A survey of blog audiences

A while ago, I was interviewed by Christel van Eck, who is a PhD student at Wageningen University & Research. It was for a project about the journalistic norms adhered to by bloggers. There should be a paper appearing quite soon.

Christel has just been back in touch to say that there is a new project that also involves Sander van der Linden, from Cambridge University, and Bob Mulder and Art Dewulf, both from Wageningen University. This time it is a survey to try and better understand the audiences of climate blogs.

Those who participate will be offered a sneak preview of the data as well, and have a chance on winning a $20 Amazon gift card. According to Christel, the data is anonymous and will be handled with the highest confidentiality and will only used for research purposes.

If you are willing to participate, you can do so by following this link.

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10 Responses to A survey of blog audiences

  1. I found a few of the questions nearer the beginning a little confused. Like the researchers didn’t fully understand the subject they’re studying.

  2. It did start a bit oddly but otherwise was well organised

  3. Steven Mosher says:

    a little weird

  4. dikranmarsupial says:

    Sadly a lot of the questions were so ambiguous as for the answers to be almost meaningless.

  5. Joshua says:

    I found that for many of the questions my answer was in the order of “none of the above” although that wasn’t an option offered.

  6. izen says:

    The first page of questions appear to be of the –
    “when did you stop beating your wife” form.
    having as an implicit assumption that climate change is of concern and harmful, encouraging agreement even though there are options to choose negative answers.
    The fact they ARE negative answer is telling.

  7. bjchip says:

    I found that some of them were ambiguous as well. This happens when one deals with humans and surveys but there was some odd emphasis.

    I wonder if the people behind it were wise enough to check it against an actual climate scientist or two.

    I also was astonished to see that there was not a single question that related to whether government should act on climate, the focus was entirely on the individual. It can’t be done by individuals, it is a commons, and such can only be protected by a collective action by the people who use them. That means government.

  8. an_older_code says:

    off topic(ish) and I am sure it has prob been posted already, but a good discussion on Sean Carroll’s Podcast with Michael Mann


    I think Michaels gets better as the interview goes on

    I only say “better” in a comparison with Sean – who I think is a very effective science communicator

  9. “I only say “better” in a comparison with Sean – who I think is a very effective science communicator”

    Thanks, interesting to listen to this — noticed some nervous laughter when hand-waving the physics, as would happen in front of a dissertation defense committee.

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