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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Apology: Ninefly vs. Great Firewall of China

Hello folks, the dear readers and followers of my friend ninefly's, awesome, beautiful, impeccably well-organized and well-designed book blog! You may be wondering, hey, why in the world has ninefly not been around lately? I mean, sure she's on a mini-hiatus, but the lack of comments! We pine for her output! First of all, I'm here to assure you that my friend has most definitely not forgotten about any of you. In fact, her school year has finished, and she is back in her home country with her family and free time to spare, drafts of reviews and relevant posts ready to be made. Except, she is in Mainland China, and the Great Firewall blocks many things, including blogger! (The horror, we the blogger users exclaim! The pure, unjust horror!) So currently ninefly is off seeking ways around the Great Firewall, but in the meantime she has given me blog admin access to post this apology note, and I will be helping her post here as she sends to me all her tidily typed up html-coded posts wherein I'll hit the 'post' button and bring her posts smuggled from the firewall here for your viewing pleasure.

But who am I, you readers may be wondering. Who is this babbling fool who does not understand the meaning of brevity and abuses the exclamation mark usage to no end? I'm Ah Yuan, and you may know me from my book blog GAL Novelty. Ninefly and I go waaaaaaaaaaay back, as in we've been friends (IRL) since pre-University days. (In other words, you can totally trust me! Totally!) Ninefly has given me strict instructions to not be too dramatic and clearly state that I am not ninefly, (which I think is pretty obvious, because our personalities are pretty different, lawl) and I think I succeeded?? I mean, I didn't even use capslock, surely this fulfills the toning-down-my-theatrics requirement here. =D

Anyhow, the short of it is: ninefly is having problems with her country's firewall and I agreed to help her post on this blog for the summer or whenever she defeats the Great Firewall. Whichever comes first. I'm sorry that my first time posting here is one of sad news, but I think there are some good things to take out of this! 1) a promise of reviews and relevant posts coming soon your way, roundabout way as it is, and 2) if you've ever wondered why you never see people from Mainland China interacting on blogger, you now know why (okay this is not really a good sort of news, but it's a rather interesting tidbit, y/y?)

Direct quote from ninefly about the situation (in point form because she shames me with her abilities to actually be organized and concise):

- am in china + great firewall of china = can't access blogger
- will still review books sent for review (priority being: Downtime, the turning)
- contest poll on hold until I get access
- have not given up! am still trying to "scale the wall" as the Chinese call it lol
- for the next while my reviews will be posted by the awesome ah yuan <3 - email still works: ninefly(at)gmail(dot)com if you would like to contact me



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4 comments:

MissAttitude said...

Good luck, ninefly in scaling the great firewall! It is very interesting that China does not allow blogger access. Although don't some people blog in China because the government is alwyas trying to stop them? Maybe they just don't use blogger...

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Okay, I believe you. :) Nice to meet you. I do hope, for Ninefly, she can find a way back into blogs. It is hard to live with out it after you have been doing it for so long.

Thank you for the update!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Wow. That sucks! Good luck :) I love your blog. It's super cool and organized.

Emma Michaels said...

I saw that you are a part of the Debut Author Challenge! That is so amazing that you are supporting debut authors and I only recently found out that I am going to be one!!! I wanted to ask if you wouldn’t mind heading over to my blog and giving me your opinion. As a blogger turned author I would really appreciate it and the publisher is still giving out ARCs so you might have a chance at a free copy! Thank you and I hope you will stop by and check out The Thirteenth Chime!

Sincerely,
Emma Michaels
http://EmmaMichaels.Blogspot.com

P.S.- My release date if Friday the 13th (August this year) isn't that crazy?