Discombobulations and transitions: Using blogs to make meaning of and from within liminal experiences

Jessica Maclaren, Lorena Georgiadou, Jan Bradford, Liz Taylor

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We live in a digitalised world, where social media have become an integral part of scholarly life. Digital tools like blogs can facilitate various research-related activities, from recruitment, to data collection, to communication of research findings. In this paper we analyse our experience of blogging to suggest that they provide a useful resource for qualitative researchers working with reflexive accounts of personal experience. Through our personal story of engaging with blogging while travelling abroad to participate in a conference, we explore how we used the blog in different ways to concretise transitional processes, to engage in public storytelling, and to form a network of relationships (self, others and blog). We argue that the technology of blogging is particularly suited to creating sense-making narratives from liminal or discombobulating experiences; and highlight the usefulness of understanding the production of data through blogging as culturally located within networks of relationships and normative discourses.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)808-817
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 22 Sep 2017


  • blogging
  • narrative
  • reflexive methods
  • digital tools


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