Monday, August 14, 2006
i can read my own blog now
Although able to post I haven't actually been able to read my own blog as Blogger has been a barred site in China. A couple of days ago Blogger was unblocked so today, for the first time, I can see my blog without having to use a foreign proxy server. I presume this is a reflection of Google's renewed relations with Beijing but these things can change, last time blogger was available it only lasted two months. Typepad has been available for a while but wordpress and many other western blog sites seem still to be blocked. China has many home-grown blog sites that are flourishing so the thing to remember here is that blogger's (re)appearance is more significant to ex-pats than the Chinese blogsphere majority who are busy uploading pictures of their weekend and bitching about celebrities, understandably oblivious to the see-sawing fates of western blog sites. Of course, blogs and censorship is a big topic and I'll be chipping away at it later here, promise, but now I need to go and prepare for the deluge as China en masse rushes to view this.