Poll time: Guest posts or not?

You may be familiar with the multitude of prior polls I’ve run on this blog, such as “What types of posts would you like?“, the “Superhero Poll” and…well, yeah that’s about it. You are probably also familiar with the many guest articles I’ve been hosting recently. If you haven’t read a single guest post yet, go right ahead and check some out. Also, shame on you. And you call yourself a “fan who believes Daniel to be the best thing to happen to planet Earth”?! OK, you probably don’t call yourself that.

I personally think it’s great to have this diversity and different voices from some great bloggers out there. That’s just me though. What do you think?

As always, I give you the power to vote on the direction this blog takes. As always, your responses will be meticulously recorded, carefully considered and then completely ignored in favour of what I decide to do. Well OK, I do actually listen to your feedback, even though I believe that democracy is overrated and dictatorships are far more efficient. But until my world domination schematics are finally ready, I’ll have to play along…

I’m curious to see your votes. If you’re especially passionate about some specific guest posts, I’d love to hear which ones you liked most. Do drop me a comment below.

Which superhero is the most awesome?

Ever since I’ve started blogging I have been told by as many as zero people that my blog is all about me and my opinions. I talk to my audience, but I never listen. I tell them stuff, but I don’t hear anything they have to say. Well, this changes today! Today, my dear readers, I use the awesome poll feature I’ve told you about earlier to settle an age old debate. Most of us, when we were kids, have spent countless hours and maybe even got into a few arguments over which superhero was the very most bestest of all. Is Spiderman’s gift for being a big crybaby as useful as Superman’s fashionable underwear wearing style? Is Hulk more emotionally unstable than Wonder Woman? Does Iron Man treat metal in a more wasteful way than Batman when making his gadgets?

The problem is, back in the day we’ve never had the power of the Internet and social media to help us rationally and conclusively resolve such arguments. Now we do. Decades of revolutionary advances in technology have finally brought us to a stage where we can answer the most elusive and urgent question mankind has been asking for centuries: Which superhero(ine) kicks the most ass of all?

I bring to you the most ultimate of all polls. Everyone has a single vote to spend on their absolute favourite superhero. You are not limited to the answers I’ve provided below, they are just to get you started. If you feel that simply voting for your top superhero cannot possibly express how incredibly amazing he or she is, you’re very welcome to voice your passion on the subject in the comments section below. Also, if your superhero(ine) is missing from the list, use the “Other” option to answer. I can see all of the “Other” answers and will add them to the voting list on an ongoing basis. And now…ready, set, vote!

Lies, damned lies and…polls?

In a desperate cry for attention and to encourage more interaction I’ve finally integrated polls and ratings on the blog. This means I’m at your mercy from this day on. You now can give any of my posts 1-star ratings with a click of a button and make me sob hysterically while in foetal position. To help you hurt me in the way I have just described I give you a brief intro to the “rating” system.

At the bottom of every blog post, but above the “share this” buttons (which you should use at all times) you will now see five empty stars, followed by the words “Rate This”. While it may sound like an order, it only partially is. When hovering your mouse pointer over these stars you will notice you’re able to give it any rating from:

Improper use of the rating system


All the way to:

Proper use of the rating system

When you provide a below average rating your IP address is immediately logged and via advanced triangulation techniques and other mumbo jumbo that sounds sophisticated I pinpoint your exact address. A small group of trained monkey assassins in cute yet disturbing ninja-clown costumes is dispatched to your residence, where they hold you and your family hostage. The only way to get rid of their presence is to a) change the rating to something more positive or b) give them bananas. You’ve been duly warned!

Positive ratings, on the other hand, will not dispatch any murderous animals to your house. In fact, for every above average rating given I will postpone unleashing my monkey army on the world by exactly one day. So there you have it, the fate of planet Earth is now in your blog-rating hands. Go out there and give your most favourite and less favourite of the existing posts some ratings.

The second added feature is polls. From now on I will occasionally ask you about stuff that has something to do with the blog, but more often than not I’ll just throw up random thoughts that pop into my whimsical brain and watch you struggle to figure out what it is I want to know. As an experimental test launch of this polling feature, I now bring you the more sane type of a poll you will ever see here:

So there you have it. Vote, comment and rate away, but remember: trained monkeys never sleep and they never surrender. Unless you have bananas, that is.