Mind Block Monday : Q&A Posts

Each week, we’ll be talking about a certain type of post or a way to get out of a creative rut – basically anything that may help you when you have writer’s block. Then if you write a post with that theme or concept in mind that week, you can link up the post and find others with similar posts that week. Along with that, you’ll be able to look through past MBM posts whenever you’re in a creative rut and hopefully find some inspiration.

This week’s topic:

I love Q&A posts. Whether it be for the reader or the writer, you almost always learn something about someone that you wouldn’t normally learn by just reading their blog or interacting with them via comments. Surveys, random questions, polls, Internet memes, ask me a question post, etc – they all accomplish the same thing: getting to know a blogger or a reader and some of their attributes.

It’s a great way to interact with other people and answer what they want to know/ask what you want to know. So here are some tips on getting the most out of these kind of posts.

For the Blogger:

If you’re sharing information about yourself, the main goal is to make it interesting and captivating enough for people to want to read it then want to know more about you because you seem like an interesting person.

  • Open it up to your readers to ask you a question. If you don’t have many readers or are somewhat shy about doing it, make up your own. Talk about things that you think people might find interesting.
  • Spread it out. If you want to share 100 different things about yourself, break it up into parts for your readers to view. It’ll not only increase your views if you link to the posts within each other, but you’ll also be more likely to keep their attention for all of it. Divide it up according to how much information is being shared and ask yourself how likely you would be to read that length of a post on someone else’s blog to help decide on the perfect length.
  • Get creative. These posts can be overdone and become boring for some so the more creativity that goes into it, the better. Put your own spin on questions/answers, do it via a vlog, add pictures, etc. Make it memorable so people want to come back and read more.

For the Reader:

If you’re trying to get to know your readers, the object is a bit different. The goal is to keep it simple enough for people to want to answer and not feel like you’re too nosy/taking up too much of their time.

  • Keep it short and simple. Any surveys/questions trying to get to know your readers should be fairly simple and easy to answer. The less time they have to spend doing it, the better.
  • Don’t require specific information. If you’re doing a poll or survey and using a feature that allows for “required” answers, it’s best if you don’t. Some people may not feel comfortable answering certain things and if the question that’s a requirement is the thing they feel uncomfortable answering, they’re unlikely to even complete the questionnaire. Leave it to them to decide what to share with you.
  • Allow for anonymous answers. Similar to the last bullet point, some people may not be okay with sharing their identity. Especially if you’re asking them a question that could be viewed as somewhat negative (IE: “What do you dislike about my blog layout, posts, etc?”)

what do you like to learn about people in these kinds of posts?

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