Okay one of the things you will have to learn about me rather quickly, is that I am a nerd. A history loving, documentary watching, trivia spouting nerd. Showing a documentary about how the Kennedy family came into power? I’m there! Writing a blog post about the things you need to do before a ride on a stage coach? I’ll be sure to read it. Making a movie about blogging? I may be a a few months late, but eventually I’ll see it ;).
For the rest of us, the basic plot centers around a young woman, who works in a cubicle for a government agency. Her husband convinces her to start a blog, and she has a hard time deciding what to write about at first.
But because of her love of cooking, she decides to cook her way through Julia Childs cookbook, and then write a blog about it. The movie also follows the life of Mrs Childs and her husband, as well as Julie and her husband.
Though Julie and Julia is centered on cooking and writing, it was also about life. The joys, fights, highs, and lows shown in this movie are present in all writers life, it rings especially true for bloggers. How much of real life to include, how far to go with a family story, all of that weighs in.
Each blogger and writer has to make certain of where he or she stands on such issues. Do you want to tell the world about your childs potty training habits? Do you feel comfortable talking about your bad date, family vacation, loosing a job, or articles’ rejection? Then go for it!
Use your life experiences to make you a better writer. Of course, you can always write about the good stuff in your life as well, don’t forget that. But sometimes its the normal, every day stuff that hits home with people and inspires them.
In one particular telling scene in the movie when Julie and her husband are fighting, as he leaves their apartment he yells “and I don’t want to read about this fight in your blog”. That’s about as true to life as you can get.
Blessings and Peace!