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Adolescent Diary Weblogs and the Unseen Audience

2005
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

2004
Bridging the Gap: A Genre Analysis of Weblogs. Winner of the 2004 EduBlog Awards as best paper.

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

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

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Last updated July 8, 2005.

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New books are added but reading status is rarely accurate.


July 23, 2004

List Your Self: Listmaking as the Way to Self-Discovery

I bought a new book that asks you questions and you make lists in answer. It's supposed to give you new insights into yourself. Personally I just think it looks like fun. So I will be posting List Your Self questions here periodically for your enjoyment.

List Your Self Question: List all the qualities you love about being human.


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July 21, 2004

Coding research and printing reports that will be presented next week at Digital Generations: Children, young people and new media

Line drawing of a women at a desk circa 1900I spent today coding adolescent blogs in preparation for my presentation next week at the Digital Generations: Children, Young People and New Media Conference. Has been a long and interesting day while I read the entire front page of the adolescent blogs in this dataset. I am coding for demographic information, narrator information (perspective, tone, and reliability), and type of audience addressed in each post. My research for this presentation is looking for a pattern of types of audience that are addressed within the same blog. I have a three more blogs to code out in the morning and then I can start crunching numbers, its a very small dataset so the numbers should fall together fairly quickly. Then I can plug it all into a PowerPoint presentation and I'm good to go.

The BBC News World Service had an article today titled Parents 'under-estimate' net risks, about Sonia Livingstone and Magdalena Bober's work UK Children Go Online: Surveying the experiences of young people and their parents. The report will be presented at Digital Generations and at AoIR so I printed out a copy of both the 2004 and 2003 works to read before the conference. It's always is a good thing to have a question to ask at conferences so you can introduce yourself. Which is something I need to do at this conference. I'm usually more then a bit shy at these things, never sure I have anything to add to the conversation. Though if I make myself dive in I almost always find common ground for discussion. That's what I need to do since this is a gathering of academics almost all of whom have research areas that align with mine in some way.

Full citations for the Livingstone & Bober are:

Livingstone, S. & Bober, M. (2004). UK Children Go Online: Surveying the experiences of young people and their parents. London: Economic & Social Research Council.

Livingstone, S. & Bober, M. (2003). UK Children Go Online: Listening to young people's experiences. London: Economic & Social Research Council.

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July 20, 2004

New meta blog category

Hand, probably male, holding a maginfying glas so the viewer can see down through it.I've added a new category for professional-lurker blog entries: Meta discussion of the blog itself. You can find all entries under this category from the sidebar at ABOUT > This blog or Entries by Category > Meta discussion of the blog itself.

As a blog researcher I realized that while I have been thinking about my own blog and blogging style, and I have been writing about my thoughts on the blog, I have not made accessing those posts particularly easy. The new category should resolve this problem.

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July 19, 2004

Pictures of Fourwinds Resort & Marina

There was very little time for picture taking during either of my most recent trips. Though I simply had to snap a few shots on Saturday July 18. It was such a beautiful day to be on the water front. Click on the image for a larger version. All of these shots were taken behind the resort facing north toward the lake.







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Future Faculty Teaching Fellows 2004 Summer Institute

After a late night of delayed plane flights home from Bethesda MD and a few hours of sleep in my own bed, I arrived at Fourwinds Resort & Marina early Saturday July 17, 2004 for a 12-hour day, with final sessions occurring on Sunday morning July 18, attending the Future Faculty Teaching Fellows 2004 Summer Institute. The institute is sponsored by the IU Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET) and the Future Faculty Teaching Fellows (FFTF) Program funded by the IU Research and University Graduate School (RUGS). FFTF's goal is Preparing doctoral students to teach where the teaching jobs are: An opportunity to gain significant independent but mentored teaching experience in new academic environments. Upon defense of my qualifying paper, I will begin two semesters as a FFTF currently slated to being January 2005. FFTF does not have a webpage up yet for the 2004 Fellows class, click here for enlightening information about the 2003 program.

The Summer Institute was very useful. We had presentations on such topics as: Using Cooperative Groups and Writing Enhance Learning and Teaching Portfolios.

