Julie and Julia (and Adam)

by Adam on October 1, 2012

I suppose it should come as no surprise that the reigniting of my flame about blogging should come from a movie whose primary narrative is based around a woman who blogs, albeit about another woman’s life through recipes.

While the narrative itself is well known now, I have a particular affection for it, given both my interest in food as well as blogging.  I was following along with the movie last night while cooking dinner (a combination suggested by my lovely girlfriend, who is also a food blogger, as well as a large portion of the inspiration for this re-blogging of mine), and I was struck by the fact that the idea for the blog itself, and in general the whole idea of cooking through a behemoth as daunting as Mastering the Art of French Cooking, was actually quite new and novel at the time. So new and novel, in fact, that it birthed a blog around the idea, a book, AND a movie that I happened to be watching at least 7 years if not more after the original set of events had transpired.

But here’s where I get a bit lost. Or perhaps better to say, here’s where the past 7-10 years catches up with me. The whole concept of cooking y our way through a cookbook, blogging about it, or even blogging in general is no longer new and novel. It’s been done so many different times before, in so many different forms, that I can’t help but watch that movie and think that we indeed have come so far in our understanding of the digital content world, yet at the same time aren’t doing enough to change the way that we interact with it and each other.

In short, we are reinventing the wheel.

How many different blogs sprung up that were basically copy-cats of Julie Powell’s? How many blogs spring up on a daily basis that are trying to do what many others have done before it. I’m not the first to say it, and I think others such as Irvin Lin have echoed this point before.

We need to be doing more. We owe it to ourselves and to our readers, those that we have, to keep bettering ourselves.

I suppose there is some irony in some of the specifics surrounding Julie Powell’s current digital lifestyle. Those specifics being that: 1) the original blog through which she catalogued her amazing adventure (vicariously) with Julia Child is now undiscoverable via search, which means that it has now joined the transient heap of digital content that may never see the light of day again; and 2) Julie Powell’s personal blog hasn’t been updated since 2010 (look who’s talking, I know). For some reason, I find some subtle irony in that, because if someone who reached such momentary fame as Julie Powell can’t keep it going, what does that mean for the rest of us?

*I also realize the hypocrisy in criticizing the modalities of blogging through a blog post, but it is what it is for now. And I’m not usually so preachy, but I’m trying to find my voice. Please stand-by as we tweak and adjust this online persona.

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