Like the rest of you, I’m starting this Fall semester with a barrage of priority-level to-dos. From today till end of this year, you’re going to witness me performing a series of academic miracles, including writing two publish-able papers (one theoretical & one quantitative) as well as my dissertation proposal, so that I can be in line for my application to candidacy by next year. This is essential since my funding will run out this year and for the next year, I hope to be just paying for 1 credit “dissertation guidance” courses just to finish my big one. As Prof. Halavais said: Think of writing dissertations as a book you’ve always wanted to write.
Fortunately, I have written quite a few papers already which I intend to update for one of my theoretical paper, so I just have to prepare a brand new quantitative paper by the end of this semester. For the quantitative paper, one of the ten ideas I’m working on revolves around investigate how opinion leadership works and where memes generally cluster in a specified realm of the blogosphere, for example opinion leadership and meme clustering as seen on Singaporean blogs. It’s still very up in the air and while it’s generally not a good idea to publish brainstorms (since they are not to be taken as absolute), I’m hoping to see if this can be a sounding board for anyone doing research on the culture of blogs.
As the last real bunch of classes I’ll officially be taking in my university before I begin my dissertation writing journey, I’m probably settling on an advanced statistical methods class in the school of psychology (on experimental stats), a usability class in the industrial design discipline and finally, my required Pro-seminar class in School of Communication (should have taken it at the start of course, but I thought I could skip it… can’t blame me for trying!).
While things are starting to heat up for me, the weather is going south as the temperature has begun to drop. Summer is almost over and soon everyone will be covered in layers of clothing, masking their identities and turning winter into a cold and faceless world once again. Gosh, what great way to start!