GoodbyeWritten by Julen Madariaga on May 27th, 2012
I am leaving China for good. After 5 years in the country, and over 3 years writing this blog, it is time to say goodbye.
I wanted to write a closing post, even if the blog has been closed de facto for many months. The busy work activities of my last year in Shanghai and the arrangements to move into my next country have left me no time for writing. The appearance of new lands on the horizon has inevitably captured my attention, and left little of it for the productive obsession that was the sinosphere.
In the last year of the blog, after my website was blocked in China for the second time, there has been a marked decline in readership. I had to let go the original Chinayouren.com domain which had a privileged position on Google, and domain squatters used it to host an erotic website, and then a marketing site, hoping to make money off my SEO. I'm sure they have already made more than I ever did from the site.
Anyway, it is time to move on. The golden era of blogs is coming to an end. In the years to come, this conversation is going to happen more and more on the so called "social" media. Everybody will have their cookie cutter platform on Facebook, Twitter, and similar services, and nobody will bother to go through the trouble of building up and marketing a blog from scratch for the sole purpose of sharing ideas.
It´s only been 3 years, but what a run. I started writing mostly of the economy, in 2008 the crisis was everything. Then I became more interested in politics. Then tech and the internet, together with some book reviews. And all along language and culture, mixed with some fiction. Very early on, from the first few posts, I managed to catch the attention of the blogs and the specialised media, and soon the readers were pouring in and we had a lively conversation. This blog has been hard work, but I have learnt so much from it, and made good friends. It has been well worth the effort.
Thanks to all the readers and commenters, all the inbound linkers, and all the friends of the sinosphere. Maybe some day I will start another website, although it´s hard to imagine anything that will capture my attention so much as China circa 2008.
And finally, best wishes to China for the future. We have spent so many hours analyzing, dissecting, inferring, hypothesising and theorizing all about this misterious country. Regardless of all the criticism, I have a feeling that, in the years to come, she is going to do pretty well.