OK folks, it’s time to get serious about this dissertation. Like really, really serious! (Actually, I should have been really, really serious about it for the past few months but, well…) So I am claiming July to be Dissertation Month. This means that you may be faced with several dissertation-themed posts and rants – or at least updates on my progress within most of my posts.
But, even with such a major deadline looming, I am totally lacking motivation. So, I am asking you, Dear Reader, to help me out there. Encouragement, prayers, and good writing vibes are needed!
And, for my part, I will share with you an honest update on my progress. Starting today!
For those in need of a refresher, my dissertation is looking at the role of social networking (specifically Facebook) in news reading/sharing. (It’s less Facebook-y than it sounds.) The final, final printed dissertation is due on 21 August and needs to be 12,000 words (+/- 10%). But I have a major deadline looming at the end of July when I need to have a full draft ready for my dissertation supervisor. This means I have about three and a half weeks to write this thing!
As it stands now, I have my introduction and literature review sections nearly done and I am now done with interviews. In fact, much of today has been spent transcribing the last of my spoken interviews. This means that I didn’t get the 1,000 words written for the dissertation itself as I’d hoped, but it was/is a big and important part of the process so that’s OK. And the day’s not over, so I might manage to get some more work done. I wonder if a glass of wine would help or hinder that process…
Current word count: 2,732 (only 9,268 to go!)
Tomorrow’s task list:
- Review emailed responses and enter into a nice, clean Word document
- Expand research methodology section (goal to complete section by Wednesday)
- Run 4+ miles (exercise is vital to keeping the mind sharp!)