I'm slowly diving back into blogging now that my vacation to France is wearing off. I've spent the last few days remembering how to be a full-time mom, which means monitoring the TV and computer games and finding projects and setting up play dates. Oh, and working through the summer cleaning that got put off while I finished The Death of Memory proposal.
I've officially committed to Not Writing for the next couple of weeks, so I can simply enjoy my daughter's company before she starts summer camp. Blogging, writing book reviews, and getting my diaries up to date: none of those fall under Not Writing. I don't think I could actually stop writing, but I'm giving The Dangerous Type some time to percolate before I attack its revision. I'm not going to start any other new projects until that one is done.
Yesterday I took the blogging in a new direction. I wanted to create an event -- on a minor scale -- that would allow me to "advertise" my Cemetery Travel blog. I wanted something that would bring in readers and encourage their participation, so I put together my first poll.
My blog is hosted by WordPress, which is affiliated with Polldaddy. Creating and implementing the poll couldn't have been easier. The only problem I had was that I couldn't link the list of choices in the poll back to the posts in my blog to which they refered. I tried to attach photos to the choices, but that didn't work yesterday either. I could have given it more time, but I was eager to get the poll up first thing Monday morning, guessing that more people check in to their newsreaders then than on any other time of the week. I don't know if that's true, but I thought I'd test it.
I left one question open to encourage people to give their own responses. As I expected, that choice got as much reaction as any other.
Overall, putting the poll in had the effect I wanted. It pulled in more hits to my blog than I've gotten any other single day so far. People I respect commented on the poll. New subscribers signed up.
Something I didn't expect was the proportion of people who just came to look at the poll versus the number of people who voted. It's 3 to 1. Next time, I'll have to figure out how to get those voyeurs to participate.
I have all kinds of ideas for new polls now. I'm trying to figure out if I can post one every Monday morning as a recurring feature of the blog, or if recurrence will dilute the interest in my blog and people will ignore my invitations to participate. I guess the way to find out is to experiment.
If you'd like to stop by and check out the poll (The Best Cemetery to Visit in Summertime), here's the link: http://cemeterytravel.com/2011/06/27/cemeteries-in-the-summer/
If you have any suggestions for how I could do polls better, I'd sure appreciate it.
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