I read an article in the Jan. 18, 2010 Maclean’s magazine about a young woman who decided to follow Oprah for a year doing everything Oprah said she must do. She said she spent 1,320 hours that year or 6.6 hours a day, paying attention to and then executing Oprah’s advice. It cost her more than $4,700 (US) for the self-improving products. She kept a daily blog that turned into a hard-cover book.
I do not believe in the gospel according to Oprah but I wanted to read what this young woman had discovered. I was curious about this blogging-for-a-year thing. Why is it so appealing that the blogs turn into books and even movies such as Julie and Julia?
So I went on-line and put my name on the list to get the book from the library. I was third in the queue so obviously others were curious and/or avid Oprah fans.
I got a call the other day that the book was ready for me to pick up and I went to the library. The place was like a busy summer playground. Women talked on their cell phones. Children scampered about screaming for their mothers. One little boy tried to climb up the back of the bookshelves. Whatever happened to quiet libraries?
The book is very interesting. Okrant did her best to be unbiased in her research. She does comment that, "…I am overwhelmed by trying to keep up with Winfrey." She mentions how she feels, "…my identity slipping away. Initially, this was intentional. I got the ball rolling when I decided to follow Oprah’s plan for living rather than listen to my own intuition." "It’s getting harder and harder to keep up. I haven’t felt this much pressure to look and act a certain way since high school."
Okrant points out the positives and the negatives of Oprah’s show. She makes some insightful observations about why Oprah has been so successful. You might be surprised at how she evaluates this.
I would recommend this book if only for an insight into this popular phenomenon of our society.
But I am curious about the blogging part of her experiment. She garnered a huge following. What makes a blog draw so much attention? What is it that draws you into a blog? Or do you ignore this whole scenario? I’d love to hear your comments at
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