I’m currently working with colleagues at the OU’s Institute of Educational Technology on a small research project exploring communities of education blogging. It’s based on some work I did last year on brain bloggers (some early data on this, more developed publication soon). As with that project, I’m not going into it assuming I know what a brain blogger is, or even if such a thing even exists. Rather, I want to let the first stage of the research help me get a sense of who blogs about education, where, how and why.
So, do you blog about education? Would you fill in this survey? Do you know someone else who blogs about education? Will you tell them about it?
You can respond in comments here if you want, or it might be easier (and more private) to email email@example.com. Or you can cut and paste it to post it on your blog, if you want to share your answers with your readers (although please drop me a line with the link so I can make sure I have a copy). I need to get responses by the 15th of June to take them to the next step of analysis.
Also, please do pass it on to anyone you think might count as a blogger about education. Part of the point of setting this survey free on the same networks of social media it aims to study is to see where it ends up.
The idea of this survey is to get a better feel for the area than I can just by looking myself. I eventually want to do a small number of more detailed interviews with bloggers, informed by this survey. Depending on the results I get from this stage, I may also use aspects of the data in my final analysis. I shall be preparing a report for the Open University and, we hope, submit something to a peer reviewed journal.
If you want your answers to remain anonymous, that is fine, just let me know in the email. Otherwise I will assume it is ok to quote you (using your blog name as identifier, not necessarily your name, a point which might be important for pseudonymous bloggers).
Please email responses to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 15th of June. You are welcome to post your response openly to your blog if you want, but please send me the link.
Please feel free to leave any questions blank if you feel it is intrusive or you simply don’t have anything to say on the subject. This will not invalidate the overall response.
What do you blog about?
Are you paid to blog?
What do you do professionally (other than blog)?
How long have you been blogging at this site?
Do you write in other platforms? (e.g. in a print magazine?)
Can you remember why you started blogging?
What keeps you blogging?
Do you have any idea of the size or character if your audience? How?
What’s your attitude to/ relationship with people who comment on your blog?
Do you feel as if you fit into any particular community, network or genre of blogging? (e.g. schools, science, education, museums, technology)
If so, what does that community give you?
What do you think are the advantages of blogging? What are its disadvantages/ limitations?
Do you tell people you know offline that you’re a blogger? (e.g. your grandmother, your boss)
Is there anything else you want to tell me about I haven’t asked?