Sunday, October 29, 2006

Taking It For The Team...Someone Has To!

For the past week or so I've been meaning to bring this to your attention, just couldn't really figure out a way to put it with some of the other subjects I've posted. Granted, my time has been taken up with doing some damage control hereabouts so I'm sure I'll be forgiven for not bringing it up sooner lol.

Karen McCullagh is a PhD researcher at CCSR, University of Manchester, England. She is sponsored by the ESRC and Office of the Information Commissioner, UK. Currently, Karen is in the process of exploring the privacy attitudes and expectations of the blogging community.

Considering the uniqueness of this subject (and my love for the English lol), I felt it deserved a post of it's own. Karen took it upon herself to read my blog as well as make an informed and thoughtful comment based on what she'd learned whilst reading some archives, and well, that just gave me more reason to assist. It also served to remind me I had already started a draft about it, thus here we are lol.

Some of you may have heard from Karen directly, others of you may not have heard of her until now, but I can assure you this is a genuine appeal for information.

If you participate you will be asked to answer questions anonymously about your blogging practices and your expectations of privacy when publishing online. All answers will be stored and analysed on a confidential basis. The responses will be used to inform academic and policy discussions on blogging practices and attitudes towards privacy.

I did this survey myself last week, it took stuff all time and gave me some food for thought about whether my own blogging practices were putting some of my real life in jeopardy. Not in a scary stalker way, but in a 'giving out too much information' kinda way. Let's face it, most of you know my life's pretty much an open book. I realise I'm not as forthcoming with what's going on around here in a detailed sense these days, but for the most part you pretty much know what's what with me and my world.

I'd be grateful if you would take a few moments yourselves to fill out this online survey...and I know for certain that Karen and her colleagues would appreciate your help immensely too. I'd be interested to know what the final outcome of the survey is, so maybe we'll be lucky enough at some stage once the information is collated etc, to find out. Course that could be several years down the track, we can be a complicated bunch with many braincells to analyse lol.

Click here to take CCSR's online survey. Should you want further information, you can contact Karen directly via her email address on that site. I've emailed her a couple of times myself...she's very friendly and won't bite, promise lol.

It seems an ideal way to put forward some of what makes our community tick...especially if it helps some of the non-bloggers out there understand what it is that keeps us keeping on. Just that reason alone adds weight for me.

Besides, who are we to stand in the way of science and nature?? It's time to let your brain be picked. Go!
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