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Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 05:07 pm
It’s been about a year since my research survey went live. The survey will remain up for another few months, closing in September 2011. The rate of responses has slowed, but a few continue to trickle in.

Towards the end of February I took a second snapshot of the survey results to see how things have changed. When I did my three month write-up, I had 337 total responses (251 fully complete and 86 partial). Since then, those numbers have jumped to 494 total (367 complete and 127 partial) of those 417 were complete enough to use for analysis.

Without further ado, here is some of that simple data with some graphs (no correlations or complex statistical analysis until the final results are published):

Survey Results )

Once again, thank you to anyone who took the time to complete the survey. I appreciate each and every response I get. Also, if there was a particular question you would like to know about that I didn't discuss above or would like to see more of the results, please let me know.

Follow up interview requests are being sent out in the next few weeks. Hopefully, I’ll be getting a few more survey responses from the last few conventions I’m attending for my research. The last convention should be New York Comic Con in October. The final results of the survey should be posted online and emailed to those who requested it by the end of October.
Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 07:48 pm
As of the 13th it'll officially be three months since my research survey went live. Since then, I've gained permission to post to a few more online communities, such as the Otakon LJ and pimped the survey a bit at Anime North during my "Fanthropology of Slash" panel.

Towards the end of July I took a snapshot of the survey results, intending to talk about the results at the "Fanthropology" panel I got approved at the last minute for Otakon, only to have my trip canceled due to expensive, unexpected car repairs... When I took the snapshot on July 21st I had 337 total responses (251 fully complete and 86 partial). Since then, those numbers have jumped to 475 total as of today (354 complete and 121 partial) mostly thanks to people from the DragonCon LJ.

Without further ado, here is some of that simple data with some graphs (no correlations or complex statistical analysis yet):

on to the data )

Some very interesting data so far, which I look forward to testing for correlations and such when the survey closes. I've continued to have a lot of positive feedback from people taking the survey and from conventions I've contacted for research access. I plan to start selecting respondents for follow up interviews sometime in September and will be making research trips to a few conventions over the next several months (more on that in a future post).

Once again, thank you to anyone who took the time to complete the survey. I appreciate each and every response I get. Also, if there was a particular question you would like to know about that I didn't discuss above or would like to see more of the 3-month results, please let me know.
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:

statistics )

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.
Thursday, May 13th, 2010 10:52 pm
Hello all! As mentioned, I’m currently doing research on fandom and fan conventions for my doctoral dissertation in Cultural Anthropology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Specifically, I’m looking at the relationship between fandom participation and convention attendance and the ways that fan culture manifests online versus in-person.

Phase 1 of my research involves a survey of all kinds of adult fans (whether or not you currently attend fan conventions). I would like as many people to complete as possible so that I can gain a statistical overview of Fandom and preference for fan conventions. The survey is located at http://tinyurl.com/fandomsurvey and should take no more than 15 or 20 minutes to complete. I am posting this to several places, so I apologize if you see this more than once. If you know of a community that I should post it in please contact me here or feel free to repost.

Thank you for your time!