It was also good to have a chance to meet other Fellows, for a list of 2004 Fellows who attended the workshop click here. There will be two of us at IUPUC, myself and Bjorn Ingvoldstad a Communication and Culture grad student. Bjorn is a scholar of film and a film maker who has a significant presence on the web, click here to review sites that discuss his work (I do not know if all the Bjorn Ingvoldstad's listed are the Bjorn in question, so do not hold it against Bjorn if I have pointed you toward misinformation). I was also pleased to meet Narayanan (Nan) Iyer a Telecommunication grad student, who appears to have no personal presence on the web beyond mentions of presentations at professional conferences. Nan's dissertation topic is related to my research areas in that his work looks at chat, IM, and weblogs. I will be interested to read is dissertation. He mentioned that he had read my HICCS and Into the Blogosphere papers, which is always nice to hear at this point in my career.

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National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Child and Adolescent Mentee Workshop

I spent July 15 & 16, 2004 participating in the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Child and Adolescent Mentee Workshop in Bethesda MD. I became a mentee in 2002 having won a competitive travel grant, sponsored by NIDA, to attend the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) biennial meeting in New Orleans LA.

At the Workshop we talked at length about research funding mechanisms available through the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the subordinate institutes and centers including NIDA, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). NIH has an extensive list of subordinate institutes and centers that cover a wide variety of health issues, click here to see a complete list. I was pleased to see that NIDA, and other institutes as well, are now using R-03 grants to fund dissertation research. During previous discussions with NIDA staff I had learned that dissertation research fellowships did not allow the recipient to teach during their dissertation time. Use of an R-03 grant for funding will allow the recipient to teach and perform other faculty duties as necessary while still working on their dissertation.

NIDA events are a research high for me in that the staff and participants have both shown great interest in my work. I was the only internet focused researcher present, my interest in cutting-edge (bleeding-edge really) technologies made my work significantly different then other attendees. At this gathering I was amused when one of the other participants turned to her companion, after they had taken part in a large group of participants listening to my discussion of my poster presentation, and said "This is why I don't do cutting-edge research, it's to hard." I had to laugh because I wouldn't have it any other way.

As an outcome of this meeting I had a discussion with Nicolette Borek Ph.D. a program official at NIDA. She and I will remain in contact and I hope with her assistance and continued support to receive NIH and NIDA grants in the future.

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July 13, 2004

Beauty beyond the barns

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July 12, 2004

Indiana Time

Indiana time is confusing even to locals. In an instant messaging (IM) conversation in the last few days, I was again discussing the vagreties of Indiana time verses the rest of the known world. Indiana is one of three US states that do not go onto Daylight Savings Time: Indiana, Arizona, and Hawaii. This makes life really odd so when the rest of the country is springing forward and falling back together, we appear to be fallng and springing between timezones. If you have not noticed, most purchased software will have a special timezone designation just for Indiana...cause we are special.

I was suprised to find that 1949 the state legistlature had placed all of Indiana in the Central Standard Time (CST) zone. When Congress passing of the 1966 Uniform Time Act Indiana was changed to Eastern Standard Time (EST). Prior to the Act many counties in Indiana set their own time and as Southern Indiana is a fairly contrarian place to be, time changed from one county to the next. I remember that there was considerable disapproval when this bill was passed...there goes Washington telling us what to do on our farms. Confused? Ok heres the skinny so far:

- By state law Indiana is on permanent CST.
- Since federal laws trump state laws we were moved to EST.
- The federal law allows states to decide if they are on daylight savings time or not.
- Indiana, having been given a choice, chose not to be on daylight savings time. Mostly this decision was made because it was the only point they were allowed to decide.
- A few years ago the state legislature actually did vote to move us onto daylight saings time, EST daylight savings time. Only to then find out that per state statutes we are on permanent daylight savings time CST. So the move to EST daylight savings time had to be scraped. By the point they made that decision the folks who don't want daylight savings time had mobilized so there was no new vote to make the change.

