If you ever had any doubt that blogging is huge in China (36.82 million as at the last Blog Herald Blog Count) according to the findings of a blogging survey conducted by CBP among white-collar workers in China’s four largest cities — Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen — 52 percent responded they already had a blog, while another 28 percent said they plan to begin a blog in the near future.
MSN/ Mainichi news reports:
Weblogs have become the fourth online channel for Chinese people to communicate with each other, following email, bulletin board systems (BBS) and instant messaging tools such as QQ and MSN Messenger,” Bian Bingbin, President and Chief Career Consultant with CBP Career Consultants, told Interfax Monday. “Blogging is now a lifestyle habit for more and more Chinese white-collar workers, with a majority updating their blogs once every three days on average,” he said.
Writing complaints and criticism has become a major content theme for white-collar bloggers – survey statistics show that 28 percent “always make aggressive and critical comments on their weblogs.” A brave 60 percent of white-collars bloggers criticize their boss on their blogs.
“Chinese white-collars workers, under the stress of life and work, have made blogging another platform to relieve their emotions and also express their personal opinions in public,” Bian said.
Although 67 percent of white-collars bloggers write about their private lives, only 27 percent make their blogs completely public. 41 percent of the survey respondents said they chose MSN Spaces to host their weblogs, citing the option to limit access to users on the bloggers MSN contact list as a main reason for choosing Microsoft’s free blogging site. (Interfax-China)
I’ll leave the last word to Sarah Schafer from Newsweek, who really sums up the wonder of blogging in China, and for those people jumping up and down about censorship in China based blogs, I’d say: “from little things, big things grow”.
Since the communist revolution Chinese writers have worked under the jurisdiction of writers’ associations, obligated to compose for the glory of the party. Now, for the first time they are self-publishing in large numbers, and the state does not entirely control the flow of information.