My favorite scene in the movie Julie and Julia, which I watched last night, was when Julia Child blew a raspberry at a French chef who told her she had no talent.
For those of you who may not know what giving a raspberry looks like, here's a video.
You get the idea.
Although the movie was very entertaining and made me laugh out loud a number of times, I also learned that Julia Child began to cook late in life. Her husband was working in France and she was looking for something to do. So she took cooking classes and as the only woman in the class found herself in the position of not being taken seriously. So she set out to "be fearless", pounding at mounds of onions, dissecting poultry and eventually finishing the course to work on her cookbook about French cooking.
Of course this movie is also about a blogger who sets out to cook all the recipes in the cookbook in a year. Her name is Julie. She not only accomplished that, but became a published author.
When she first started out, she didn't have any readers for her blog. Her mother left a comment pointing that out. It was humorous,especially as a blogger, to see the reactions of everyone around Julie when she really did get readers and eventually her blog took off.
Those of us who blog know about the skeptics. They ask why you're wasting your time doing that. They want to know how many readers you have. They may see that you get negative comments -or even leave negative comments. Bloggers, however, are a hardy lot and are not easily discouraged. We tend to hang in there, even in the face of total derision. Personally, I wouldn't stop blogging no matter what, not as long as I have Internet access and the ability to get my thoughts down.
In fact, the only thing in this movie that was missing was that there was no scene where Julie, the blogger, gave anyone the raspberry. If there was I didn't see it,but I'm sure somebody will let me know if I'm wrong. Because when you're a blogger that's how it goes.
It's very good training for being somebody who follows her dreams.
So go pick up the movie-or blog-or do whatever your heart tells you. Julia Child did and she did all right for herself. So did Julie Powell.