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Blogging 201: Make My Blog Yours Too!

Today’s task on Blogging 201 consists in making a poll or a survey. I can create any number of polls that you like, what bothers me is the other end of the polling process. Speaking for myself, there is next to nothing that can make me take a poll, not to mention a survey. Perhaps I’m polled-out (like burnt-out) owing to over-poll (like over-work). Now I only do really important polls and tests (such as a questionnaire that tested how I would taste to a cannibal – it said I’d taste like undercooked fish).

Blogging is however an act of optimism, and so here I go with my own little poll. I’m genuinely interested in what you the readers prefer to see on this blog: pictures, texts, both? Are you aware that I stick to a weekly editorial calendar, publishing certain kinds of posts on certain days, and if so, does it make any difference to you? And above all, how on earth am I supposed to squeeze these questions in a simple poll that wouldn’t take you half your lifetime to answer? Here’s my go at it.

By taking any of these polls, you waive your right to remain silent. Once you waived your right for silence, you may as well go and leave a comment below. Everything you say may and will be used against for you. I expect there will be a follow-up task on this as part of Blogging 201, but even if it’s not, I’ll take your suggestions seriously. You feedback will help me make my blog yours too!

16 thoughts on “Blogging 201: Make My Blog Yours Too!

  1. Polls are hard, aren’t they? One of my friends has done several on her blog (we’ve known each other forever and she recently started blogging), but I’m not sure what kind of results she’s gotten. I’ve been thinking of running one about book titles because I’m having trouble coming up with a title for my novel that I’m happy with, but I haven’t yet bitten the bullet and done it. Maybe now’s the time… 🙂

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    1. Thank you for sharing your experience! Actually, your idea of running a poll on book titles sounds excellent to me — this would be the kind of poll I would take sufficient interest in to vote. Though I find it hard to believe that the author of “Suddenly they all died” would struggle with finding punchy titles! 😉

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      1. Actually, that came from a short story I co-wrote with a friend back in high school…and I think she’s actually responsible for the line. But since she’s never objected to me using it as my blog title, I suppose it’s all good. 🙂 I’m terrible at picking titles for my works, for the most part. This series has been a very long time in the making, but I’ve just never found a title for the individual books that I was happy with (except for the third one – that one came to me all on its own and I think it’s going to work well no matter what I end up rewriting in the first two books).

        And if you’re interested, I did my poll on book titles and it’s live. 🙂

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        1. Back in high school?! That’s an early start for a successful writing career 🙂 I just discovered your poll and voted: not sure it helps too much, the results seem evenly spread so far! Good luck with the naming!

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          1. Thanks! I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, but I finished my first novel when I was 14. Now to work on the success part… 😀

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  2. I love your blog for different reasons,but to sum it all,I love your blog because one can see that behind it is a very intelligent and witty blogger.You take some very original snaps and always manage to give them a very funny caption! 🙂
    And your haikus too are great! You always ”sound” so inspired!

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    1. Aww, thank you, that means so much to me! You’re very kind. I think I’ll print this comment of yours and put it in a picture frame to indulge myself 😉 Interestingly, your reasons are very much the same reasons why I love your blog: it’s smart and genuine, among other things.

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  3. Your blog is very interesting and I suggest that you keep the variety in your posts to keep your blog engaging. And though I have selected Photo365, I’d rather you do photos at a lesser frequency; I feel it would be too much pressure on you otherwise!

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    1. Thank you a lot for stopping by and taking the time to respond! Your feedback is extremely valuable for me — keeping variety is a great suggestion and I’ll go this way, especially now that I have a seal of approval 😉 I’ll finish my Project 365 in July (that’s the plan!) and I think I won’t repeat it too soon. It’s a good practice but posting daily is a bit of pressure, as you say.

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  4. I’m sorry, I can’t take your surveys… You don’t have my answers on either of them… (plus when I read your stuff my very disrespectful sardonic Sagittarius side came out and I wanted to answer masochism… ;). Honestly, I’m just terrible, but I didn’t even know you had certain content on certain days… jeez, what kind of friend am I? (so I just went to your navigate page and figured it out… awesome … can I steal your navigate idea?) I marked your humorous content because I still remember the one about the car, your granny and the aliens. Totally hilarious.
    As for why I follow you? I like you! (well, that and you did join in on my RMoD a few times… and you think my blog is a happy place… and you and your fiance Justine are quite the item…).

    Do you like having a static front page? It’s very interesting and not something I’ve ever thought of, but it does make stuff nice and clean. I always worry that my blog is too busy… but then again, I’m kind of all over the place myself so maybe that’s ok.

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    1. Haha, that’s a legitimate reason not to take my awful and annoying survey 😉 I didn’t put in the “other” box with an open answer to fill in because I didn’t want to make it too complicated. We’re not researching the cure for cancer here, it’s just a survey, right!

      You’re so kind for liking me (and my lovely fiancée 😉 ); I’m a bit ashamed for missing out on your last two RMoD challenges — and I was so proud of me taking them each week! I hope to get back soon though, I love these! I hope to post something about my holiday for your challenge soon.

      I do like my static front page. I understand it’s not without its issues — for instance some visitors probably don’t know how to proceed to the blog page, so they leave frustrated.

      On the other hand, I don’t think you should have a static page for your blog because of your layout — I love the layout, it’s easy to survey a lot of posts at once and only click those one wants to read. No need for endless scrolling. I think all was said in your Peek Test review that you published the other day on your blog — your blog is awesome the way it is! And you only added more awesomeness with your new header 😉

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      1. Thank you Mara! I think the header and unifying my social media are the best things that came out of the class for me. I’m interested in the stats and how it might effect my calendar, but that’s on the back burner.

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        1. Yep. Stats could be helpful, but I’m largely ignoring them most of the time and I don’t think I’m any worse for that. I have found out that socialising and using some social media is more useful than analysing the stats.

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