“Nearing 30 and trapped in a dead-end secretarial job, Julie Powell reclaims her life by cooking every single recipe in Julia Child’s legendary Mastering the Art of French Cooking in the span of one year. It’s a hysterical, inconceivably redemptive journey — life rediscovered through aspics, calves’ brains and créme brûlée,” so says the Amazon blurb for the book cum movie, both titled Julie and Julia.

The Philadelphia Inquirer pegged this book as “irresistible, a kind of Bridget Jones meets The French Chef.”

One of the scenes that caught my eye in the movie was that of the ingénue-cook Julie hatching the idea for blogging her cooking experiments. Persevering with her dream in a tiny apartment with a teeny-tiny kitchen, Julie travails for a full year, sometimes in triumph; other times dissolving in tears. Check out her resolve in this clip just over a minute.


I was way more than twice Julie’s age when I began blogging, and I didn’t hitch my wagon to a brilliant star like Julia Child, but I had strong reasons too for sharing my thoughts with the world back in February 2013 when I launched my website. Here are a few, some of which have evolved over time.


  • Connect with friends regularly through my blog. Make new ones there. Expand my horizons by visiting others’ blogs to read and comment.


  • Write to put my thoughts into words. Often when I write down random thoughts, new ideas emerge.


  • Create raw material for longer works: Sometimes a blog post becomes a scene in my book. For example, A Moment of Extreme Emotion on my blog in 2015 was expanded to became Chapter 27, “Lunatic in London” in my second memoir, My Checkered Life: A Marriage Memoir in 2023.


  • Sharpen my writing skills. I inspect sentences now intending to use fewer words. “How can I condense that thought, compress that idea?” I ask myself.


  • Provide a permanent record of events from long ago or more recent happenings, for example, my  EMC/EMU college reunion last October.


As a beginning blogger, I did not dream that one day I would publish a book. Along the way other bloggers/authors encouraged me to imagine my blog posts as raw material for creating a memoir, a legacy for my family–and more.

Many, many bloggers have inspired me. Shirley Showalter ignited my interest in beginning a blog. Some, like Robbie Cheadle, have recently listed her reasons for continuing to blog. If I read and comment on your blog, you goad me to continue. Thank you!


How a Recent Post Came Together

I began with long-hand scribbles on a tablet.


Then, I fleshed out the main points, typing them into WordPress and adding photos.

You can find the published post HERE.



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