There have been a lot of changes recently in the Sinosplice Network.
You might have noticed that long-time member Derrick of Derrick in Dalian, AKA The Chinese Bazaar is no longer in the network. Well, it’s for a happy reason. Derrick decided that he was ready for his own domain and his own hosting, to move onto bigger things. I, for one, am happy that he’s come so far. I think his site’s recent redesign at the new location, Maskofchina.com, is a nice improvement. Check it out.
The other two to depart are Andrea of T-salon and Wayne of A Better Tomorrow. It was a hard decision to come to, but I basically decided that it was too risky to host blogs that touch on sensitive political issues. I just moved onto a new host that I really like, and while I feel pretty certain that my last host’s slowdown was not at all related to internet censorship, I just want to do what I can to steer clear of that potential hazard altogether. I have plans for my site that require it to be accessible in China, and I have no desire myself to write about those issues online.
Wayne opted to move onto some of Brendan‘s space. (Unfortunately, since Brendan is using the same hosting as I was before my recent switch, that means Wayne’s site may now be difficult to access from mainland China, as mine was for a while and Brendan’s is now.) You can access A Better Tomorrow at its new location via ABTom.net.
The newest member is Australian Matt of Chabuduo. I’m glad to have him aboard. He’s actually learning to use Blogger now, instead of doing straight HTML editing. Pay the new Chabuduo a visit (but you may want to give him a little more time to get settled).
So those are the changes. Update your bookmarks.
*Adopt a Blog is not dead, but it did run into some unforeseen technical difficulties involving PHP mirroring for Typepad sites. It’s still a viable solution to blocked bloggers running on platforms like Blogger, but the “adoptees” were outnumbered by the volunteer hosts by about 20 to 1. Basically, not enough people came forward to be adopted! Solutions?