why blog your field work?

This could be an interesting approach to take to your day’s work even if it’s not field-work. Could increase accountability (to yourself and/or others), allow others to ‘follow along’ and also make you more aware of your progress and the patterns, pauses or reoccurring blocks in your work.

I wonder what I would do (or do differently) each day if I knew I was going to post publicly about it?

A downside might be the pressure to curate your day’s activities around your idea of what will look good in that public record and to take less risks.


Over the last week I’ve posted every day about the ethnographic research I was doing at the Tate Summer School, research carried out with the Tate Schools and Teachers team. Why? Why did I interrupt my normal flow of writing about academic writing and research with a set of posts about my own research? Why was I blogging my research at all?

A lot of people tell me that they are worried about posting about research that is so clearly work in progress. But I want to convince you that there are some good reasons to do so, particularly if you’re doing qualitative work with real live people. And here’s a few of them:

(1) it’s a good record. Writing a blog post forces me to focus on providing a straightforward account of what went on each day. I have to choose the key points and write them succinctly. The…

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