Coming Anarchy 11, Conclusion

Note: This is a selection from Coming Anarchy, part of tdaxp‘s SummerBlog ’06




As we have shown in the results and discussion section above, the eight commonalities noted among our subjects do seem to center around our three general themes. Evidence of bloggers being “creative persons” can be drawn from the first four factors presented: how they identified themselves with their domain, how they dealt with limitations and failures, their obsession with blogging, and the sacrifices they were willing to make. Also, evidence of bloggers being “creative collaborators” can be drawn from the next two factors presented: a combination of humility and pride, and the impact of geography on their work. Finally, evidence of bloggers having “creative domains” can be drawn from the last two factors presented: recognition for their work, and their ability to “find a gap” in the world of blogging and fill it.

By doing our research project we were able to find that identity, meaning how you see yourself, doesn’t necessarily matter in the quest to become a creative, talented, and expert blogger. However, personal characteristics and qualities do make a difference, as well as, the fact that blogging is a creative domain. So what does all of this mean to people who are striving to be creative? First, the bottom line is to not get hung up on everything that comes along. Everyone fails, it’s how you frame that failure that determines whether you really learn from your mistakes. Second, you have to work hard, very, very hard. All of the subjects in our study worked extremely hard, became obsessed, and sacrificed many things to get to where they are today. Finally, you can’t just work hard with a scattershot approach to doing things. All of the subjects in our study were very focused and goal-oriented. They knew where they wanted to go when they put their energy into something. So you can’t just work hard without a plan, you have to work hard at some thing.

One of the limitations of our study was the fact that we only chose subjects one of us already knew, because he knew they would be able to be help us complete our study in the allotted time frame. Future researchers may want to employ a more rigorous selection process when choosing subjects for a “deeper” study. Another limitation was that the sample size for our study was limited to three subjects. Future researchers may want to try to increase the number of subjects studied in order to obtain a “broader” study. With regards to the identity research, future researchers may want to take a look at alternate explanations for incoherency of identities in this study. Perhaps future researchers need to use other methods and tools, besides self-reporting, to determine identity.

Coming Anarchy, a tdaxp series:
Coming Anarchy 1: Introduction
Coming Anarchy 2: Methods and Analysis
Coming Anarchy 3: Identity
Coming Anarchy 4: Failure
Coming Anarchy 5: Obsession
Coming Anarchy 6: Sacrifices
Coming Anarchy 7: Humility
Coming Anarchy 8: Geography
Coming Anarchy 9: Recognition
Coming Anarchy 10: The Gap
Coming Anarchy 11: Conclusion

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