Mathemagenic: learning and KM insights - Tuesday, June 21, 2005
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  Researching blogs and blogging research: synergies of colliding worlds

Notes for my talk about blog research and research blogs at NERDI.

  • Slides (.pdf) - there is not that much there, mainly drawings :)
  • Podcasts (thanks to Mark!)

Cake with three candlesI wasn't sure where to start the talk when I realised that it's exactly 3 years since I started blogging. So, my main question is:

What my weblog did to my research in those three years?

ScrapbookI started from using my blog as an online scrapbook, collecting ideas, links and quotes in one place where I could easily find things back.

Cap of coffeeThan I discovered that there is more to it a growing community of people with similar interests and rewarding dialogues.

Looking glassOver time I also realised that weblog can also be a looking glass to study knowledge work (this is where weblogs came into my PhD research).

Ethnographer's hatIt was when I finished that paper when I realised that while my insights were inspired by the answers I've got in the study, "connecting the dots" came not from the data, but from personal experiences of blogging. I started to look for ways to accommodate for that in my research, turning blogging into an ethnographic space.

Two Lilia's arguing :) Click to enlargeBefore that blogging and researching blogs were somewhat separate, but I couldn't avoid collision, getting into a situation where two roles conflicted.

Constructing a house from piecesIn a search for a solution I started to think on conditions where blogging and researching would live peacefully together. What if and how blogging could be a research instrument?

This is where I am now (and I probably should write another post about it :).

I don't know what my weblog will do to my research next few years. I hope that it will be kind enough to let me finish my PhD before turning more things upside down :)


Re: other things that we have discussed:

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