Today Inger Mewburn, Thesis Whisperer, and I presented the first cut from the survey we did – with your help – on PhD blogging.
As yet, we don’t know whether we are going end up with a book chapter, or one or two refereed papers. We’ve only looked at the closed questions in the survey so far. We still have to crunch the answers to the open ended questions, and this will affect our decisions about publication.
So you are thinking that maybe it’s too soon to think about what will become of this data? Well no. It’s often the case that at a relatively early stage of analysis you start to think about analytic angles and publication together. You come across something interesting in the data, and you think, “Mmmmm, if this plays out further then maybe this means… and that would make an interesting paper… and there’s nothing much like that out there… and maybe this journal wold be interested…” That’s the stage we’re at right now.
Here’s most of what we said in our presentation.
You don’t get our narrative from the slides of course. We did end up raising the issue of whether blogging might be equipping doctoral researchers with a kind of all day all night disposition which corresponds to the kinds of working practices increasingly expected in higher education. And this is not to mention the matter of being and becoming increasingly visible….
We’re really interested in any ideas that you have when you look at this data. What interesting issues come to your mind when you see some of the survey answers?