In my second post on this blog, I bemoaned the plethora of options for Every. Single. Decision. that needs to be made in developing a website. Case in point:
For my latest post, I decided that having a poll would be fun and would encourage quick feedback. So I went about figuring out how to embed a poll in my post. Here are my steps as I took them.
Step 1: figured out that in the web world this is generally called a poll, not a survey.
Step 2: looked under plugins for “poll”. Found a wordpress plugin.
Step 3: installed the plugin.
Step 4: could not make heads or tails of the plugin. Decided to abandon ship.
Back to the drawing board.
Step 5: googled “blog poll”, found a million free options.
Step 6: set up one free option and embedded it in my site.
Step 7: looked at the post and hated the look of the poll: unprofessional, unattractive, with a link to their ad-supported website. Yech.
Back to the drawing board, again.
Step 8: remembered that I have a surveymonkey account.
Step 9: designed my one-question survey in surveymonkey.
Step 10: felt dumb using such a complex tool for such a simple task, but happy that it finally looked the way I wanted.
There are many morals to this boring story. First, I clearly need to THINK before I act. Second, there are multiple solutions to every problem. This is mostly a good thing: if one way doesn’t work, another likely will. On the other hand, this cornucopia of solutions is more than a little intimidating. I wish there was a catalog or reliable flowchart to explain what makes the most sense for each problem. Admittedly, the one I came up with doesn’t necessarily clarify anything… You may call me supergenius.
* I fogot to name this post, and it was given the number 42 when published. I did not think it wise to turn away from the answer to life, the universe, and everything, so I left it as-is.