Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Blogging behind the bamboo curtain

Internet use has significant limitations for those operating out of China. A good friend of mine lives and works in China. She cannot access my blog, or any other Blogger blogs for that matter. To get around this, I make use of a Blogger facility that emails all my posts directly to her. And no, they are not sent again and again as I edit and re-edit. Earlier this week, she felt inspired to create her own blog. Was it possible? She asked me how to go about it. Naturally, I gave her the Blogger home URL. Explained that the process was easy. Well, that is, for those of us living in a part of the world more conducive to an activity such as this. As it transpires, while she can create a blog, she cannot view it. What kind of rationale dictates rules such as this? Stupid*. Bloody stupid. Consequently, I did some googling and then made several email enquiries to Blogger blogs written from behind the bamboo curtain. I received this email this morning:

You can access the pages for blogger in china, but you cannot access your own blog (I know, it's really weird). Unless you go through a website that blocks your cookies. The most popular is anonymouse - http://anonymouse.org/anonwww.html

If you put your blog address (or any address that is blocked in China) into that little website box, it will go there for you.

Sounds promising. Fingers crossed. Good luck Jacq.

* Stupid: euphemism for something far less benign.


Blogger Sigrid Jardin said...

What a good friend to work on finding a solution for your pal in China. It must be immensely frustrating to live in a place where the internet has limits set by the government. We are afraid of that here, as there are corporations that want to "privatize" the internet and make people pay for emails, blogs, etc. It would ruin everything, and we are fighting it (along with fighting so much else in this country). Unfortunately the US has become a corporatocracy, no longer a democracy. Everything is for sale, and those without money or connections are getting the short end of the stick, alas. We have such a cruel and heartless administration right now. Good luck to Jacq.

5:40 PM  
Blogger Rexroth's Daughter said...

I hope Jacq gets her blog up and running, and you post the address here. I'd love to read her.

9:05 AM  

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