BlogTalk paper: would be bloggers
BlogTalk panelists announced. Wow! "Lilia Efimova"'s, "Oliver Wrede"'s, and my own proposal got accepted. Very cool! Now we need only a few of the US based folks to come over and we could definitely stage a litte get-together of educational Webloggers. [Sebastian Fiedler]
To be selected from the list of great people means that it's going to be a tough time to fulfil the expectations :)
One of the ways to achieve paper quality is to have thinking/writing process in public (I refer to it as to micro-level peer-review). This is especially important if you don't have many people in house who understand your topic deeply enough.
I don't know how much of work-in-progress I will post here, but there is one topic that was waiting for my writing for a long time. In the proposal I suggest to compare bloggers and "would be bloggers" and this raises a lot of questions:
Denham Grey: Be interested to learn how you define your 'would be bloggers' ? People that have tried and failed?, folks that have written negatively about blogging?, people who are totally ignorant about blogging?, someone who preferes voice or cellphones to typing??
How will you reach the 'would be bloggers' ?
Many of these folks may not be on-line yet, tucked away in bulletinboards or obscure listservs or perhaps strictly e-mail users.
0. Weblogs types to consider
I would like to focus on professional weblogs and not on personal ones. So, I would ask people if they agree with the statement like:
"I use my weblog primarily for professional reasons: for my work, professional network building, learning and sharing knowledge related to my occupation (paid or voluntarily)."
1. "Would be bloggers" defined
I could start from considering all non-bloggers as my "would be bloggers", but I wouldn't do so. I think of the common for many of us situation and people saying "it seems that where is something in it", but not actually doing it. According to the stages of acceptance of innovation my "would be bloggers" are between Curiosity - Envisioning - Tryout stages (bloggers are at Use stage).
In the questionnaire I'm going to define two subgroups of "would be bloggers". I don't know if I will find any difference, but it seems logical to do so. So, I'm going to ask people to select one of the following:
- I'm considering if I should start a weblog or not ("would be blogger - 1"; ~ Making decision)
- I'm trying out blogging, but not sure if I will continue it ("would be blogger - 2"; ~ I'm not sure if I will be blogging in one year)
- Blogging is part of my professional life and I will continue doing it (~ I will be blogging in one year if I have internet access).
2. Finding "would be bloggers"
I'm aware that it could be difficult to have good sample (especially "would be blogger - 1" are difficult to find), but it's exploratory study and I'm not looking for controlled variables :). I'm going to:
- ask "would be bloggers" around me (and there are many ;)
- ask bloggers to offer my questionnaire to "would be bloggers" around them
- post invitation at KnowledgeBoard blogroll
Given the fact that I'm not targeting at people who haven't heard about weblogs it should work.
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