I’m somewhat late celebrating my blog's third anniversary, but I'm glad I got around to doing it before the day closes!
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My blog is called 天涯大盗, literally means A Bandit on the Skyline, was founded three years ago (Nov 24, 2005). I started my blog on the service provider Tianya (Skyline), so the title contained the word Tianya, and BellChen is consist of my surname "Chen" and my wife's "Bell". You can access http://bellchen.tianyablog.com
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Over the last three years, I’ve added around 500 posts to this blog. You’ve probably noticed, I have no particular dedication in blogging. Therefore this blog had covered many topics such as philosophy, blog-marketing, and several stories in Chinese & English. I write about topics that I enjoy, you read it, and I make money off the advertising. So, I’d like to thank you for keeping me going. Widely reportedA few newspapers and websites from Hong Kong, mainland China, Taiwan and Japan have reported my blog over and over again. I'd like to make two copies here... Netizen Illustrated 20 Flaws for PKU Philosopher
From Beijing News, Beijing, August 5, 2006
Chen Chen, a young netizen in China, posted articles constantly to point out that there’re dozens of errors in Dunhua Zhao’s Brief History of Western Philosophy. Zhao, the dean and professor of philosophy at Peking University (PKU), the most prestigious university in mainland China, was up against the critiques, firstly answered in his real name, and later conducted the interview and defended himself on the Internet.
Zhao’s Brief History of Western Philosophy, one of the prescribed books in the philosophy department at most Chinese colleges, has been published 15 times since the first edition debuted in 2000. On July 5, 2006, Chen posted an article, The Level of Leading Philosopher Big Brother in PKU, in Skyline Club, one of the most popular Internet forums in China. In the article, Chen illustrated 10 errors, such as “I have no idea where Prof Zhao got Plato had been a slave,” and “Prof Zhao wrote Saint Anselm had been born at Aosta, in the north of Italy; but Anselm had been born near Aosta instead.” On July 10, Chen posted Another Ten Errors in Zhao’s Brief History.
In order to challenge to Chen’s query, Zhao defended himself by registering at Skyline in his real name. He argued that in Lives of Eminent Philosophers, Laertius had told us Plato had been sold as a slave. “Was Anselm born at Aosta or near Aosta? It’s unnecessary to be so accurate when we use the contemporary names to cover the medieval regions. The present coverage of Aosta has changed from the Middle Ages.”
However, the queries and critiques on him confirmed. On August 1, Zhao had to conduct an interview with the netizens on the Internet. Throughout the two hours, Zhao defended his Brief History over and over again. In the face of critiques, he protested that, “I don’t think the errors have got to such condition that I have to retire from the philosophy department!” He believed that there’s no awful errors in his work, no more than a few spelling mistakes.
When the journalist made a phone call to Zhao's residence, his family answered and told the journalist he had gone to Guizhou without taking his cell.
Chen told the journalist in the interview that “Zhao’s explanation was contrived, as to take precautions after suffering a loss, but I really appreciate his response on the Internet. He had the prophetic vision that it would be better to face than to escape, and he could lead a fashion.”
Dingyang Zhao, a philosopher at the Faculty of Social Sciences in China, said there’re many different ways to tackle philosophical questions, and no answer is right or wrong definitely. The facts and derivations, however, could be right or wrong.
------------1st Blog Won 30,000 in China
From Xinmin Evening News, Shanghai, March 31, 2007
A netizen told Xinmin Evening News (XEN) that a blogger from Skyline Club, a well-known Internet forum in China, signed a contract with an automaker and launched the auto ad on his blog with 30,000 RMB a year.
Currently no laws or rules convey specific requirements and constraints on the blog ad, so the blogger, the advertiser and BSP Skyline were all actively exploring this kind of ad. The IT industry in China, however, considered this way of making money couldn’t be a model for bloggers.
XEN journalist accessed Chen’s blog, the Chinese title literally means A Bandit on the Skyline (http://bellchen.tianyablog.com), the car ad which linked directly to the official website of the automaker, came into sight from the right side. The banner of the blog, however, was Jimmy’s cartoon. Chinese characters A Bandit on the Skyline on the left, and “An Original Blog, Sitting in Righteousness” on the middle. After reading through the front page, the journalist found it has more than 2.5 million page views since Nov 24, 2005, and covered a wide range of topics from philosophy to the issues of making money on Blog.
The journalist contacted the blogger, whose name is Chen Chen, from Jiangsu, and working for a state-run institute as an editor. Chen told the journalist that the auto ad would launch formally on March 22, with 30,000 RMB a year.
“As far as I know, the grassroots bloggers had never acquired the ad directly,” Chen said, “Nowadays most bloggers are making money by ad union, such as Google AdSense. They could make very little through it, since the agent took most. We couldn’t wait for advertisers’ initiative as a famous blogger either. The best approach is contact the advertisers directly, without broker or agent, and must be paid by time instead of click.”
Journalists also contacted the automaker Nanjing Auto Group Co Soyat (NAC Soyat), whose marketing manager Xiong said, they found Chen’s blog had influences in the well-known forum, so they wanted to try the new approach. Xiong told XEN that, “We found the readers of Chen’s blog were mostly white collars, around 30 years old, and had the potential to purchase a car soon or later.” In addition, he admitted, they also considered other blogs before, such as the celebrities’ blogs in Sina, but after the concern of cost and their objective, they selected Chen’s blog ABS. The company intended to spend years on testing.
Skyline, the blog service provider of ABS, supports Chen unreservedly. Wei, the assistant editor of Skyline told XEN that they really supported Chen’s ad launch. He complimented his blog, such as the high PV, rich in content and timely update. Wei said, “Our website is wide open, we won’t block the ad.” Skyline will also encourage other bloggers launch their ads.
Chen indicated currently no related laws and rules on the blog ad, is it true? XEN also contact Shanghai Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), whose department of advertisement told XEN, “Theoretically, ad releasers must have the license, since it is related to tax and other items. But no