Creating polls which reveal useful information is very difficult. Researchers have improved polling methods and delineated the limitations of qualitative research over the last fifty years. After two years of graduate courses in research, I only took one course in qualitative research. The most important take home messages from that course was the limitations of quantitative research (here are some examples).
With those huge limitations in mind, polls on blogs can still be fun. On this site, I don’t pretend that my polls are at all scientific. Instead, here are some of the reasons I use polls on Triangulations:
- to take a quick pulse of readers & improve my understanding
- to let readers know each other anonymously
- to spice up my posts
- to get readers involved
- to encourage dialogue in the comments
- to play with the poll option in WordPress
- to experiment with poll writing
Have you ever considered trying a poll? I would like to challenge readers with blogs to write their own poll, post it on their site and then come back to the comments and link us to your poll. Here is WordPress page explaining how to post polls. If you don’t use WordPress but are able to put up polls, please share both the link and a page that explains how to do so using your host.