sat 2 Aug 2008
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    Todd wrote in to say...

    I’ll be posting links across the interweb when I get back home Monday. I took it and it was a little different in regards to my answers than last year.

    I thought it was straight-forward and easy to answer myself.

    • #19
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    • Mon 4 Aug 2008
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    Nate wrote in to say...

    The only thing that I was worried about while taking the survey was that the answer for my hours I was currently working and the amount of money made last year will be radically different, since I was working 20 hours a week last year and am working 40 hours a week this year. Thus, my income appears to be exceptionally low for 40 hours a week unless that is taken into account.

    Perhaps all of those types of questions should specifically refer to the same time frame?

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