While this movie is predominately about cooking, it's also about blogging. I found myself much more engrossed by the scenes involving Julie Powell and her blog, rather than Julia Child's rise to cooking fame. I have no interest in cooking shows, blogs or books whatsoever.
Watching this movie was timely since I have been considering the future of my own blog recently. I'm coming up to my sixth blogaversary in June, but I've been wondering whether it's time to stop.
Here's what I learnt from this movie:
- While blogging can be a fun hobby, you need to be careful it doesn't take over your life. What started out as a great suggestion from Julie's husband, came close to an obsession for her. She began to worry if she didn't stick to the strict blogging schedule she'd set for herself. She began agonising over comments. She got into an argument with her husband over it. Until you become a blogger, it's probably fair to say that you can't really understand why anyone would blog. What's the point of it all? I've found blogging to be both exilerating and depressing. Recently Duncan has found me in tears or really down in the dumps because of my blog. He's glad that I enjoy writing, but he doesn't really understand blogging (even though he had a short-lived blog called Beyond the Black Stump). He doesn't get why I find it so important. To be honest, neither do I.
- You need to work out who you're blogging for - yourself or an audience. I think it can be a bit of both, but I find myself swinging between the two. At times I'm quite happy to just potter along here and not really care whether others are interested in what I have to say. But then I see people swarming over other blogs and I get a bad case of blenvy. I start thinking that I'm the biggest loser in the blogosphere. I remember the scene in the movie where Julie is elated over receiving her first comment, only to discover it's from her mum! It is foolish and dangerous to find my identity in blogging. My identity is found in Christ.