I’m sorry we did not post any updates over the weekend. In fact, we missed our own 3-year anniversary which was Saturday, July 9th! How sad! However, the reason is because we were really really really busy preparing a brand new section: Diaspora @ chinaSMACK!
Over the month, we will be publishing select submissions that we’ve collected from overseas Chinese chinaSMACK readers during the past few weeks. Five submissions have already been published. To learn more about Diaspora @ chinaSMACK, please read my welcome post.
Overseas Chinese photographers, we also need new background images for the new section! We wish to feature images of overseas Chinese people living their lives in their home countries. If you have any photograph that you think would be suitable, please submit it to us! If your photo is selected, we’ll also send you a free chinaSMACK t-shirt as a thank you!
chinaSMACK is 3-years old!
Although we celebrated chinaSMACK’s 3-year anniversary by working, I would like to share with you some good news:
- chinaSMACK now receives over 1.1 million visits and 3.3 million pagviews per month.
- …which is more than double our visits and pageviews from our previous year!
- More visitors are directly visiting us or visiting us from another website who has linked to us.
- …and our visitors come from 232 different territories, including the Vatican City!
- We now have nearly 15,000 regular subscribers and followers, also double last year.
- …even though we lost our original Facebook page and had to start over again!
Actually, our biggest problem during the past year has been trying to keep our website online! There were at least four extended downtime incidents over the past year. Fortunately, some very nice individuals and our very hard-working System Administrator (Hi Thomas!) have been helping us improve our server and website to handle more visitors more reliably more quickly. Did you know, we now also have a very quick mobile version of our main website (and 70% of our mobile visitors visit on an Apple iPhone, iPod, or iPad versus 18.5% on Android?)
Last October, we also launched our Advertising @ chinaSMACK section, which is updated multiple times each week by Daniel and has featured many interesting advertisements in China as well as insightful interviews with the men and women working in China’s ad agencies and advertising industry. Later this week, look for Daniel’s recent interview with Hu Ge, the Chinese netizen and amateur filmmaker who has made many silly and very successful viral internet videos such as 7-Up’s famous Christmas viral internet advertisement.
Of course, I must thank the contributors to the main chinaSMACK website over the past year: terroir, stubear, maxiewawa, DJH, Joe, mileiux, Vivian Gu, Simon, and willingbird. Thank you for your ideas and your hard work!
Almost every day we receive messages from email, Facebook, Twitter complimenting chinaSMACK. Thank you so much for your your kind words and your support! We will continue to bring you more interesting stories, pictures, and videos from modern Chinese over the next year!