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Links to my published articles online
List of Publications with Full Citations

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

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

Time until my next publication submission deadline
27 March 2006 23:59:59 UTC-0500

Links to my conference papers online
The Performativity of Naming: Adolescent Weblog Names as Metaphor

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

Time until my next conference submission deadline
31 March 2006 23:59:59 UTC-0500

Adolescents and Teens Online Bibiliography
Last updated July 8, 2005.

Weblog and Blog Bibliography
Last Updated November 22, 2005.

My CiteULike Page

My Book2
New books are added but reading status is rarely accurate.

December 30, 2004

Time away

Last night hubby and I flew into Houston and picked up a new-to-him pickup truck he bought on eBay. After gathering the vehicle we drove through southeast Texas, for a couple of days in New Orleans.

Arriving after dark I snapped this picture out of our window at the Sheraton. Our window looks down on the waterfront and casino. Life is good. Tomorrow we wander The French Quarter, a very good thing.

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December 29, 2004

Have you ever wondered what 30 inches of snow on the ground looks like?

A friend of mine from North Vernon Indiana sent me these pictures he took during the first two days of the snow storm, thanks Trevor.

I'm very glad I'm heading somewhere warm and will be missing the great flood that is sure to come this weekend when temperatures hit 60 F.

Amazing how deep a car can be buried in the snow.
Some sights are interesting and unusual in the snow. And some are just beautiful.
Snow is made for kids. Especially when they are warmly dressed and at least part of their head is visual above the drifts.

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December 28, 2004

Siriporn Panyametheekul

I have received word that Siriporn Panyametheekul and her family are safe in Bangkok Thailand. Siriporn was a visiting scholar with us at Indiana University in 2001, where her smile and grace charmed all of us. She is now a professor of Linguistics at Chulalongkorn University.

She is the co-author of:

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The power of the sea

On December 24, 2004, Anya relayed that an earthquake, which at its epicentre measured 8.1 on the Richter Scale, had hit at the Macquarie Rise in the Pacific Ocean. Check here for the news story.

On December 26, 2004 the Indian Ocean earthquake hit. This quake topped 9 on the Richter Scale, and was significant enough to effect the earth's rotation, started the tsunami that hit Southeast Asia causing a massive lose of life. Currently the death tolls exceeds 60,000 and with accompanying disease, that follows in the wake of massive lost of life, are expected to top 100,000. On January 21, 2005, when this entry was readded to the blog, the deathtoll is in excess of 170,000 from the event alone.

Donations can be made to:

I have to admit that as much as I enjoy the HICSS conference and love Hawaii, it is does give one pause that we will be on an island in the Pacific Ocean. The Pacific Tsunami Museum is across the island in Hilo. Hilo was the site of landfall for a significant tsunami in 1960. Read about it here. The death toll from the 1960 wave in no way compares to the current tragedy. Though the marks left on Hilo, by that 1960 wave, are signs I will remember forever. Watching the films of the destruction and knowing I have walked, carefree, in those same places gives me cold chills.

For more information on tsunami's see:

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Reading while on the road

I will be on the road for the next couple of weeks. Hopefully I can get pictures up as I go along, though that will - of course - be dependent on internet access.

I am taking two books with me to keep me occupied during travel times. First I have the Biz Stone book I discussed earlier here. The second volume, and no doubt the first one I will finish reading, is:

I am really working hard to keep my hands off this book so I can get my packing and chores done before I leave.

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10 tech terms for 2004

ITNews has given us a fun list of The language of e-business: 10 tech terms from 2004, found via How To Blog For Fun & Profit! and their post 10 tech terms from 2004.

The list is interesting in that most of the terms are social idioms rather then new terms for technical applications. Example:

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December 27, 2004

Christmas Snow 2004 - post 2

I have been thinking about my favorite Robert Frost poem, Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening since we received all of this snow. This morning as I drive to town, for the first time in almost a week, I couldn't help but be reminded of the words as I looked at the frost on the bare tree limbs. The blues were so brilliant it was just amazing.

Consider this the morning after the rider stopped along their road.

    Whose woods these are I think I know.
    His house is in the village though;
    He will not see me stopping here
    To watch his woods fill up with snow.

    My little horse must think it queer
    To stop without a farmhouse near
    Between the woods and frozen lake
    The darkest evening of the year.

    He gives his harness bells a shake
    To ask if there is some mistake.
    The only other sound's the sweep
    Of easy wind and downy flake.

    The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep.

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December 24, 2004

Who Let the Blogs Out? Biz Stone's description of blogs

I am reading Biz Stone's (2004) new book. Click on the title in the reference list to go to the book's page at Amazon.

I particularly like Stone's description of what a blog is.

Part of this description is fairly utopian and as such more then I am personally willing to commit to. I tend to be rather jaded about the transformativity of each new technology...some will transform, and some are extension of what was happening previously and will be further extended before transformation takes place. Setting that issue aside, I do like where Stone is going with this description, as he grabs the concept that a blog is tool not an outcome unto itself. In his description a blog is very much whatever the user wants it to be...that makes sense to me much more than the idea that all true blogs are political or technical filter blogs.

Reference List

Stone, Biz (2004). Who Let the Blogs Out? : A Hyperconnected Peek at the World of Weblogs New York: St. Martin's Press.

The following comment as attached to the original post on December 26, 2004 03:37 PM:

    Author: David Brake
    url: Http://
    Comment: I agree with you that the essence of blogging is that there is no essence - it is divided into a number of distinct clusters of behaviour, and any suggestion that one kind of blogging is somehow more legitimate than another is purely subjective. That said, have you seen what Publisher's Weekly says about that book? It's the first negative review I have ever seen Amazon publish (is this a policy change?)

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Recursive Trackback

Since I have change to WB Editor for my desktop blogging client, I now have much better capacity to use trackback. As such I have been thinking about the use of trackback within a blog, as well as between blogs.

