Marshall & Julie: Day 10

6 08 2010

We are starting to come to the close of “The Marshall & Julie Project,” which is strange because I feel like I’ve just started.  Anyways, let me know what you’ve enjoyed (or haven’t, if you feel so inclined).  I hope that you have learned as much about me from this project as I have learned about myself.

Day 10: “Sweet Smell of Failure” / “Sweet Smell of Penny-Pinching”

Julie has a particularly disastrous recipe, something with a French name that would take me a million years to type out correctly, that drives her off the wall.  She tries and tries but nothing seems to be working.  Finally, she just can’t take it anymore, doesn’t post anything, and considers quitting.

Then the readers went ballistic, firing off responses ranging from angry “You can’t leave us” to helpful hints for her own well-being.  As we all know, she didn’t desert them, finishing the project in time – a statement that doesn’t spoil anything if you have any common sense.  She even managed to make the nemesis recipe.

I’ve never talked about quitting, save my discussion in this project about how long I think this whole blogging thing will last.  I don’t know how my readers would react if I took some time off or decided to quit for good because I haven’t even given it a second of thought – I’ve been too busy writing review after factoid after Oscar Moment after feature after review.  I haven’t really slowed down and taken a step back to observe all that I’ve done and accomplished in the last year, nor have I considered a future in which I didn’t cram writing post after post into every spare second of time I have.

Really, “Marshall and the Movies” is a baby of mine, and definitely one I didn’t plan.  I was a little too hyped up on movie euphoria and conceived the blog.  There was no Hannibal from “The A-Team” sitting by and smugly saying, “I love it when a plan comes together.”  I wrote a big post that attempted to pin down all the many thoughts floating through my head, and then I hit “publish” on WordPress.  With that, my blog was brought into the world.

So no matter how ill conceived “Marshall and the Movies” might have been, and I certainly had my doubts as I read the post over to myself early that morning, I’m most certainly glad that I’ve stuck with it.  Now it has become a part of me, something that will become very painful to live without.

Yet I know people, who for one reason or another, have wound up leaving what they love on their own volition.  I certainly hope that nothing horrible ever forces me to give up the trade but that if I ever feel the need to stop, it would be so that I had the time to move on to bigger and better things.

Julie then has her spirits raised by an unexpected gift of hot sauce from a reader.  He felt the need to be so kind to her that he even went to slightly creepy methods of doing it, such as tracking down her address.  Once she mentions it on her site, other gifts come pouring in from across the country.  A friend convinces her to put up a PayPal for donations to fund the project, and it was much more popular than sending gifts straight to Julie’s house.

I have given really no way for people to be so benevolent as to send me gifts; I haven’t even divulged my last name, so looking me up in a phonebook – if such a device even exists anymore – isn’t really going to work for you.  I haven’t set up a PayPal either, largely because I feel that having one on the site is like begging, practically obliging any faithful reader to show support in the form of money.  But by all means, if the interest exists to shower me with lavish gifts, I would surely not scorn them!

As for PayPal, it actually might not be a bad idea, as much as I hate to say it.  Being obsessed with movies is an expensive love, be it through paying those exorbitant ticket prices at theater or that monthly Netflix fee.  Even those $1 Redbox rentals begin to add up over time.

As I’ve become a more independent moviegoer, I’ve discovered just how costly it is.  I’ve now begun to seek out the bargains, imploring my friends to wait for student day or go to the $5 early bird show.  I’ve also turned to free advanced screenings, which help me not only to save a whole lot of money but also to get ahead of the curve for reviewing movies.  So, if you have any interest in financing “Marshall and the Movies,” don’t hesitate to let me know.  I’ve only hesitated to ask because I don’t want to be the lone begging blogger.

And yes, this IS a short post!  Julie only wrote ten pages, most of which was a description of her cooking and preparation of the disaster dinner, so there’s only so much I can work with.



One response

7 08 2010

Of course, just because they don’t leave the comments doesn’t mean they don’t read it.

The thing with this project is a change in length, style, and content. Most internet junkies stay on a blogging page for about a minute or so. The average length of time on a web site is 56 seconds. You put out two paragraph random factoids and five paragraph reviews that are enjoyable, concise, and appropriate for a blogger on the go.

But when the posts get longer, all those with short attention spans leave. Some people, who actually read blogs to READ, are absorbed and interested. This is your most autobiographical writing, and it’s a response to literature. That may drive more away but those who are genuinely interested learn a lot about you, the blog, and Julie Powell. Not to mention (among other useful facts) that you have a Facebook page.

I actually have been reading. I think with some title changing it *might* make an interesting book-length testimonial.

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