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Add Polls to Library Websites and Blogs

Wish you had time to make your website more interactive? Try adding simple, fun polls! It only takes a few minutes to create your own polls using one of the free polling services.

The sample on this post was created using a free PollDaddy account — feel free to make a selection and click on Vote to try this out. You’ll be shown the results by percentage. In this case, I allow the user to choose “Other” and input their own answer. The names they add this way aren’t seen online, but I can see the full results on the PollDaddy website.

You can set options to try to limit users to a single vote by cookie or IP address, but either method might be problematic on library workstations. But there’s no statistical validity to this kind of polling anyway, so use it just for fun. These are especially popular on blogs and pages for kids and teens.

If your blog or website is running on WordPress, checkout PollDaddy’s WordPress plugin to make it even easier to add these to your site. But on any site, it’s pretty much just a matter of filling out a form and then copying and pasting a snippet of code to your post or page.

I like Polldaddy, but other sites are similar. If you pay for an account, you get more options, but you may find you can do everything you want with a free account.

Have fun!

Links

  • PollDaddy — Sign up for a free account and try this out
  • Read This! — This excellent book blog from the Peabody Institute Library in Danvers, Massachusetts, uses polls as an interactive feature in the sidebar.

Blog Header Generator

If you’re using WordPress for your blog, you’re no doubt familiar with the default theme, Kubrick, with the big blue box header:

Blog Header Generator — If you’d like to keep that theme but use one of your own photographs as a background, try this easy tool from fd’s Flickr Toys collection. You can upload a photograph from your PC, or choose one from your Flickr photostream or from another URL, click on Create, and you’ll get back the image you need, cropped, sized and ready for use.
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