In Blog Exercises: Polls and Surveys I asked you to create a poll on your site asking for input from your readers. Today’s exercise is on creating a follow-up poll.
In that exercise, I invited readers to respond to the question, “What publishing platform are you currently using?”
The answers to that are typical, skewed more towards WordPress as Lorelle on WordPress is dedicated to WordPress. Therefore, there isn’t enough information for me to do something with. I need to follow-up on the poll to expand on the topic.
“Are you considering changing to a new publishing platform? If yes, which one?”
The answer options are Blogger/Blogspot, MovableType, TypePad, WordPress.com, self-hosted version of WordPress, Tumblr, Jux, Posterous, ExpressionEngine, Joomla, Drupal, and other, covering most of the web publishing options.
Your Blog Exercise is to go back to your original question and think of a way to expand upon it, asking for more specific information from your readers.
What would make your original question more specific and helpful to yourself as well as to your audience? Everyone’s question is different. Dig deeper to uncover what would make the question have more relevance.
Remember not to ask questions that assume you already know the answer. Be careful of adding bias to your question. Keep the question clean, simple, and easy-to-understand. Most importantly, be sincere. Ask a question that directly relates to what you want to learn from your readers. People are more likely to respond to relevance.
In addition to the resources listed on the original blog exercise on polls and surveys, here are more resources on how to ask an effect survey or poll question.
- Tips for Writing Polls and Surveys | Suess’s Pieces
- A new way to filter survey data – PollDaddy
- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Public Opinion Polling
- Grammar Girl : How to Write Good Survey Questions – Quick and Dirty Tips ™
- Purdue OWL: Conducting Primary Research
- AP Stylebook on Polls and Surveys
- Survey Tips: How to write a good survey questionnaire – Accesscable.net
- 10 Tips for Writing and Delivering Effective Poll and Survey Questions – Adobe Connect User Community
- 8 Tips for Writing Effective Survey Questions – Constant Contact
- Designing Surveys that Count – Keen State College and Monadnock United Way
- Guide to Writing Survey Questions – Manaqgement Analysis and Development – Minnesota State University
- Designing a Survey – Science Buddies
- How To Write A Survey | SmartGirl
- SmartGirl – How To Write A Survey (Advanced)
- Customer Satisfaction Example Survey Questions | SurveyMonkey
- The Power and Perils of Polling | The Daily MBA
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