Rory is asking a lot of questions!
Have you ever thought why you respond to some questions – what is it about the question that has tickled your quizzicals in such a way to encourage and motivate you? What type of questions do you like to not just answer but ask?
Are you a naturally curious and inquisitive person or are you a person who considers questions too intrusive? Are you a question asker yourself and if so what do you think makes for a great question?
How easy is it for you to 1] ask questions of others and 2] answer questions of others? When you are asking questions what is it that you are seeking when you are answering them what is it you are looking to provide? The latter is not as confusing as you might think … think about it.
Are you answering factually or emotionally, personally or something else? Are you asking for factual information in so far as to do something with it and grant you insight into the mind or product or future posts? Or are you simply asking questions for the very sake that you can? Are you genuinely interested in how people answer or only motivated by traffic responses … think carefully and honestly as to how you answer those questions.
It takes a lot to ask a great question … but what is a great question in the first place anyhow? A great question is not a question that only looks to receive a yes or a no, but you want body and depth – so that means you are looking at a very open question and sometimes on a very personal digging expedition. Sometimes one question is never enough … sometimes you need to probe.
Are you a prober or just an asker? Why are you if you are? What is it that you seek and why? A number of different questions in this post – you do NOT have to answer them all …. but this is the actual question l would like you to address and give some thought to please.
What do you think makes for a great question and equally as important – why?
Is this a question to end all questions?
I think I can write a book in response to these questions. But I’ll try to fit in my answers in one post!
In real life, I would ask a question because I need to know. Not just because!
I would consider it a good question if the answer leads me to the result I wanted. To know.
I am no prober because it’s intrusive. If I am concerned about a friend or family member, I’d ask a general question, if they want they will open up and discuss the issue, otherwise they will give a polite answer.
In the blogging world, I love questions and answers. But the basic principle is the same. To know and to inform.
I would answer questions that different bloggers put to us for they are a way for others to know me better. Award posts are one such example. Baring very personal queries, I will answer most questions truthfully. Some of the stuff if too intrusive, I will either ignore or fob off with a light answer.
So remaining in the limits of politeness, I will do both. Ask and answer.
I hope I have addressed all the questions in this post.