I’ve been getting pretty caught up with work recently and so I’ve actually been able to open my long ‘todo’ list. The first item on the list was to consider adding a poll plugin to my blog if I could find a decent one. Fortunately, the search wasn’t too difficult as one plugin appears to be the best by far.
I am using the plugin WP-Polls v2.50 which can be downloaded for free here. It’s a great poll plugin that is quite versatile and works perfect. You can add it to the side of your blog or inside of posts, and it utilizes AJAX to provide seamless voting and results.
I’m actually surprised I’ve never thought about adding a poll to my blog before. Now that I think about it, it should be one of those essential things that all bloggers should have in their arsenal, just like having an RSS feed and contact form. By occasionally polling your visitors, you can learn extremely useful information that will enable you to improve your blog by catering to your visitor’s wants and needs.
It’s also great for helping you to make simple choices. While comments are great for getting specific feedback, polls help in that they can give you a numerical figure. For example, if you’re getting a new logo done and have two mockups to choose from, you can poll your visitors to see which they prefer.
Therefore, I think the larger your audience is, the more polls come in handy. For example, I’ve received 41 comments on my To Merge, or Not to Merge: That is the Question post. I had a lot of great feedback in the comments, but it was very difficult to see which option people were leaning towards since it was so split. Adding a poll to this post would have been perfect. I’ve had other posts with over 100 comments, so in my case polls really do help sum things up.
So to celebrate the addition of polls to my blog, here are 8 that I’d love for you to answer. I may publish a follow-up post on the results.