I’ve been asked to give a lecture for Dr Sandra Phillips’ course, Reading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast in a couple of weeks. The topic of that week’s lecture is “Focus on the Blogosphere”.
Ever since I started Deadly Bloggers, I have been imagining that it might become something that informs ideas and understandings about Indigenous peoples engagement in the digital space. There’s a lot more work being done out there, earlier in the year the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence ran an Indigenous Digital Excellence event, and later in the year there is Deadly and Digital in Canberra. A few years ago I attended an event run by AIATSIS on Indigenous people and the digital world.
There are so many different ways of looking at this very broad topic, everything from infrastructure and the access to engagement and it’s informing of Indigenous ontologies and epistemologies.
In my first self-funded attempt at research, I have developed a quick questionnaire, and hope to be able to identify two or three core themes that our current Deadly Bloggers face. I’ll be featuring many of the most active Deadly Bloggers during the lecture and hopefully provide some idea of future directions.
In a perfect world, I’ll also use this research in a post-graduate degree application sometime in the future.
If you’re a deadly bloggers and/or vlogger, I’d love to hear from you. You can find a link to the questionaire here: (it’s a google form). I also have designed my first bit of merchandise so that I can give each person who contributes a gift as an acknowledgement of their time and contribution.
Wish me luck, and I’ll be sharing the findings as soon as I can.