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Acts of Reading Diary Weblogs

Publiceringsår: 2006
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 1-59
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Human IT
Volym: 8
Nummer: 2
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Högskolan i Borås


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.


  • Gender Studies
  • diary weblogs
  • genre
  • reading
  • autobiographical acts
  • interactivity


  • ISSN: 1402-1501

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