In this context Trackback refers to the formal blog feature that allows for a symbolic connection between the original post and a post that references it. In figure 1 you see a notation at the bottom of the post that shows 5 trackbacks, illustration drawn from Movable Type. This means that there have been five references to this posts from other blog posts.

Figure 1

Most often trackback is used between blogs to create connections, and conversations, that would be invisible, or at least difficult to connect, without this symbolic link. However trackback can also be used recursively within a blog to tie posts together into a thread. This allows for a finer grained connection then is available through categorization or keywording.

While I can see useful points in using recursive trackback I am wondering how the audience would perceive this usage. It is unclear to me how often the average reader clicks through the trackback indicator to view the posts that have referenced the original posting. Would they see, assuming they do click through, that the internal trackbacks create a thread or internal conversation? Or would it appear as self congratulatory naval-gazing? Are trackbacks mostly used by the writers of the posts to connect two or more websites, and therefore of little utility to those that read the blog without commenting externally?

Some bloggers use "See other related posts:" list to create the thread. By doing so they are making the listing transparent to the audience then is usually done with trackback, though this listing does use more real estate within the post then a simple trackback indicator.

Further information on Trackback is available at:

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Anita Borg Scholarship Announcement

The Google 2005 Anita Borg Scholarships

Dr. Anita Borg (1949 - 2003) devoted her adult life to revolutionizing the way we think about technology and dismantling barriers that keep women and minorities from entering computing and technology fields. Her capacity to mix technical expertise and fearless vision inspired, motivated and moved countless women to embrace the technological revolution as active participants and leaders.

As part of Google's ongoing commitment to furthering Anita's vision by encouraging women to pursue careers in computing and technology, we're pleased to announce four $10,000 scholarships for female students in the computer sciences during the 2005-2006 academic year. Two scholarships will be awarded to undergraduates, and two to graduate degree (master's or Ph.D. level) candidates. These scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of candidates' academic background, their responses to short essay questions and letters of recommendation.

Completed applications must be received no later than Friday, January 14, 2005. Finalists will be notified on Monday, March 14, 2005 and recipients will be announced on Monday, April 18, 2005.

Eligibility Requirements

Undergraduate Scholarship ($10,000)

Candidates must:

  • be completing their final year of studies at a university in the U.S. and graduating in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in computer science, computer engineering or related field
  • be enrolled in full-time study
  • maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale or 4.5 on a 5.0 scale or equivalent
Graduate Scholarship ($10,000)

Candidates must:
  • be enrolled in full-time study at a university in the U.S., in their final year of studies and graduating in 2006 with a Master's degree or Ph.D. in computer science, computer engineering or related field
  • maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale or 4.5 on a 5.0 scale or equivalent
How to Apply

Please send a complete application packet with the following:
  • Transcripts: A copy of your current academic record
  • Recommendation Letters: Two referral letters from professors or academic advisors
  • Resume: Include current email, school address and phone number, permanent address and phone number, major and expected date of graduation
  • Responses to the following essay questions (no more than half a page each):

    1. Describe a programming project you completed in or outside of class that was either fun or where you felt you did an exceptional job. Describe the overall project, key technical challenges, how you addressed them and your solution. If this was a team effort, describe your contribution. What did you learn?
    2. Suppose someone gave you the funding and resources for a year-long project to investigate a research topic or programming project of your choice. What would your project be? What would your expectations be? How would you use it? Why?
    3. Describe a special talent, ability or quality you possess and how it has helped you in your accomplishments.
    4. What made you choose the field of computer science or computer engineering? What advice do you have for women considering pursuing a career in the computer sciences? How would you/do you encourage females to pursue technical careers?
Please send your completed application packet to:

Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship Program
Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043-8303

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December 23, 2004

Christmas Snow 2004 - post 1

We estimate that the recent winter storm dumped in excess of 2 feet of snow on our little country home. As of later yesterday morning we had 9 inches which is more than we received all last winter. While some spots in Indiana do get significant snow, specifically up around the Great Lakes, down in Southern Indiana where I am we rarely get much accumulation.

Neither my husband or I remember a storm like this in our lifetimes, where over 2 feet fell from basically a single storm. When I was in first grade we had a huge snow storm that forced us home from school. As I remember the snow was about chest high. Though I don't actually remember if that was from a single storm.

I snapped these pictures early this morning as a neighbor opened up our road on a front-loader. Our road is one of the busiest in the county but this morning, as we are under a snow emergency, all is quiet. Click on the pictures to see the larger uncropped version, where it is very clear how deep the snow is.

The first picture is of the west side of our yard. I snapped it on the 13th when we had our first dusting of snow. Check here to compare. I also have a picture of the same area from last winter here after a 5.5 inch snowfall.

I grabbed this shot of our side yard after the front-loader went past. The evergreens are loaded with snow almost to the breaking point.
Late in the afternoon I grabbed this shot of the backyard with it's drifts. The dog was not happy that she could not run around outside today. The drifts were just to deep.

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A list of blog awards

There are a many blog awards, most privilaging male bloggers but I have tried to make sure to find some that are female oriented. So here is a list in no particular order:

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December 22, 2004

New Harry Potter book available for pre-order

Amazon is now accepting pre-orders for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6) of J. K. Rowling's series. Check it out here.

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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.

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Another end of the year blogosphere list

The Blog Herald has named their The Top 10 interesting people in the Blogosphere in 2004. It's an interesting list in that the trends remain the same, visibility is limited to filter blogs and primarily male bloggers. Here are some quick observations (using grounded theory methods):

The post includes a list of who they knowingly missed in the list of ten. It includes seven more blogs:

So the trends we discussed in Women and Children Last hold true even after a year of blogging advancement. The privileged bloggers are primarily male, white, and American. Their blogs are filters, and are primarily political or technical oriented.

