Dear Ms. Kennedy,
my name is Titut. I am PhD student in University of Wollongong.
I am in the making of my disertation about Indonesian women and networking using blog. but, i feel i am floating nowhere, i don’t have any idea whether my supervisors don’t know what i mean or it is only me, an idiot. they suggested me to do content analysis, which i feel doesnt suits my research properly. i do really hope i can chat with you, if you dont mind.
Sorry to hear that you’re having trouble communicating with your committee. Perhaps you can provide me with some more detail about your research – what is your research question? Or perhaps something more specific about what you want to learn/investigate about Indonesian women, networking & blogs?
the trigger was my tought about story telling culture among women.
what might happened if the culture was mediated by new technology (Internet), which characters are able to empower women (turkle, etc).
as i observed, Indonesia peoples own specific character. we call this character: “guyub”, which more or less has meaning of highly tied solidarity. It contributes exeptional online-offline crossover – increasing the blur area between real and unreal.
although many Indonesian scholars say (for example Lim) that majority of Indonesian women tend to tell personal stories, stories about their families yet not really individual stories, but more about their children, their relationships, conventionally defined of course, like sharing recipes ==> women’s personal stuffs, yet i believe those stuffs empower themselves (and others) to some extent (if we understand that using feminist standpoint).
my problem is:
i believe i have to do textual research (the blog’s contents) together with interview ==> to reveal the main gender issues in indonesian women’s blog (and therefore being able to do genrefication). i don’t feel comfortable using content analysis. i am thinking about somewhat else.
yet i found the content of the blogs (around 15 blogs) are sporadic. they wrote about anything, anytime, anywhere. they don’t have any main issues in their blog. i am so hopeless. how can i research this sporadic texts? 😦
my main concern is how does this “web” or “networking” in blog (i call it: knowledge sharing) work? what is the result?
i was thinking to do FGD to closed blog community.
my other problem is that i don’t have any feminist stand point yet my supervisors are men, and they don’t hve any background in feminism.
thanks for give me space for sharing.
can i ask how to sampling blog?
do i need to sampling blog if i do qualitative research about women networking?
I will respond to your emails this week.
Please understand that I am very busy as well with my own students, and I cannot reply immediately.
YAAAA, DIANYA KESEL…
JADI, SAYA MINTA MAAF
i do understand. i dont mind you don’t reply immediately.
i’m sorry disturbing you with my email, i wrote when things came out in my mind – because i’m affraid of forgetting that.
(it’s always happened). once again, i am sorry.
Ok , you have some interesting ideas here.
One thing is to give more thought to your research question – what is it you really want to know.
It sounds like you want to know about Indonesian women are sharing on their blogs, who they are sharing with, and what this all means to these women.
First, you can do a content analysis, and it really wouldn’t be that painful because you’re reading the blogs anyway! Find a place that perhaps lists these blogs or start with a couple blogs you know, and follow their blogroll if they have one (like snowball sampling). If you find a website that has a listing of (example) Indonesian blogs (we have something like this in Canada) than you can say randomly choose 20-30 blogs (or however many) and then read them. You can code each post – start with some key words ie family, relationship, information, recipe etc etc. then you could quantify this by counting up the key word reoccurrence to get a sense of overall themes – and which themes/key words come up a lot.
If you are finding many different types of things posted on these blogs, as you note below, that’s ok! Women’s experiences are very complex – and blogs provide a way to document and unload all the different things that happen in a day to women, and the many things that matter to her etc. all of these different/sporadic things they write about make up who they are; it’s part of their identity – and it’s probably very gendered.
I would suggest sampling some blogs from men as well to provide some contrast (because I am sure they will be different!).
Second, you could then look at their blogroll – most bloggers will provide links to blogs they read – you can create a network in this sense, chart it out in excel or something to see if a community exists or what it may look like. This would be your knowledge sharing. Do they link to other female bloggers in their blog posts? You could use that too.
Third, you could then do interviews with some of these women to understand why they write what they do, and what they get out of it – why it’s important to them (and why it’s empowering). Here you can also find out if they are writing for others (the knowledge sharing) or for themselves. You can also ask if they know any of their connections in ‘real life’ to see if their online and offline communities complement and enhance each other.
It’s ok going into a research project thinking or expecting you’re going to find something – and then you don’t, or it’s something different than what you expected (or even wanted) – that’s a finding in itself because your ultimately goal is to ask a question and answer it.
Hope this is helpful.
GOSH… SHE IS SO NICEEEEEEEEEEEE
I THANK YOU, TRACY