Contemplative blogging

I miss blogging. More, I miss having deeply reflective conversations with other bloggers. I miss the collegiality of the conversations. Since I started seriously focusing on my dissertation, I stopped following a lot of blogs. I’ve been in this in-between world. When I my friend Autumm decided to start a contemplative blog practice, I figured Read More …

Living Pathology – an Open dissertation blog

I have decided to brush off the domain I had originally setup for my dissertation. I have much better sense of where the project is going – so I’m using that blog as a way to share my writing as I write, and my field notes and ideas as they occur to me. It is Read More …

Critical Digital Health Literacy

Digital Literacy – Read, Write, Participate (e.g. https://learning.mozilla.org/en-US/web-literacy) Digital Health Literacy – “the ability to seek, find, understand, and appraise health information from electronic sources and apply the knowledge gained to addressing or solving a health problem” (Norman & Skinner, 2008, para. 6). Critical Digital Health Literacy – the ability to seek, find, understand, and Read More …

Health (Illness) bloggers

In my literature review for my research I came across a great article (Keating & Rains, 2015) on the social support health (illness) bloggers receive. The article does a good job looking at social support of bloggers over a three year period. One of the things that came clear in the article is the use Read More …

Illness blogs as a data source for health sciences research – #ethics

This post is a follow up on my post The ethical use of twitter and blogs in research as well as the series of blogs posts on the ways in which breast cancer blogs are being used in research. Today I want to talk about a specific example of what I see as a problematic use of Read More …

The ethical use of twitter and blogs in research

A conversation happened on twitter today that began with the question: Do you have ethical concerns about researchers analysing your Tweets w/o your permission? (I ask as Chair of Research Ethics C'ttee) — Celia Kitzinger (@KitzingerCelia) November 20, 2016 I actually have the same questions when it comes to using blogs in research. The current Read More …

The News

Bumping and screeching, the plane finally lands.  I’m operating on very little sleep. I’m exhausted and hungry. I turn on my phone. I try to text my Aunt letting her know that we have arrived, however, the text keeps failing. I wait rather impatiently as the phone reset and the plane taxis toward the gate. Finally Read More …

Do I need a new voice?

I’ve been reading about autoethnography and wishing I had the skill to write dialogue well. It has never been my strong point because I have difficulty wanting it to be exactly what people say, but in reality dialogue isn’t exactly what people say. It is a cleaned up version of what people say. People don’t Read More …