What’s going on with our blogosphere?

Brainysmurf has shut down; Gweilo Diaries seems to have vanished; Living in China is gone; Joseph hardly ever posts anymore; and my own blog is going to hell in a handbasket because I’m just too busy to work on it nowadays (and so depressed about American politics that I don’t even want to think about it). Is there something going around??

The Discussion: 20 Comments

Richard, Nothing you can do about American politcs. Just let it play out.

Joseph Bosco must be working on SOMETHING big in th OJ Simpson case. He said MORE is Coming in his last OJ article on LONGBOW.

Just look at it this way Richard, You always got me to talk to. LUCKY YOU.
Just Kidding Richard.

Mario G. Nitrini 111

December 8, 2004 @ 6:12 pm | Comment

Thanks Mario. I don’t know what Joseph’s up to, but I sure miss his blogging.

December 8, 2004 @ 6:23 pm | Comment

I am sure there are plenty of other blogs out there.

cheer up richard, you should go see the movie Kinsey. I did.

December 8, 2004 @ 7:12 pm | Comment

Frans at China Herald (another of my favorite China blogs) is still plugging away, better than ever.

Perhaps blogging is just going through another round of maturation. Even for the best bloggers, blogging is usually just a pasttime, albeit one that the best bloggers take very seriously.

Pasttimes that demand ever-increasing amounts of personal time are vulnerable to being abandoned when the author’s life, situation, or interests change. C’est la vie.

Now, don’t you be goin’ anywhere, Richard! ๐Ÿ˜‰

December 8, 2004 @ 7:57 pm | Comment

It appears that the Gweilo domain was allowed to expire, and was only renewed a couple of days ago (at least that’s how I interpret the whois). These things can take a bit of time to propagate, and the contents may have been deleted in the meantime.
I hope everything’s all right.

December 8, 2004 @ 9:17 pm | Comment

I blame it on Autumn. And, in my case, on just not really having the time, inspiration, or desire to write.

December 8, 2004 @ 9:50 pm | Comment

If you’ve really run out of blogs to visit, you’re more than welcome to come to mine. I’m not posting these days though—time for final exams in grad school. Will resume in a couple of days.

December 8, 2004 @ 9:54 pm | Comment

Who cares about Gweilo Diaries???
My favourite blog Peking Duck is still around.
HA

December 9, 2004 @ 1:59 pm | Comment

Thanks HA, but life will not be the same without Conrad. And I’m afraid I don’t have the energy or the inspiration right now to meet expectations. But I’m certainly not going anywhere, and hopefully I’ll find my inspiration on the weekends.

December 9, 2004 @ 6:15 pm | Comment

You can always visit my blog. I’m stirring the pot, as of late, and that’s always a fun read.

Hope all’s well,
JP

December 9, 2004 @ 6:58 pm | Comment

Why don’t you give us your URL??

December 9, 2004 @ 7:05 pm | Comment

I can’t believe I wrote “Frans” instead of “FONS” when I earlier referred to the China Herald blog!

I will try to atone for my unpardonable slip-up by strongly recomending a visit to Dutch journalist Fons Tuinstra’s
clever and informative blog, which focuses on journalism in China, life in Shanghai, the intersection of communications & technology, and other sundry observations.

You can find him here:

http://www.chinaherald.net/

December 9, 2004 @ 7:06 pm | Comment

boo, I don’t think that the gweilodiaries.com domain has been renewed at all. From the whois records:

Record updated on-> 2002-11-26 17:55:46
Record created on-> 2002-11-26
Record expiring date-> 2004-11-26
Database last updated on-> 2004-12-11 21:41:18 EST

The Database last updated field seems to be changed whenever you query the records.

December 11, 2004 @ 7:51 pm | Comment

I stopped blogging a long time ago. Thought others were much better than me and had more time, so I figured there wasn’t much point. I still read your site on a daily basis. Don’t be too depressed about US politics. Four more years won’t matter THAT much–we’ll recover from this.

December 13, 2004 @ 1:40 pm | Comment

When I have something to say, I think I’m the best (how’s that for modesty?). But since the election, I have nothing to say except America is FUBAR.

December 13, 2004 @ 3:05 pm | Comment

Well I nominated you for a Koufax award for best (almost) single issue blog. Well, you and I know that you’ve been pushing for a broader topic range, but hopefully a nomination for a Koufax will snap you out of the doldrums. Besides you deserve your fellow bloggers admiration as much dear ol’ Blackie’s.

And if you’re looking for young blood to check out, I set up a new aggregator, The Eschatonians, v. 0.1, consisting of several of the current commentors at The Eschaton, most of whom aren’t blogrolled by Atrios, but still fun to check out.

December 14, 2004 @ 2:54 am | Comment

Thanks Tom — at this stage, I probably won’t be winning any awards because I’m not posting enough, but I appreciate it. And I’ll definitely visit your new aggregator.

December 14, 2004 @ 6:53 am | Comment

Has anyone actually heard from Conrad? I sent an email to his Yahoo account a few days after the site went down and didn’t get a reply.

December 16, 2004 @ 7:09 pm | Comment

I think the same thing that has happened to slightly dissident radio DJ’s in Hong Kong (having large, angry men throw down some whoop-@ss on ya) and to the few blogs inside the mainland that attempted to even remotely speak out against the powers that be in the Communist regime…I think Conrad has been either detained for an unknown amount of time, or simply “retired.”

Cornad himself occassionally alluded to the possibility of our favorite followers of Mao doing something dastardly, but did not think too seriously. Perhaps this could have happened?

Of course, he could just be having one helluva time, living up a great Christmas vacation at a posh resort with dozens of beautiful, yet morally retarded women, and simply forgot the blog for a while.

Here’s hoping it’s the latter.

December 16, 2004 @ 9:28 pm | Comment

My guess is that we won’t hear from Conrad again anytime soon, if ever. I hope I’m wrong, but my guess is the blog got him into some kind of work-related trouble and he had to pull the plug and cut all ties to it fast. It’s really to bad; wrong as he was about politics, he was always a great debater and a lot of fun.

December 17, 2004 @ 12:09 pm | Comment

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