We divided the researching task into two and Inger ‘found’ and analysed blogs while I scanned, mapped and focused in on literatures. This process went well and we met our deadline of finishing this part of the work by end November.
Because we live in different parts of the world we also had to sort out how to produce the actual paper.
We decided that what we needed to do was to start with a kind of extended abstract that summarised what we had to say. We chose to do this on powerpoint. Inger started off with a slide show on googledocs and invited me into her file. She produced a title slide and slides about the substantive findings. I then added an introduction, slides about some of the literatures, and a tentative concluding slide. This was pretty efficient and I can recommend it as a strategy for getting a paper sorted quickly and effectively.
Next we had a discussion on Skype and through this, we added more details to the argument and to the so-what conclusion.
You can see what we did here – Academic blogging practices?
As you will observe, we now have a set of slides we can use at the conference and – very important – a pretty coherent step-by-step guide to writing the actual paper.
We also changed our mind about our argument in the light of our more extended data analysis and the literatures. We think that these might surprise a few people – what do you reckon?