Reference List:

Herring, Susan C., Kouper, Inna, Scheidt, Lois Ann, & Wright, Elijah (2004). Women and Children Last: The Discourse Construction of Weblogs. In Laura J. Gurak, Smiljana Antonijevic, Laurie Johnson, Clancy Ratliff, & Jessica Reyman (Eds.), Into the Blogosphere: Rhetoric, Community, and Culture of Weblogs. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota. Retrieved July 2, 2004 from

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December 21, 2004

Winter Solstice - Northern Hemisphere

Today is the shortest day of the year for those of us in the northern hemisphere.  I know it is technically considered the beginning of winter but for me it signals that we are more then half way through winter.  You see after today the days get longer, with more sunlight hours, leading up to the summer solstice, when the entire process reverses.  So for me the long dark of winter is slowly lifting as the light returns. 

Yes I know we still have months of cold yet to come.  Our solstice this year, in Indiana, is being commemorated with a severe winter storm that threatens to leave us with up to 2 feet (12 inches) of snow when it ends tomorrow.  Once the snow ends the temperatures are expected to dive with a low of -6 F on Saturday, Christmas morning.

The picture is taken from the Newgrange & Knowth Megalithic Passage Tombs site. Give them a visit to see some very cool pictures.

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December 20, 2004

Comments - None, well mostly none

I have set the future comments for posts to default on "None". I have also gone back and reset previous posts - December 2003 through August 2004 so far - if they have no comments I reset them to "None". If they have comments I closed almost all of the posts to additional comments.

Current plans are to leave posts open for comments for roughly 120 days. Now that is posts that have comments enabled, which will be many fewer posts into the future.

Hopefully this will slow down the spammers. *sigh* And make blog maintenance a simpler task.

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CFP: WWW2005 Workshop on the Weblogging Ecosystem: Aggregation, Analysis and Dynamics


WWW 2005 2nd Annual Workshop on Workshop on the Weblogging Ecosystem: Aggregation, Analysis and Dynamics

Theme of the Workshop

The weblogging microcosm has evolved into a distinct form, into a community of publishers. The strong sense of community amongst bloggers distinguishes weblogs from the various forms of online publications such as online journals, 'zines and newsletters that flourished in the early days of the web and from traditional media such as newspapers, magazines and television. The use of weblogs primarily for publishing, as opposed to discussion, differentiates blogs from other online community forums, such as Usenet newsgroups and message boards. Often referred to as the blogsphere, the network of bloggers is a thriving ecosystem, with its own internally driven dynamics.

The cross-linking that takes place between blogs, through blogrolls, explicit linking, trackbacks, and referrals creates implicit and explicit networks which define the communities of the weblogging world. create a strong sense of community in the weblogging world. There is work underway to understand the dynamics of the weblogging network, much of which springs from bloggers themselves. The self-publishing aspect of weblogs, the time-stamped entries, the highly interlinked nature of the blogging community and the significant impact of weblog content on politics, ideas, and culture make them a fascinating subject of study.

Workshop Topics and Objectives

The objective of this workshop is to provide a forum for sharing research on the blogging ecosystem. The workshop will consist of technical papers, panel discussions, and demonstrations of research prototypes. Topics of interest for technical papers include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Mapping and visualization of the blogsphere
  • Weblog taxonomies: automatic and/or manual construction
  • Automatic classification of weblog entries
  • Weblog search engines
  • Applications built on top of blog data
  • Aggregate measures over the blogsphere
  • Dynamics of information flow across the blogsphere
  • Methods for weblog census
  • Weblog lifecycle
  • Influence of blogsphere on the information landscape
  • Alternative blog forms (podcasting, moblogging, photoblogs, etc.)

The papers from last year's workshop are available online.

Paper Submission and Review

Papers should be submitted via email to the workshop co-chairs at [email protected]. Papers submitted to the workshop will undergo a peer review process overseen by the workshop co-chairs. Each paper will be reviewed by at least two program commitee members. Accepted papers will be presented at the workshop by one of the authors and will be published in the WWW-2005 Workshops CD-ROM and online.

Papers should not exceed 5000 words (approximately 12 pages) in length and must be submitted in PDF. Short papers (up to 6 pages) describing early research results are also welcome.

Important Dates

Deadline of electronic submission: March 4 , 2005
Author notification: March 28, 2005
Workshop: May 10, 2005

The conference will be held May 10-14, 2005, in Chiba, Japan.

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The Lab for Social Computing at RIT

The Lab for Social Computing at Rochester Institute of Technology has created a wiki with social computing resources. Including information about weblogs, wikis, Internet Relay Chat, Instant Messaging, Social Networking, and Content Sharing Sites. No page for internet chat though.

They are also hosting a directory of researchers interested in social computing topics. Add yourself if you are a researcher and are not already on the list.

Added December 20, 2004 at 4:52 EST

Almost before I had my fingers off the keyboard from adding this post the subsequent CFP, I received an email from Liz Lawley, Director of the Lab for Social Computing:

Done. *S*

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Noah and Saskia, and why this American can't watch quality television

There are times where the United States as the maintainer of distance from the rest of the world causes me more then ideological grief. Today is one of those days.

My colleague Angela (Anya) Thomas at e-selves mentioned an Australian children's television series about teens and chatrooms, in her December 18, 2004 post Noah and Saskia (Take 2), that looks like an excellent teaching tool for both how people process chatroom interactions and specifically how teens develop online relationships.

So after trying to find a purchasing route online and having no success I emailed her asking "Where can a Yank find this series?" Anya graciously sent me contact information for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Before I got that email sent Anya, apparently found a link to the ABC shop for the series, Noah and Saskia, 2 DVD Set. Of course when I click through I find that the DVD's are available only territory 4 format and is incompatible with US DVD players. *sigh* Now how does that make any sense? Wouldn't it be better to move to standardize or build a player that crossed formats? One would think in the US we would be pushing this process so that we can sell more products without the requirement of converting to a local standard.

Here is the ABC sites description of the show. If you know anything about how someone with access to only US equipment can view the show, please let me know.

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December 17, 2004

Changes to the blog comments...for now

In light of all of the comment spam that is hitting MT users these days and they volume of hits my own comment modules are taking, I have made the following changes to the setup of this blog and to how I will handle posts to the blog for the foreseeable future.

