Saturday, December 10, 2005

Snapshot survey results and the "studied minuet" between bloggers and audience

Thanks to all who have taken part in my survey so far;
to Pradeep who blog-linked me -- I stumbled Pradeep's blog and found out that he graduated from NTU!
Thanks also to Andrew Coates, from Australia,

and to Sivasothi aka Otterman, who works at the National University of Singapore's Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, - is someone I interviewed many moons ago about the Mac Meetup group in Singapore.

And now, a snapshot update on the results of my on-going survey, 67 out of 93 respondents say they identify themselves on their blog.
Of these, 61 of 93 say they post pictures of themselves, people they know/work with and places that they visit/work at on their blog.
That's a pretty strong indication that most people who blog about work are really open about giving out information about their work.

Does this mean that a lot of employee bloggers are not buying U.S. civil rights group, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's advice on How to Blog Safely (About Work Or Anything Else)? I'll only know when the survey has closed.

Meanwhile, here's a paper I read last night on motivations for blogging and the extent of social interactivity concerning the bloggers that the authors studied.

One thing that struck me on how right the authors were: "Readers create blogs as much as writers...", they gave an excerpt of email exchanges between two bloggers about the discussion of racial stereotypes. A discussion about race, as the authors pointed out are always potentially inflammatory - was well handled by the bloggers after they had emailed each other privately and then, posted their discussions on their blogs.

The authors concluded that "blogs, then, are a studied minuet between blogger and the audience. Bloggers consider audience attention, feedback and feelings as they write."

Right indeed, I think for many bloggers, reading and responding on a regular basis, or at least at crucial moments to comments and emails from fellow bloggers or blog readers are just as important as the entries that they post on their blogs.

If you've any stories to add about the "minuet" between bloggers and their audience, do post a comment:-)


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