Thank you and a plea for help
We wanted to build a platform to represent Chinese perspective in English, to initiate in-depth discussions on China-related issues, and to form a community for those who care about China, regardless of nationality. In short, we wanted to build bridges between China and the West.
We understand it’s an enormous task and I wasn’t sure if this site could take off. So far, I am pleasantly surprised by its fast growth. For the past 24 hours, we had nearly 2,500 page views. If you type “China blog” into Google, we are ranked at 19 out of nearly 3 million relevant pages (or if you type in these two words without quotation marks, then we are ranked at 37 out of over 5million hits). Of course, we are still a very small potato compared to any traditional media outlet. Nonetheless, it’s quite a vindication for us to know that people are thirsty for a new, different narrative about China.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our writers, especially, Buxi, who is doing most of the heavy lifting. We are really grateful for the kind recognitions by established China bloggers such as Roland (ESWN), Dan (Chinalawblog), and John (Global voices China). We also appreciate the support, suggestions and information we received from readers’ emails. Finally, without you, our commentators, this blog would be a dull monologue. So here is a big thank you to everyone who has contributed to the ongoing lively discussions.
Now I also want to ask for readers’ help. Some people suggested that the name speak4china is too big and overarching to turn some people, esp., westerners, off. Could readers please give me your feedback on how this name is perceived?
Since the purpose of this blog is to build bridges, not to set fires, We are willing to change the current domain name if it gives people a negative first impression. We already thought of some names, including FoolsMountain (Chinese idiom/story), 4Seas1Family, 5Lakes4Seas, Bricks4Jade (all Chinese idioms), 100surnames or 100 names ( traditional Chinese textbook) and 3cobblers (=Zhuge Liang, an allegorical saying). That’s all the bricks we have for now, and I believe readers are able to come up with more beautiful jades :).
On a more urgent issue, we have got multiple reports that our site is inaccessible inside mainland China. Naturally, it’s frustrating news to us. So if anybody has experience on how to fly below the GFW’s radar, please let us know. In addition, if anybody is familiar with web design/development and is willing to help. Please also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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