Relflexivity Blog and Other Things of Interest

16th November – Apparently today is one of Hecate’s feast days so I thought I’d post this wee drinking song that I was introduced to sometime ago: “We drink to the Moon when She’s waxing. We drink to the Moon when She’s full. We drink to the Moon when She’s waning, and when She’s not there at all!” – I like it a lot. On another note, I suspect that I am engaging in what is known as ‘practice-based research’ with the creation of this website? Still struggling to get my head around the creative exegesis.

27th October 2021 – Samhain or Beltane for you, as Australian Witches?

22nd October 2021 – It’s been fascinating to re-connect with my research participants as a result of the ethics update, and I’m conducting some follow-up interviews to get some additional clarity on previous interviews, how the pandemic has affected the WItchcraft community, and just generally catching up on what’s been happening with people. On another note, my dreams are, as always, exceptionally vivid. This morning I awoke with the words “Dreams are full of gold but they can also be full of shit.” bouncing around my skull – which I take to be a warning to apply discernment to my nocturnal scamperings? And possibly my waking life too?

11th October 2021 – I’m currently doing some follow-up interviews with my research particpants; will be interesting to see how things may have changed for them since we last spoke. Have also posted another ‘view inside the sausage factory’ page (Lectures 8 to 15) which needs, like everything else on this site, A LOT of work.

27th September 2021 – Dipped in and out of the 2021 Australian WIccan Conference over the weekend – a splendid event that will only be improved by being held *gasps* IN PERSON next year. I shall definitely endeavour to attend. On another note, have I mentioned that trying to complete a PhD while working full-time is a pretty bloody silly thing to do?

15th September 2021 – I’ve posted a draft of Lectures 1 to 7 (this page only has quotes from interview participants who have approved the use of their words on this site). The page is a bit of a mess but I will continue to work on it. I humbly beseech readers not to be offended.

14th September 2021 – The magnificent Christina from Treadwells Bookshop gave this site a Facebook/Twitter shout-out this morning (or Wednesday night, given she lives in England) – so that’s exciting news. I’m sure my site stats will be all the better for that?!

On another note, this virtual exhibition by the University of Aberdeen is very interesting: LINK

8th September 2021 – “A bell to summon, a bell to seal. Thou comest quick; my heart to steal.” These words popped into my head this morning, and I reflected on how open and/or personal I should allow this reflexivity blog to be? After all, it is an academic endeavour.

6th September 2021 – After the usual administrative hoop-jumping, I have ethical approval for the site. And now to contact my interviewees for their permission to use their words on here.

30th August 2021 – Is having a page with several lectures incoporated into it ‘too much’? Do I need to break the lectures (and corresponding Witch interviews etc) into smaller clusters/more pages?

23rd August 2021 – Have decided to include a date stamp with these posts. I believe I can get away with a more informal approach to these updates, given my ‘academic muscle’ will be flexed in the exegesis component of my work? But what about perceptions of ‘professionalism’?

Kind of expected it but I now have to do an ‘ethics variation’ (and corresponding negotiation with research participants) before I use my orginal qualitative research data in this website. The joys of administrative negotiation…Perhaps I should chronologically date these posts? Though the latest post will always be at the top.

I do ponder the efficacy of having the site open to viewing while it’s still under construction; we all like a sausage till we see how it’s made?

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