I had a brain wave over my extended summer break: Blog writers! The hidden resource for recruiting more people for the study. I've spent hours and days and weeks and months appealing to relevant websites to help me get the word out on this study, but websites are passive, and rely on active readers (like you!) to get involved in research like this. Essentially, I've been working against human nature. What I need are dynamic blog writers with followers that are automatically notified of new posts, so the news goes to them.
Over the last few weeks, the editor of Essential Baby has agreed to help advertise the study to new mums, and a writer at the Canberra Times got on board to write an article on the study. So we're still making progress.
The numbers are at almost 800 now. This recent slow growth is entirely my fault, due to the aforementioned mismanagement of eggs. The trends in the numbers are about the same as they were in the last breakdown: there is about a 65/35 split for numbers of women/men, and a 65/35 split for weekly/monthly survey schedules. The drop-out rate for recent participants has increased a little, to about 55%. This is understandable, as I haven't been offering study updates or giving you any reason to feel excited about - or engaged with - this research. So I hereby pledge to regularly post here, giving news as it comes up, and when there's no news, I'll share bits of interesting information in this field of research. I also promise to regain my zest for recruiting new participants, and buy multiple baskets for storing my eggs. Stay tuned!
All the best,