I just found out via Technorati pingback that my Chinese blog, 在北京找不着北, has been nominated in the “Best Chinese Blog” category in the Deutsche Welle International Weblog Awards. I’m not sure who nominated me, or when — I didn’t get any notification of this — but it’s very flattering indeed. The blog is currently in last place, which I think is probably just about where it belongs: on top of the fact that I am a lousy blogger — I update my Chinese blog once a week at best, I hardly ever have time to respond to commenters, and most heinous of all, I hardly ever read other blogs (this post probably has got more links than anything else I’ve ever written) — there’s the issue of why people even bother reading me. This is made perfectly clear by the summary of my blog, which says: “A foreigner writes about his experiences in excellent Chinese.”
I mean, I don’t flatter myself into thinking that most of the people who read my Chinese blog are doing so out of any real interest in what I have to say. A simple trip through my referrer logs shows that the majority of inbound links are from blogs and bulletin boards saying things like “who’d have thought that a foreigner could learn Chinese?” and “clearly this means that China’s on the rise.” That makes me uncomfortable. It’s nice having people read my blog, and people say a lot of awfully nice things in the comments, but nobody really wants to get popular by being the talking dog. Or at least, I don’t.
Anyway, here are my voting recommendations for the Deutsche Welle awards, at least in the categories and language groups where I’m competent to be any kind of judge:
“花花世界 － 鼠尾草 (A Colorful World: Shuweicao’s blog) looks pretty good. The blog seems to consist entirely of food porn, which can only be a good thing. I like food.
The Show with Ze Frank is one of these things that I keep meaning to watch regularly, but never do. That’s not a comment on him — I’m just lousy about reading blogs with any kind of regularity, and am generally too lazy to make use of RSS readers or anything else that might normalize my blog reading habits. He’s consistently funny, which can’t be easy on a day to day basis.
Reporters Without Borders Award:
曾金燕博客 (“Zeng Jinyan’s blog” – for some reason they don’t provide a translation) is fully deserving of your support. The inimitable ESWN has a translation of one of her posts here, for non-Sinologues. (Note: for some reason, this blog doesn’t open from the mainland. I can’t imagine why. Use a proxy.)
I’m not really sure what the hell “Blogwurst” is supposed to mean, but anyway, Zeng Jinyan is nominated here, as well, and New York Hack looks like it could be interesting.
Best Russian Blog:
Not that I speak Russian, but Magazeta left a comment on my Chinese blog at Bullog asking me to support them, and the guy seemed pretty nice, so why not.
Best Chinese Blog:
It looks like Shuweicao, who’s also nominated for the “Best Blog” award, is going to win this one, but I’d encourage people to vote for Lao Luo, the laoda of Bullog.cn, who was kind enough to invite me to Bullog a couple months ago. I’m in there too, but like I said, I don’t want to be a talking dog, and I don’t deserve it anyway.
Blogs that didn’t get nominated:
I don’t put a whole lot of stock in this sort of thing anyway, because there are so many really enjoyable bloggers who never get mentioned. The best thing I’ve read lately is Idle Words, whose author Maciej I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out with recently. Also, for a long time, I’ve really, really dug Rain’s stuff over at Hipstomp, and would encourage everyone who hasn’t read him to go over and check him out.