Hello, friends! I’ve come down with a nasty cold/infection/the plague, so my apologies if this doesn’t make complete sense. I will no doubt forget something. This has been an interesting week… I’m so glad it’s a short one!
Anne and I are still taking suggestions for Blogging Basics topics. Anything you’d like to know? I have unfortunately reached out to bloggers who have blown me off when I asked a question- that’s not how it should be. Help one another!
Today, we’re discussing creating a Google Doc. I use Google Docs for my sponsors, giveaways, and for the swag swap I hosted in the fall. It’s the perfect way to get information from others, and it is automatically stored in an Excel-like spreadsheet for you! A simple way to stay on track.
First, select the “Drive” icon from Google Apps.
Click on the “New” button and select “More.” Once that window opens, select “Google Forms.”
Start filling in your info. Begin with titling your form. This is necessary to keep track of everything!
For the purposes of this tutorial, I’m going to walk through creating a form for a giveaway.
I like to include details in the form description section- I find it’s helpful for the ones responding to the form!
And enter your questions.
You have several options here: you can choose for the respondents to leave short answers, paragraphs, multiple choice, drop-down boxes, and check boxes. I usually do a mixture.
Repeat until you have all of your questions/sections:
You can also add multiple choice questions, if desired:
Don’t forget to ask all pertinent information! As you may recall, I neglected to ask for email addresses for our Fall Swag Swap… and it was not fun tracking everyone down. The point of forms is to make your life easier!
I use multiple choice questions as reminders:
Once you’re satisfied, you can add or upload a header picture, preview the form, select settings (like adding a progress bar or shuffling questions), print, and much more!
Now it’s time to share your form. You can send via email, link, or embedded HTML. I send links to my forms via email.
I shorten and copy the URL to paste in an email:
And check your responses:
Super easy, right?
Again, I used screenshots from a form I created for an upcoming giveaway (Monday!). I also use forms to gather information from my sponsors, such as dates that work for guest posts and links to archives. Because forms save to Google Drive, you only have to create them once!
Check Anne’s post for more detail!
I hope you all have the most wonderful Thanksgiving!