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Blog analysis

Hookway, N ORCID: 0000-0002-0187-4741 2019 , 'Blog analysis', in P Atkinson and S Delamont and A Cernat and JW Sakshaug and RA Williams (eds.), SAGE Research Methods Foundations: Digital and Media Research , Sage Publications Ltd, United Kingdom.

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Blogs are the quintessential early 21st century text blurring the boundary between private and public. Thisentry reflects on the use of “weblogs” or “blogs” as a social research tool and the opportunities and challengesthey offer the qualitative researcher. The defining features of blogs are “frequency, brevity and personality”(Turnbull, 2002, p. 82). More formally, a “blog” refers to a website that contains a series of frequentlyupdated, reverse chronologically ordered posts on a common web page, usually written by a single author(Hookway, 2008). Blogs are treated as multimedia “documents of life” that offer unique personal accountsof everyday life and provide large amounts of instantaneous data that are global, archived, searchable,and relatively resource-lite. This entry provides guidance on blog data collection and analysis and outlinespractical, methodological, and ethical issues that social researchers need to consider.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Hookway, N
Keywords: digital methods, blog analysis
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
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