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My PhD Blog Stats December 31, 2007

Posted by Malene Charlotte Larsen in Academic, Blog.

Today it is exactly one year since I started “My PhD Blog” and it is time to do a little status update.

I have written 52 blog posts during this one year period. That equals one blog post per week,which I think is acceptable. Especially, considering the fact that I only blog about my activities as a PhD student or subjects related to youth and online social networking.

Here are some other blog stats provided by WordPress:




As for my PhD project, I must admit that this first year of the project period has gone by extremely fast. I am amazed at how much time goes by with non-project related stuff – such as teaching, supervising, reading and answering e-mails, attending meetings and network activities, writing papers and articles, giving talks, attending conferences and PhD courses, giving press interviews and other stuff. All of which are really exciting activities, but only very peripherally related to my project.

When it comes to my project I have been engaged in data collecting. I have conducted two qualitative online questionnaires which altogether generated more than 3000 answers. Moreover, I have been doing different kind of ethnographic studies. I would label it “ethnography” rather than “virtual ethnography”, because some of my data collection take place outside cyberspace. Actually, the more I think about it, I dislike to concept of “virtual ethnography” or “online ethnography”, because I think that online social networking cannot be separated from offline life. That is something I will get back to in a later blog post. Among other things, I am working on a concept I call “nexus ethnography”. But more about that in the new year.

I hope that 2008 will be a productive year and I look forward to blog about my activities.

Happy New Year to all.



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2. Mikala Hansbøl - January 3, 2008

Hi Malene,
Happy New Year. Wouww, you have had many visitors at your blog site. Even though it is impossible to know what these visitors have really been doing with your blog, I believe that 24,612 visitors and 162 comments in relation to 52 posts – all within a year – is quite impressive. It must tell you that you are writing about subjects that are relevant.
Of course it is impossible to know whether you have just been lucky with your tags or whether you have some – if not many – really interested and eager readers 🙂 . At least you have many visitors. Judging from some of the comments you have received, you also have a lot of interested as well as a variation of interesting readers.
The themes, dilemmas and challenges brought forward by your work on online social networking clearly evoke strong feelings and responses from various readers of your blog. Your PhD topic is important and highly relevant for today’s digitalized societies. It is great that you have even chosen to move yourself out of the academic ivory tower and dare to display your work in progress through your blog writings. Thanks, again, for many enlightening and inspiring experiences.
I look forward to reading more about your concept of “nexus ethnography”.

3. Malene Charlotte Larsen - January 3, 2008

Hi Mikala,

Thank you so much and a Happy New Year to you as well 🙂

I don’t really know if the amount of visitors is that big. It depends on what we compare to. But perhaps you are right – for a “niche blog” (which I think mine is) it is probably okay.

One of the things I wished I had more time to do is comment on other people’s blogs – yours, for example. I really liked the post where you defined your blog as a researcher’s blog. I could really identify with that and I am sorry I never got round to comment on it.

I must make up for that in the new year 😀

4. knut skjærven - January 7, 2008


Really impressive work you have done with this blog. Congratulations.


5. Mikala Hansbøl - January 8, 2008

Well, you just did comment on my blog 🙂 . And thanks for that. I was unsure this post “A researcher in the making” was worth reading.

I’ve been thinking about something in the few days that have past since my last comment. It occured to me that both of us seems kind of caught up in the ‘quantitative’ aspects of your blog – even though both of us – I’m sure – would say that we are in the business of looking for qualitative aspects. I quess it is neither at matter of one or the other, but allways both. We cannot ignore what Latour (who I’m quite inspired by) calls “scaling” in the making. Our posts just prove that we are also in the business of scaling.

I don’t know if you see my point but Latour’s point is that also “’Ups’ and ‘downs’, ‘local’ and ‘global’ have to be made, they are never given.” (Latour, Reassembling the Social, 2005, Oxford University Press, p. 186)

I think it is interesting to keep in mind. You could propable shake the cards a bit and come up with quite a different analysis of your site. Your blog itself provides interesting empirical material 🙂 to fill a whole PhD thesis with

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