My girlfriend, the lovely Jessica, is a movie buff of the highest order. Magazines and gossip TV shows should hire her as a fact checker. And, as is not so unusual, our movie tastes occasionally differ. Sometimes, I should pay more attention.
Last night, after watching Monday Night Football, I sauntered into the bedroom where Jessica was watching the last episode of The Sing-Off. Then, she clicked over to a movie: Julie and Julia.
I thought I understood the premise of the movie; previews will do that for you. As I understood it, Julie Powell became enamored with the cooking of Julia Child and decided to prepare ALL of Child’s 500+ cookbook recipes from Mastering The Art of French Cooking.
Her plan: Do this in just one year
I had misunderstood a major element of the story. Powell had elected to do all the cooking, and more. A writer, Powell would blog, daily, about her experience from that day: The Julie/Julia Project. Now, the movie had my attention!!
Her blog format was simple. Just text, no images; however, the writing had impeccable flair and style. Powell became convinced that the online diary of her year-long project was read by virtually no one.
Powell may have started with no audience, but great content, written with superb style, ultimately gets attention. As the year progressed, she received comments, traffic to her blog, and then the big stuff… media attention!! Interviews, articles… a book offer… and, finally, the movie, Julie & Julia.
Andy’s Moral (not necessary your moral) is this: The takeaway, was one of passion, focus, consistency (writing EVERY day), and the power of blogging – social media – search engines.
Getting discovered in cyberspace by people interested in your passion is often far easier than laboring in obscurity.
In short, aside from being a great movie, it’s a public service announcement about the power of blogging.
Blog your passion well, and readers will come… in droves.
Now, I really must see The Social Network, to see what I’ve missed in THAT flick.
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