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Blogging, Polls and Surveys

I came across a neat little tool this morning. Actually, I received a survey from oDesk this morning asking why I have not secured any work assignments through them. The truth is two-fold, 1) I haven’t had time with the kids being home from school and 2) apparently there is a two-week window in which to familiarize yourself with their oDesk Team software, and if you don’t do it within that period of time, you no longer have access to the simulator version of the software and must use the real thing. You won’t have access to the real thing unless you have an assignment. You can’t get an assignment unless you’re familiar with their software, a catch 22 situation.

I digress. oDesk used a survey tool from a company called Survey Monkey. I normally don’t like completing surveys but oDesk’s survey was short and sweet so I felt compelled to complete it. Also, I do intend to look for work through oDesk and wanted to voice my concern about blowing my two-week window of opportunity.

After completing the survey I was taken to the Survey Monkey site. Apparently they offer the option to use the free service or pay a monthly fee for the more feature rich version. Of course, being the frugal person that I am, I’m trying the free version.

Survey Monkey Survey

After playing around on their site for a bit, I configured a quick 5-question survey. I created the survey for several reasons:

  1. To test out Survey Monkey to see what it’s all about
  2. To satisfy my curiosity about my readers blogging habits
  3. To see if surveys can help me help my readers and myself. By collecting information on blogging habits and readership, maybe I can learn a few things to help me improve my habits and readership.
  4. It’s also a great way to come up with blogging material

I would appreciate it if you would give me a hand and take this 5-question survey. I’m not asking for any personal information. You should be able to finish the survey in a couple of minutes.

Once I accumulate enough information, I’ll share my results and my thoughts on Survey Monkey as a blog enhancement tool.

{ 2 comments… add one }
  • Jacqui August 13, 2008, 11:20 pm

    I was perusing blogs and thought I’d chime in about this post.

    I just want you to know that even though your two-week enrollment in the pioneer team room is over, you still have access to everything you need to pass the oDesk Readiness Test. You just won’t be able to practice logging time. You can always practice a little as soon as you get an assignment, then delete that time so the buyer doesn’t get billed.

    Good luck, and feel free to post in the forum if you ever have any questions.

    oDesk Forum Moderator

  • Felicia August 14, 2008, 7:26 am

    Thanks for the advice Jacqui. The problem wasn’t the oDesk readiness test. I already passed the test. I just have not been able to become familiar with the software.

    The one opportunity that I did finally apply for rejected me because I didn’t have enough hours on oDesk. Rather than spend time trying to figure it out, I decided to wait until the kids are in school when I have more time to get a better feel for the oDesk process.

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