Intentions, hopes, wishes #2

My last stab at writing out my intentions, hopes and wishes got coopted by a different task – writing down feelings-based-goals for my PhD. So I’m going to try and get something on paper that is more about what I am going to do in the next month-ish.

I’ve got some ideas of things to be getting on with:

  1. Design my methodology for my developing grounded theory of agritecture
  2. *strikethrough* Put together a list of candidate Agritecture interventions that might be suitable for me to use for case studies.
  3. Explore developping my style – for sketching as a form of data collection
  4. Work on my ‘voice’ when I write.

I’m pondering a couple of things here – how in 1. Do I make sure I don’t get lost in the theory – I want to develop a system that is… tangible, plausible… But if you read grounded theory – it seems people are preoccupied with developing the theory – whereas I just want to use it… I’ve borrowed 2 books from the library on the advice of the Grounded Theory Online.

The Discovery of Grounded Theory: Strategies for Qualitative Research

Doing Grounded Theory: Issues & Discussion

Re 2. Lists – I’m not sure if I want to start actually categorising these interventions, mapping them, etc – or if that should come once I have a handle on the research design (probably) – in which case this needs to be a very basic list…

This actually is making me think that the research design is going to have to preceed the list generation… but serious point here – I need inspiration, I need motivation, I need to feel excitement about this research, and *only reading grounded theory is not doing it for me.

3. looks to be where I’m going to save myself from death by theory. The plan is to put together a sort of mood board of architects that I’m inspired by – not for agritecture projects – but for their style / renderings / aesthetic. This is because I want to generate sketches as part of my data collection, and I want these to have a degree of consistency.

4. Is a scary one – because I’m not used to writing in an authentic voice. I’m not sure I really fit the mold for academic writing. I know for example that my writing style is unusual – I am colloquial, I use the subjunctive a lot, and my sentences are often inverted or convoluted (case in question). I think that’s the bilingual neurolinguistic programming at play. I want to write in a way that people want to read. If I have something meaningful to contribute, I don’t want my voice to be the thing that gets in the way of that contribution happening. Something I hear in entrepreneurial but not in academic writing is “write as though you are writing to your best friend”. Which is what I’ve gone for here. This blog is a good place to practice.