Monday, September 05, 2005

Planning Academic Blog Survey

Next week I'll publish a survey for academic bloggers, in the form of a go-meme rather like the personality-and-politics experiment I did earlier in the year. (Thanks to Jonas for the idea.) In the meantime, I'd like to get some suggestions for interesting questions that people would like to hear asked. What characteristics would you like to check for correlations?

My current plans are to ask about general demographics, blog stats, academic field, occupation (incl. whether tenured), whether they allow comments, whether they blog openly or pseudonymously -- and their reasons for this choice. Maybe a few questions about what they blog about, and why. Views on blogging etiquette: whether it's okay to blog pseudonymously, to disallow comments, to blog about a colleague's ideas (with or without attribution).

Any other suggestions?


  1. BTW - what were the strong correlations in the personality experiment?

  2. I'm still waiting for Chris to release his full analysis there. But some preliminary results he mentioned a while back suggest that Leftists tended to be much more sympathetic, and also much more open to experience. There were also predictable correlations between the 'left' and 'libertarian' axes of the political compass, etc. For more detail, I guess we'll need to wait for the full results :)


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