I will be allowing comments, on a individual post basis, for my original posts. I will probably not be allowing comments on the purely travel posts, those that are heavily picture based, since it seems these are the more heavily linked to posts. The comment spammers use external links to trace back to the originating blog and leave their comments there on the linked to post.

I regret being forced to make these changes and I hope that once the next generation of plugins and patches arrive I can re-enable the features.

In the mean time if you have comments on a post that will not allow them to be left publicly, email me.

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More on Movable Type comments and comment spam in general

I've been reposting infromation related to the current run of Movable Type comment spam for the last week or so. Yesterday's at The Daily Whim not only was a great article posted on the topic, MT Plus Comment Spam Equals Dead Site, but there has been lots of very informative comments made as well. If you are using MT you need to be following this discussion.

From the original pst:

From a comment by Adam Kalsey · Dec 12, 1:58pm to the article:

< ...snip... >From a comment by Richard · Dec 12, 10:51pm

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December 16, 2004

Comment spam load issue

The Movable Type Blog has some very important information not only for those of us who run their product to produce our own blogs, but for researchers interested in blog comments and comment spam as well.

Check out the full entry, Comment spam load issue, for suggestions to minimize the problem until the patch is available.

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December 15, 2004

BlogTalk Downunder- CFP

Sydney, 20 & 21 May, 2005
An official call for papers that address any of the conference themes, but not restricted to these, is announced.

Papers are welcomed from academics or practitioners across all levels and disciplines. Early career researchers and students are also encouraged to submit abstracts for papers.

Suggested conference themes:
Weblogs in education
Weblogs in language & literacy
Weblog application tools / software
Weblogs in organisations
Weblogs as a medium: genres, styles, aesthetics, discourse etc
Weblogs in social studies
Weblogs in journalism
Weblogs in cultural studies
Weblogs in political arenas
Weblogs & technologies ­ RSS, graph theory, network mapping
Weblogs and knowledge management
Emergent trends ­ including moblogging, audio-blogging, vlogs
Future issues

Abstracts of no more than 500 words are required in Word format ­ emailed to:
[email protected]
Please include:
Your name
Institution or Organisation
email contact
URL (if relevant)

Acknowledgement will be sent via email within 48 hours of receipt.

Key Dates:
Submission of abstracts
31 January, 2005

Paper acceptance
28 February, 2005

Final versions of papers
31 March, 2005

Final Papers:
Final papers are due by 31 March, 2005. A maximum of 3,000 words.  Paper presentations will be a maximum of 20 minutes, with 10 minutes for discussion.

All papers accepted will be blind refereed by 3 people and eligible for DEST.

Workshop Sessions:
Submissions to conduct a half-day (3 hour) workshop are also welcomed.  A detailed outline, including objectives and topics to be covered, will be reviewed by the organising committee.  Participant attendance will be at additional cost to conference registration. Costs of the workshop and fees will be negotiated with

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Three hits for BROG at Sunbelt

Three papers were submitted for Sunbelt from BROG and our memebers, all three were accepted. CA in February, now there is rough duty. LOL Paper title, authors, and abstracts follow.

Social Network Dynamics in the Blogosphere

Mood, Music and Friends: Mapping the Culture of LiveJournal

Revolutionary Vanguard or Echo Chamber? Political Blogs and the Mainstream Media

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December 14, 2004

MovableType Comment and Trackback Spam causing major issues

Taken from Geek News Central:

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Coming soon to a computer near you: Google Library

From Grand Text Auto (I added most of the links):

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Blogging special issue CFP

This is a call for papers for a special theme issue on "blogging" to be published as a threshold issue in the journal Reconstruction. The editors of this theme issue are looking for papers/projects/manifestos on the subject of "blogging."

Possible topics:
Theorization of the Blogosphere
Blogging Manifesto
Politics and/of Blogging
Aesthetics of Blogs
Activist Blogging
Auto/Biographical Blogs
New Media/Communication Theories and Blogging
New Journalism Blogging
Civil Rights of Bloggers
Global Culture and Blogging
Local Culture and Blogging
Education and Blogging
Gender and Blogging
Race and Blogging
Collective Blogs
Community of Bloggers
Unrealized Potential of Blogging
Critiques of Blogging
Representations of Space/Place on Blogs
Purpose of a Unique Individual/Collective Blog
Audio and Visual Blogs

We are especially interested in the experiences, theories and perspectives of those who actually blog. Feel free to propose other topics to the editors:
Michael Benton (University of Kentucky) and Nick Lewis (co-founder of the Progressive Bloggers' Alliance and NetPolitik)
Send all queries, proposals and manuscripts to [email protected]

Read below about the journal Reconstruction and threshold special theme issues and their deadlines. The editors expect this issue to fill very quickly due to the importance of this subject.
Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture (ISSN 1547-4348) is an innovative culture studies journal dedicated to fostering an intellectual community composed of scholars and their audience, granting them all the opportunity and ability to share thoughts and opinions on the most important and influential work in contemporary interdisciplinary studies.

Manuscripts may be written from any number of perspectives, and with any end in mind; possible sites for articulations may focus on the urban, the rural, the natural, the social, local and global "culture," politics, (auto)biography, medicine, the body, science, texts (music, cinema, literature), media (the internet, television), myth and religion.

Submissions are encouraged from a variety of perspectives, including, but not limited to: geography, cultural studies, folklore, architecture, history, sociology, psychology, communications, anthropology, music, political science, semiotics, theology, art history, queer theory, literary criticism, ecocriticism, criminology, urban planning, gender studies, etc. All theoretical and empirical approaches are welcomed.

This special issue is a threshold issue. Thresholds are about the transgressing, pushing or collapsing of boundaries; they are about the point of beginning, the entranceway and stimulation. Thus, threshold issues are dedicated to exploring an experimental theme, novel method(s) or theoretical apparatus(es) that might not normally find an audience. Rather than having firm publication dates - due to the experimental nature of their contents - threshold issues are published once a minimum number of acceptable submissions are received. If this minimum is not met by 18 months from the December 13, 2005, the approved manuscripts will be published in the next available issue of the journal.