So for almost 40 years we have lived this strange between life...sometimes we are with EST and sometimes we are with CST. Or as you are more likely to hear it in discussion, "Are we with Chicago or Louisville now?" Answer...at the moment we are with Chicago.

For more information check: What is 'Indiana Time?'

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July 09, 2004

20 Questions to a Better Personality

pen-and-ink drawing of a right hand holding a quill pen between thumb and forefingerThis quiz is floating around the SLIS blogs I read. Decided to take it myself and see what I thought. As with any forced choice quiz it leaves out the nuance. LOL Which basically means I agree with most all of it but my wackiness score (and the derivative "sober" comments). I'm pretty wacky but not so much in public anymore after years of working in offices where wacky = wacko. Oh and the fashion sense is way off...as I've already said I am a jeans and t-shirt girl, though if they made them in my size I would be wearing Juicy Couture so maybe they are onto something after all. LOL



Test Results

Wackiness: 30/100
Rationality: 60/100
Constructiveness: 34/100
Leadership: 70/100

You are an SRDL--Sober Rational Destructive Leader. This makes you a mob boss. You are the ultimate alpha person and even your friends give you your space. You can't stand whiners, weaklings, schlemiels or schlemozzles. You don't make many jokes, but when you do, others laugh out loud. They must.

People often turn to you for advice, and wisely. You are calm in a crisis, cautious in a tempest, and attuned to even the finest details. Yours is the profile of a smart head for business and a dangerous enemy.

You have a natural knack for fashion and occupy a suit like a matinee idol. Your charisma is striking and without artifice. You are generous, thoughtful, and appreciate life's finer things.

Please don't kick my ass.

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July 08, 2004

Graphics for blog entries

Colorized drawing of a women in Victorian dress holding a rose, probably taken from an early greating or post cardWhen I decided to begin this blog I conceptualized the overall visual design to include black and white drawings with each post, unless there were original color photos used. To accomplish that goal I bought several Dover Publications to use with my writings. I most often pull pictures from Books, Reading and Writing Illustrations CD-ROM and Book. Obviously I use the female illustrations more frequently.

Now having maintained this blog for more than six months I find my visual design includes more color illustrations from other sites on the web then I had expected. While I still plan on keeping the overall illustration theme to black and white, when I can find one that highlight the text, I am admitting that in some cases only color will do. So I have added a new Dover book to my files, one that shows full color illustrations like the one I've added to this entry. I have also purchased several new black and white books that should broaden my choices. Though I have no doubt that Books, Reading and Writing Illustrations will still be my mainstay.

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July 06, 2004

An Unsolicited Letter of Apology from American Airlines

Pen-and-ink drawing of a quill pen with metal nub. Tower's Cork & Wood is printed on the shaft.I received the most amazing thing today. I got a letter from American Airlines apologizing for the delay I experienced at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) Airport on my return trip from New Orleans in June. We were hours and hours late arriving in Indianapolis, late to the point that I told hubby to stay home and get some sleep while I got a room at a hotel at the airport for what was left of the night. He picked me up late the next morning.

The fact that I got a letter is really only amazing in that I did not complain about the service to the airline, this was totally unsolicited. While there are no doubt many many things they can improve upon, the control of the weather is a bit outside their purview.

I learned to deal with airline delays while living in Northern Indiana and routinely flying through Ohare (ORD) where summer thunderstorms and winter snows slow things down frequently. I knew I had arrived as an air traveler when I was standing in the Memphis Airport and telling the airline representative that had just announced the fourth one-hour delay for my flight to ORD that if I could catch a flight to Indianapolis, Cincinnati, or St. Louis I could still get a connection to South Bend Airport and be home that night. When you have the general read of hub cities in the US in your head you have been flying to much. LOL

This letter just amazes me, pay them the money to gain access to the Ambassadors Clubs and they treat you WAY better. Sad but cool...in a really sad way.

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Desktop Clients for Movable Type on the PC

Black and white drawing of a women in late Victorian dress.  She is seated at an early typewriter, title of the picture identifies it as a Sholes Typewriter circa 1872.Recently I purchased a copy of Sams Teach Yourself Movable Type in 24 Hours. Figured if I was going to use this program I should make an effort to understand much better how the guts of it work.

