Making the private public: Why we blog about illness
I was delighted to take part yesterday in a Virtually Connecting online chat on the topic of why we blog about illness. It was a stimulating and interesting discussion, hosted by Becky Hogue and included some other familiar faces like Terri Coutee, Alicia Staley and Beth Gainer. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic and if you share some of the same themes we discussed in this chat.
Thank you Marie for joining the conversation. It was such a delight to have so many bloggers that I follow all in the same virtual space at the same time. I also find it fascinating the different themes that emerged from the session. I’m looking forward to transcribing it (although would happily take help from anyone else interested in the transcription).
I’m so looking forward to future sessions.
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Hi Rebecca, what a great online chat this is! I am a PhD candidate at the University of Warwick researching how digital memories (blogs, vlogs, and messages) are being created to discuss issues of illness, death, dying and living. I am interviewing people who are creating digital memories and also people who “inherit” these memories following the death of a loved one. I am interested in whether this new phenomena will affect the way people grieve. As part of this research I am analysing blogs and also interviewing the authors – thank you for this great insight into a very important subject.
Debra your research sounds cool and very important. I do think legacy blogs are an important topic to better understand.