Developing A Personal Research Framework

This started as a thread on Twitter. I thought others might find it interesting as they develop their own research "SOPs." Obviously no framework is going to be perfect and airtight and there are exceptions to every rule, e.g. when someone's life is in danger. 

1) I don’t pursue research I can’t write about.

2) I don’t pursue research containing material that will hurt me spiritually.

3) I don’t pursue research where I care about someone’s feelings.

4) I don’t pursue research where I have a professional conflict of interest.

5) I don’t pursue research that I am legally not allowed to pursue.

6) I don’t pursue research when in my view it offends someone else’s privacy.

7) I don’t pursue research unless I think there is some practical benefit to it.

8) I don’t pursue research out of spite or hate.

9) I don’t pursue conversations with people who only want to stir up hate.

10) I don’t pursue research that poses as research but is really mindless crap, or where the funding for the data is obfuscated or where the data is manipulated and misleading. 
Copyright 2017 by Dannielle Blumenthal, Ph.D. All opinions are Dr. Blumenthal's own. The author hereby releases this post into the public domain. Photo by Tama66 via Pixabay (Creative Commons CC0).


Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal is an author, independent brand researcher, and adjunct marketing professor with 20 years of varied experience. An avid researcher and prolific, creative writer, Dr. Blumenthal's interests span communication, marketing, qualitative media content analysis, political rhetoric, propaganda, leadership, management, organizational development, and more. An engaged citizen, she has for several years worked to raise awareness around child sex trafficking and the dangers of corruption at @drdannielle on Twitter. You can find her articles at Medium, and, and she frequently answers questions on Quora. All opinions are Dr. Blumenthal's own.