Data analysis and writing for the World Druidry Survey are well underway. I just passed 42,000 words of text, not to mention all the charts and graphs and tables, and the coding — the seemingly endless coding — all of which must be completed before I can begin the statistical analyses.
I took a break, last week, from the ongoing analysis to go back and write the academically necessary but soul-crushingly boring bits about the research design and methodology. In the coming weeks, I will finally get back to writing about the many varieties of Druid theology, among other things.
Wow! Druids are an interesting bunch. Apparently, they not only like to read a lot; they also like to write a lot! I received many hundreds of pages of meaty information from the 725 respondents who participated. Many people wrote short essays for each of the 12 long-answer questions, in addition to completing all the short-answer tick-box style questions. After having read through it all, thoroughly, once, I realized there is more than enough rich information in there for several Mt. Haemus papers in it. So, I talked to Philip C-G of the OBOD, about it, and I will be offering one of the subtopics for my Mt. Haemus paper (he will choose which one), and all of it will become a book on World Druidry, circa 2020 c.e. Chapters (so far) are to include:
World Druidry Demographics
Privacy and Safety Concerns of Modern Day Druids
Effects of Physical & Cultural Environments on Druidry Practice
Themes & Variations in Druid Theology
Global Variations in Ritual Practice and Celebration
Sacred Duties in Druid Life
Druidry’s Spiritual Common Core
The list of chapters may change and expand somewhat, as the analysis and writing continues. New patterns and themes may emerge from the data, as I continue coding responses. So, back to work for me.
I am looking forward to sharing it all with you!