How to Tell When It's Time to Shut Up

A WINNER HAS BEEN SELECTED!!  

Again, the prize is a signed copy of my book “Curse of the Masking-Tape Mummy.”  

As with last week, to enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this comic (How to Know When It’s Time to Shut Up). As with last week, the winner will be selected at random on Thursday morning (Feb 16th).  Again, as with last week, I will ask a question that you can, but are not obligated to, answer. I’m told this is a valuable opportunity to gather demographic data about my readers, so my question this week is as follows.

“What demographic data about you should I be trying to gather?”

I look forward to your suggestions.

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Reader Comments (335)

My favorite color is all shades of blue and green except for the kind of yellowish greens that look a little sickly.

February 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMystrana

I guess I didn't know when to shut up...
What Demographic data to gather? Well, I work as an analyst, and I have to say that it entirely depends on what you are planning to do with the data. Usually you use this sort of information to work out how to market to someone better, or to get insight on your customer base to work out where you can find more potential customers. I would say Age and Gender would be a good start, perhaps income bracket, employment marital status. An interesting one would be "Where do you most often check this comic from? Work/home/mobile/cafe etc". Could be useful info.
Oh, and favourite soft drink, don't want to let too many non-Dr Pepper drinkers in...

February 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter9squirrels

Hm... age, race, gender, or political association could be a good start, if only so that you know which demographics you can best get away with poking fun at.(:

February 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmelia

How many (living) houseplants are in your household. (Five.)

February 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMamagotcha

The demographical data you should collect is favourite number between 7 and 9. After a lot of hard thought, I have to go with 8.

February 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDerek

Pop Tart Preference. Dinner IS the most important meal.

February 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMach Rider

You could gather data on how many ppl will post just on the chance of getting free stuff.

February 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDragle

Favourite curse word?

February 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHelen G

Usually the basic demographic thing people go for is age & gender. Beyond that, perhaps occupation? But really Age & Gender are usually the mostly... demo...graphic...ized?

Also, hope I'm not too late.

February 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRob King

How about, "How many physical books do you own?". People who already own a lot of books probably buy a lot of books.

February 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa from Indiana

Am I too late to get in on the contest? Damn. Okay, I'll shut up now, because I of all people know when to can it...when to keep quiet. Believe you me, I surely do! Most def.

February 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBobbo

demographics? I've found you can tell a lot about a person by his credit card number and expiration date.

February 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterarthurpewty

Here's a demographic: When commenting, if your name is gender-ambiguous, please specify if you are male or female. Whether or not you can use that to sell more books is inconsequent. It will avoid you feeling stupid and angering one of your readers if you ever get it wrong.

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPhilippe Gaboury

I think all this "fact-based" data gathering for demographic-definition-purposes, will mislead you.

Ask people what would they name their adorable new orange kitten.

If they answer any of the following, simply hit delete.

"My. Poopy". "Tigger". "Muffin". "Socks."

However, if they answer "He Who Shall Not Be Named". "Airstrike", or "Eddie Sebastian, Private Eye", make them part of your core demographic. Buy them expensive jewelry and give them sincere but overstated compliemtns.

See? Easy-peasy.

And I know I misspelled "compliments." -That was a test.

May 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterme

That link on the comic bottom... I never imagined to see that picture around here hehehe the header of that page is an old thermal power station in my city, Porto Alegre, Brazil. It's called "Usina do Gasômetro". (where "usina" in this context means power station and Gasômetro is the name of that region in Porto Alegre)

The station was shut down a long time ago and was going to be demolished for new buildings building, but now it's used for cultural shows and as a museum. The scenery is gorgeous. the sunset is wonderful. It's one of the most "must-see" places in the city.

ok, I know... nobody cares hehehehe I just felt an urge to do it))

December 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDarth GTB

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