Posts tagged blogging
WordPress’ most recent update has made it really difficult for me to figure out how to customize my blog posts in many of my usual ways, such as making sure that links open in a new browser tab and formatting bullets. I’m sure most of you haven’t noticed, but for those of you who have, know that it’s driving me crazy, too.
This has made me feel like I’m instantly two generations older than my actual age because I never have this trouble figuring out how to use websites or software.
I’ve been in Seattle and Maine for about a month and a half now and have been a little lazy about blogging. I have some post ideas that require actual work to put together, but in the meantime, I will share a short list of blog posts from others in China that I found particularly worth reading. I think this post is pretty ironic considering the second link down.
Why Do Students Give? [specifically Chinese students] from Collective Responsiblity
Also, I just learned from Thomas Crampton’s blog about Herdict, where you can see what sites are blocked in a country of your choice. Apparently we can add Foursquare to this (long) list (of highly popular-in-the-U.S.) sites in China. I’d appreciate any other good sites that monitor the GFW in the comments.
I’ve known for a while that I should make my blog accessible in China and give it a unique URL. I want to share my process with those who are in my situation and equally clueless about the technicalities of blogging. These three blog posts made it possible for me (in addition to my Web designer friend who helped me with step #2).
2. How to Install WordPress
Note: Because I’m using ICDsoft, the host recommended in #1, my hostname in Step 6 is localhost:/tmp/mysql.sock and my root directory in Step 7 is /www/www. It took both my friend and I quite a few mistakes to figure those two things out.
3. Migrate Your Blog from Blogger to WordPress with all the Google Juice
Note: These instructions solidly covered my most important concerns like keeping subscribers and redirecting my Blogspot URL but I lost most of my widgets including blogroll in the process.
Update 04/27/10: When you migrate from a URL/blog host blocked in China to an unblocked one, all image links will appear broken to users who aren’t using a VPN (like in Google Image search results). I’m currently working on replacing my images one by one. :(
One of the bloggers in my blogroll, Imagethief (also known as Will Moss), published a post last week that includes what he calls “A handy cheat sheet for interpreting the Google China story.” The cheat sheet succinctly summarizes opinions of multiple groups of people throughout the main steps of the fiasco. (Is fiasco too strong a word? I don’t think so, but tell me in the comments if you disagree.) His analysis from a public relations standpoint is also insightful.