Blogging as Goal Fulfillment
I happened to watch, for no particular reason, Julie & Julia this weekend on Showtime, and I found it to be rather representative of the new ingredient for writing success - blogging.
I admire how Julie Powell set a goal for herself and kept it. She vowed to cook each one of the 524 recipes in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking within a year's time. One thing the film does considerably well is revealing the frustration behind the commitment.
A blog cannot be sustained with frivolous writing. The modern blogger is basically competing against the world for readership, and readership comes from a devotion to quality time and content. It's sort of like being in a relationship. This puts a bit of pressure on the person behind the blog.
For curiosity's sake, in preparation for this entry, I did a quick Google search of "blogging is hard." How many results do you think I got from my web query? About 119,000,000.
Consensus says blogging equates degrees of stress for the serious/professional (blogger) types. To me, the main issue seems to be this: There is always something else to be doing, besides blogging. Skimming over blogger's complaints, juggling blogging with other priorities tops most lists. So and so apologizes for not having posted in such and such period of time because certain "real life" tasks demanded being taken care of (as was the case for Julie in the movie).
But blogging has become a near necessity for writers. It is even, in many cases, a major marketing strategy used to build an "author platform" (a publishing term for reaching or influencing a potential audience). In other words, it's about networking, and, ultimately, reaching some level of notoriety. I can think of a few instructors at SHU, writers themselves, who maintain an online presence, I imagine, in part, for this purpose.
Blogging has its pains and its perks.
As to the movie, it got me thinking about if, and how, I might pursue blogging outside of academia later on down the road. I would love to set forth a reasonable objective and blog about the process of achieving it. I think it could be a lot of fun. Not a yearlong endeavor, but maybe a summer length ambition.
On a more delectable note, all the focus on food in the movie has me now counting the days until Thanksgiving. Seventeen days to go.