As a loyal and fairly long-term user of WordPress.com, I was very disappointed to recently learn that all WordPress.com blogs are blocked in China.
Not only does my blog miss out on 1.2 billion potential readers, but this week I am attending the World Economic Forum’s Summer Davos in Dalian, China. I plan to blog about the conference and then spend some time traveling in China afterwards.
I do not hold it against WordPress.com that they are blocked in China. Many publications, including my former employer, the International Herald Tribune, have distribution blocked on a fairly regular basis.
To solve the problem, I sought solutions on the WordPress.com forum. The best answer seemed to be migration away from the excellent WordPress.com service towards a hosted server that is not blocked by the Chinese authorities. (I would provide a link to the posting, but I cannot reach the forum since I am already in China.)
What I do hold against WordPress.com is the difficulties they put in front of my migrating away from their service.
It was only thanks to a good deal of time spent by a generous Internet expert reprogramming my site that I am able to have this rudimentary blog up and running on a server not blocked by the Great Firewall of China.
This blog is only a rudimentary version because WordPress.com does not easily allow the exporting of images. The situation reminds me of the Roach Motel: Photos check in, but they can’t check out.
Any ideas of what to do – short of downloading the photos one-by-one – very welcome! (Also, any anecdotes on WordPress.com in China!)