Thursday, February 19, 2004

It's harder than it looks

...this blogging lark. I am looking at blogs, or rather blogs from May of last year, all day every day, and people post all the time. Admitedly, there are some people who don't post every day, but there are some that post several times a day. Me...I manage once a week.

I just don't have anything interesting to say. I wish there was more of interest, but at the moment I'm just slogging away at the tagging. I'm trying to at the very least update at the end of the week, in case anyone is interested. So apologies for not saying more.

Onto the weekly report. I've been tagging. Lots of tagging. Happy happy tagging. Some of them are easy, some of them are tiresome. Any tagging like this in research, however necessary, is going to get boring. This is why members of staff pay undergraduates to do the "manual labour". I'm not sure if I have funding in place to pay some one to do the boring stuff. Doubt it. But i'm getting it done, and I'm getting done.

Big shout ouf to <oXygen/> because it was good, but as I got to learn the shortcuts, and the really complicated features such as find and replace, I now class it as great. It's incredibly helpful, and I'm not at all convinced by people who tag by hand.

There have also been small niggles, and things I've noticed...such as what i did at the start of the post. The title of a post is not part of the text of the post normallym and often it contaions extra data, so I tag it seperately from the main body. But as is the case above, they flow together. Which results in my opening clause, "...this blogging lark." making no sense. Something to bear in mind when it comes to the linguistic analysis.

On a more general work front, I need to read more. I started off well when I came back from my hiatus; I was finding a nice balance between practical work and research reading. But I've always preferred the practical stuff, and have drifted this past couple of weeks from the reading. So I must make a conscious effort to get back to that.

Also, I really must take my experiment offline, because people are still doing it from time to time. Thank you very much, it really is appreciated, but I can't really accept any more data at this time. Sorry.

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