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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Let's Talk About Me

Yesterday I had a good talk with a friend of mine - I'll call him Fred- about this blog and whether or not it is interesting.

Fred said it's time for me to stop being so shallow and start to dig a little deeper. Apparently all my pithy little safe stories aren't doing much for him. He wants drama, he wants action, where's the reality in this pseudo show of mine? Where's the storyline? How does it end?

Other questions from Fred:
  1. Are you ever going to lose any weight, or just keep talking about it?
  2. Why do you only talk about the good things and not the bad things?
  3. Why should we care about a middle aged mom and her exercise stories?
So I said "Dude, you are not my target market."

And Fred said "Bullshit." Except he didn't really say that. But that's what he meant.

And then I gave him some answers:
  1. Maybe it's not about losing the weight, maybe it's about my journey through middle age and getting healthy and staying healthy for the long haul.
  2. Maybe if I slip into the darkness and the sadness I won't come out again.
  3. I have no idea why people care about this blog or why they should. Can't it just be a little hobby?
  4. My life is not a reality show and although it might be interesting for some people to see me unravel online, I don't think it is necessarily...necessary.
Fred said I sounded defensive. And he didn't mean to hurt my feelings. So I made a joke then, like I always do, when I don't feel like crying in front of friends, even if it is just online, which is always.

So, dear readers, what do you think? Give me some better answers.


Anonymous said...

Fred sounds like Debbie Downer. Lighten up Fred, life is difficult enough, and least julie julie can find light in the journey

Anonymous said...

If I wanted to read about a bunch of bad and/or depressing stuff I would just go to or pick up a newspaper. Keep it light, keep it funny.

Candi said...

I say this is your blog - do what you want to with it. I love reading your exercise stories - they make me laugh. Stay true to yourself and do what you want to do.

I am a fairly new blogger and I started out trying to be funny, but then I found that writing about the more serious stuff also served a purpose for me. But that is just me and my path. We all have to find our own.

nelsoneroni said...

Yeah, what Candi said. Stay true to yourself! As a fortyish something mom who is trying to stay healthy, I read your blog for inspiration, for comraderie, and for making me laugh. There's a place for more serious material, certainly, but not on this blog. If I want to be depressed I'll watch Fareed Zakaria's GPS show or I'll re-read "The Boy Who Dared." Now get back to work being funny.

Anonymous said...

Well, I agree with Candi ... this is not Jon and Kate plus eight, it is juliejulie and nosrenda plus 3 and it is what it is ... yours.

Wendy said...

Fred forgot to tell you that he normally only reads blogs written by greasy strippers. Ignore him. The baby oil infected his brain.

another julie said...

I can understand the desire to dig deeper, but if you decide not to, I'll still enjoy your blog. I read it because as another 40-something Bend mom named Julie (maybe I'm your target audience!), I can relate to a lot of it, and becuase you make me laugh. It's kind of like having a drink with a friend, but without having to find a babysitter, or having to worry if I've had too much to drive home.

juliejulie said...

Dear The Other Julie: we should have a drink in real life because we are both named Julie.

Dear everyone else too: please join us.

You people are lovely.