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Backstage at the Blog: P is for Poll

April 18, 2014

P © A Scenic RouteActually, I’ve always wanted to do a poll, so how about I take the leap today? Let’s talk about the A to Z Challenge. Tell me what you think:

That was easy! All I did was click on the ‘Add Poll’  button at the top of the post:

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From there, I got a menu where I could fill out my questions and answers. I could even select one of twenty different PollDaddy style templates. I chose an island theme of course!Screen shot 2014-03-26 at 9.56.07 PM

Have you ever done a poll on your blog? Do you agree with the results of my A-Z Challenge poll?

(Here’s your link back to the A to Z Challenge Sign Up list.)

Image courtesy of Michal Zacharzewski @stock.xchng

  1. April 18, 2014 8:01 am

    Blogger has a poll feature as well. I think I’ve used it once.

    • April 19, 2014 10:34 am

      I had a lot of fun with this one, and I’m excited to add polls to posts in the future. 🙂

  2. April 18, 2014 8:06 am

    I didn’t know this was available. Pretty cool! I couldn’t choose an answer on yours–it’s usually the first, sometimes the second, and once or twice the third–so I wrote in “all of the above!” 🙂

    • April 19, 2014 10:35 am

      Yup, same here–usually somewhere in the middle with my coffee at my side. Fifty days of this would really cut into my novel writing time!

  3. April 18, 2014 9:08 am

    Two thumbs up on that WOW P!!

    • April 19, 2014 10:36 am

      Thanks, Sammy. 🙂 Glad you liked my Pink and Purple P!

  4. April 18, 2014 9:14 am

    Polls are fun. Sounds like WordPress has a cool poll feature.

    • April 19, 2014 10:37 am

      They are fun, but I might have to gain more followers before I get a decent sample. I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to put one in though.

  5. April 18, 2014 12:50 pm

    well done! I’ve answered polls but never inserted one myself. But now I know if I ever wish to it’s easy – thank you !

    • April 19, 2014 10:49 am

      I was curious about this feature myself and thought this might be good chance to try it out. I’m happy to share how easy it was. 🙂

  6. April 18, 2014 3:35 pm

    I’ve never done one, it’s something to think about. Nice to meet and connect through the AtoZ challenge.

    • April 19, 2014 10:50 am

      Welcome to A Scenic Route, Charlotte!
      (And your blog is awesome. 🙂 I’m glad I checked it out.)

  7. April 18, 2014 4:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing.
    I’ve never done a poll before.
    And I love the fact that you even get to choose a template theme… so cool!
    Writer In Transit

    • April 19, 2014 10:52 am

      Hi Michelle,
      There are an amazing variety of templates, although I can see that mine interferes with the type on the responses somewhat.
      But for the first time, I’ll take it. 🙂
      Hope you’re having fun at A to Z!

  8. April 18, 2014 9:01 pm

    The poll with the palm trees is right up my alley because I love palms. I like to draw and take pictures of these.

    • April 19, 2014 10:55 am

      Yeah, palms are among my favorite kinds of trees–maybe because when I see them I know I’m in for some warm breezy weather. 🙂

  9. Loni Townsend permalink
    April 18, 2014 9:31 pm

    It looks like adding a poll isn’t a default option for self-hosted .org sites. But I’m sure there’s a plug-in around here somewhere…

    • April 19, 2014 11:13 am

      Yes, I’m sure there is! Polls are a new way to engage visitors that I hadn’t thought of yet.

  10. April 19, 2014 10:16 pm

    Neat. I didn’t realize how easily polls could be added. 🙂

    This is a test to see how WP handles my url. 🙂

    I think I read somewhere that WP automatically converts them to active links.

    • April 19, 2014 10:23 pm

      Yup, any http etc. converts automatically–although too many links will land a comment in my spam folder!
      Your name links me to your blog as well. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, and for sharing all the info about profiles on your blog. I learned a lot just now, and, who knows, you may end up featured in one of my Backstage at the Blog posts!

  11. April 19, 2014 10:21 pm

    One more for curiosity’s sake. Some html code. Not sure if WP accepts it.
    Dreamers, Lovers, and Star Voyagers

    • April 19, 2014 10:22 pm

      That’s odd. It dropped the code, but the link isn’t active. Hmmm… food for thought.

      • April 19, 2014 10:24 pm

        And I could swear I’ve seen ‘pretty links’ in WordPress comments. Interesting.

  12. April 19, 2014 10:31 pm

    Okay, my experimenting is done. 🙂

    Kristen, if you want to leave a live link on a Blogger blog, try this:

    [a href=]A Scenic Route[/a] but replace the [ with a

    You’ll notice that I already pasted your information into the string. It’s ready to ink back to your blog. I tested it on a comment on y Blogger blog. It’s good. Brought me back here.

    The simplest way to do this–if you don’t want to have to remember it is to copy what I’ve typed there and save it on your computer. When you want to leave a comment on a Blogger blog, copy it, paste it into the comment box of the Blogger blog, and then replace the four brackets [ ] with .

  13. April 19, 2014 10:37 pm

    Good Lord! lol. I still have much to learn. WP took out my > and my ad this [ becomes < . WP might cut them again. I'm typing the symbols for greater than and less than. But in code, it recognizes them as something different.

    • April 20, 2014 1:23 pm

      Sometimes the easiest way to see if something works is to try it out!
      Thanks for all the info, Teresa. I’ve had a bit of a blogging ‘level-up’ today. 🙂

  14. April 20, 2014 11:42 am

    Wow, I have to try this! Thanks for your cool post:)

    • April 20, 2014 1:24 pm

      I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing more of these now that I’ve discovered how easy they are. 🙂

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