paper submitted

It is good that I have gotten into the swing of things this semester at an early stage. This week has been very busy! Therese and I finished our paper for Blogtalk and submitted it for publication. I am not sure I am allowed to upload it here yet, as they are going to publish a book of all the conference papers. I have emailed and asked, and when I find out I will publish…or not, depending on the decision ;-) I will place an excerpt in the continue reading part.

Also, I have changed webhotels. I was paying quite a lot for very little space, so I have signed up for a new one with a lot of space. I am using typepad at the moment because I kept running out of space and did not want to have to open several programs just to upload files to my blog. On this new server I am going to try out wordpress. As I have never used the program, I am not sure I will like it. If I don’t, I will upload MT again. The reason I am thinking about switching is the overwhelming amount of comment spam I was getting with MT, even using blacklist. My problem with typepad is the inability to ping automatically. I hope that this is a function that wordpress has embedded. Although, I want to be able to moblog, too. This is something that is very easy to do in typepad…will have to weight the pros and cons. I have learned not to mess with the working blog until everything else is up and running!

Ok, enough procrastination…back to identifying loan words in Middle English texts…

In this paper, we have discussed the role of presence in weblogs. Drawing on previous research on presence and our own experiences from participating in the project Moblogging Jokkmokk 2004, we started out by presenting the potential causes of presence in weblogs through the model of Weblog Presence consisting of six ‘I’s’: Immersion, Intimacy, Immediacy, Interaction, Involvement and Individual user preferences. Weblog Presence combines immersive media (presence) and social interaction and communication (co-presence), something which is possible due to the characteristics of the weblog medium.

Even though some traditional weblogs do exhibit immersive and immediate characteristics, there is commonly a big difference between event weblogs and general weblogs in this respect. Whereas event weblogs to a great extent rely on immediacy; through the use of live reporting, sensory stimuli and synchronous communication, general weblogs are more reflective and communication is asynchronous. Another important difference lies within the fact that the event weblog is closely related to a physical place, and as such becomes a virtual representation of that place. In event weblogs, conversations often remain within the weblog itself, whereas general weblog conversations are dispersive and often spread outside the weblog of origin. This led us to conclude that event weblogs and general weblogs often evoke very different senses of presence.

In order to define the type of presence that users of general weblogs can experience, we made use of Fauconnier and Turner’s theories of Mental Spaces and Cognitive Blending. These theories are able to linguistically define structures, largely subconscious, that humans employ in order to maintain coherent communication. These structures are the bases of cognitively construed spaces in which dispersive communication can exist and develop. As webloggers use a variety of methods to communicate and converse (trackbacks, comment features, posts, reciprocal posting), conversations tend to spread over both distance and time. Without the development of mental spaces, coherent conversation would be difficult, at best.

In our view it is important to consider issues to do with presence in weblogs, since weblogs that allow for a high level of presence will most likely succeed in creating a lively and sociable experience, and a sense of a shared space. One way of truly taking advantage of the benefits of the weblog medium would be by optimizing interaction both with the medium, with the content and with other users. With this in mind, we see great potential in enhancing the possibilities for social interaction in weblogs. Considering that this is an advantage of weblogs over e.g. web pages, it is important to focus on this aspect. Such improvements would also enhance the sense of Weblog Presence in every type of weblog.

September 2, 2004 in Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

getting things done

It is time for another semester and time to get new things done. I am coming off of vacation with a renewed supply of energy and enthusiasm. I have now integrated my research blog posts into this blog, but I still need to go back and apply categories and organize things. I have also done a lot with the HUMlab blog, which will be up and running by the end of this month. I have also finished planning for my Theater class which will be doing living statues in about three weeks. I can not wait to see how it turns out! Brief brainstorming session...

Projects for this semester...
*Write short Tekka article with Therese
*Finish HUMlab blog (this month)
*First blogging article (completed..hope so!...more details as it becomes more concrete)
*Finish first book with mother

On the down side, I thought that Max, my dog, had stopped howling when I am gone. Wrong :-( My upstairs neighbor came and complained again tonight. I made a deal with him that we would wait and see until Monday when I receive a special collar that is supposed to train him not to howl by squirting smelly lemony stuff on his nose when he does it. I hope this works, I really do not want to get rid of him. The other option is doggy daycare, but with Emma and Sebastian in daycare across town, I really do not see that as a long term solution. I hope this works out. Any doggy training suggestions out there???

