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From the Diary to the Blog: Using Blogs in Social Research


Hookway, N, From the Diary to the Blog: Using Blogs in Social Research, SAGE Research Methods: Doing Research Online, SAGE Publications Ltd, K Figiel (ed), United Kingdom ISBN 9781529611304 (2022) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: doi:10.4135/9781529611304


Blogs were the forerunner of the ‘social’ web or Web 2.0. This guide introduces blogs as multimedia ‘documents of life’ that offer opportunities for researchers interested in accessing first-person accounts of everyday life. Blogs are located within a tradition of personal document research, sketching the differences between diary and blog research. The guide outlines the key benefits of blog research and reviews key steps for collecting and analysing blog data. Drawing upon Hookway (2017) and Snee’s (2013) everyday morality and gap-year travel projects, the guide outlines key practical and methodological advice for doing blog research. The guide finishes with a discussion of the ethics of blog research highlighting the need for a contextual approach that acknowledges the complexity of privacy in digital spaces.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:digital research methods, online research methods, human documents research
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociological methodology and research methods
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Hookway, N (Dr Nicholas Hookway)
ID Code:150334
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2022-06-08
Last Modified:2023-03-06

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