Dennis Relojo-Howell, a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, is carrying out research that aims to analyse how resilience is discussed in blogs (personal websites). You will have received an email explaining to you what this research project is all about.
This research aims to carry out a content analysis of online articles written by individuals about resilience (blogposts). Content analysis is a research tool used to determine the presence of certain words, themes, or concepts within some given qualitative data
What about the website owners’ public data?
If you agree to take part, your personal data will not be used in the analysis. Although you have made your blogposts publicly accessible (i.e., everyone can read them anyway), agreeing to take part means that the researcher will not include any identifying information (such as your name, age, geographical location, etc.) in the analysis.
The research will only analyse texts on your website that relates to resilience. It will exclude any identifying information. Again, even though you have made your blogpost publicly accessible, no personal information will be used. Your blogpost (article) and your blog (website) will only be analysed for research purposes. Again, you will not be identified.
How the researcher will seek permission from you
You will be contacted through email to ask for your permission. The link to this article will also be in the email you would have received.
If the researcher doesn’t hear back after a month, it will be assumed that you are not interested. This is a reasonable timeframe to wait for approval from the website owner. If they are on holiday they are unlikely to be on holiday for more than a few weeks.
Who to contact
Also, you’re under no obligation to take part. If you have changed your mind about your blog being included in this research, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org