Information on the preparation of manuscripts for submission can be found Here.

Reconstruction is published quarterly (January, April, July, and October) and is currently indexed in the MLA International Bibliography.

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December 13, 2004

It's Snowing!

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Angela "Anya" Thomas, the picture is neither of her personally nor is it her avatar, has an interesting post - The avatar: a moveable theatre of the self - that dovetails with my previous avatar work. She points out that:

I agree that with the adolescents I have studied there is a sense of both the idealization of the "perfect" body in the humanoid avatars. However there is also an understanding that actual people rarely look like their avatars. These two ethics are constantly in conflict in that while teens would acknowledge that their chat was not the person pictured in the avatar, they would almost invariably describe the partner as having the same characteristics as the avatar - hair color, eye color, etc.

I think far more research is needed into the uses and effects of these representations.

Avatars and youth research we have both done:

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December 12, 2004

Elijah's comment ratio

Carrying on from On-blog or back channel comments, Elijah's comment ratio for the last three months - he says the cut off is arbitrary but he believe the lifetime average would be similar - is 1 legitimate comment to 15 posts.

As he pointed out, via IM, the "n" is way to low to draw any good conclusions based on either of our blogs singly or together. Ahhh how research is born.

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Blog citation when found in an intervening blog

As some of my posts have percolated through the blogosphere I've thought a bit about the evolution of citation styles as we utilize new technologies. I primarily work in APA style and have edited my Reference Manager program so I have a blog entry format that prints out similar to a magazine articles citation with the addition of retrieval information. Example:

If I than were citing as a secondary source, the jill/txt post final version of weblog definition mentioned by alan, I would use the following styles.

The intext citation would read "Jill Walker's definitions of weblogs (as cited by alan, 2003)". Of course this assumes that the writer hasn't reviewed the primary source. This is not a style I personally like to use but am forced to when links are dead or when the original is in a language other than English.

Finally the reference list would include the alan (2003) as in the above example.

Extrapolating from this then if I am citing a blog entry using the less formal style of naming and linking found in many blogs, I should first list the material I'm citing then mention the source through which it was found. Example, for reposts of the original post:

For material that has content from both sources I would use the following:

Makes sense to me to use a citation style similar to this for consistency. Besides if I am constantly reminding my undergraduate students that they must use proper citation style then I definitely need to model this behavior in my own work, formal and less-than-formal.

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Ok, now I know it' a theme

We just added Elijah to the 100% pundit bloggers, those that have taken the quiz, of BROG. Welcome man, welcome. LOL

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On-blog or back channel comments

Yesterday, Elijah of Geek-Guides and I had another of our on-going IM conversations about blogging. The comments.

I have of late been growing quite tired of dealing with spam comments, as I have previously noted here. I expressed my concern with disabling comments because I would like to make the space available for discourse to take place, even if it doesn't currently happen. I find that I actually get very few legitimate blog comments in this space, right now the ratio is one comment to roughly every 10 posts - not counting spam. I believe Elijah's ratio is much higher, I'll get numbers when he is online next.

So I've started wondering if commenting is gendered. I get a few emails from female readers that refer to posts. This site is linked from websites, including blogs, that are owned by females. Is it likely that men just comment more?

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December 11, 2004

New music to add to the iPod

In an earlier post, Great new music - Jen Chapin Linger, I mentioned that I had picked up a copy of 'Enjoy Every Sandwich:' The Songs of Warren Zevon while looking though the new music as Borders. I passed on buying a copy that day because Adam Sandler sings Werewolves of London. While Werewolves of London is one my favorite Zevon songs, Adam Sandler is one of my least favorite performers.

A commenter on the post let me know that Sandler's performance of the song is true to the original and not something that would make me retch. Well based largely on that comment I bought a copy of the tribute album in with a couple of other Cd's. The commenter is right, Sandler just sings the song. Actually if the cover hadn't told me who was performing I would not have guessed who it was. Which in this case is a very good thing.

I particularly like Jorge Calderon and Jennifer Warnes' version of Keep Me in Your Heart. The original on The Wind is beautiful and haunting because Zevon's terminal illness was so well known. There is no doubt in my mind that the song is a eulogy. The Calderon version shares the a similar tone to the original but benefits from Warnes' vocals that somewhat turn the song from a eulogy to a romantic love song.

Other new cd's to MP3:

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December 10, 2004

EDUBLOG Awards Results

Congratulations to Lilia Efimova of Mathemagenic for winning this years vote as Best Research Based Blog. I consider it an honor for Professional-Lurker to have been nominated in the category and am flattered by the fact that my blog was nominated by the eventual winner. Thank you to all who voted.

As for the other nominated categories that included my work: Bridging the Gap: A Genre Analysis of Weblogs won for Best Blogged Paper. While Into the Blogosphere came in second in the Best Blogged Paper category and earned high esteem in the Best Overall Group Blog category, I am a co-author on two papers that are part of the book.

Check out incsub for a complete list of nominees and winners.

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A blogs internal voicing

Carrying forward from my previous post Blog author(s) and genre...relationships and effects.

It appears that there are primarily three internal voicings found in blogs:

I am particularly interested in the middle voicing. Why would a set of people, I wouldn't expect there to routinely be more then three bloggers, choice to conduct their conversation via blog? I see this structure in adolescent blogs where the topic is usually their shared school or social lives. I have also seen dyadic blogs where two romantic partners blogged together, in one case they choice this route because they were a transnational couple and one partner had internet access though cafés only. I find the idea of creating a semi-permanent public space in which to carry out your conversation to be quite interesting.

I also wonder if this structure more common for KM topics rather then social ones, e.g. say in a mentor/student discussion.

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"Blogs I read" changes to sidebar

I've made changes to the sidebar to reflect structural issues that have long had me thinking about the problems with blog link analysis. I read blogs two ways: 1) through HTML links, and 2) through a desktop client that gathers RSS feed.

