A week ago, I was looking forward to documenting my 5-day vacation in Beijing by creating a short travel video packed with cool shots of the city, travel advice and my personal experiences. That was pretty much my sole purpose for vacationing to Beijing.
Now that I have this blog, I welcome the pressure to post new and relevant videos, photos and stories semi frequently. I came to Beijing expecting to buy a new camera charger to replace the one I lost with my missing checked suitcase last week. But in a cruel twist of ironic fate, I couldn’t buy one.
My camera battery died one day into my vacation and I couldn’t recharge it. The only week I was in Beijing, the week of Spring Festival, every shopping center and camera shop was closed. Sure I took some photos and got a little footage during my first day here, but it isn’t adequate to make a quality Beijing travel video like I had originally planned.
Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, and some famous night market streets were among the places I visited. An accomplished Beijing vacation that, for me, was a failure due to the battery life of a certain DSLR camera. Ah, the plights of a blogger.
Instead of just enjoying the impressive sights and sounds of Beijing and being present in each moment, I let my blogging aspirations ruin my vacation. I even spent one entire day in Beijing traveling all over the city with my face buried in a map trying to find an open camera shop, with no luck.
Normally I preach about living in the moment and soaking up life experiences without the hindrance of electronics, social media and whatnot. But the first time in my life, I feel a particular type of creative impotence that only a blogger can know.
Yeah, blogging is creative, but it’s also technical. The internet and electronics involved in the process of blogging don’t have to respect your pursuit of a muse.
Any other week in Beijing under almost any other circumstances, I would have been able to replace my camera’s battery charger and I’d be posting a cool video instead of this sob story. But this week, during Spring Festival, I can’t.
I’ll post stories and advice about traveling in Beijing soon, but it won’t be how I’d originally planned. Oh well. Life goes on.
Blogging itself didn’t ruin my vacation. It was my inability to produce the content I wanted for my blog that ruined my vacation. It’s a bummer how uncontrollable circumstances can totally deflate a creative project, but it’s a lesson learned.
A warning to you bloggers: Don’t let your attitude be so contigent on the creative output of your blog that you forget about the living, breathing world around you. I made that mistake this week and it ruined a perfectly good vacation in Beijing.