I have now finally submitted my thesis. It is all over bar the actual formal awarding of the degree.
This means I can tell you all about it. In fact, I am positively going to be jumping up and down with a big sign pointing at the content, because it’s getting sidelined and some of it is important stuff. I make no apologies for the fact I will tweet the link to this post more than once. I am probably going to try to publish some of the findings; just as soon as I regain the will to work on it again. In the meantime, I’m going to post the chapters on the Other Blog. This might take a week or so, please don’t hold your breath. But in the meantime, I wanted to highlight what it contains.
I can tell you about what is and isn’t on church websites. But you all know that already, because I wrote about that for the Church Times. I developed some guidance for PCCs and the like who might be planning what they might do next if they’re thinking about their web presence.
I can tell you about how clergy feel about social media. I can talk about governance, and control of messages. And I can do this based on interviews, robustly analysed, from a range of different leaders and webmasters, not just the people I happen to know.
I can talk about issues of identity, moral panic and resourcing in terms of social media and I can share the opinions of people who wouldn’t touch Twitter with a bargepole – which is important, I think, if the Church is going to have an ongoing involvement in online communication.
I can talk about email overload and the problems church leaders have with the ongoing avalanche of the stuff.
Does any of that sound useful? I think so. If you do too – please get in touch and we can talk about how I may be able to help.