Both are excellent ways to get to information that interests me and both have pluses and minuses. HTML links take me to the page and let me see not only the words but the over all design of the page. That includes typefaces, graphics, pictures, you name it. So when I go to the actual blog page I get a much better overall sense of the blogger and their aesthetics.

RSS feed readers do not give me that aesthetic. Very rarely they will pull in pictures attached to the post. Even when that does happen it only gives me the picture and the text, not the entire context. What RSS readers do best is give me the text fast.

Speed is of course a huge issue here. I must go to an HTML blog to see if it has been updated, a total push technology. But with an RSS reader I am told when the page has been updated, a nice move to a pull technology.

My "Blogs I read sometimes" list on the sidebar has contained blogs from each category of reading, HTML and RSS. To better display my actual "linking" I have separated the single list into two lists: Blogs I read sometimes via HTML, and Blogs I read regularly by RSS Reader. This may be an esoteric distinction from anyone not involved in link analysis. But hey it works for me. LOL

I should note that the RSS reader category will undoubtedly be inaccurate as I seem to add and remove feeds from my reader almost daily. I will endeavor update the list as regularly as possible.

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December 09, 2004

A great way to tell annoying cell phone users where to get off *S*

How many times have you been stuck in an elevator, heading for the 43rd floor, with someone talking on a cell phone? Invariably they are talking in GROSS DETAIL about say the contents of this mornings toilet, their sexual veracity, or the growths that are appearing on their elderly parents persons. More often then not they are loud as well.

Well now you can let them know just how annoying they are, because clearly they don't realize this is true, by giving them a handy card for future reference. This pdf file provided by the mythical "SHHH! Society for HandHeld Hushing" aka Draplindustries Design Co. and Coudal Partners contains nine different card designs that you can print and distribute as needed.

These cards would be handy in elevators; mass transit - the subway, the tube, or the el ; or airports. *prints out a few and tucks them in her travel backpack* No more listening to stories about some unknown persons piles.

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December 08, 2004

Weblog and Blog Bibliography

I've changed the title of the blog reference list to the Weblog and Blog Bibliography. Please change your bookmarks.

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Blog author(s) and genre...relationships and effects

This entry carries forward from my previous post When is a blog not a blog?

I spent some time today at work, in between customers, thinking about the nexus between number of blog authors and the genre of the blog they are authoring. On the back of a GuestCheck, I sketched out two flowcharts both with their own sets of problems.

First a bit of definition of terms. All of this is rough obviously. I have to add that authorship has no relationship to comments, trackback, or aggregation in this discussion.

Both of these diagrams partition out a subset of what is going on within the authorship of blogs. Let me note here that I actually think a 3D structure is "truer" to what is happening between these two concepts, as my flat diagram does not allow for recursive action and interaction. I feel I need to hash out this subsection of the puzzle before I can truly tackle other issues and develop the 3D model. With this piece in hand, as well as with my past work on audiences addressed by the bloggers, I feel I am starting to get at something.

Figure 1

Figure 1 implies that genre holds a more pivotal position in the equation then author numbers. While the generic figure 1 allows for each author configuration to be present within each genre it does not, of course, prove that that is so. Though drawing these diagrams did raise the question as to which genre and which author configuration are more routine across the phenomena.

Figure 2

Figure 2 implies an interesting question in "Does author number somehow limit or encourage genre selection?" Which is related to the implication that the longer one blogs the more personal information one releases through the blog, as we postulate in one of the BROG papers. Would there be an inverse relationship here, do larger numbers of bloggers release less personal information - thereby achieving purer genre - over time? If multiple blogger blogs are more on task, as the previous question implies, then we again return to the first question "What is the difference between a magazine and a multiauthor blog?"

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The underlying issues - apophenia and jill/txt

After reading today's posts at both apophenia, jill/txt, and the posts to which they link, I've been thinking about the discussion of hard and soft social data. While the authors seem to place the blame for faulty research outcomes on the type of data acquired, I think the underlying issue is not hard vs. soft but rather one of the research design - in particular the research question, and data selection and integration - and researcher analysis.

Example: a question relating to participants social network within an online group/community would utilize network analysis within the community. Data acquisition may be accomplished via a bot such as danah describes as having been used in LambdaMOO. What this bot would likely provide is the link and the strength of that link, by capturing frequency of contact and duration information, within the boundaries of the space.

Does that tell the researcher anything about how a given link compares to one outside the boundaries? Nope, sure doesn't. So the discussion of frequency and duration of contact across the boundaries would be inappropriate. Likewise the data will not provide any measure of the emotional strength of the bond. Again any analysis that includes that component would be inappropriate.

Similarly the expectation that any research question will be truly answered in all situations is also inappropriate. While a researcher could - and I am sure some have done so in the past - dedicate their research agenda to knowing all there is to know about one person's social relations so that comparisons can be made across social contexts, the outcome would still be bounded and therefore incomplete. Assuming the monitoring began immediately it is still impossible for one researcher to be present at all times - something would slip past their view - therefore the data set would be incomplete. Likewise an entire universe of previous interactions, that impact the participants present and future interactions, would be lost because monitoring was not in place prior to the beginning this project.

I must admit I continue to be befuddled by the argument that there is one right way to analyze any or all human-related questions. To me the key is carefully framed research questions that are used in evaluating appropriate data. Readers of research reports need to apply healthy skepticism so they see flaws within the research such as inappropriate data sets, or analyzes that overstep their bounds. Additionally the reader must be aware of their own biases and work to curb them. In essence this would mean making sure that one does not torpedo valid research just because it was not done in the manner the reader would have utilized. Finally we must remember that each type of methodology gives a piece of the puzzle, neither gives the whole answer nor do they provide the "truth," further both have flaws and limitations.

Both quantitative and qualitative methodologies need be utilized appropriately and with a restrained hand. While it is often easy to believe that you are seeing patterns that extend beyond your current research question it is inappropriate to draw conclusions that are not fully supported by the data and for which another data set may be more appropriate. Too often that is what I see in the research I read.

