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May 16th, 2010

Sunday, May 16th, 2010 11:22 am
My survey for my dissertation research was launched at 9:34 pm on Friday, May 14, 2010. At that time I posted it to this community, my own journal, my twitter and Facebook. Several of my friends shared it with their friends and by the morning I had my first twenty responses. My next step was to search out LiveJournal and Dreamwidth communities for anthropology, fandom and conventions, contact the moderators and ask permission to post my little intro and survey link to their communities. Yesterday I heard back from 3 of the 20 I contacted initially. So, I now have posts up at Constrictcon's LJ, Anthrocon's LJ and Forums, and San Diego Comic Con's LJ. [personal profile] archersangel was also kind enough to crosspost to Geek Girls and [livejournal.com profile] goodbyemyfancy suggested I contact the people at Fandom Research, who have promised to post/twitter my blurb on Monday.

From this limited publicity I jumped to 128 responses this morning (90 completed and 38 partial at the time I checked). Here are some initial statistics from this sample:

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Overall, I've had some very good, positive feedback and some wonderful responses. The only negative criticisms I've had have been about wording of questions. When I could, I've gone back and clarified some questions, but I can't add additional questions or answers at this point. I'm rather looking forward to seeing how the demographics turn out. I like how user-friendly LimeSurvey is, but I can't wait to export the final results into SPSS.

Thank you again to everyone who has participated so far. I'm overwhelmed by how supportive people have been of my research. I can't wait to see the final results in a year.