I am interested in the diaries, the one month online project or interviews


Interested in taking part? Have you answered the online questions but want to do more? (Or maybe you don’t want to answer the online questions at all!) There are a whole bunch of ways to take part.

The information sheets will give you the details. If you want to know more or have any worries or questions, get in touch by emailing  info@gsoy.org.uk or contacting me using the form on the contact page.


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I don’t know what to say in the diary..

That’s okay. You can write as much or as little as you like – or you don’t have to write at all. You can use pictures, copy and paste things you like online. You can keep a blog or a tumblr instead if you like. The point of the project is to get an idea of how young people spend their day to day lives – who they chat to, what they think about, how they are feeling. It might seem like you are telling me boring things, or things that nobody else will care about. But everything is interesting and useful for the GSOY project.

You could write a brief entry in the morning about how you are feeling. Or a memory journal. Or a journal of lists. Or a music diary – what did you listen to today? How did you feel as you listened?

Throughout the project I (Jenny) will be keeping a diary too and will post entries on the blog. I will also post regular ideas and inspiration and talk about other people who keep diaries to see what they choose to share. You can find these posts on the blog under the diary tag.

One place to start is clicking on the image over there – this is a big list of place to start when you’re stuck. You don’t have to do any of these, but they might jog your memory or inspire you.


I don’t have time to keep a diary

You don’t have to make an entry every day. You can make an entry once a week, or every day for a fortnight. Entries can be as long or short as you like.


Can I do an online diary or a paper diary? 

You can do either. If you do an online diary, I will create a private blog for you, that only you and I can access. It will be your site, and you are welcome to keep the blog and share it if you like, or delete it after the project is over.

You can also keep a real, offline paper diary. If you want to do this, you can either use a notebook that you find or I will send you a notebook. Once you are finished, you will send it to me (or, if you like, you can scan in the pages and email them). If you like, I can send you the diary back once the project is finished.


I want to chat to you instead

If you are aged 16 or older, that would be great! Unfortunately, I can’t talk to people who are under 16 years old, but you can answer the questions online if you like.

I am using Skype for having a chat because it is free and easy to use (although we can sort something out if you don’t or can’t use Skype). We can either chat with voices only (like a telephone call), writing using instant messaging (like MSN) or video calls where we can see each other – it is up to you. There is much more information about this in the information pages.


How does the one month online project work?

Again, you have to be aged 16 or older to take part in this way.

The one month online project is to get a better idea of the everyday things that people do online, how people talk and how friendships, relationships and other connections between people work.

With your permission, I would like to follow your websites – such as facebook, twitter, tumblr, blogs, youtube, soundcloud, reddit, etc. etc. – in other words, the places where you have accounts and a presence online.This is done in a way that protects your confidentiality – so that other participants do not know that you are taking part – and none of your friends on these networks will know that you are participating in a research project (unless you choose to tell them).

I won’t interact with you or post anything to these spaces. Whilst I will take notes about these spaces, and may take pictures/’screen caps’ of them, these will be anonymised and treated as confidential. I will not quote or reprint these things in any publications without your express permission for each individual item.

There is more information on the information page and you can contact me with any questions.


Can I take part in more than one way?

Yes! You absolutely can! And it’s encouraged! Taking part in more than one way allows me to see different little parts of your lives. You are more complicated than one interview or a set of online questions could ever show and so the more ways you take part, the better you can tell your stories and share who you are.

You can also start by taking part in one way, then do another thing later on – and you can always stop different parts if you don’t want to continue with them or it feels too much.


Yes! I want to take part!

That’s great! The first thing to do is send me a message by emailing  info@gsoy.org.uk or using the form on the contact page. I look forward to hearing from you!

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