Saturday, November 3, 2007


Angie at Children in the Corn read this blog and it sparked quite a discussion about blog technology and community. She and her readers are pretty adamant about how tight the community of blogging homesteaders is - that, and my own homestead leanings, are what drew me to this study in the first place.

I've posted some comments on her blog, but I'll reiterate a bit here.

Part of what it means to do ethnographic research, as opposed to other kinds of analysis, is participation in the community of interest. For me, with this community, that means real participation - I am trying to learn about the homesteader lifestyle from the inside, trying to learn about the technologies and tools that support homesteading from the inside. I might get a reasonable picture of it just by reading everyone else's blog, but I think I get a better picture of it by trying to do it myself. I'm working on urban homesteading, I'm working on blogging, and I'm perhaps not doing a very good job at either because I'm a full time student.

One of the things about community is that you can't just announce yourself part of it and expect that it will be true. So I have been very grateful and flattered for the welcome that has been extended by this homestead-blogger community. I hope I will continue to hear other people's thoughts about what's going on in that community, what's important to you and what's not - whether it's about technologies or anything else.

Thanks for visiting!


Anonymous said...

Hi! I haven't rec'd any comments from you, but I thought I'd stop in and say hi, myself. I hope it didn't bother you that I talked about your site and study without talking to you about it first!

I wish you luck on your urban homesteading. And I hope you find the inspiration your looking for! There is a lot to be learned (as I discover daily) and a lot of wonderful teachers out there in blogland.

Phelan said...

Hopefully my comments on the post in question didn't bother you. I tend to put things bluntly. And it can lead to misunderstandings.

No worries about being a full-time student. I am a full time mother and have a job free lance writing, which in itself is a full time job. My husband works outside of the home as well. Just remember the little steps and that over analyzing can cause hesitation in some things.

It is wonderful that you have decided to dual in your research. It is important to know your subject, and experiencing it first hand is the best way to know it. Homesteading takes years to happen. Even in something like that low-impact man, you are not able to do everything overnight. And most importantly, homesteading blogs merely give you suggestions and a look-see at what is really happening. Not everything is set in stone (which you will find what we call holier-than-tho homesteaders out there that tend to tell you opposite) you will find your own way.

What is happening in the community right now is NAIS, and our fears of it. Also Thanksgiving and Christmas brings in a whole slew of new problems we must face. Winterizing homes and homesteads are the biggest problems.

Remember, just ask others. We are here to share our life and experiences with others. And if you are determined, stubborn, you will accomplish everything you want to out of this.

elia said...

Never bothered to have this research talked about - that's the whole idea. I am, in fact, thrilled.

Phelan, no, definitely not bothered by your comments, either! Really appreciative, actually, for your honesty and for saying what's important to you. I have a pretty skeptical attitude toward academia, myself, and I'm thoroughly a part of it most of the time. So thank you, and thanks for the continued checking back in.

Robbyn said...

What a great blog you have going! So nice to find you in the homesteading community :)