The implications of the method that I will be using to research Army Wife 101 are vast, but there are two particular ones that I will be focusing on: there are particular topics that milspouses are interested in, and the titles give the keywords to finding those topics. From these two assumptions, many other implications and complications happen, however we will only be focusing on those two for now. First, there are things that milwives are interested in. This comes from an understanding of the community as a whole: there are certain things that only us poor milwives have to go through and deal with, and sometimes we need advice. These are the particular topics that find themselves in the menu, and mentioned through keywords in the titles of posts. This leads us to the second assumption: the titles of the posts have keywords to help the reader understand what the post will be about. While not all people would be able to initially read every title on her blog and understand what major topic it falls under, after some research, almost everyone could start to connect the dots. This assumption is what leads me to only look at the titles of the posts for my data collection.
The implications and assumptions of my research method shine a light on how to understand this community. As I said before, there are particular topics that are discussed in this blog. While they do seem to be specialized to a particular audience, they also seem very limited, even for that audience. I discovered this as I began researching this community and discovered a variety of other topics that could be of interest to the community that are never discussed. This does help my research though, in that it narrows the topics that I have to look at. Another thing that my research unveiled is that there are very few comments on the posts, thus implying that it is more about learning from the author than it is creating a community and discussing problems. This is why I narrowed my research to only titles-topics relation, there were not enough comments to be able to look at.
I, also have a particular mindset coming into researching this blog. The main two things that give me selection bias are: I am also a milwife, and I also have a traditional understanding of marriage, family, and wifehood. These are the main assumptions that the author makes about her audience, and I fit perfectly into that category. This being said, any post that does not have to do with helping the reader to better understand or help the reader be better at any of these particular things, will not necessarily appeal to me.
Everyone on this community comes to this community to learn how to do what they do (being a milspouse) better. The author decides what “better” means, based on very traditional understandings of many things (because frankly, that’s pretty much the only way it works with a spouse in the military). And, clearly, (based on above sidenote) I typically approach many of the topics the same way.