Today I opened a chat box with a WordPress Happiness Engineer and asked a question about polls.
Some of you have used polls, or surveys, in your blog posts at times. So have I.
I noticed, as has LA, that the polls do not show up in WordPress reader. Some of us know this from experience, and tell our followers to go to the actual website if they want to participate in the poll.
It was by accident that I noticed the same thing was happening on this blog, Harmony Books & Films, LLC. He uses polls after each segment in his post, but I couldn’t see them while reading him in WP reader, and wondered where he got his statistics from when he shared them in a follow-up post. So I clicked on his website and lo, there were the polls, after each paragraph.
Anyway, I want answers. So I sent the message to WP and as I type this the person I’m dealing with is digging deeper. Believe it or not, they were unaware that these pesky polls were not showing up in reader.
Fast forward a couple of hours:
The Happiness Engineer whom I spoke with today was unfamiliar with this issue and consulted with a colleague. They were unable to give me a reason, or solution, but did acknowledge that it was a problem they are working on.
So…moral of the story is, if you use polls in your posts, and you want people to participate in them (blog readers love surveys and polls!) you must tell them to click on your actual website since they do not appear in reader. I know for a fact that many people who read blogs read them in reader and, most likely, in mobile (phone or tablet).
You’re welcome. 🙂