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Acts of Reading Diary Weblogs

Karlsson, Lena LU (2006) In Human IT 8(2). p.1-59
Abstract
The number of weblogs has increased exponentially since several weblog

service providers released free and easy-to-use software in late 1999. This

enabled people with a computer, Internet access and a desire to present

themselves and their daily lives, and/or their political views, tech news,

knitting projects for a possible audience to create and keep a blog. Yet, why do

people read blogs, and why and how do they read the blogs they read? I report

the results of an investigation of diary weblog reading practices. The report is

primarily based on a reader survey that I conducted on four independent

diary weblog sites which I have followed for the past three years and... (More)
The number of weblogs has increased exponentially since several weblog

service providers released free and easy-to-use software in late 1999. This

enabled people with a computer, Internet access and a desire to present

themselves and their daily lives, and/or their political views, tech news,

knitting projects for a possible audience to create and keep a blog. Yet, why do

people read blogs, and why and how do they read the blogs they read? I report

the results of an investigation of diary weblog reading practices. The report is

primarily based on a reader survey that I conducted on four independent

diary weblog sites which I have followed for the past three years and whose

authors I have repeatedly interviewed via e-mail. The survey data suggests

that we need to view the diary weblog as a genre, at present stabilized enough

for communities of readers to have a sense of their position in the text, to the

author, the text’s relationship to the “real,” and its use value. The most

evident offline antecedent, the paper diary (and offline autobiographical

writing in general), to a high extent shape these relations. (Less)
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diary weblogs, genre, reading, autobiographical acts, interactivity
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Human IT
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Högskolan i Borås
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  abstract     = {The number of weblogs has increased exponentially since several weblog<br/><br>
service providers released free and easy-to-use software in late 1999. This<br/><br>
enabled people with a computer, Internet access and a desire to present<br/><br>
themselves and their daily lives, and/or their political views, tech news,<br/><br>
knitting projects for a possible audience to create and keep a blog. Yet, why do<br/><br>
people read blogs, and why and how do they read the blogs they read? I report<br/><br>
the results of an investigation of diary weblog reading practices. The report is<br/><br>
primarily based on a reader survey that I conducted on four independent<br/><br>
diary weblog sites which I have followed for the past three years and whose<br/><br>
authors I have repeatedly interviewed via e-mail. The survey data suggests<br/><br>
that we need to view the diary weblog as a genre, at present stabilized enough<br/><br>
for communities of readers to have a sense of their position in the text, to the<br/><br>
author, the text’s relationship to the “real,” and its use value. The most<br/><br>
evident offline antecedent, the paper diary (and offline autobiographical<br/><br>
writing in general), to a high extent shape these relations.},
  author       = {Karlsson, Lena},
  issn         = {1402-1501},
  keyword      = {diary weblogs,genre,reading,autobiographical acts,interactivity},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {1--59},
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  series       = {Human IT},
  title        = {Acts of Reading Diary Weblogs},
  volume       = {8},
  year         = {2006},
}