Life-Publishing on the Internet – a Playful Field of Life-Narrating. Sari Östman
147 Life-Publishing on the Internet – a Playful Field of Life-Narrating Sari Östman PhD Student Digital Culture, University of Turku Department of Cultural Production and Landscape Studies PL 124 28101, Pori Finland sari.ostman@utu.� 1. Introduction Life-publishing is a new concept that I have been developing since 2007. It in- cludes different ways of relating one’s everyday life on the Internet. I am current- ly studying life-publishing as a � eld of autobiographical practice. My material triangulation includes 30 thematical narratives, 18 interviews and over 70 internet publications that are produced by 30 Finnish informants who have signed up for my research on a web survey. In this paper, the material consists of 15 informants who had written their narratives by the autumn of 2010. Ten of them had sent me their texts during the pilot period in 2008-2009. The remaining � ve narratives were more recent, produced in the winter of 2009-2010. Ten of the 15 informants have given me their permission to follow their pub- lications. Since some of them publish their lives on many different forums, the total of the web contents for this paper is 22 publications. They include blogs and micro-blogs, communal sites (e.g. Facebook) and homepages. Three of the informants are men, the rest are women. This does not necessar- ily mean that life-publishing is ‘feminine’ by nature, although it seems possible that women are more likely to recognise themselves as life-publishers. The ages vary from 21 to 61 and women between the ages of 21 and...
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