August 17, 2004 in theater, way too personal, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

To kill or not to kill?

I am currently waiting to be interviewed by a local journalist about blogging. While thinking of things to say to him, I began to think about my own blogs. I am unsure whether or not to kill off my research blog. I created it during an emotional time in order to separate my work from my personal life, but now I am not so sure I want to do that anymore. My blog has now fulfilled my need for an emotional outlet, and now I feel the need for a place to discuss my research. I think that using categories and pinging the appropriate channels is a good way to go. Now that I have my research post, there is more to say on that front, and less to say on the personal one. So here is my question...thrown out to all bloggers out there... Do you prefer categories to separate blogs? Do personal entries get in the way of research, or detract from the integrity of the research?

update: (as of 30 seconds ago :) What about a side blog with excerpts from posts specifically to do with my research? It would serve the same purpose as having two blogs, but with a much easier interface...

August 16, 2004 in Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

if you have read one, you have not read them all...

I love what Liz Lawley says about not lumping all blogs together into one form. This was done (almost) exclusively at last year’s blogtalk, and something that Therese and I had to struggle with in our own paper. We are discussing blog presence mainly, and it came to our attention that different types of blogs generate different types of presence, and they do so differently. We were also faced with the question, who cares… is the creation of a sense of presence something that we really want in blogs? Again, we came to the conclusion that it differs in different types of blogs. Event blogs definitely want/need to create a sense of presence. I would argue that academic blogs that foster collaboration also need/want to create this sense. In order to maintain conversation, a sense of presence is necessary. I am still contemplating the necessity for bloggers who are only writing for themselves… one could argue that, similar to a book, generating a sense of presence allows the reader a window into the thoughts of the writer… without it, the writing would feel dead, there would be nothing to draw the reader back for more…

June 28, 2004 in Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

research blog

while it is far from perfect, i am at least using my research blog now. (okay, i began to use it today…). i have already begun many projects, (blogtalk paper, online identity short paper) and will begin researching my first article beginning in august which means that it is actually time to begin using this weblog. i hope that the dream of a collaboration of linguists is not just a dream, but a reality in which we can communicate and learn from each other…that, for me, is the beauty of blogging…

June 28, 2004 in Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Blogtalk practice

whew! what a week. it is finally over and i am whipped! this afternoon we gathered all of the participants from the jokkmokk moblogging project together to listen to the presentation that therese and i are doing for blogtalk. it was great getting a chance to practice and receive feedback. the ‘audience’ gave us some useful tips that we will take into consideration when putting the finishing touches on our presentation. a lot of the tips that we received were also useful for presentations in general. things like, do not read out everything on your slides (quotes, etc) and ways to immerse your audience into the event using methods other than description. after today’s ‘dress rehearsal’, i am very excited about the presentation. see you at blogtalk!

June 18, 2004 in Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

organizational ideas

i just read an interesting post referred to me in the comments by Renee was talking about the trouble organizing academic writing and whether or not a blog could help in the organization of her dissertation. (btw, she has a great post on journeyman, also!) i have faced the same problem writing my masters thesis. i am have a pile of articles i do not know what to do with and a ton of loose end writings i do not know where to put. i am attempting to fix this by working on a non-linear blog. i am trying to create a blog space that is circular and rotating so i can (in theory) see my main topics all at once. before i knew if i would start my PhD or not, i signed up for a summer class in web design. i am still going to take the class and use the time to try and build this site. hopefully it will be realized... although it may just turn out to be a useless, unorganized pile of information... i will not know until i try :)

Renee, i really like your organizational idea. i am not sure if there are any programs that exist like that now, but it would be worth investigating. i have just switched from MT to typepad and am not sure i am 100% satisfied, but i would like to find a permanent home for my blog before i get too involved in my thesis, especially considering i will be studying languages specific to blogging. good luck in your writing and congratulations on the end of your classes! i am looking forward to following your blog and watching how your thesis progresses!

May 30, 2004 in Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack