Blocked by the Great Firewall of China?

One of the advantages of using WordPress is that they provide details of the countries where hits originate from. It is fascinating to see that in the last 18 months I have received hits from well over 100 countries.

As I have only posted in English, it is not surprising that the top three countries, accounting for nearly three-quarters of all hits are Australia, United States, UK (where I live). Yet there are fully 23 nations where I have received just one hit. As I have never mentioned countries such as Laos, Saint Lucia, Papua New Guinea or Ghana, Given that they have small numbers of people and/or with limited internet access, and having mentioned these countries, then this is not surprising. But there is one glaring anomaly in these 23 nations – China. With over 20% of the world’s population, and having mentioned the country at least once – on China’s Coal to Oil Policy – this is at first surprising. Maybe it is the Great Firewall of China that is blocking me. However, there is a site The results show that my site is not blocked. This is further confirmed by over half my spam is from China, often with Chinese script.

The explanation might be that the Great Chinese Fire Wall acts like Google incognito window.

I tested some other sites and got mixed results. and wattsupwiththat are not blocked. Amongst those blocked are, and

There is a couple of lesson’s here. First is that no matter how good you consider the data, (and WordPress has, I am sure, site stats to the highest standards) it may not capture everything. Secondly, when statistics do not add up, it is easy to come to a conspiracy conclusion. It might be that you are ignored because you are not recognized, or in being recognized others do not give two hoots to your opinions. Below is the Chinese translation, to act as a test. A further test is to mention Tiananmen Square Massacre 1989, and post the posting in Chinese – See below.




测试了其他一些网站,并得到了好坏参半的结果。 wattsupwiththat没有阻塞。当中那些阻塞



  1. I kind of want to go to China and try to visit my blog just to see if it works

  2. Brian H

     /  22/09/2013

    Heh. Here’s another lesson: “There is a couple of lesson’s here.” That’s “There are a couple of lessons here.” 2 lessons, actually.

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     /  07/03/2014

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    No hits recorded by WordPress on the posting.

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