I got an email from my best friend in the whole world Conrad over at (the former) Gweilodiaries. I don't generally publish email contents and won't this time, but here's a synopsis of what he said:
He's fine. He's burned-out on blogging and won't return any time soon. He's busy and let his URL lapse. He learned that someone was trying to uncover his real name and identity, and since his career would suffer if that happened he decided what the hell and just went off the air. (I understand that completely, by the way. I often wonder whether it was wise for me to use my real name. Thankfully, it's an incredibly common name.)
He made no mention of mysterious, vindictive women, so those of you who had that in the "What Happened to Gweilo" betting pool can tear up your tickets in frustration. Ditto those who figured the Chinese government somehow suppressed him. He is, instead, just someone who discovered that blogging was not a forever thing.
I, personally, will miss not only Gweilodiaries but also Conrad's dripping-with-acid scorn, which he directed my way in both comments and emails. Guys like me, we need to be bitch-slapped once in a while. Keeps us honest. Conrad provided that service with patient condescension.
Conrad, feel free to post comments anytime you want. I mean, as if I could even stop you.
Now that we've got all that out of the way, I guess I'm looking for a new Best Friend in the Whole World. The qualifications are: Nasty wit broadly applied, located somewhere overseas, willingness to patiently answer inane emails.
UPDATE: By the way, the results on the Gweilo Poll, as of this minute, are:
- He's Dead -- 12%
- He's Not Dead -- 16%
- He's Laughing at Us -- 72%