11 Oct 2004
I’ve noticed a trend lately. A lot of the blogs I used to read are dead or dying. I think it’s at least partly attributable to problems accessing Blogger in the PRC. This seems to be the reason for lack of updates on Sinobling, Hangzhou Lovin’, and Chabuduo. Laowai Monologues is somehow managing to get new posts up, but not without a lot of frustration.
This trouble started about the time my last host started going bad, I think. It’s almost certainly a result of the Chinese government’s efforts at controlling online information, intended or not. Is this getting much attention? Is it not a big deal unless it’s a total block? Maybe I just missed it. How many other bloggers in the PRC are having this connectivity issue with Blogger?
In other bad news, Chinese blogger Leylop has recently suffered a total loss. Her camera (and all her pictures) were stolen in Europe. When she got back, her hard drive failed and her website host lost all her data at about the same time. This effectively wiped out all her blog entries and her digital photography as well (which, I might add, was amazing stuff). She certainly has my sympathy.