A brief note on the site admin front. For various reasons, China Hearsay will be moving to a new site theme, hopefully beginning at some point tomorrow (if I’m lucky). The basic look of the site will not be dramatically different, although I am discarding the magazine layout in favor of a familiar chronological structure (i.e., latest post at the top, scroll down for older posts). In some ways, this hearkens back to China Hearsay’s original structure, which I had for quite a few years until I became impatient with the lack of functionality.
The nice thing about WordPress is that is keeps getting better, and now I believe I can combine the best aspects of the magazine format functionality with the flexibility (and to be honest, the spontaneity) of the old style chrono blog. The new site should also be responsive in terms of mobile devices. We’ll see how that goes.
Anyway, you might notice some changes and/or problems over the next few days, particularly if you access the site itself and are not reading it via RSS or a re-post.
One noticeable change that will show up for everyone is the end of The Daily Twit, the regular links post that I’ve done most weekdays for a while now. This was originally supposed to be a quick set of links to important news items and has recently morphed into a hybrid links/commentary.
I’m still not sure how to handle that, but either way, the name “The Daily Twit,” which was a reference to the @chinahearsay Twitter feed, is officially retired. I will probably continue posting links, but perhaps in a different way and most likely not in a consolidated, once-a-day fashion like before. The new site layout allows for more post format flexibility, so that will help (stay tuned on that issue).
Okay, probably more information than you wanted. Last thing: if you notice problems/glitches over the next few days with the site, RSS, etc., please comment or send me an email with a description of what’s going wrong. That would help me whip this into shape ASAP.
Thanks for your patience, and wish me luck.