10 Lessons Bloggers Must Learn from The Intern

10 Lessons Bloggers Must Learn from The Intern
It was a great Sunday morning, and since I’ve already finished my domestic works I decided to spend some me-time – that is getting lazy, binging with some movie while enjoying my hot drink and some snacks. No intention for writing or editing post for today as I just want to “chillax” (a world play for “chill” and “relax”).

However, when I started playing this movie The Intern starring by Robert de Niro and Anne Hathaway, I suddenly realized that I could make a blog post about out of it. Am not good in writing movie reviews, never been my forte – but sometimes I used movies to guide me for my writings.


10 Lessons Bloggers Must Learn from The Intern


The story is about 70 year old retiree Ben Whittaker (played by Robert de Niro), who is looking for a purpose in life. He wants to do something and make him feel someone needs him, and eventually he was hired as a Senior Intern at the fashion e-commerce business founder by Jules Austin (played by Anne Hathaway). The movie was great and I’ve learned a lot – from the different new workplace culture, leadership roles and techniques, how they sees life, everything – and I just find myself grabbing my pen and journal, and started replaying the movie, to write down things.

As a blogger, I’ve learned and experienced many things in my blogging life. My work is not like my day job that starts at 9am and finishes at 6pm. Blogging is almost round the clock work life. And sometimes it doesn’t chose specific time – whenever you are inspired, even in the wee hours, I got to get up and start writing down (or scribble it down) before I forget those ideas and thoughts.


I’ve seen many movies that gives me that kind of life lessons and I’m glad that Robert de Niro and Anne Hathaway in The Intern makes an excellent effort on that area. If you haven’t watch it yet, oh please do.

But first, let me share you these ten (10) lessons bloggers but learn from The Intern.


10 Lessons Bloggers Must Learn from The Intern


1. If you are positive that you still have music in you, then why not?!


In blogging industry, we don’t mind whether you are soo young or soo old and many experiences. What matters is how you could inspire your readers with your writings and the things that you share on your blog. If you’ve been living the 20 years of your life as a corporate accountant, and you want a diversion in life, why not spend your weekend getaway to the nearest town, and share it your experiences and adventures online. Don’t be afraid because definitely, there are people who wants to read your posts.


10 Lessons Bloggers Must Learn from The Intern


2. Learn how the day-to-day business works to create a more informative and compelling stories.


Having to hands-on experience the actual scenario is different when you just reading those kind of experiences or event, and then you need to write about it. When I first wrote for my volunteering experience at DSWD last month, I’ve decided to apply for a volunteering job at DSWD and enjoyed my day helping the institution, and learned a lot on how they do the whole operation of packing these family-food packs round the clock, for the victims of Typhoon Nina, and the recently flooding at CDO. Having experienced it first-hand, I’ve got inspired to write it thoroughly with much feelings, which are relatable to my readers. 


10 Lessons Bloggers Must Learn from The Intern


3. Be patient. And if you don’t then go to the fast-food-chain or the nearest vending machine.


Not everything can be quickly get just for a snap. Unless you have a magic wand then you don’t need to read this blog post, right? Learn to be patient, because proper timing will give you a good jest in writing. You’ve just received an approval of your Google adsense? Then have patience, the ads doesn’t pops instantly. It will take a little time as reviews are still going on. Sit back, relax or just divert your attention to your next post.


10 Lessons Bloggers Must Learn from The Intern


4. Learn the “art of listening”


When interviewing someone, never ever butt-in (you are not literally a butt, so don’t do that!). It is very wise to let the other finish talking, before asking questions or even share your point-of-view (unless you are invited to do so).


10 Lessons Bloggers Must Learn from The Intern


5. Learn the “Art of Multitasking” like a QUEEN.


Sometimes we have to do it, like while you are recording a speech, you can send a live tweet to your readers about the launch, or send an IG of that gorgeous table setting. Or have a quick Snapchat video on how she applies those highlighter properly. But PS, don’t do it while driving or walking.


Or if you still can't, then bring your most reliable Instagram-husband, or your "assistant."


