Laypeople blog about fruit and vegetables for self-expression and dietary influence
2011 (English)In: Health Communication, ISSN 1041-0236, E-ISSN 1532-7027, Vol. 26, no 7, 621-630 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Private health information websites run by laypeople are more often visited than websites of official agencies. Understanding the role of weblogs in dietetic communication-i.e., sharing personal perceptions on healthy eating-is still lacking. This study aims to describe the nature of noncommercial Swedish blogs with fruits and vegetables (F&V)-related content and to identify different blogger types. A qualitative content analysis with abduction was performed on 50 weblogs. Most bloggers presented themselves as women. Only one-third reported their age (range 17 to over 50 years). The bloggers had either an active or passive influential purpose, and they approached F&V through either lived or mediated experiences. From these two dimensions, four F&V blogger ideal types were identified: the Persuader, the Authority, the Exhibitionist, and the Mediator. Particularly women wrote about their lived experiences close to the personal level, whereas men were more equally distributed across the different ideal types. Self-expression (typical for the Exhibitionist) and purpose to influence others' diets (typical for the Persuader and the Authority) were frequently expressed in these weblogs. The current findings on blogging purposes, approaches, and F&V blogger types may help to improve online dietetic communication, which sets new challenges for media strategies of health and nutritional professionals.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 26, no 7, 621-630 p.
fruit and vegetables, blogs, online, health communication, dietetic communication
Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject Food, Nutrition and Dietetics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-153114DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2011.561520ISI: 000299568100005PubMedID: 21541865OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-153114DiVA: diva2:415211