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Links to my published articles online
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Adolescent Diary Weblogs and the Unseen Audience

Conversations in the Blogosphere: An Analysis "from the Bottom Up". Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-38) Best Paper Nominee.

Weblogs as a bridging genre

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Common Visual Design Elements of Weblogs

Women and Children Last: The Discursive Construction of Weblogs

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The Performativity of Naming: Adolescent Weblog Names as Metaphor

Buxom Girls and Boys in Baseball Hats: Adolescent Avatars in Graphical Chat Spaces

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Last Updated November 22, 2005.

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New books are added but reading status is rarely accurate.

December 22, 2004

A Year of Professional-Lurker

On December 23, 2003 I began keeping this blog, so today is the last day of my first free-standing blog's year, I had a short lived and badly kept LiveJournal blog prior to starting prolurker. As such it seemed like a good time to do a bit of reflection in preparation for the new year that begins tomorrow. I should note that I actually registered the URL and signed up with my ISP, 2Xtreme Media, in October 2003 but didn't get around to installing the software until December.

In looking at the history of the blog I have some general observations. First I had not planned for this to be a very personal blog. My idea was that the space would be used, that I didn't codify until March 12, 2004, was as follows:.

In essence that is still my view of what I want my blog to be a mixed genre space where I can try out ideas and write.

Several points have played out that are somewhat different then I had not expected:

One of the primary reasons I began the blog was to give myself a space to write and a goal to work toward, 2 posts per week. I did this because at that point writing was torture for me. I would slide into a complete procrastination mode, leaving any and all writing to the very last second possible before a deadline. Now after a year of writing here, that has changed somewhat because of blogging. I do think it also has changed after spending a year presenting at conferences and seeing that my work was very well received across the disciplines.

December 2003 monthly totals
Hits 3436
Visits 124 (mostly mine I'm sure)
Pushing 9.82 Megabytes of bandwidth

December 2004 (month to date)
Hits 51596
Visits 8347
Pushing 882.26 Megabytes of bandwidth

The Future of Professional-Lurker

I expect a big change to be coming to prolurker shortly. Actually it's a two part change. First I will be upgrading software to expand functionality and make access by those nasty spammers more difficult. I will also be having the look of the site redesigned after the first of the year. The site currently runs on design defaults which worked in the early days, now that I get some serious traffic I want a better looking site. Wish I had time to do it myself but I simply do not. So if you do site design or know someone that does please let me know.

Finally I expect the topic range to center on the research and writing of my qualifying paper. That should be true until spring. Though if I have learned only one thing this year of blogging it would be that anything can happen.

Posted by prolurkr at December 22, 2004 12:28 PM

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Hi Lois,

I enjoy reading your blog and read it (at length) about once a month - it's a time thing - when I have free time, I read more. I considered commenting occasionally but didn't - (1) because it takes effort (2) because I wasn't sure I wanted my 'thoughts' out there... In a way, though, I guess commenting is like giving something back... *smile* So this little comment is a thank you for an interesting few months, I won't say 'year' as I've only been reading since we met at the DG conference (where you were the first person I spoke to and you made me feel included at what was my first ever conference... so thanks). I enjoy reading your reflections on your research, not least because I hope to start my own MPhil/PhD studies at the IoE next year... so it's cool to be able to 'share' (even electronically) with your peers. A nice learning experience. *grin* Well, as you can see, I tend to waffle... now you're glad I don't post so many comments. Huh? *chuckle* I've been journalling electronically offline for about 7 years now... topics changing... my two year online journal (1995-1997) was mostly travel-based (I was travelling permanently at the time) and was very popular as I recall - people enjoy armchair travelling, especially when the tale is well told (and yours are - and nicely illustrated - I enjoyed your London pages a lot). I like your links too, although I don't always follow them... but they are interesting and useful at times... especially those to other research blogs and I liked the personality quiz. That was fun. What I've been working on these last two years is an offline journal on entry into the teaching profession (High school age group)... I didn't want to put it online because of identification issues... but it has been really helpful in terms of reflecting on my practice and development as a teacher. So, long live blogs, say I. *smile* Merry Christmas... and do keep on sharing.

Posted by: Wilma at December 23, 2004 06:31 AM

Thanks Wilma. I think you are right that commenting is like giving something back. *makes a note to use that in a future paper* It's also a great way to let writers know there really are readers out there in the ether. *S* Thanks for reading and I hope to see you next summer at the Young People and New Technologies Conference in Northampton.

Posted by: Lois at December 23, 2004 08:49 AM