Adding value: Polls

Your group blogs are now entering their second week. There’s some nifty ideas afoot (and a few people that need to get their posting schedule on track) – lots of reviews, some event previews and some things I don’t really have a name for just yet. So far so good.

Now it’s time to start adding value. This can be as easy as adding links and images, or get into some of the more interesting gadgets and widgets WordPress has to offer:

  • Writing about a place that makes a fantastic hamburger? It sure would be nice to see a photo of that sandwich.
  • Describing a little-known spot that’s hard to find? A map to the location would be a tremendous service.
  • Been reading lots of good or bad reviews? Hook us up with some links.
  • Need the menu, schedule, or business hours? Instead of putting it all in your post, give us a link to their webpage.
  • Is your subject on Twitter? Give us their handle so we can check them out.
  • Want to see what your readers think? Why not set up a poll?

That last one – the poll – may be new to you. WordPress makes it easy to set up. Follow these steps and give it a try:

  1. In your dashboard, click on “Polls” in the left column.
  2. At the top of the page, click “Add New”
  3. You can enter three selections in the blanks that appear. Want more? Click the “Add another” button. Want a different style? Scroll through the choices offered below.
  4. Click the “Save poll” button (it’s where the “Publish” button would be on normal posts)
  5. Create a new blog post.
  6. Click in the post where you want to add the poll. At the top of the text window, where you’d click to enter an image, click the fifth icon (it looks like a circular button and says “Add poll” if you mouse over it) and select your poll.
  7. In the window that appears, click “Send to editor” under the poll’s name. The image won’t show up, but you’ll get a set of brackets – if you preview, you’ll see it.

There’s even more you can do with polls, but this is a quick start to the process. Experiment with these and see how they can help your blog grow!

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