10 Lessons Bloggers Must Learn from The Intern


6. Have a habit of always be ready for your appointments and/or event to avoid cramming.


I’ve learned many things about not being ready and am telling you, it’s not good (in my opinion) and it gives you a not too good impressions. A day before your appointment, always prepare your blogging gears in your “on-the-go bag”. Check if you have enough memory spaces in your phones and cameras, make sure to charge your phones and have extra batteries with you (or bring that portable back-up battery with you!). Also don’t forget to bring your name cards/business cards with you, extra pen, and your journal for some notes. Have a habit of carrying minimal beauty finds that could easily pack in your bag.


10 Lessons Bloggers Must Learn from The Intern


7. Always be prompt to your appointment schedule. Being late is a mortal sin.


Yes and it applies even when you attend an event or during your sponsored post submission. If you can’t control the situation and you know that you’ll going to be late, have a habit of informing the other end (your host) of your situation, and not letting them wonder “where the hell are you?”. It’s a non-verbal mortal sin and don’t wonder if you’ll not get invited next time.


10 Lessons Bloggers Must Learn from The Intern


8. Dress to impress. Period.


Solution – always have a nice black dress packed in your bag, and also wear a little of make-up, for the ladies. For men, never ever wear your sweatshirts that you’ve always wear during your gym day, and no distress jeans. Always make your hair down. Men might not use to wearing BB creams or any kind of make-up, but make sure you always smells nice, in any situation.


No matter how cute and sometimes sexy is the “woke-up-like-this” look, still it’s not good when you are have an early appointment. We wouldn’t know who will you’ll going to meet, right? And we don’t want to be caught dead, wearing sloppy for a photo opp.


10 Lessons Bloggers Must Learn from The Intern


9. Don’t be afraid to explore possibilities. Baby steps!


We thought we’ve already a PRO in blogging, but it’s not! We need to constantly learn of the new techniques in blogging, studying the latest trends in writing the articles, and it’s a continuous process. Don’t be afraid that someday you can’t catch-up, every one of us does. Just like a baby, learn it step-by-step and if you need guidance, look for your new Mentor!


10 Lessons Bloggers Must Learn from The Intern


10. Always have fun and do not be a wallflower.


Another tips that some of you have forgot. No matter how much tiring blogging life is, and how much pressure you are in to finish the project on a tight time frame, always have fun. It will make your life more enjoyable, plus you’ll never know who you’ll going to meet. Maybe your next collaborator!




10 Lessons Bloggers Must Learn from The Intern




Have you watched The Intern? What are the life lessons you’ve got from the recent movies you’ve watched?



xoxo, Blair






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92 LOVES AND COMMENTS:

  1. I've watched many movies but I don't think I have watched The Intern yet. I fully agree with your points about blogging and being a blogger. I understand that bloggers get more respect in the Philippines than Malaysia. We are still not there yet....

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    1. Hello Emily,

      Thanks for dropping by. As I became a member of our FB group, I've learned that there are many amazing Malaysian bloggers, and you ladies write very well. Plus you've attended awesome events :)

      There are also many amazing bloggers here in the Philippines that haven't recognized yet. Just keep on blogging Emily and enhance on what you are good in :)

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  2. interesting lessons you got there! i agree especially the fact that you need to just have fun and don't put too much pressure on yourself.. coz when u have fun the passion will show.

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    1. That is true! Just have fun and go with the flow :)

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  3. These are some great lessons. The art of listening is definitely so important. I've never seen this movie before, but I want to! I like the actors in it.

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    1. Thank you! The art of listening is something that is slowly fading and that's the saddest part nowadays. Some bloggers with know-it-all kind of personality forgot this basic lesson, which in-turn brings problems.

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  4. I loved your review of The Intern and the points you took away from the movie were genius, spot on revelations about life and work. Great job with this post! I really enjoyed it.

    Beth || www.TheStyleBouquet.com

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    1. Thanks Beth! It was actually happens so suddenly, just pops in my head and I need to write it down and get it over with. But I truly enjoyed the movie - some part of it made my sob a bit, hehehe

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  5. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Will take noted on this for my blogging journey.

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    1. Thank you Shini and please help me to spread the word for blogging tips!

