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Survey Envy: MIT blog survey

Cameron Marlow of Blogdex fame has published a weblog survey:

Take the MIT Weblog Survey

It’s very well put together, asking some clever questions (including some nifty on-the-fly analysis of your own blog), particularly about social networks towards the end (frustratingly it makes my own questionnaire look amateurish!). The results-in-progress are currently offline, but Cameron ensures us they’ll be back online soon – and you only get the link once the questionnaire is done, so it’s a good incentive to complete it. I’m sure he won’t be short of eager participants, but there’s a link to the survey here anyway.

It also makes me think about some of the uses of blogs in getting participants for online data collection – will have to write some more about this later.

A short break

I decided to take a week out from Ipswich last week and, on the advice of my supervisor, spent a few days visiting LSE and Goldsmiths. The motivation was to pillage their libraries for material that I wouldn’t find at Essex Uni library, and it came good. LSE library is an impressive building that I found really conducive to working.

My reasons for choosing these two unis over the many others in London is down to their Media departments. Essex doesn’t have one, and a main constituent of my literature review is going to be New Media domain stuff. Visiting these libraries was a great breath of fresh air and introduced me to lots of new material that I hadn’t come across before, everything from books to journals. As a result, I now have a lot of reading to catch up on as well as a lot of email interviews that I’ve neglected over the last few days.

I also attended a blogging event run by Bite PR last Monday which set out to introduce and explore some concepts of blogging to people in marketing. Invitees included people from Dyson, Yahoo, Carphone Warehouse, BT, 3, AOL, Nokia, The Future Laboratory, Nikon, Sun, etc…. Speakers included Pete Clifton, the editor of BBC News Interactive and Nigel Powell from the Sunday Times. It was really interesting to see where the BBC are headed, and how they are planning on introducing blog-type thinking into the site.

Next event is the 28th June for NMK’s “Blogging: A Real Conversation?”, where Suw Charman is included in the list of speakers.