National Blog Posting Month Day 7
As part of National Blog Posting Month I have even drug my China Sights blog kicking and screaming off of life support. The posts for that blog are easy to do since Flickr has a Post-To-Blogger button built right into it. I just lost interest in posting regularly because I was trying to be too clever and post the pictures in an order that made since whether you read the blog daily or in reverse chronological order in the archive. That got to be too much anguish and required too much advance planning. Now I’m just doing random pictures and cross-linking them from Flickr so I don’t repeat myself.
Also, China Sights never got much traffic. Ten or twenty hits a week was a lot and I just didn’t have the drive to pimp it too much at the expense of this blog. Part of the problem seems to be that travel blogs are too much like watching someone’s vacation slide show. What was cool and meaningful to the traveler is just boring and repetitive to an audience.
The photo at the top of this post is a bonus picture not on the China Sights blog. The new Olympic Stadium being built in Beijing is nicknamed The Birds Nest for its obvious resemblance to a real birds nest if birds were 200 feet tall. We drove around it to get a good view, but they wouldn’t let us on the construction site. The image you see is three 8 megapixel shots photoshopped together. The full size image is 8182 pixels x 2010 pixels and nearly 2 megabytes in size. If you want to see it in all its glory, click here or just look at this detail from it showing some workers near the top taking a break.
The grey sky in the background was typical of our entire stay in Beijing. Behind that haze is probably several high rise buildings that just can’t be seen through the pea soup pollution. While I had no trouble breathing while I was there, I’m not a world class athlete. The 2008 Olympics are going to be very interesting if China can’t get the air cleaned up in time. If nothing else, the haze will sure make for crummy blimpcam pictures.
BlatantCommentWhoring™: Have you been following the pre-Olympic pollution publicity?