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December 07, 2004

In Search of Bloggers to Interview

I am embarking upon a Masters Thesis project on blogging. I’m interested in interviewing thoughtful adult bloggers (18 and older) who’ve been keeping a blog with relative regularity. The blogger must be the sole author of a personal blog and they must have a comment or feedback function currently enabled on his or her blog. Participation involves about an hour of time, including answering one email and an approximately 40-minute interview. The focus of the research is about blogging as a site of self-presentation and how a blogger’s perceived audience influences that self-presentation. If you or someone you know might be interested in participating in this research, please leave me a way to get in touch with you via comments or contact me here.

[If you've already responded to my previous posts on this topic, no need to comment again. I've got you on my list. Thanks.]

[Second update: I've stopped interviewing, as I'm almost finished with the thesis project, but thanks to everyone who volunteered and participated. I truly appreciate it.]

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Referred here from Scheherazade. I'd love to find out what you learn in your study, and if I can help as a subject I'd be happy to.

Posted by: JCA | Dec 7, 2004 8:35:32 PM

I serve at the pleasure of ms feverish.

Posted by: win | Dec 8, 2004 1:33:47 PM

This person is known for getting on her soapbox about blogging, and often has interesting things to say. You may find her Dec. 13 post interesting given your research.
http://www.crazydaisy.us/

Posted by: D. | Dec 14, 2004 5:08:13 PM

Sure, I'll help. I've thought a lot about this question over the last couple of years that I've kept a weblog. Does one write a weblog to appeal to the masses? If so, how does that influence what the blogger writes? How does that need for projecting a certain public image translate into what one reveals about oneself? Do you stay true to yourself and your interests or do you pander to your perceived audience? Is the purpose of blogging to achieve popularity within your niche? Or is it to express opinions that are important to you despite their unpopularity? How does this shape one's audience over time?

Is there an inevitable disconnect between the public face and the private person? Why do people succumb to the pressure to protect a blogger whom they know from firsthand experience to present a public face that is false?

How do nasty comments and emails affect one's self-presentation over time? Does one bow to the pressure to conform?

And on and on and on . . .

Posted by: Kerstin | Dec 15, 2004 11:05:06 AM

I'd be happy to help.

Posted by: Tamar | Apr 5, 2005 4:02:18 PM

I'm interested in participating and I'd love to read your results.

Posted by: Jen | Apr 5, 2005 7:30:05 PM

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