I’m a PhD student working under the National Science Foundation, and I am studying the communication that surrounds/supports personal data tracking. Thus far many participants in this study have reported this as a solitary practice, and explain that they have not found many people they can talk to about their tracking goals, habits, etc. beyond lurking around on reddit or occasionally posting a question to a large forum.
My question for you all is - do you guys have a group of people you consistently talk to about your tracking? Online forums are great, but we want to study how communication can support the advancement of tracking and automation through enduring communities of practice.
Even if it’s just you and a few friends who all track and talk about it, or if you attend (or used to attend, pre-COVID) self-tracker meetups or conferences. I’d love to hear about your experiences and why/why not you think communicating with others is central to helping you on your QS journey!