Related posts:

The value of having a multiple methodology tool chest

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SPAM and blog comments

I spent the morning removing over 100 spam messages. I couldn't get an exact count because they kept coming even as I was adding the URLs to the blacklist. Yes the blacklist plugin helps but it doesn't stop all of them because the crafty little buggers keep changing URLs. And for every comment attached to the blog there is an associated email message that must be reviewed, forwarded to the MT Blacklist folks if it is a new addy, and then deleted from my in-box. It ends up taking a fair amount of time and many keystrokes to manage it all.

So after spending all that time killing spam and deleting my daily quote of "this is only a test" messages, I am seriously considering removing comments as a feature. This urge bothers me because I want the option of a dialogue to be available in this space, though historically that has not been how the comments feature here has been utilized on this blog. What do you think? How do you manage this with your own blog? Let me know by comment or email.

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December 07, 2004

Inaugural Edublog Awards

This morning I was checking my daily stats for the blog, in reviewing the referrer log I noticed a new URL that was creating traffic. So of course I checked it out. To my surprise and delight I find that Professional-Lurker has been nominated for the best research based blog in the Inaugural Edublog Awards. Thanks to Lilia Efimova at Mathemagenic for the nomination, her blog is also nominated for the best research based blog.

The awards are being sponsored by the incsub association: This is the incsub community site: free-for-teachers hosting support and community in using weblogs, wikis and open source CMSs. There are nominations in 10 categories. The entire poll can be reached by clicking here. Vote early and often. LOL

Vote for work I have been involved by following links and checking the linked titles. Please vote for each:


Bridging the Gap: A Genre Analysis of Weblogs

Into the Blogosphere

Voting closes December 10, 2004.

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December 06, 2004

Fly with a Golden Eagle

You get amazing film footage when you train a Golden Eagle to carry a micro-camera during her flights. Don't even try to download this if you don't have broadband...I had trouble with a satellite connection but maybe that was because to many people were trying to access it rather then because of the ISP. Check out the film at Animal Planet.

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New desktop blogging client

I have been testing a new desktop blogging client, WB Editor 2. I really like the look of the interface. No doubt it is going to take some time to get used to what it can do and how it does it. LOL

One of the main selling points for this interface is its ability to handle multiple blogs. While professional-lurker is my main blog, I also make entries to the BROG Blog and will be converting my webpage to blogging software during 2005. So finding a client that can handle multiple blogs is a huge plus and now I can get used to the interface at my own pace rather then when I make the webpage transition and am under the gun.

Now if I could just figure out how "Now Playing" works.  *sigh*

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December 05, 2004

A disjointed Sunday

Today has been a fairly disjointed day. We had lots of commitments after services today so I didn't get home until almost 3:00pm. Then it was a bit of work trying to refine the PubSub search and looking at the blogs it has turned up so far. Interesting list...many blogs written by adolescents and porn blogs trying to sell teens as products to adults, don't even get me started.

I did turn up an interesting group site that I am now archiving with WebZIP. It will probably have to run all night to grab the three levels deep I've requested. Should be good stuff, more on it at another time. *S*

Yesterday I went to main campus so I could run a few database searches and load the contents directly into Reference Manager. Sadly EBSCO has changed their download process and now I can't automatically load references into Reference Manager they must be saved as a txt file and imported through a filter to be added. Well of course something went wrong in the filter and all of the references loaded without publication dates or journal names. SO I have to go back and do that manually, which is a pain but is still better then doing all the data entry by hand...or so I keep telling myself. I want to have this done yet this evening so I can update the Weblog & Blog Reference List in the next couple of days.

I also need to finalize my second-review of an article for a journal. This is very good work and I can't wait to see it out in print officially so I can cite it.

Academic work is never done...never ever ever. LOL

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December 04, 2004

Is it a theme?

Let's see. I'm a pundit blogger. Pete is a pundit blogger. Sarah is a pundit blogger. Is this a BROG theme?

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Finding adolescent blogs, with a preference to the random

How does one find blogs that meet a specific criteria? BROG has long used and their "random" feature to find blogs for our studies. Of course "random" is not a true random, but then when is it ever. The websites random feature is biased toward recently updated blogs and limited to blogs that can utilize pinging so that software knows that they have been updated. But in the blog world - where a significant number of sites have a beginning post and are then never updated, and also where many blogs are updated for awhile and then fall into disrepair - bias toward active is almost a general requirement, unless of course your research questions are about dead blogs. Of course as we have added to our earlier corpus with each new study we have developed a nice longitudinal list of blogs. This is great for BROG work.

For my own work on adolescent blogs it is a bit more complicated. I need a corpus of blogs that not only are slightly biased to those that are alive and recently updated but also that are limited to blogs created by writers in a specific age bracket. I had planned on doing my up coming work by utilizing the random feature and just weeding through to find those created by adolescent bloggers. However this methodology won't work at present since the "random" feature is down. We have contacted the webmaster asking when the feature will be live again but have received no response to our repeated inquiries.

What is a diligent researcher to do? Of course I could use a snowball sample this would be fairly easy as we have a set of adolescent blogs in the BROG data. I could start from one of them and just merrily roll my snowball along their links until I had enough unique blog addresses to conduct my study. Of course snowball methodologies have their own issues, another issue for another post. I could also go to sites, like LiveJournal or Xanga, which are largely populated by teens and have keywording that would allow me to access blogs by this age group fairly quickly. While I do want access to these blogs I do not want to limit my research to a specific community or tool. I want a more macro view of blogging across communities, tools, and expereince levels - LiveJournal and Xanga trend toward the new user group.

Enter PubSub, PubSub is a matching search engine that allows you to enter keywords and find matches across the web. They purport to be tracking 6,762,441 total sources, 3,674,008 active sources, and 935 new items per minute (figures retrieved 09:14 EST on December 4, 2004), it should be noted that not all of these sources are weblogs rather they are total web resources. They do say they are monitoring 6 million weblogs all of whom are available in RSS or Atom...another bias. Unfortunately they don't offer a "random" feature, which would be really really nice.

