It’s been a while since we’ve updated, but we’ve had a lot of pretty cool things going on that we’re really excited about and we’ve finally been able to start ourselves back up on a regular research/updating schedule again, which is also exciting for both of us. We’re planning to make regular weekly posts and updates on (/around) Mondays and include other posts as we get them. I figured that I’d go ahead and use this post to announce what’s been going on while we’ve been off the radar
Continue reading General Updates and OSU/IU Paper Link
Sorry for the brief hiatus (at least we finally posted about the conference); things have been busy for both of us. We are wrapping up everything on a new post that should be published later tonight and we already have several cool things in the works for the very near future, including an upcoming interview with Dr. Patrick Edwards (a.k.a. Dr. Psych Ology, of Brony Study Fame).
In our earlier conversations, Dr. Edwards mentioned that The Brony Study has a new survey out, looking at the ways that being in the fandom has changed peoples’ lives, and asked that people try to get the word out to as many people as possible.
Here is what they say about the new survey:
We have launched a new survey entitled: How the Fandom has Changed my Life. We have received many questions concerning the impact (both positive and negative) of the fandom (and MLP:FiM) upon members of the fandom. This survey has been designed to help us answer these question. Please help us by completing the survey. In addition, please spread the word to other members of the fandom.
In addition to conducting the above mentioned ‘How The Fandom Has Changed My Life’ Survey, which will give us information about several general areas of the fan’s life (emotions, thoughts and behaviors). We have also established an email ([email protected]) where Bronies can send us more detailed and personalized descriptions of the impact that ‘being a Brony’ has had on their lives. These ‘personal stories’ (minus personal identification) will be used in our presentations and publications. Please consider taking the survey and then sharing with us your personal story.
The Brony Study team has done some interesting work with the fandom and have been huge advocates of bronies for quite a while now both in the academic world and at the cons and other events they have attended. They’ve been trying to change the (largely negative) ways that psychologists look at fandoms and showing the positive aspects of being a brony and this survey will help them back some of their observations up with some solid numbers (which are all-important in their particular sphere of psychology). If you have some time, take the survey, post your story (you know you want to… all the ones we have encountered are super interesting) and, most importantly, spread the word. They welcome anyone in the fandom to take their survey and are especially looking for people that are newer to the fandom (in order to help them balance out their sample).
You can find the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/FCMLsurvey, or by visiting their site at www.bronystudy.com.
Thanks a lot!
After looking at the poll results, we’ve decided to have our viewing party for PONIES The Anthology 3 this Thursday, 9 January at 8:00 PM (EST). So come join us, bring friends (or acquaintances, or cats that like to romp around on keyboards… we’re not picky), and enjoy a lifestream of an awesome video that is jam-packed with the work of many incredibly talented members of the fandom. We’ll provide the link and post the conversation (all of them this time…) on the blog. It should be a fun time.
As with last time, we’ll post a link here a little while before we start streaming. If you happen to happen to be around Bloomington, IN and own a decent pack of sled dogs, hit us up and we can let you know where the two of us are watching—we could be doubly co-present or something.
So yeah: Anthology 3… Thursday… 8:00 PM EST… We’ll Post the link here. Hope you can make it!
Nothing super important here, but now that I’m back from India (I’ve been there since Nov. 15th), I’ve gotten a chance to check off some site stuff that I’ve been wanting to do:
- Bug fixes. There were occasional error 500s. Those should no longer be a problem.
- Post Subscriptions via email. You can now subscribe to new posts with the “Subscribe to Posts” widget box (on the right on the full site) and we’ll email you when new posts go up. You can also import our RSS feed wherever you’d like (like Feedly or Feedburner).
- Comment Subscriptions. At the bottom of the comments, you can subscribe to the comments for an individual post by email. There is also a separate RSS feed for comments too.
- Facebook and Twitter. I started Facebook and Twitter accounts for the blog. Gonna decide what to do with them later, but for now, they’ll definitely be ways to find out about new posts if you don’t like the email options above.
Glad to be back!