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Blog Poll with Easy Set-Up

I'm working with someone who I think might like to have polls on their blog, so I thought I'd try out one custom poll creation service myself first. Now available on the right sidebar of this blog's front page is a poll about the blog's readability and level of detail. It was created in probably 10 minutes through the service Blogpoll.com.

To use Blogpoll you go through a number of different screens where you tell it what you want the different text fields to say, the colors you want, and the size of the display, then it spits out one line of javascript code that you copy and paste into the template of your blog. It's very simple. You can't look under the hood, but that's the trade-off you get for it being so easy. The service makes its money by running ads on its home page.

I did a Technorati search for Blogpoll.com and found that it was created by Charles Coxhead, whose blog Surfarama includes one post about all the different services he's launched. I've used several others, so I have every reason so far to trust that Blogpoll is one of a huge number of handy new services on the web that are worthy of use. Now we'll see if people are interested in it!

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