So I have been, and will be continuing to, play with their keyword search features. As such I am basically developing a set of keywords that I believe will help me find my way into clusters of adolescent blogs. I've been running for several days with the following string ("teen or teens" and "high school") to no success. I've changed it today to just "teen" to test if that word is used more by adolescents or by their parents. So as I play with this it's clear I have the potential makings of a methodology paper, as well as, getting the big goals of publishable papers and a dissertation out of it.

For those of you that work with teens in your research, do you have any terms you can suggest for this quest?

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I love Hawaii but people are not good to or for that beautiful but fragile place

I found this story, Rare bird falls to avian malaria, this morning on BBC's RSS feed. The story talks about the Po'o-uli, a rare Hawaiian Honeycreeper pictured at the right, one of only three known individuals in it's species to still exist on Maui. This individual was trapped last year is a rather desperate attempt to start a captive breeding program before the species becomes extinct.

If you have an environmentalist bent, as I do, I strongly suggest you read the article. I also have to underline that I read this in the BBC NOT an American newsfeed. Sad but true that as a culture American is not understanding of the value of it's non-revenue producing resources.

I'm glad they saved some genetic material from the species for potential future cloning. I'd rather have a healthy naturally reproducing flock but if that is not possible, as it clearly is not at this late date, then some future intervention may be preferable to no Po'o-ulis, or other Honeycreepers, at all.

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December 03, 2004

When is a blog not a blog?

What is the difference between a group blog and a magazine? Assuming that both can be run on a blog software platform with either a two or three column format. SO what is the difference? It's clear to me that the genres change appreciably between single and multiauthor formats. Because of that I have been long tempted to say that group blogs are not blogs under the same type of definition one would apply to single author blogs. But of course that raises lots of other issues. Like what are they if they aren't "blogs"?

Does a simple two or more writers push the change? I tend to think it does but that there may be internal genre differences between say two writers and many writers. With a two writer blog it appears to be more of a conversation between the writers that we are allowed to ease drop in on. With larger numbers of writers like you see at MetaFilter it definitely feels more like a magazine then a blog.

Why does it matter? Well again the definition of a term sets the perceptual boundaries. In academics the definition can control what literature is reviewed and cited, leaving some out that might have been included under another definition.

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My first book chapter has been accepted for publication - Adolescent Diary Weblogs and the Unseen Audience

My paper Adolescent Diary Weblogs and the Unseen Audience has been accepted for inclusion in an edited volume that is coming out of the Digital Generations Conference held in London July 2004.

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December 02, 2004

Theories Boiled Down - taken from

I thought this was worth reposting it in total from Thanks Elijah.

Apologies to those of you that read both blogs and to those that read SLIS Blogs where both are aggregated.

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What Does Your Name Mean?

Ok so I'm a johnny-come-lately to the whole internet quiz thing. So sue me.

L is for Loud
O is for Orderly
I is for Impassioned
S is for Stylish
What Does Your Name Mean?

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MSN Spaces blogging site - not a good first day

It seems MSN really stuck their foot into it with the release of Spaces blogging site. Lots of tech problems yesterday, the first day of operation. The Blog Herald talkes about the new site with MSN Spaces reviewed.

Check out the actual post for screen shots.

BoingBoing: A directory of wonderful things posted the following

Think I will personally stick with Movable Type. This way I own my posts. *w* A very good thing in my book.

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Weblog and Blog Reference List

I've updated the Weblog & Blog Reference List and have linked it from the sidebar. I will note future updates on the sidebar.

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Why Do We Blog?

I have an academic friend who is working on her Master's Thesis and has been incorporating the question of "Why do you blog?" into her interview structure. Maybe this post and the comments to it will give her and you more insight into this monologue we use to dialogue between ourselves.

Check out the actual page for a nice collection of answers from a variety of bloggers that were interviewed and a growing set of comments from readers. This thread continues for several posts, also see:

whyBlog - continued...
whyBlog... even more

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December 01, 2004

Merriam-Webster's Words of the Year 2004. Number 1 = blog

It's been percolating around the net today that Merriam-Webster (MW) named "blog" their most searched for word on Merriam-Webster Online. Tonight as I coded data, for the BROG Sunbelt XXV submission, I kept thinking about the MW stated definition of the term:

Unlike the often cited definition first put forth by Rebecca Blood (2000) that requires links for a page to be called a blog and is biased in favor of the external focus of filter blogs, the MW definition is biased toward introspective personal content as found in online diaries.

The inclusion of the term "blog" in the upcoming edition of the MW Dictionary is both a recognition that blogs have permanently infiltrated the cultural lexicon and that diary blogs have, at least from the perspective of the MW editors, become the dominate genre.

Reference List

Blood, Rebecca (Sept. 7, 2000). Weblogs: A history and perspective. rebecca's pocket. Retrieved Nov. 19, 2004 from

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A fun quiz I came across while coding blog data

You Are a Pundit Blogger!

Your blog is smart, insightful, and always a quality read. Truly appreciated by many, surpassed by only a few.
What kind of blogger are you?

Not sure I get off on being called a "pundit" though. Glen Reynolds-ville here I come?

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Would that it were true and not a scam *sigh*

I could have so much fun and do so many good things, and a few bad as well, with this much money. To bad these are evil people bent on preying on the weak and uneducated, or at least the pie-in-the-sky-dreamers amongst us. But it is a scam no matter how official it all sounds. Just a sampling of sites that talk about email scams:

List of Names Used in Lottery Scams
Library of the latest Spoof Email & Phishing Scams
Whole Lotto Stealing Going On


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New Badge

Support World AIDS DayI've added a new badge to support World AIDS Day. Our support is necessary to fight AIDS worldwide. This is a human problem that effects all of us regardless of race, nationality, sexual orientation, age, or religion. Reach out and lend a hand.

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