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  6. Hahaha love this!!!! Learning the skill of multitasking is so important

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    1. Thank you Courtneylynne for visiting and liking my post!

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  7. those are some pretty good lessons... I will take note of some of these valuable lessons and apply them myself....

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    1. Thank you Miera! You can also pass this post to your blogger friends :)

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  8. Oh gosh, this movie was so wonderful. I learned that sometimes doing things the "old-school" way can sometimes be okay. We've got lots to learn from the older generation :)

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    1. I agree Divya. Old ways becomes so rare that whenever I stumbled one I felt fascinated. We would never forget these old ways, because these are foundations on where we are now.

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  9. I've been wanting to see this movie for a while and now that I read this, I'm going to this week! I'm the same when it comes to blogging... writing things down when your thoughts are still fresh and not having any specific times of working...even though I still work from from home. I still make sure to get things done... great article and I really enjoyed reading all of the tips!

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    1. Thank you Chanelle, watch the movie this weekend its really good :D

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  10. I am saving this. I love the dressed to empress.

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  11. Great post! This is one of my favorite movies. Very inspiring

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    1. Yeah I even watched it over and over and I love it :)

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  12. I watched that movie. It was an interesting spin on age and role reversal. I think you need to embrace an intern and work together to make things better regardless of age or education between the two parties.

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    1. Yeah, I also learned that we still have many things we need to learn. Sometimes we thought that age also makes us more knowledgeable (but it's not). We need to be pen for many possibilities and never stop, until we still have music in our life.

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  13. I love the movie so much and now you mentioned it, I can relate to all of that. Good writing Blair!

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    1. Thanks Rawlins! Anne and Robert did it well too :)

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  14. I heard a lot of good review for this movie however has no time to watch it! Thanks for the great tips and love how you share all this tips to all fellow bloggers out there!

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  15. you are so correct. I especially agree on the multi tasking part. We have so many hats as a modern lady nowadays

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    1. And if things get so demanding, we can always ask help of our boyfriends or bestie or even our Momma to be our assistant for a day :)

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  16. I've watched The Intern and LOVE that movie. It does indeed teach us a lot about life especially in the modern day living. Thanks for the tip about patience. Funny I was accepted for Google AdSense Last week and I'm like...erm, when are these ads coming *shame* I guess sometimes it can come from over excitement.

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  17. I love this moving and how you equated it to blogging. It is so true! Always be prepared, stay positive and never give up!

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  18. So true, this is what every bloggers should learn.. Great lessons!

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  19. Oh I love that movie. I agree that we should dress properly and never be late in meeting a client. I believe in the saying that "First impressions last."

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    1. So true! And additional tip: Before leaving the party/event make sure to thank the host. And send a thank you email the next day.

      Works every time :)

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  20. This movie was a hoot! Never thought to relate it to blogging but is pretty relevant. The art of listening is so key!

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    1. Thank you Shane! Am glad you like this article :)

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  21. This is such a fun article! I haven't watched the movie yet..but you're making me want to!

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    1. Hello Aneesha,

      You'll gonna love the movie, and you might dream of working in a e-commerce company with similar perks like in the movie :) Watch it babe :)

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  22. I need to watch this movie ! I don't think I've ever seen it. These are some great tips.

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    1. Hello Rochelle,

      Oh you must watch it dear! And you might come up with your own interpretation relating to blogging or life!

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  23. Interesting post. Like the way you've compared a movie to blogging life!!! I'm yet to watch the movie...

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    1. Thank you dear for checking our blog! You will love that movie :)

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  24. I love how you used a movie to illustrate lessons! This was super interesting and entertaining! Thanks!

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    1. Thank you too Stephanie! I admire the story and I just want to share what I've learned from the movie :)

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  25. Never seen this movie but sounds like a cute little story. I think patience has been the biggest lesson for me in trying to monetize anything on the internet.

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    1. Hello Mishvo,

      Yes and with lots of patience, it will lead us to our goal :) Patience is virtue!

