Monday, 7 December 2015

Three years on

A rather inward-looking post today. It’s now about three years since this blog started and at this time in previous years I have taken a look at how many people are viewing it and where from (for last year’s report see here). Overall, there have been 17,800 page views since the blog started, up from 7,055 this time last year meaning there have been over 10,700 views this year. In the last month there have been 985 views compared to 364 in the equivalent month last year. So it seems as if the audience is increasing, although it is also the case that I have posted more often this year (40 this year so far as compared to 24 in 2014).
The countries from which people view are shown below (with last year's figures in brackets). Overall it is a similar mix to last year (China has dropped out of the Top 10, Sweden come in), but the United States now tops the chart.

United States (2)
4608 (1761)
United Kingdom (1)
3830 (2206)
Russia (7)
965 (198)
France (6)
871 (209)
Norway (4)
751 (243)
Ukraine (3)
688 (350)
Ireland (8)
646 (147)
Germany (5)
501 (216)
Netherlands (10)
315 (98)
Sweden (-)
190 (-)

 The rising US readership seems to be linked with the fact that by far the most-read post now (846 unique page views) is Reviewing Organization Studies, posted on 3 July 2014 and most of its readers are US-based. I’m guessing that someone in the US organization studies community linked to it. In some ways I slightly regret this as mostly in this blog I try to write about the wider world rather than focussing on narrowly academic matters. But I am certainly not complaining.
Last year I also looked at some of the online reviews of the book, and amongst the new ones this year, I’m particularly amused by this one, posted by ‘smallkids’ on Amazon, which is almost a Haiku:
“HI grey
The words are too small
BUt thx as it is cheap”
And particularly pleased by this one, posted by ‘M Bal’, also on Amazon:

“The author provides a critical overview of organisational theory that is accessible to all who might be interested in the topic, not just academics. He follows a historical perspective in a way that makes approaches to the study of organisations both digestible and contextualised in their contemporary cultural and social ideas. This facilitates the development of a critical perspective on the views of how organisations are "best" managed today in order to stimulate further thought and reflection that could translate to meaningful practice for those possessing some influence in their organisation. Some (introductory) familiarity of organisational theory and management are likely to be beneficial prior to reading the book”.
Overall on Amazon there are 7 reviews of the third edition, averaging 4.4/5 and 14 reviews of the second edition, also averaging 4.4.
Whether any of this is even fairly interesting to anyone but me I don’t know, but it’s not just reasonably cheap but free, and at least the words aren’t too small. At all events, many thanks to those of you reading this blog, wherever you may be reading from.

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