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BlogTalk paper: final version and a bit of reflection

Something I was supposed to post long time back: final version of my BlogTalk paperBlogs: the stickiness factor (.pdf).

I finished it only a couple of weeks back: I was too lazy to rewrite parts of it and managed to get organised only before final-final deadline for print version. I’ll be sending e-mails to the participants tonight.

There is more in the data about blogging I collected than I was able to analyse and to write about. I’ll be using bits related to knowledge work in my “under construction” paper and I’ll see if I come up with more ideas.

Doing that study was a great experience. It started almost accidentally when I discovered a way to connect my interest in weblogs with my PhD exploration. At that moment it was a way to test some ideas I had and I didn’t think that I would seriously look at weblogs in my PhD research. Well, you never know: Life has more imagination than we carry in our dreams.

Discovering blogging – writing a weblog, reflecting on my own process, reading others’ reflections, sparks of comments and discussions, studying it – all these things contributed in somehow invisible way to my thinking about knowledge workers and my PhD research. At the certain moment two themes that make me passionate collapsed in one. And I’ve got my PhD focus, in one day, after struggling for months.

My new PhD focus is not approved yet, but at least I know what and why I’d like to study. This may change again and I guess I have more struggling ahead, but at least now I feel very happy to see how bits of ideas are getting into coherent whole.

So, thanks for participating in that study: you did more than you may think.

Archived version of this entry is available at http://blog.mathemagenic.com/2003/10/15.html#a801; comments are here.

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