Of course I am not working through it in order and jumped to "Hour 21" right off the bat. That chapter is titled "Using Desktop Clients with Movable Type." I have been using w.blogger for sometime and I like it quite a lot. Though since the book says it is one of the weaker choices I thought I should experiment and see which one worked best for me. It has been an interesting set of trials.

First I downloaded Zempt. Zempt allows for the user to make micro changes in post settings from the client prior to upload. This is a good thing and would have been enough for me to keep it as my primary client had it allowed me to accurately view each post prior to upload. As you can tell I use HTML coding in my posts to add links, images, and to position images on the screen either though align commands or in tables. Zempt could not accurately convert the HTML so that I could see how a post would look in the frame. In fact it would not convert align commands at all...so all of my align=right statements, like the one used to add the picture to this post, showed pictures on the left - left is the default. Sadly I uninstalled Zempt and moved on to my next test client SharpMT.

SharpMT installed easily and even told me that an upgrade was available so I could make those changes immediately. The layout was fine and it appears to allow most of the same micro level settings as Zempt. However I was not able to get the program to work properly. It installed and could reach the blog but would give me download failures when it tried to get information such as my category list, etc. After a dozen attempts I decided to uninstall it and simply stay with w.blogger. Unfortunately SharpMT refuses to completely uninstall. One or more dll(s) simply refuse to die. Looks like it will require registration edits to completely remove the program. That issue of course is not a good selling point for the program.

So after all that here I sit, as I have for months, typing my post into w.blogger for upload into my Movable Type blog. It's always good to test the water, but even better to have the tools you need that do the most of what you need done.

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July 05, 2004

The Perfect Things You Happen On To On the Net

While looking for a picture to accompany the previous post, I happened on to this drawing. It so perfectly conceptualizes the backstage going's on I remember from undergrad that I simply had to post it here. Click on the picture for a link to the larger original. The artist draws a comic that can be found here, check it out as well.

Black and white cartoon of a group of performers chatting backstage.  Performers include ducks and foxes.

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The Diffusion of Information, Burying the Hatchet (as one would bury something in the ground not in someone skull), and Marj Duehmig

Water-color painting of two china coffee cups and sausers stacked on top of a green plaid placemat.  A china coffee pot sits slightly above the placemat.

Information Diffusion is one of my academic interests. How networks of people form/maintain and pass information is fascinating. Clearly the diffusion of information through the network of my undergrad classmates is fairly good study in strong and weak ties, as well as central and peripheral nodes.

Take me for example; I am a peripheral node with weak ties to a few of the other more central nodes. I have maintained regular (irregular?) contact with very few people and even then there are long gaps between contacts. Clearly that is not true for everyone nor should it be so, if it were the entire network would breakdown and chaos would rein.

Every good network has its central nodes with strong ties to most or many of the other nodes on the network. Those people are the glue that holds a particular network formation together. The central node, ground-zero, passes information through their strong ties to other nodes and the information is then diffused throughout the network moving from strong to weak and central to peripheral. -academic lecture is completed at this point-

When I originally posted the entry Theatre Reunion, of sorts to this blog I wondered if anyone I mentioned would find it. I do vanity searches so I assume others do as well, although I also accept that academics may be more concerned with who is talking about them then are other folk. LOL Who would wander on to the page and drop me an email or a comment? Would anyone do so? It was a curiosity.

And someone did wonder onto the page. I'm not sure how or when exactly but someone did, someone that I had not talked about in my post. It has been mentioned to me that contact zero, or near-zero, for the diffusion of information that lead others to this blog is Marj Duehmig.

As undergraduates Marj and I were not close. LOL In truth that may be the understatement of the century, well at least last century. Marj and I were SO not close that the issue has come up in every conversation I have had with anyone who attended undergrad with us, as I have seen them over the years. That piece of the conversation usually runs something like this:

I'm quite sure she has had the same conversation just substitute Marj for Lois in the above dialogue.

