From the moment I saw the camera panning in on the quotes on her laptop screen a la Carrie Bradshaw — “What does love REALLY mean?” and “Do I believe in true love?” — my interest in “Bachelor” contestant, “blogger” and “freelance writer” Jenna Burke, was piqued. In her opening interview she says, “I know deep down that relationships work and don’t work. But that’s not enough for me … I don’t want to end up with nobody. So it becomes a feeling of panic. It’s really contradicting because that’s not me.” Hmm … did she mean “contradictory?”
Her seemingly awkward grasp of the English language compelled to do a thorough investigation of her “writing career.” First, I checked out her blog, The Over- Analyst, which allegedly crashed Monday night during the show because of an onslaught of visitors on a similar mission. It appears to be under construction, with plenty of “Insert Text Here” placeholders, but I scrolled through all 22 pages of posts dating back to January 30, 2011. ABC put a cease and desist on her blogging when the show started filming in September, so there hasn’t been any new material since then.
I also tried to find out more about Jenna’s freelance career. As a writer myself, I know that you can usually Google another writer and find stuff they’ve written online. I didn’t find anything when I Googled Jenna, which doesn’t necessarily mean she hasn’t worked as a freelancer for a print magazine. It’s possible that she did copy writing or fact checking or a number of other things, but I was unable to find anything.
In case you don’t have the kind of free time it requires to read seven months worth of blog posts (it only took me 30 minutes — that’s how little actual writing there was), you’ll find some highlights below. You can help me decide if she’s really a writer or if her “career” is a ruse poorly executed by ABC producers.
From the “About” section:
“I enjoy analyzing. It’s one of the things people may consider a problem, yet it’s one of the things I really like to do. I think it makes us more interesting and leads us to new discoveries. Overanalyzing happens because you really have a deep interest in learning about life, the good and the bad. I embrace my desires, I feel inspired and I witness the beauty.
On “the struggle”:
“Truth is, we love ‘the struggle’. Each time, we have the opportunity to find something better. Some may say, ‘never being satisfied’ is not a good quality but I think it’s what keeps us motivated.”
On the movie “Crazy, Stupid, Love”:
“Everyone deserves their crazy stupid love and they shouldn’t settle for anything less. Move on and don’t look back. Usually when you reach this point, that guy or girl gave up on you. It’s life and it happens every day but at least it’s one step closer to the real thing.”
On reaching a crossroads (or cross roads — which is it?):
“Life is a series of cross roads. At times you come to fairly easy cross roads. They appear easy because you know (or think you know) what you want. At times you keep coming back to the same crossroad…over and over. You feel as if you are going in circles and the path you’ve always chosen isn’t getting you where you want to be. And you start to wonder about that path you’ve never chosen. Is it worth taking? I think eventually you get to a point where the only answer is YES.”
On Beyonce’s video for “Best Thing I Never Had”:
“During any holiday, you wish you could be with ‘that person’. But sometimes, you realize it’s better alone. Be thankful you realized it.
On the color yellow:
“Now you know why my favorite color is yellow.”
On Florence + The Machine’s “You’ve Got The Love”:
“Sometimes we take the ‘special people’ in our lives for granted. Thank them today.”
Excerpt from Jenna’s “Golden Guide”:
“Always make time for friends. You can talk to another woman in a way that you could never talk to your husband or your boyfriend. They get you – sometimes more than you get yourself.”
“Photos are tiny reminders of happiness. Focus on the ‘tiny reminders’.”
Random quote, not sure if she wrote it or not. I think I’ve heard it before:
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
“Think about where you were a year ago. Think about where you are today. Imagine what can happen in just one year. It’s pretty amazing.”
On friends being family:
“Try and remember 5 years ago. Those people in your life and are still in your life are more than friends, they are family.”