here some useful website if you want to start studying chinese:
http://www.mandarintools.com/ links to flash cards software and computer tools that are helpful when studying mandarin.
http://www.chinesecomputing.com/ this will solve problems of visualization
if you are Firefox user, these pop up translators are very useful.
For podcast check http://chinesepod.com
I just found out that WordPress blogs are still banned in China (and Turkey, Israel, thailand).
So probably I will have to move to an approved blog.