Why didn't we get along? You know I really have no idea. It would be easy for me to say that "I didn't like her because she didn't like me." And while that is true it is also an overly easy response that is neither very useful nor very mature. We were like two points with the same polarity, force them together and they jump apart in opposite directions and move as far as their momentum will carry them. Or if they can't get far enough apart they, if they are human beings, get really sullen and fairly antagonistic toward each other. That tended to be my response at least, there was only so far apart you could get in our small theatre department. As memory serves there was no precipitating incident. We flat just never jived. Must have been something on an elemental or pheromonal level.

So why am I writing about this? Well because I'm curious to find if we have both changed over the years. I know I am significantly different then I was during my 20's and I try to respect that others may have made similar changes in their lives. So Marj, *holding out an olive branch*, I vote to bury the hatchet in a nice deep grave. I'm in London for a conference later this month, July 2004, and will be passing through again in September on my way into the English countryside. Are you up for tea? Wouldn't it be fun to surprise the network and tell them we actually found common ground after all this time. I like the idea. If you are game, email me and we shall see what we can set up.

And for everyone else in the network: vote yes, and then hold on for further updates.

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July 04, 2004

4th of July Fireworks

Earlier we parked the pickup on the knoll across the road where the red barn used to be and watched the local fireworks display. In the country we get a multiplicity of fireworks all exploding on roughly the same schedule. Tonight we had the "official" display, two private shows, and a heavenly backdrop all going at the same time.

The official show is paid for a large local multinational and launched from their employees recreational park. The private shows flanked the official one. The private shows always amuse me as in Indiana sales of fireworks to private individuals are illegal UNLESS you promise to use them out of state, which of course every one promises but no one ever plans to carry out. I'm sure match sales go through the roof on the 3rd of July.

Tonight we had the added feat of a huge thunderhead that backdropped all the pretty colored lights. Very early in the official display, lightening started jumping around among the sections of the cloud. The cloud was easily 30 miles away, though it soared quite high into the atmosphere. As the colored lights of the fireworks display increased so did the lightening activity. Hubby and I started questioning if one lead directly to the other through seeding...no they don't but it makes for interesting conversation.

One of our topics of conversation was related to where we were watching 4th of July fireworks last year. At roughly this time last year we were standing in the Walgreens parking lot in Durango CO watching on of the best fireworks displays I have ever seen. They launch the rockets from the side of a mountain which gives them both great height and an amazing backdrop. This display is one of the two best I have seen in my lifetime.

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The Benefits of Living in the Country

Yesterday as I was driving home from town, a doe crossed the road in front of me...but not right in front of me...on a fairly quiet country road. In short order she was followed by one fawn and then another. When I got to the place they had crossed I pulled over and snapped a quick picture of the mother and her twins before they bounded off for the cover of the trees. Click here, or on the picture at the left, for a slightly larger version of the snap shot.

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July 03, 2004

Ok...so I didn't talk about EVERYONE from my undergrad days

I received an email today from a friend from undergrad. This friend pointed out that he had not been mentioned in the previous post - Theatre Reunion, of sorts - about my friends from my Ball State days. So here John Joyner is your mention.

In college I considered John a good friend...when we were speaking. LOL I don't even remember why but it seems that something would happen and I, was it only me...gezzz I don't remember, would get upset and stop speaking to him for lengthy periods of time. Not sure he even knew that was happening. I could be a bit mercurial in my 20's.

John is one of the few people who has periodically caught up with me over the years...his initiation. I have always appreciated that point. At the "reunion" I even mentioned that to someone and said it had been awhile since I had spoken to him. Life is cool in how the threads play out.

His email gave me updates on a few folks, including Mark "Rocky" Hart who I mentioned in the previous post. Seems my buddy Rocky, who has no appreciable web presence, is a self-proclaimed technophob. A condition not unusual to people of our age group...though I didn't actually expect to see a serious case of it in my friends.

