## [ChinaSMACK's](http://www.chinasmack.com/) voyeuristic translations of Chinese-language blogs stand out in the blog-o-sphere. The site's founder, **Fauna**, tells CW how it all started.
#### On the DL
**CW: Why the need for anonymity?** The main reason is that I know that
not everyone likes my website and I do not want to risk being hurt because someone disagrees with me and decides I'm _hanjian_ [a traitor]. Of course, if someone wants to find me, the government or a hacker, they'll be able to, but I do what I can to protect myself and my family.
#### The Site
**CW: How did you decide on the name ChinaSMACK?** My site is about China, so that part's easy to remember and SMACK is only a sound. Later, I learned that [“smack”](http://www.google.com/search?q=define%3A+smack&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a) is also a nickname for drugs. **If people think my website is a drug,** maybe that is not a bad thing.
**CW: What's been your favorite post?** I liked our posts for the **Sanlu milk** powder incident and the [Lin Jiaxiang](http://www.chinasmack.com/videos/government-official-attacks-11-year-old-girl/) post [about the government official who attacked an 11-year-old-girl] because I think we were one of the first English websites to translate so much information about
both when they happened.
**CW: What has been the most popular post so far?**
Definitely “[China Does Not Have Any Men Suitable For Me](http://www.chinasmack.com/stories/china-does-not-have-any-men-suitable-for-me/)” since it had the most comments. “[Shanghai Orient Shopping Centre Kappa Girl](http://www.chinasmack.com/videos/shanghai-orient-shopping-centre-kappa-girl-nsfw/)” has the most traffic. The posts that usually have a lot of visits are ones with more shocking or sexy content. That's pretty normal.
**CW: What kind of feedback have you gotten about the site?** Most of the feedback has been good. I very rarely receive hateful feedback. That kind of
feedback is useless to me. Most people appreciate that ChinaSMACK
shows more interesting sides of Chinese people and the Chinese
Internet. That means we are successfully doing what ChinaSMACK is
meant to be about.
#### The Issues
**CW: You say on the blog that you want to avoid political issues, why?** I think a lot of other English language blogs about China already talk a lot about the political issues. In general, we focus on the social things that most normal Chinese netizens are talking about.
**CW: Aren't many social issues now political?** Yes. However, translating news about how angry Chinese people are at the government because a
bad official abused little girls is different from talking about Tibetan
independence or democracy. Chinese people care more about the bad government officials.
### Think Big
**CW: So do you think blogging has changed how we get news and information?** I think blogging gives people more choices for information and helps some people make their voice louder. It lets people share more information with each other and spawn more conversations.
**CW: Your blog is up for the [Chinalyst](http://www.chinasmack.com/announcements/2008-thanksgiving-thank-you-vote-for-us/) China Blog
Awards. Why do you think you deserve to win?** We're such a new blog, I don't think we'll win, but I will be very happy if we do. The more important thing to me is just to share more about Chinese netizens with
**CW: Where can people vote?** People can vote on [www.chinalyst.com](http://www.chinalyst.com) or ChinaSMACK until Dec. 31.