Monday, June 27, 2005

Survey Telling On Bloggers, Self

Take the MIT Weblog Survey And promptly blinded someone with it.

This MIT Weblog Survey is making the rounds in the 'sphere. Doing my part to be a vector in its spread, I'm adding the fancy button right here to encourage you, blogger-reader, to participate.

It's a fairly well designed (if, at times, gramatically incorrect) survey - plus it's presented well (by that I mean it looks good on the screen and is easy to fill out). It also has some found meta issues that I'll discuss in the comments box so as not to tamper with those who are interested in taking the survey and who should do so with an clear mind.

1 comment:

cd said...

Survey Says . . . .

To check results - visit: MIT Weblog Survey : Preliminary Results

What I thought was interesting - or at least amusing - were the definitions offered for some key terms used here. Most surveys come with little explanation, and it's up to respondants to apply their own understanding of what's being asked. Which always bugged me a bit when I was helping construct surveys in college. But anyway . . . .

Before they offered us definitions of the terms, the survey wanted to know if outgoing blog links were to someone who was a friend, family member, acquaintance, or "i don't know them personally." Given that I have regular email communication with fellow bloggers who don't necessarily fall under any of those categories, I thought it was a tricky choice. I don't want to offend people by not calling them "friends" - but I've also never personally met many of these bloggers.

Later in the survey, we learn that to "know" someone is if, when you see him or her or on the street, ou could remember his or her (or "their," if you hate grammar) name and start a conversation with him or her (or "them"). But do we ever really know anyone. Recent events would have me say no . . . .

Also, I learned that I know (am at least acquainted with) a very wide variety of people: doctor, cook, engineer, manager, real estate agent, lawyer, mechanic, scientist, government employee, director of a company, teacher, labor union manager, bookkeeper/accountant, information technician, police officer, secretary, policy maker, musician/artist, nurse, farmer, truck driver, postman, sales employee, unskilled laborer, and a hairdresser.

I do not think I know an insurance agent, foreman, construction worker, cleaner, or bus driver.

I'm a regular "These are the people in your neighborhood" song. Alternatively, I know someone represented by every single Onion person-on-the-street interviewee ever.