Archive for July, 2012

When to break the rules of research

Posted by on Sunday, 15 July, 2012

My lecturers would tear up my degrees if they saw the research project I’m doing with IABC/Seattle.

There was no written literature review, no demographic questions in the survey, and only two survey questions. It is the most successful research I have done.

The two questions ask what the chapter most wants to know from the members: which services do they like most, and which they could do without.

While this initially appears too simplistic, it’s supported by 16 hours and 50mb of data analysis. One of the aims was to get honest answers from the 150 local members. We decided we could only get that with total anonymity and having a small population means demographics would link responses with members. plus, the 50mb of data gave us a strong member profile.

So the survey is short to fit with our members’ limited time and so far the response rate exceeds my expectations.

As a bonus, Whitney Keys of Seattle PI agrees with keeping it simple. Thanks for your support, Whitney.

A new home for

Posted by on Wednesday, 4 July, 2012

Please excuse the housekeeping.

There’s been all sorts of fun stuff I’ve been wanting to do on here but restricted by a less than helpful hosting service. That has changed. is now hosting by the brilliant people at IvyCat. The domain transfer was finalized just this morning, so please excuse the mess while I finish the migration and make it all pretty.

Also, visit and say hi to Eric. He’s awesome, even when I insisted on doing all my installs myself because I’m being “silly and girly and want to learn it all”.