Do you like the new theme (and a delayed update)?
As I mentioned in a previous post, the purpose of the move was two fold. One is to bypass the GFW blocking for readers in mainland. The second is to change our previous domain name speak4china to a meaningful but less overarching one.
Most readers liked the name foolsmountain. For Chinese readers, 愚公移山, 精卫填海 are well known stories. For non-Chinese, a quote from Sydney Smith may carry a similar spirit, “It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little. Do what you can.”
I am also glad to report that based on readers’ feedback and site log files, people in China can access our blog without a proxy.
The downside, as MutantJedi pointed out, our page rank dropped like a rock. If you type “China blog” into Google, we are nowhere to be found in the first 10 pages. Fortunately, our blog and our readership continue to grow. We now have over 100 posts and 2,000+ comments. Moreover, kudos to our editors (esp. Buxi) and readers, we are able to represent a wide spectrum of opinions while being civil and respectful to each other.
Finally, I owe a big thank you to people who offered support, tips and suggestions during this process. They include many fellow bloggers, such as Dave (Mutant Palm), Dan (Chinalawblog), Charles (China Environmental Law), and Max (maxiewawa), as well as many kindhearted people, Zola, Haidong, Grace and Kathy.
I got this new theme from N.Design Studio and modified it a little bit to suit our blog. Although I am not a Mac lover, I really like its clean style. Moreover, as a visitor, now you gain control to the sidebar. You can collapse an item to hide it or you can rearrange the sidebar by drag and drop. I also enabled WYSIWYG editor on the comment field. More power to readers. 😉
So please give me your feedback on the new theme and other site related issues. And as I have said before, whether you want to contribute as an author, or want to help on the technical side, you are always welcome to join our team.
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