Who has had experience with using an online survey service?

I want to put a citizens survey on my blog. Can I do it without an outside service? I would like to know what experience others have had with blog surveys. I need to know how Greensboro folks feel about local issues because I plan to run for Greensboro City Council (again).

Clicking on answers to a few questions seems to be easier than asking for comments alone. I can direct people to the survey and they can answer questions and make comments anonymously.

What do you think? Talk to me!


Billy Jones said...

You might be able to use as well. I've used them in the past and found it easy. You can use up to ten different answers (multiple choice) and even set a cut off date.

Billy Jones said...

PS. We'd love to see you at our MeetUp sometime.

Anonymous said...

I have answered surveys via SurveyMonkey - business related and generally for some sort of drawing for a prize.

You have to remember that Internet Access is not universal, nor is interest. Your results may be heavily skewed by a small sample.

For example, if you polled people at a GrassHoppers game, most would support firing Matt Brown at the coliseum and returning the hockey team. (Great idea in my opinion; but not widely held by most citizens, despite what I would like to believe.)

Don Moore

diane said...

Hey Don Moore,

Thank you for your thoughtful observation. I agree that blog readers are only a small portion of Greensboro residents, but every thought that is shared here reaches somebody. Then, hopefully, somebody else.

Are you the same Don Moore who is a frequent contributor to the N&R Letters to the Editor?
If so, I agree with your letter in Feb. 2004 suggesting that the City doesn't use enough of its resources to maintain it's own facilities.

This has been one of the things that I have mentioned throughout the years as a problem in the city budget. We POUR money into a FEW projects and neglect others.

Didn't mean to get off on another subject, but your name rang a bell and started me off on one of the reasons I want to be a part of the decision-making process in Greensboro. Of course, there are many more.

SeymourHardy said...


Is your last name Davis?

If your last name is mentioned on your blog, I had trouble finding it.

I would either add your last name or make your last name more prominent.

I only suggest this because of your intentions to run for a position on the Greensboro City Council.

Also, I would post your "complete profile" on the left-hand side of your blog, personalizing it and allowing people unfamiliar with you to learn more about you.

Post as often as you can about the issues you care about and your positions on all issues affecting our community.

Also, be sure to include personal information about yourself (that you feel comfortable sharing, obviously) so that people can get to know you better and become more comfortable with the idea of you becoming our representative.

On longer posts, I would break up the writing more with paragraphs. Sometimes, people are not as inclined to read a long block of uninterrupted writing. Make what you write as easy for people to read as possible.

Definitely add links to your posts so that you can broaden your references to people, places, and things.

Finally, I would make a formal announcement as soon as possible about your intentions to run.

I stumbled across a reference to your plans to run only through a link posted by Billy the Blogging Poet. (Actually, thank Greensboro101: I first saw the reference to his post there!)

Just making some suggestions for you to consider.

Best wishes!

And I look forward to following your campaign!