PSH just before performing Ice Bucket Challenge on 2014.08.22
This may be the stupidest or smartest thing I have ever done as a PSH fan — depending on the outcome.
I’m leaving Hillary out of it because she is more rational and less emotional than me.
But I’m the kind of person who needs to know if I have 6 months left to live.
It has been pointed out to us that PSH is losing fans … fast! Oh, really?
So soon after his triumphant “Scent” tour?
We never expected “Scent” to break the box office record in China. Such kind of film has no universal appeal. The general audience nowadays just like cheap thrills — anything fast-moving that destroys everything in its path, with tons of special effects - in 3D. Anything that requires feeling or thinking is like “water over a duck’s back” (Chinese saying meaning won’t stick). “Scent” is the kind of slow-to-the-boil (慢热) film — it takes time to heat up. I am sure if will sell well overseas and in DVDs. I personally am prepared to buy several dozens to give to everyone I know.
So is PSH losing a lot of fans? In China (Baidu, Weibo…)? I don’t frequent these sites but were my eyes playing tricks on me or didn’t the Chinese fans (in all 6 cities he went on the road show) give PSH a rousing reception? In Japan? Japanese are the most loyal fans I know, and I doubt if any of them will retire unless PSH does.
In other parts of the world? On PSH4U? It is true that comments are down, but does that mean fans are leaving PSH in droves? A lot of people who come to PSH4U (not just members because we are an open site) belong to the “silent majority”; they are the so-called “underwater” or “submerged” fans ( 潜水). They just come for PSH news; they don’t leave comments. (I used to be one such until we started PSH4U.) If they feel very strongly about something, they prefer to e-mail us.
Now here is where I can tell you for certain that PSH has been as popular as ever, judging from our hit rate (from our Control Panel). Our monthly hit rate has been consistently above 5 million, ever since we started in October 2012. Sometimes it’s slightly less and sometimes a lot more, as in January 2013 (CDDA) and February (break of incident) and March 2013 (nearly 10 million – WPS. On March 1 and 2 we had nearly a million hits each day). Our daily hit rate has never been less than 6 figures … until we came to the second half of July 2014 when we were sometimes down to 5 figures (high 5s, like 80,000+ or 90,000+) which we found surprising until we belatedly realized people were having problems accessing our blog. I finally found time to write to our webhost in early August and was told there was some incompatibility (some technical mumbo-jumbo which I didn’t understand) and we needed to upgrade the Statistics plug-in as well as upgrade to the latest version of WORDPRESS. H passed the info to our computer guy who did as he was told. However, upgrading to the latest version created another problem which we didn’t find out until at least a week later. This new version requires something to be done before people can access our blog on their cell phones. (Apparently most people do this, unlike H and I who always use our computers — this is called generation gap^^) Our computer guy finally fixed everything on August 11. And voila! on August 12 everything was back to normal.
August 12 was the day when PSH started his trip to China to promote “Scent”, and, appropriately, daily hit rate on PSH4U has been back to 6 figures ever since, with the highest on August 13,14,18,19 (300,000+) and August 15,17, 20 (200,000+). So PSH is back with a bang! and so is PSH4U! Perceptions can be deceptive, but statistics don’t lie.
Now I’ve come to what this post is all about — I want to know how many fans PSH still has on PSH4U. It doesn’t matter if you never leave any comments; it doesn’t matter if you are not a PSH4U member. If you consider yourself a PSH fan, stand up and be counted. Sign in on this post if you are a member. E-mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re not. Just let us know you’re still here for PSH. I know a lot of fans never bothered to subscribe, but many e-mail us all the time. I answer every e-mail (except on the week of August 4 when my world almost came to an end. If I missed your e-mail, please forgive me.)
If PSH has 50 fans left, or 500, or …. I want to know. If I who am going through a very difficult period in my life and am so tired I could drop dead have not left PSH, nobody has the right or excuse to. Unless, of course, you no longer love him, in which case, there is nothing more to be said.
(Credits: PSH photo from Twitter. Thanks!)