Can I Ask You A Question?

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“To seek truth requires one to ask the right questions. Those void of truth never ask about anything because their ego and arrogance prevent them from doing so. Therefore, they will always remain ignorant. Those on the right path to Truth are extremely heart-driven and childlike in their quest, always asking questions, always wanting to understand and know everything — and are not afraid to admit they don’t know something. However, every truth seeker does need to breakdown their ego first to see Truth. If the mind is in the way, the heart won’t see anything.”

Suzy Kassem

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24 Hour Blog Question Directory

Welcome to  Season 3

Can I Ask You A Question?

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Have you ever thought about this? Was that the question that l wanted to ask you or is this it? How many questions do you see every day that you actually feel compelled to answer?

Are you a question answering type of person? Because not everyone is …. it all depends upon what is being asked and by who and your mood for the day or whether that particular question is a question you wish to answer in the first place.

I think about some of my own eclectic readership that ask questions of their own readerships like l do as a way of writing post orientationally to the audience like … Melanie of Sparks from a combustible mind or Ashley – Mental Health @ Home or Fandango of This, That and The Other or Renard Moreau or  drtanya@saltedcaramel or Tanvir of Beauty Lies Within Yourself or Saania of Fun with Philosophy or indeed anyone that specifically asks questioning types of posts as opposed to simply popping a question or two at the bottom to illicit a response – any response.

What do you think makes for a question? 

I ask because in the next eight weeks a range of new series are set to start that l have been working on over the last six months called In Blog Life and The Question Hub and these in turn will tie in with a new Topical series of new features such as Magazine on a BenchGuest Star Day  and Coffee Chatz and even What Are You Reading Then? Some of which you have seen peeking at you recently in blog – they are a new range of one to one interviews, one to one questions, topical guest posts and my much loved questioning genre posts.

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?

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26 thoughts on “Can I Ask You A Question?

  1. A great question should be open-ended. It should be interesting and not too difficult to answer. And it should be fun. I am always curious to see how others will answer a question as it gives insight into how that person thinks and how similar or different they are to my answer. It could also give one different perspective on a topic.

  2. For me… I ask if I am curious… if something strikes me or catches my attention – or is something I don’t know or am not familiar with?

    All questions are good? Are they not? Lol … I love questions both asking and answering

    There might be things I won’t wanna answer out of sensitivity? But at the same time… other people go through things – so I feel like even if is something sensitive – could help someone else? So I try to answer best able

    All questions are great, I don’t really know of any bad questions – you learn from questions ✌️

  3. You know me well enough by now to know how my twisted mind works. I am ALWAYS seeking knowledge or sometimes confirmation of something I sense. I do ask questions. On my blog they’re lighter, more “what do you think?” invitations to dialogue than actual questions.

    In answering I have trouble because I see so many paths from the starting point of the question. Very few things are black & white, yes or no. And sometimes I am in silliness mode and give goofy answers to entertain myself.

    As far as personal questions, I’m very open with who I am and what I do or have done. If someone wants to know, I’ll answer. I do worry sometimes that my questions push people’s boundaries and I’ll back off if I sense I’m upsetting them. With the exception being my daughters. Sometimes they need a push😉 I don’t have other friends IRL, but i would treat them the same as my daughters.

    A “great” question makes you stop and examine it and your answer from all sides. It takes you on a Thought Journey.

    Did I miss any? Any that you don’t already know the answer to?😉💌

    1. Hey Grandma, you have answered really well – yes l know exactly what you mean with regards the pathway – some questions make me stop dead in my tracks and bounce it back and forth in my head like a nice boiled sweet in my mouth to pondercate upon each avenue of the question.

      I think at times that as a society of writers we do need to push the limits at times to make us remember we need to always dig deep. Great answers thank you 🙂

  4. I like interesting questions I can expand upon that aren’t too personal. If a few simple ones are mixed in, that’s okay, but I’m not going to answer a list of simple questions, such as favorite this & that, yes or no, etc. Boring to write and boring to read. Honestly who cares what people’s favorite colors are or if we prefer cake or pie? Those are bad questions! An example of a good question is how has your perspective changed during the lockdown. People can be brief or not.

    1. Hey Paula, very true a good quality open question with some body to it, to make you really think about the content and allow your mind to expand and contract at the same time – nicely answered and received with thanks 🙂

  5. I ask questions at the end of my posts as a jumping off point for people to comment. My hope is that it will make it easier for people to chime in by giving them something to focus on. I try to come up with questions that addresses the key point or couple of points made in the post, and make it focused enough that people don’t have to spend a lot of time coming up with an answer.

    In terms of answering, I’ll sometimes do answers in the comment section, but I’ve stopped doing any answer posts on my blog, in part because I’m trying to keep most of the content there fairly evergreen.

    1. Hey Ashley – very valid point about evergreen content and more so on a blog like yours so yes totally agree with the comment concerning keeping answers per se off the blog content.

      I think you address your question asking very well too 🙂

  6. I ask factual questions, a lot, all the time. I was the horrible kid in class that always wanted to know WHY. I am the prove it to me kid. I want to know how everything works, where it comes from, where it goes, what is it made of – What is the meaning of life LOL But personal questions? No I don’t ask them. I don’t answer them either. Getting to know a person and answers to what I might want to know reveal themselves. The things I might REALLY want to know, I don’t ask because, quite frankly, they are none of my business. And that doesn’t exactly answer YOUR question, does it?

    1. Actually Grace, from a profilers point of perspective it answers my question very nicely indeed – so many thanks for the insights into you thinking 🙂

  7. I think in order to ask questions, you have to be prepared for the answers. Those answers might not always coincide with your beliefs. But if your goal is to truly learn about something, you need to truly have an open mind to the answers as well.

    1. Hey Jeanne so very true – and so very topical, currently Suze and l are talking and l am examining aspectations of myself – the only way l can do this is to ask Suze questions – which at times she is hesitant to answer for fear of upsetting me – l answer her with they don’t upset me, but if l wasn’t prepared to hear the answers l wouldn’t be asking the questions.

      Many people don’t like asking questions because they do fear the truth.

  8. I am an observer. If I ask a question, I get back what people think I want, so I sit back, quiet, and wait for the silence to be filled. Everyone wants to silence the silence – and I use the interactions to characterise within my stories.

  9. All depends on the perceived motive of the question. I love questions where people are genuinely interested in finding something out. Don’t like questions where people are not interested in the answers and are just looking for an excuse to really talk about themselves.

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