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  26. Oh yes, I love the movie The Intern too, it is so inspiring indeed! And yes, the one I love the most is to multi-task like a queen :)

    xx, Kusum | www.sveeteskapes.com

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    1. They say multi-tasking is so easy, but in reality its not. You need more practice to master this skill. If we are aiming to same on cost, we must have this skills :)

      Like a Queen indeed!

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  27. Hahaha, this is such an awesome interpretation from the movie. I really need to take the "Dress to Impress" tip - it's proven that if you feel good on the outside, you act more confidently (and therefore powerful). Please do more movie interpretation lists :D

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  28. You've mentioned some great points and I could totally relate to my Blogging life. I've watched the Intern and loved the character of Robert de Niro!

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    1. I couldn't imagine the movie being played by non-Robert De Niro :) He's the best!

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  29. you know I always wanted to watch this movie.
    now I have more reasons to watch because of this :D

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    1. Hello Sherry you'll enjoy it, I learned a lot not only I incorporate it for blogging but also in real-life.

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  30. I have never heard of this movie, but I'm going to look it up this weekend. I will definitely check it out.

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    1. Thanks Mommy and I do hope you'll also enjoy this movie :)

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  31. Robert Deniro was very good in this movie and you got a lot of points from the movie. They are appropriate for blogging and any other kind of business too.

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    1. I agree and thank you for appreciating my blogging tips/movie review collab :)

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  32. I need to see this movie in its entirety. I think I have seen a few clips, but not the whole she-bang and I have heard such good things. Plus, I love Anne, so I really think I would love this movie!!

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    1. Definitely you'll love the entire movie :)

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  33. This is some good advice for people just starting out as bloggers. I'd add, be true to yourself and don't try to be fake just because you see other bloggers doing it. If you haven't experienced it then it's much harder to write about it. Richard B.

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    1. I agree Richard! Better tell your readers you haven't tried it than fake it.

      Thank you for visiting!

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  34. I enjoyed this movie so much. But then... it's Robert De Nero. I love how you not only gained something from the movie but share with your readers. "Don't be afraid to explore possibilities." solid!

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    1. Thank you Benny!

      Whenever I find a good movie, I could easily relate it to other aspect of life, especially if the movie hit me. :)

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  35. Patience, art of listening, multi-tasking, being always on time and don't be afraid to explore are only some of the things needed to be successful in life, in anything that you do. Thanks for reminding it again.

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    1. You are always welcome Sarah, and thank you for appreciating my blog.

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  36. I'm going to have to watch this one now! Great tips for bloggers also, thanks for those wonderful tidbit software info. Now I've got to see the movie to appreciate them. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You are welcome Miranda, and hope you'll be inspired in your writing even more.

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  37. I love that movie! And the lessons you got from it are very good!

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    1. Thank you Sara! I'm glad you've liked it too!

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  38. I love The Intern, super cute movie! And it is so true so many great tips, especially the one about multitasking.

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    1. Hahaha yeah, sometimes I fail on this area but I am trying my best to master it :)

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  39. It's a crazy good movie, I love the plot and I definitely love Robert and Anne's chemistry as a boss and an intern. They really made the movie work. These are all lovely lessons to take away from the movie.

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    1. I agree. I could never get tired of watching it.

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  40. The Intern is such a good movie! It's really entertaining and moving. I loved Robert De Niro's acting there and Anna Hathaway's amazing as well. These are all lovely lessons!

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    1. And also working in a such cool workplace? Ohh am In!

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  41. Two things cought my attention. Multitasking and listening :) Well done!

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    1. Thank you Igor! Keep on exploring my blog :)

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  42. This is great - I love the movie so much, and this is a great list!

    | diaryofasouthernmillennial.com

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    1. Thank you Cameron! Keep on exploring my blog :)

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  43. Oooo so many great points!!!! Being patient is definitely important

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  44. Firstly, I love this movie and secondly all of these points are so amazing!! It's great to see a movie that not only can one correlate to but also learn form it.

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  45. I have not seen this but now I need to!

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    1. Oh you must, Samantha. You'll gonna love it :)

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  46. These are really great! I am watching to branch out and learn more so I am going to start with these.

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    1. Thank you Michelle, you will learn a lot from this movie :D

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