The always inquisitive Dr. Tanya, aka Salted Caramel, has asked us five questions about posts that pose questions. She essentially wants to know what our opinion is of question posts.
I am known to occasionally respond to posts that ask questions, so I thought I would respond to Dr. Tanya’s post about how I feel about posts that ask questions. Here goes.
1. Do you respond to question posts?
Yes, but not all such posts. The questions have to be intriguing enough to pique my interest.
2. What kind do you prefer, the single “long form” question or the “questionnaire” type with several questions?
I have my own weekly “long form question” post called “Fandango’s Provocative Question.” I put a lot of effort into coming up with provocative questions, and I really appreciate and enjoy reading the really thoughtful answers that people post in response to those questions. At the same time, I enjoy the multiple-question posts, like Melanie’s weekly Share Your World posts or the questions bloggers ask when they nominate my blog for one of the multitude of blog awards in circulation. Mine is an award-free blog, but not a question-free blog, so I thank the blogger who nominated me for the award, but the only “rule” I follow is to write a post with my answers to the questions asked.
3. Do you feel such posts add value to your blog?
I’m not really sure how to answer this. I would like to think that every post I publish has some value to it. But I often wonder if anybody really cares that much about my answers to the questions posed by others. That said, since I enjoy answering the questions, I’m going to continue to respond to these questions in my posts, value added or not.
4. When faced with insightful questions how much of your personality are you willing to reveal?
I don’t reveal details of my personal life, but I don’t shy away from revealing my honest opinions, perspectives, and thoughts. I suppose that is part of my “personality.”
5. Do you think people answer question posts truthfully?
I can’t speak for anyone else, but for me, it depends on the question. If it’s a serious question I will give a serious, honest, truthful answer. But some questions beg for a tongue-in-cheek answer. For example, in a recent Share Your World post, Melanie asked, “Are you too superstitious or have you ever played with a Ouija Board?” My answer was “I am not at all superstitious. I played with a Ouija Board once in a fascinating game of strip Ouija.” My answer was truthful in that I’m not superstitious and I did play with a Ouija Board once. Was it “strip Ouija”? Well, I’ll let you decide.