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A day in the life of an anthroblogologist

Well, a morning rather. What I try to do every morning is add some blogs to my database. I made it using FileMaker Pro, which is relatively easy to use I find, and basically I try to collect information that I’m able to find from the blog itself, to which I occasionally may add information I know from other sources. The point is to gather ‘demographic’ information about all these ‘inhabitants’ of the Malaysian blogosphere: what kind of blog they have, what ads they have, which groups they’re part of, age, occupation, gender, etc.

What I also do is note down specific posts that I find important as examples of types of behaviour, like the other day I noticed someone talking about how they’d been blogging for three months but made less than a dollar (which is more than I have :/ ), and there were some comments with advice and so on. A good example of people sharing practices and therefore building common practices and ‘socialities’ as John Postill might say.
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Blog typologies

One thing I’ve found since I started my PhD is that mostly academics are very contactable and happy to share material. So far I have contacted a few out of the blue, because I had difficulty getting hold of a paper written by them, and they immediately sent me a copy. Which is very nice.

I knew of a paper that talked about 9/11 and blogs, and had a interesting model relating to types of blogs in it, but I couldn’t remember the name (except that it started with a K and it was long) or where I’d seen it mentioned (now I think of it, it must have been in Blood’s book, anyway…). So I did a bunch of Googling and eventually tracked down this
Krishnamurthy, Sandeep. "The multidimensionality of blog conversations: The virtual enactment of September 11." AOIR Internet Research 3.0: Net/Work/Theory. Maastricht, The Netherlands. October 13-16 2002.

I emailed Sandeep Krishnamurthy and he kindly sent me a copy. Here is the model in it:

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