It feels momentous, but probably isn't, but today, the last of the DPhil interviews were finished. This does bring some major factors into consideration, the main one being that I have close to twenty hours of recordings to transcribe.
I can feel carpal tunnel setting in already.
On a serious note, some very busy people have given generously of their time, to what was in most cases a complete stranger asking odd questions for which the potential benefit to themselves was probably nothing except the chance to have a chat about things that interest them and help someone out.
It is good that so many were prepared to talk to me. Of course, I should remember that an equally large number said no politely, failed to turn up for agreed interviews, stopped answering phone calls and emails, or just told me to go away. I know how those poor chaps providing unsolicited Microsoft support from a shed in India feel......
However, the memory I shall choose to retain is that there are some really good people out there, and I have been lucky in that everyone I have interviewed has been extremely likable - as well as clearly knowing their stuff and being prepared to share their knowledge and expertise. Maybe that is a level of self selection - only the nice people get interviewed?
Despite dreading this particular aspect of the research (generally being far more comfortable in a dark room with a computer) I have really enjoyed all the interviews.
So thank you to everyone who helped. It is greatly appreciated.
(Cross posted from DPhil research record.)