Thank you for asking us another question in our question round celebration Jenf 🙂
Jenf: I’d love to learn how you manage the polls. Do you have an app or software that tracks everything (which books to included, the votes etc)? Or is it more of a manual process
Thanks for asking, and thanks for voting!
Dani and I got together back in late 2014 and decided to offer the polls as a way of giving those books that we rated with a 4.5 or 5.0 Love Bytes rating, one more avenue to be seen. It is a totally manual process and takes a little while to do each time. I use our website’s Book Reviews and By Rating sub-menus to create the Book of the Week Poll, and then within WordPress use the poll creation option to create the physical polls you see at the bottom of the poll posts. Those votes are totaled by the software, so thankfully I don’t have to hand count them!
I do a lot of copying and pasting of the reviews themselves and tend to work using WordPress, Word and multiple copies of the Love Bytes site all open at the same time. I’m always careful not to miss any books rated high enough for the poll. As you have probably noticed, the Book of the Week top two winners from each week move forward to the Book of the Month poll and then the top two winners of those go on to the Book of the Year poll.
We recently broke the Audio reviews off to their own poll, which you might have seen. It will work the same way as the Book of the Week poll, but be on a monthly basis. The top two from that poll will move on to the Audio Book of the Year poll. Because we aren’t doing a huge number of Audio Reviews, for now every Audio Book we review ends up on the poll. That might change down the road if we have a lot more come through. They are very popular with some of our reviewers so I expect that poll to grow.
I consider the polls my best contribution to the blog since I joined it in 2014. I’m really happy to hear that you like the polls. Rest assured, we will be continuing them.