So that movie Julie & Julia comes out pretty soon.
Whenever I see a poster (or giant billboard) for it, I think back to when I heard Julie Powell and other bloggers speak. If you don’t already know, Julie Powell had a blog about how she cooked all the recipes in a Julia Child cookbook. From her innocent little blog, she got a great big book deal, and from the book, she now has a gigantic movie starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, and directed by Nora Ephron.
Not that I’m jealous.
What I also remember was how annoying Julie Powell was on the panel. While everyone else calmly told their stories, she repeatedly called her experience “lame” and “stupid,” to the point that I had to leave early. I mean, I understand she might have been embarrassed and surprised to have such success, but at some point you just have to suck it up and be gracious. But that was a few years ago. She’s probably an old pro at it by now.
Of course I would love that same kind of success off my blog, but I don’t really see it. What made Powell’s blog so appealing was that it was a clever, succint idea – Julie’s life while cooking Julia Child’s recipes. Genius! I’m serious. My blog, like a lot of people’s, is sort of all over the place. I mean, it’s me. It’s relationships, dating, it’s what I had for lunch. But I guess it was also my memoir in rough draft.
It’s funny to read that blog post from three years ago. I was working on my memoir even then! Who knew it’d take so damned long. I’m a lot more hopeful than I was back then. It’s freeing to not worry about trying to get my book published but to know I have the power to put it out there. Just as long as people are reading it, that’s all I care about.