Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Poll results

I ran a poll over the past week or so asking, "In the next year, which of the following are you most likely to do?" Here are the results:

Visit one or more lighthouses within a couple of hours of home - 72%

Visit one or more lighthouses more than a couple of hours away - 81%
Take a lighthouse cruise - 72%
Take a lighthouse bus or van tour - 18%
Read a book about lighthouses - 72%
Read about lighthouses online - 81%
Volunteer for a lighthouse organization - 27%

These results aren't very surprising, but I am disappointed that only 27% said they'd volunteer. Granted, only 11 people responded, and that's not a very representative sampling. Still, I'd be more optimistic about the future of lighthouses if more people realized that preservation takes time and effort. I should have also included "Donate money to a lighthouse organization" as one of the options. As far as I'm concerned, anyone who professes to love lighthouses needs to do something for their preservation, whether it's a donation of time or money. It doesn't have to be a huge amount of money -- every dollar counts.


  1. I would volunteer in a heartbeat if I knew what to do and where to go to get involved! lol

  2. That's great to hear! It depends on where you live. Do you live near any lighthouses? If so, are any of them maintained by nonprofits? If you're not sure, email me at nelights@gmail.com.

    If you don't live near any lighthouses, you could contact the American Lighthouse Foundation, the U.S. Lighthouse Society, or another organization to see if there's anything you could do from home. Let me know if you need contact info.