On my recent visit to Taipei, I worked with some of the local KDE community members to identify ways in which we could help support both the various Chinese-speaking KDE communities as well as the local KDE community in Taiwan. One of the things we identified was getting the same level of support and exposure for Chinese language community content, such as blogs, as we do for other language groups.
Upon arriving back home, I set about adding a Chinese language section to our blog aggregator, Planet KDE. With the support of our sysadmin team, this went live today and you can now read Chinese language KDE blogs from Planet KDE.
We only have one blog on their right now, but it's a great asset to the Chinese KDE community: it contains primarily translations of KDE related news and information found elsewhere. With your help, we can add more blogs and original content. How? Well, if you have a Chinese language blog that is KDE related, or know of one, please let me know and I will make sure it is added to the new Planet KDE area for Chinese language blogs.
My next step is to remove myself from this role and pass on maintenance of the Chinese language blogs to someone in the Chinese KDE community. Seeing as I don't speak/read Chinese nor live in a relevant region, I am a language and geographic barrier that we don't need here. :)
This is, of course, only the first of many steps towards increasing the support for our friends in Asia and elsewhere who contribute to, use and generally appreciate KDE and feel most comfortable communicating in Chinese. It's also a step in helping bring together the local Taiwanese KDE community by providing more visibility for them to each other. We have more planned, but all great journeys start with such small steps.