Quick note on the Blog #sssi

When we started this blog 18 months ago or so, the idea was to provide a site where SSSI could publicise and disseminate information about information in a more dynamic way than through a website. As you know the SSSI-blog runs alongside the blog for the journal and a SSSIMusic Blog with the latter one being the least active at the moment.  The readership of the blog varies from 2 a day to 100 a day. Readers primarily seem to be based in North America but depending on the topic we also have a good number of readers from Europe, including the UK, Germany, Slovenia and Russia, Australia and China.

On the SIJournal Blog, if time allows, I try to post a short piece of information about a new publication in the journal or on Early View every Tuesday. The readership is marginally higher than on the SSSI Blog; post like the one written by Gregory Thompson the other day accumulates about 50 views within 3 days. The geographical spread of posts on the SIJournal Blog is very similar to that on the SSSI Blog.

The SSSIMusic Blog is a curious one. We post very rarely there. Joe Kotarba has made some effort to get it going and together with Maggie Kusenbach we have tried to find somebody to run this blog – sadly unsuccessfully but we keep trying. It is noteworthy however that whenever a post is published here we immediately get about 20 people reading it and over the course of a week more than 100 people have at least looked at it.

In a world of viral marketing campaigns and YouTube clips receiving millions of views within hours the clicks and views of our blog appear tiny in comparison. Yet, considering the size of our Society the numbers are not that small. There also is the possibility that over time the number of readers will increase which hopefully would influence interest in the Society and the journal as well.



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1 Response to Quick note on the Blog #sssi

  1. jk542013 says:

    Comparative Study: Aging Rock ‘n’ Roll Fans in Sweden and the U.S.

    Dr. Vessela Misheva, Professor of Sociology at Uppsala University in Sweden, and I are conducting a comparative international study of aging rock ‘n’ roll fans. This study is an extension of my original work on baby boomer rock ‘n’ roll fans, with one important additional consideration. During the European interactionist meetings in Uppsala in 2013, a Swedish scholar commented to me that my analysis does not apply to Swedish society because they do not have baby boomers the way that term is used in the States! The explanation, of course, is that Sweden did not witness a comparable demographic spike following World War II because they remained neutral during the war. Vessela and I are investigating all this through a series of interviews we are conducting with our graduate social psychology students. I am teaching a masters level seminar in social psychology—focusing on the sociologies of everyday life—and Vessela is teaching masters and doctoral level seminars. I have lectured several times to her students via Skype, and our classes have met once via Skype. We are now in the process of analyzing the data from semi-structured interviews with respondents over the age of 67. We will report back to the Blog soon, as we prepare to present our study at the European interactionist meetings in Salford in July. We hope to receive comments from Blog readers on our preliminary findings.

    Joe Kotarba

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