My name is Aimee Weet and I'm a third year Undergraduate at the University of Southampton, and I would be truly grateful for your help. I am currently doing my final research project entitled "The Presentation of Self in Self-Injury Blogs." My aims are to discover how people who both blog and self-injure present themselves through this medium, for example whether there are similarities between posts, "unwritten rules" about how much information is disclosed and how strong the sense of community can be seen though the posts.
What I am asking from you is permission to read your blogs. Once I have your permission I will copy and paste some of your posts into a programme which will help me analyse them. (Your data will be kept securely and password protected.) This should take no longer than two weeks from you giving me your consent, after I have collected as many posts that I need I will send you an email just to say that I wont be reading your blog anymore.
You will be kept completely anonymous. I will not identify this website, your username or anything that could link back to your account here. For the final write-up I am even going to alter the quotes that I use e.g. using synonyms and changing the order of words. This way you can not even be identified via a search engine.
Involvement is voluntary and you can choose to have your data removed at any time until April 20th 2013 when it will be finalised for my submission. Read more »