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Discombobulations and Transitions: Using Blogs to Make Meaning of and From Within Liminal Experiences

  We live in a digitalized world, where social media have become an integral part of scholarly life. Digital tools like blogs can facilitate various research-related activities, from recruitment, to data collection, to communication of research findings. In this article, we analyze our experience of blogging to suggest that they provide a useful resource for qualitative researchers working with reflexive accounts of personal experience. Through our personal story of engaging with blogging while traveling abroad to participate in a conference, we explore how we used the blog in different ways to concretize transitional processes, to engage in public storytelling, and to form a network of relationships (self, others, and blog). We argue that the technology of blogging is particularly suited to creating sense-making narratives from liminal or discombobulating experiences, and highlight the usefulness of understanding the production of data through blogging as culturally located within networks of relationships and normative discourses.

  • Type:

    Article

  • Date:

    22 September 2017

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • DOI:

    10.1177/1077800417731088

  • Cross Ref:

    10.1177/1077800417731088

  • ISSN:

    1077-8004

  • Library of Congress:

    HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    306 Culture & institutions

  • Funders:

    The University of Edinburgh

Citation

MacLaren, J., Georgiadou, L., Bradford, J., & Taylor, L. (2017). Discombobulations and Transitions: Using Blogs to Make Meaning of and From Within Liminal Experiences. Qualitative Inquiry, 23(10), 808-817. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077800417731088

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Keywords

Blogging, narrative, reflexive methods, digital tools,

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