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Blog Exercises: Polls and Surveys Follow-up

Blog Exercises on Lorelle on WordPress.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 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,, self-hosted version of WordPress, Tumblr, Jux, Posterous, ExpressionEngine, Joomla, Drupal, and other, covering most of the web publishing options.

Blog Exercise Task from Lorelle on WordPress.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.

Remember to include a hat tip link back to this post to create a trackback, or leave a properly formed link in the comments so participants can check out your blog exercise task.

You can find more Blog Exercises on . This is a year-long challenge to help you flex your blogging muscles.

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  1. Thông Tin Nhật Bản
    Posted March 8, 2013 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    I Love WordPress

  2. Gregg Rooney
    Posted August 29, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    I really enjoyed your 8/29/2013, “Creating Influential Connections.” I found it particularly interesting how you compared people as articles and “she” as being your readers all in a very unique link post twist.

    This is the first time I’ve been on your Blog, but I think it’s great and the setup is perfect as well. Continued success!!

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