Monthly Archives: August 2013

Initial Results from The 7-Question Springsteen Fan Survey

Note: I am writing this post in Markdown using StackEdit. Markdown is a stripped-down computer language which provides writers with the ability to render a certain text in a variety of formats (.html, .pdf, and so on—I’ve been learning that converting is not as easy as it seems, especially if you want an editor that works across platforms). So, if there are editing issues with this, forgive me as I’m experimenting with this new format.

Okay, now on with the survey stats. . . .

I created a custom URL using for the link to the 7-Question Springsteen Fan Survey so I could track how often it was being clicked: According to, that link was clicked 2,464 times, with 1,616 clicks coming from Twitter, 580 coming from Facebook, and 268 from other sources. These results are instructive because I never posted the link on Facebook (I don’t have a Facebook account), though I know that Blogness on the Edge of Town did (as did Bruce Funds [updated 8/30, 11:13am). It’s not possible to see where those links specifically originated. According to, other links that have a Twitter signature also point to the survey, though I haven’t had the time to go through each of those links just yet.

The overwhelming majority of clicks, 1680, came on the first day the survey was released. This result is consistent with other online fan community results I have seen where the first 24 hours generate the most responses.

The survey was seen by fans around the globe:

screenshot of map of clicks to the survey

These results generally match the results of the survey overall.

I should also note that my tweets were retweeted quite often, though I don’t have a detailed count right now. I’m hoping to get a tweet reach calculation so I can see how Twitter users might have actually seen the tweets.

Initial Survey Data

Of the 779 Springsteen fans who chose to decided to answer the first question—“By clicking Yes below you are giving your Informed Consent to participate in the following 7-question survey. If you do not wish to participate, click No. You must be 18 years of age or older to complete the survey.”—737 or 95% said, Yes.

I’m only able to provide statistical data for 3 of the 7 questions. It is too soon to provide any information on the essay question because it has not yet been analyzed and I’m not sure which fans have provided permissions. I’ll list of the question and provide a screenshot of the results.

How many Bruce Springsteen concerts (with and without the E Street Band) have you seen live in your life?

screenshot of total concerts fans have attended. 21 - 50 had the most responses: 140 or 22%

How many Bruce Springsteen concerts have you seen live on the 2012 – 2013 Wrecking Ball tour?

screenshot of total concerts fans have attended. 2 had the most responses: 127 or 19%

Here is a crosstab of the above two questions:

screenshot of a crosstab of total concerts versus Wrecking Ball tour concerts

Did you tweet about any 2012 – 2013 Wrecking Ball concert? This includes tweeting about pre-concert activities (buying tickets, tailgating, waiting in line to get into the pit, and so on), during concert activities, post-concert activities, as well as retweeting another’s tweet.

screenshot of whether respondents tweeted about a concert: 422 or 57% responded Yes

The breakdowns for where respondents lived were somewhat surprising: 46% indicated they were from the United States and 45% indicated they were from Europe. (Note: there was an error when the survey was first released that resulted in Australia being left off the list.)

Brief Thoughts

Right now, there isn’t much to be gleaned from this data. I am most surprised by the tweet to non-tweet ratio. I thought there would be considerably more people who tweeted than who didn’t. Also interesting is that more Europeans (232) than Americans (155) indicated that they tweeted about a concert.

Most of the insights are going to come with analyzing the question, “Why Bruce Springsteen? That is, what is it about Bruce Springsteen (the man and/or his music) that makes you a Springsteen fan. Please limit your response to 1500 characters,” as well as from the follow-up interviews. I’m looking forward to getting started on that work some time in September.

Thanks, again, to all who submitted responses!

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To All Springsteen Fans: Thank You

This brief post is to all Springsteen fans who have completed or considered completing “The 7-Question Springsteen Fan Survey,” which I released on August 1, 2013. Today marks one month since the final official show of The Wrecking Ball Tour, which ended July 28, 2013, in Kilkenny, Ireland. It also marks the last day my survey will be live. I will be taking it down by 11:59 this evening.

As of this writing, 763 Springsteen fans have submitted responses to the survey.

I am humbled by the trust you have placed in me and the enthusiasm so many have shown by retweeting links to the survey. When I began preparing this study, I had two things in mind. First, keep it short. (Seven questions still seems a bit too long.) Second, I hope people trust me enough to place their inner-most thoughts about Springsteen in my care. I was especially worried because the survey was being released soon after Springsteen and I hit theaters. I remember telling my wife, Wendy (yes, Wendy, I know, isn’t it just wonderful?), that I thought maybe, if I were lucky, I’d break 100 responses. She knew better.

So, to all have taken the survey and those who have considered but declined, I offer my thanks. I hope you come away from the work I produce in collaboration with your thoughts honors that trust. I will, of course, keep you informed as data analysis begins and will post some initial response data after the deadline passes.

(And if you’ve yet to complete the survey, you still have time!

Many of my Twitter followers know Wendy and I had a son, Seeger Reyes Wolff, on August 14, 2013 (named after Pete Seeger and the wonder of Point Reyes National Seashore, which Wendy and I love). I’ve been singing him “Pony Boy” for the last two weeks. In honor of him, I leave you with an audio of Springsteen singing “Pony Boy” by request at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford NJ on August 4, 1992. (At posting, the movie isn’t play in the post, but you can click on the title.) I love how he changes it to “Pony Girl” at the end.

PS If you know of a video of it online, please let me know!

Updated 4:25pm

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