Dear and Loyal Readers:
As you are most certainly aware, I recently was forced to humble myself by conceding defeat in the Chinalyst “Blog of the Year” competition. My retreat from the field of battle was entirely my own decision–I recognized that due to the lackluster HTML skills of the Chinalyst organizers, my entry was flawed from the get-go and would keep me from truly bringing the military might of Shanxi to the fight. It would have been like going to war with Wu Peifu as your only ally–a bad idea indeed. I would like to take this opportunity to say this to the Chinalyst people: For Shame!
While by bowing out of the competition kept me from dominating the vote, I was able to catapult Beijing Boyce to victory in the “Personal Blog” category through a timely endorsement. Meanwhile, another “Friend of Yan” captured the overall title. (Side note: Both of these bloggers used “Yes We Can” in thier victory annoucements. It might be time for a new catch phrase boys.)
I would like to say that I never thought that I would play such a role in deciding the eventual victors, but I am not so humble. After all, throughout the 20s it was my decisions that decided the power balance in North China, why should the world of internet tubes be any different?
But here is what did surprise me: After conceding defeat, you, my loyal fans, kept the good fight alive. As such, while total victory was not achieved (or even asked for, as I had long ago dropped out of the race), this blog did kick some serious ass. you can take a look at some of the losers who failed to match me here, but I can summarize most of these blogs for you: Hey, I am a laowai! I live in China!! OMG!!!!
One of those who failed to match my vote total deserves special attention: The Beijinger Blog. I take no pleasure in this victory. The old that’s Beijing forum was once an entertaining arena of exchange, but ever since my departure it has been on a steady decline. Now it is a study in failure, and my easy victory over the Beijinger Blog–after I long ago conceded defeat mind you–does not look good for whatever Chinese woman is running the expat show in Beijing.
OK, back to work. These peasants are not going to exploit themselves!