Despite some ups and downs, 2012 was a great year for Kariobangi. The blog had 22175 page views (an average of 61 per day) compared to 2011 when the blog was only 2 months old and I had a total of 297 views (about 4 per day). More than the page views, the thing I enjoyed the most last year was meeting people through the blog. Quite a number of students, researchers and professionals coming to Nairobi contacted me for a chat, a beer or a tour of the industrial cluster in Kariobangi. I love meeting blog readers, so feel free to contact me if you are coming to this side of the world.

The most visited posts in 2012 were the following:

  1. Everything you wanted to know about Kenyan Imports (and Exports),
  2. Donors prioritized “industrial policy” in Asia, “social sectors” in Africa. Why?,
  3. Rebranding Africa: have we gone too far?
  4. “Chamas” in Kenya (aka self-help groups) – a Schumpeterian dead end?,
  5. Land deals in Africa: an updated map of foreign investments

The top sources of traffic were (1) Google, (2) Twitter (I am not a great twitterer, but I’m working on it), (3) Chris Blattman Blog, (4) Facebook, (5) Reddit, (6) White African, (7) Africa Unchained. Most visitors came from the US, followed by Kenya, the UK, South Africa, Germany, Canada and India. Interestingly enough, China was one of the 23 countries that never visited this blog.

I had to slow down my posting several times last year for a variety of reasons, mostly because I was overwhelmed with work. Though, the research is proceeding extremely well. A few months ago I concluded my data collection in Kariobangi and now I’m analyzing the data. This means that I spend a lot of time in front of my computer looking at statistics, which is boring at times, but hopefully I’ll be able to publish interesting papers in the near future.

Over the last few months I’ve also started co-lecturing a course in “Comparative Industrial Strategies” at the Institute for Development Studies (University of Nairobi) and I started working on a very large research project on SME finance in Kenya. I’ll definitely blog about this over the next months as soon as the results of the research start coming out. Stay tuned!