About three weeks ago, I experimented with a poll widget on my blog. The purpose of the experment was multifaceted. I wanted to:
a) Test drive the widget
b) Find out a little more about why people visit my blog
c) Prove the theory that people are more likely to respond to a poll than leave a comment
a) pollhost.com is super simple to use. It’s a free ads-based tool. For the most part the ads are friendly, but I did notice one that I wasn’t so crazy about. I can’t remember what it was for, but it had a scantily clad chick as the focal point. They do offer an ad-free service for $29.95 a year.
b) I probably could have received more conclusive information if I had refined my question and answers, but here are the results:
c) As of this posting I have a total of 152 blog entries and 201 comments. That’s 1.32 comments on average per blog. The poll has 48 results for one blog entry. That’s 48 human responses on a single blog entry. Definitely proves my suspicion.
I’m not sure why people don’t leave comments. I don’t think it always boils down to a lack of time. How many times have you run into an acquaintance who had plenty to comment about posts you had written, but never left a comment? Why is this, I wonder?
I’ve had a few friends say that they had troubles leaving a comment a looooong time ago when we had a few bugs to work out. Maybe they fear a repeat performance? If this is the case, I assure you…
…“Come on in, the water is fine.”
(I can’t for the life of me remember who wrote the above quote. Anyone?)