I ran a quick vanity search on John's name to see if there was something interesting to link...seems by name alone he could be - a member of the BHS class of 1963 (only if he was REALLY slow in school), a member of The Historic Marion Revitalization Association of Marion SC, President of the Saipan Racquetball Federation, or a now deceased gentleman with an interest in Kung Fu. He will have to respond so we know which one is accurate. LOL

Since this thread is basically about ancient history...though these are people I care about there is always the hope that new stories are yet to be lived...I decided a drawing of the ruins of a theatre at Pompeii was appropriate to accompany these words.

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July 02, 2004

Research Ethics and IRB's Presentation

I have been asked to give a guest lecture tomorrow for Yung-rang "Laura" Cheng's L509 Introduction to Research and Statistics, School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. My topic is Research Ethics and IRB's for this roughly one hour presentation. I am posting my slides here so that students can gain easy access to them.

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The Notebook

I took myself to a movie matinee today to see The Notebook a beautifully photographed romance story that is sure to win cinematography awards. Four very good performances were given by the primarily leads: Ryan Gosling/James Garner as Noah Calhoun and Rachel McAdams/Gena Rowlands as Allie Calhoun. The reviewers are right in that it is a story based on an old formula: poor boy meets rich girl, boy loses girl, and boy gets girl back. But most stories sound well used if you try to distill their plot lines into 15 words or less. This story is one of losing someone and finding them again that crosses many levels and themes. I truly enjoyed it and would recommend it as a great summer movie. It should be noted that this is a chick-flick so the steel-hearted among us will be less inclined to attend. Oh and all softies should bring tissues.

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Into the Blogosphere

Into the Blogosphere (2004). Laura Gurak, Smiljana Antonijevic, Laurie Johnson, Clancy Ratliff, and Jessica Reyman (Eds), has been released and today was listed as one of Yahoo Directory - What's New - New & Notable Sites. I am very pleased to have two articles in this online book:

Women and Children Last: The Discursive Construction of Weblogs. Susan C. Herring, Inna Kouper, Lois Ann Scheidt, and Elijah L. Wright, Indiana University at Bloomington.

Common Visual Design Elements of Weblogs. Lois Scheidt and Elijah Wright, Indiana University at Bloomington.

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July 01, 2004

Blog Scholar's Loaded for Methodological Bear

Liz Lawley has posted some interesting and dare I say controversial comments on weblog research on her group blog Many-to-Many. Elijah Wright, fellow doctoral student at IU and along with me a member of the BROG research group, of Geek-guides.com has begun an interesting discussion with her, working from a different perspective.

This is an ongoing discussion so direct links to the posts will only complicate things. These links are provided simply so TrackBack can do its magic, these are posted in roughly chronological order, I will try to add to the list via subsequent posts.

Geek-guides.com And finally a third note...
Many-to-Many blog research issue
Many-to-Many A Conversation on Blog Research
Geek-guides.com Following up the conversation...
Geek-guides.com An email correspondence with Liz Lawley
Many-to-Many blog research issues

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Traders Point Creamery

My dad was a dairyman. I have fond memories of wondering along the lane between our house and the dairybarn holding his hand while I asked him questions about everything we passed. I also remember all the cattle...huge black and white Holstein cattle in pasture on both sides of the lane. I remember the milk too...thick rich warm basically straight from the cow. Oh and the butter my Aunt Emily would churn from the milk of their Jersey cows. Wonderful sweet butter that would pool on your toast. It's been years since I've actually tasted either fresh milk or thick sweet homemade butter.

Well things are changing. Several weeks ago I discovered Creamline Milk at Bloomingfoods Market and Deli where I buy much of our weekly grocery supply. Creamline Milk is produced by Traders Point Creamery of Zionsville IN. Here is a local news story about them. Their milk is very much like I remember the milk of my childhood...thick sweet and smelling of cow. Not like that thin watery stuff you get in plastic bottles. I haven't tried the chocolate but it sounds great from the news article. Personally my favorite is their european style yogurt. I've had two varieties banana mango and raspberry both are wonderful. I wish some store near home carried their products. If you are in the Indianapolis area check out this great little dairy, if not buy products from small farms near you.

p.s. The picture above really has nothing to do with the post...I just like these old buildings shaped like everyday implements. To read more about the milk bottle building, and other roadside architecture.


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