China bloggers unite! The China Blog Network has arrived.
In an effort to tie together all us sinobloggers, we’re launching the China Blog Network, a (appropriately enough) network of China blogs that all link together in a ring-around-the-rosie style (we’re praying we don’t all fall down).
Though most of us link to each other through our blogrolls, I thought it might be more convenient, and fun, to have a method by which we can create an actual blogging network, whereby we can explore new related blogs and show a bit of solidarity for our blogging niche.
Membership to the network is free, but limited to blogs about China. Noodle blogs, corporate blogs, tech blogs, rant blogs, whatever, if it’s China-centric, you’re all welcome.
To join, simply click your way over to the China Blog Network sign-up page and enter your details. Once signed up you’re blog will be “pending approval” – while you wait, grab the China Blog Network panel code from your account dashboard and insert it into your blog’s sidebar.
The China Blog Network panel is a small box that sits in your blog’s sidebar to let visitors know you are a member of the network, while also giving them navigation options to visit other blogs in the network (screenshot).
I’m are currently developing some additional features for this panel that I think be useful for blogmasters – including the ability to add the blog to popular social bookmarking sites (ie. the Hao Hao Report, digg, del.icio.us, facebook, etc.) , and to search blogs in the China Blog Network for specific content.
As these new features are launched, they’ll simply pop right into the panel, no need to reinstall the code. Neat huh.
Though blogs of all languages are welcome to join, all administration is in English. If you have any comments, suggestions or questions about the China Blog Network, please let me know.