Adolescent Diary Blogs and the Unseen Audience Lois Ann Scheidt School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) Indiana U...
What is a blog? <ul><li>Weblogs (blogs) are frequently modified web pages in which dated entries are listed in reverse chr...
What makes a weblog a diary blog 1 ? <ul><li>Usually has a single author (Fothergill, 1974). </li></ul><ul><li>Usually wri...
How do diary blogs differ from their paper-based antecedents? <ul><li>Two time-worn assumptions related to paper diaries f...
How do you define adolescence? <ul><li>Adolescence is defined as the second decade of life – ages 10-19 (Steinberg, 2002)....
Adolescent diary blogs <ul><li>Two studies by the  SLIS BROG  project have found that adolescent bloggers account for: </l...
Langellier’s Audiences for Personal Narrative Performance (1998) <ul><li>As a witness testifying to the experience. </li><...
As a witness testifying to the experience Available:  http://16crayons.blogspot.com/
As a therapist unconditionally supporting emotions Available:  http:// anonymuse.blogspot.com /
As a cultural theorist assessing the contestation of meanings, values, and identities in the performance Available:  http:...
As a narrative analyst examining genre, truth or strategy Available:  http://home.nc.rr.com/benlaz/
A critic appraising the display of performance knowledge and skill Available:  http:// www.arador.org /
Methodology <ul><li>Content Analysis and Ethnographic Methods </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity sample (N=12) </li></ul><ul><u...
Demographics <ul><li>Blogger gender:  6 each females & males </li></ul><ul><li>Ave entries per page = 8.5, range = 4, 21. ...
Country of origin
Posts by Author Gender Posts = 102 of which 89 could be fully coded
Entries by audience type
Audience Type by Author Gender
Conclusion - Females <ul><li>Females show a tendency toward: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>bifurcated audience focus,  </li></ul><...
Conclusions - Males <ul><li>Males show a tendency toward: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>external focus through narrative analysis....
Future Research <ul><li>Apply the methodology to a larger dataset. </li></ul><ul><li>Establish who the bloggers believe th...
Contact Information for  Lois Ann Scheidt <ul><li>Email:  [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Webpage:  http://www.loisschei...
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  1. 1. Adolescent Diary Blogs and the Unseen Audience Lois Ann Scheidt School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) Indiana University USA
  2. 2. What is a blog? <ul><li>Weblogs (blogs) are frequently modified web pages in which dated entries are listed in reverse chronological sequence (Herring, Scheidt, Bonus, & Wright, 2004). </li></ul>
  3. 3. What makes a weblog a diary blog 1 ? <ul><li>Usually has a single author (Fothergill, 1974). </li></ul><ul><li>Usually written in first person (Mcneill, 2003). </li></ul><ul><li>Tell an episodic story (Walker, 2003) that may be fragmentary (Hogan, 1991) and is always in process (Culley, 1985). </li></ul><ul><li>Open-ended and terminates when writer ceases to make entries (Bunkers, 2001). </li></ul>1 Also referred to as personal journal blogs (Blood, 2002).
  4. 4. How do diary blogs differ from their paper-based antecedents? <ul><li>Two time-worn assumptions related to paper diaries fall by the wayside when looking at diary weblogs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>That the diaries are kept only for personal consumption. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>That diary keeping is a private and secret effort. (Bunkers, 2001) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. How do you define adolescence? <ul><li>Adolescence is defined as the second decade of life – ages 10-19 (Steinberg, 2002). </li></ul>
  6. 6. Adolescent diary blogs <ul><li>Two studies by the SLIS BROG project have found that adolescent bloggers account for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>34.3% (Herring et al., 2004) and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>39.0% (Herring, Kouper, Scheidt, & Wright, under review). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Orlowski (2003) goes further, asserting that a majority of bloggers are teenage girls. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Langellier’s Audiences for Personal Narrative Performance (1998) <ul><li>As a witness testifying to the experience. </li></ul><ul><li>As a therapist unconditionally supporting emotions. </li></ul><ul><li>As a cultural theorist assessing the contestation of meanings, values, and identities in the performance. </li></ul><ul><li>As a narrative analyst examining genre, truth or strategy. </li></ul><ul><li>A critic appraising the display of performance knowledge and skill. </li></ul>
  8. 8. As a witness testifying to the experience Available: http://16crayons.blogspot.com/
  9. 9. As a therapist unconditionally supporting emotions Available: http:// anonymuse.blogspot.com /
  10. 10. As a cultural theorist assessing the contestation of meanings, values, and identities in the performance Available: http:// coquet.blogspot.com /
  11. 11. As a narrative analyst examining genre, truth or strategy Available: http://home.nc.rr.com/benlaz/
  12. 12. A critic appraising the display of performance knowledge and skill Available: http:// www.arador.org /
  13. 13. Methodology <ul><li>Content Analysis and Ethnographic Methods </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity sample (N=12) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>EatonWeb Portal ( http://portal. eatonweb .com ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Originally a hand coded list of all the weblogs available online (Rhodes, 2002). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Now a JavaScript file that aggregates self-submission and keywording (Rhodes, 2002). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>All entries on the first page of the blog were coded. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Demographics <ul><li>Blogger gender: 6 each females & males </li></ul><ul><li>Ave entries per page = 8.5, range = 4, 21. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Female ave 6.8 ,range 5, 14 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Male ave 10.2, range 4, 21. Removing the outlier ave = 8, range 4, 14. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ave age = 16.9 years, range = 13 – 19. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Country of origin
  16. 16. Posts by Author Gender Posts = 102 of which 89 could be fully coded
  17. 17. Entries by audience type
  18. 18. Audience Type by Author Gender
  19. 19. Conclusion - Females <ul><li>Females show a tendency toward: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>bifurcated audience focus, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>internal in requesting support. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>external via cultural assessment. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Conclusions - Males <ul><li>Males show a tendency toward: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>external focus through narrative analysis. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>sharing their world by asking us to witness the event and comment on their personal performance. </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Future Research <ul><li>Apply the methodology to a larger dataset. </li></ul><ul><li>Establish who the bloggers believe they are writing to through interviews and surveys. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Contact Information for Lois Ann Scheidt <ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Webpage: http://www.loisscheidt.com </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Weblog: http://www.professional-lurker.com </li></ul><ul><li>BROG Weblog: http://www.blogninja.com </li></ul>

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