Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Academic Blog Survey

Overview:The following survey is for bloggers who are actual or aspiring academics (thus including students). It takes the form of a go-meme to provide bloggers a strong incentive to join in: the 'Link List' means that you will receive links from all those who pick up the survey 'downstream' from you. The aim is to create open-source data about academic blogs that is publicly available for further analysis. Analysts can find the data by searching for the tracking identifier-code: "acb109m3m3". Further details, and eventual updates with results, can be found on the original posting:
Instructions:Simply copy and paste this post to your own blog, replacing my survey answers with your own, as appropriate, and adding your blog to the Link List.
Important (1) Your post must include the four sections: Overview, Instructions, Link List, and Survey. (2) Remember to link to every blog in the Link List. (3) For tracking purposes, your post must include the following code: acb109m3m3Link List (or 'extended hat-tip'):
1. Philosophy, et cetera
3. Add a link to your blog here

Age - 23
Gender - Female
Location - Johannesburg, South Africa
Religion - Christian (Anglican)
Began blogging - October 2004
Academic field - Ethnomusicology: South African Choral Music
Academic position [tenured?] - Prospective Graduate student

Approximate blog stats
Rate of posting - dailyAverage no. hits - 20/day
Average no. comments - .10/day
Blog content - 98% academic, 2% personal.

Other Questions
1) Do you blog under your real name? Why / why not?- Yes. I want my work to be associated with my professional persona. I consider this blog (pleasant) work.
2) Do colleagues or others in your department know that you blog? If so, has anyone reacted positively or negatively?- Yes. I've had mostly positive feedback, but some concern has been expressed about my risking my professional persona and my intellectual property by publishing work in progress.
3) Are you on the job market?- Yes, part-time, for 9 months untill I begin grad school in September 2006
4) Do you mention your blog on your CV or other job application material?- Yes.
5) Has your blog been mentioned at all in interviews, tenure reviews, etc.? If so, provide details.- no
6) Why do you blog?- I use my blog as an information gathering and archiving tool, and I enjoy the interaction with other bloggers.

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