The influence of bloggers

As a blogger, I love to read other people’s posts and keep up with the news about what my fellow bloggers are up to. 

It was wonderful to see Team Honk getting involved with raising loads of money for comic relief. I was also totally in awe of this post by Sarah, who is using her blog influence to help out a friend in need. 

Whilst I would by no means put myself in the same category as those inspirational people, I do my very best to raise awareness of issues, charities or ethical businesses when I think I can help. 

And then I hear on the news about one of the top bloggers in the country, Guido Fawkes. 

This guy has used his massive influence and his huge social media following to get a petition together to encourage us all to stand up for Jeremy Clarkson and pressurise the BBC into letting him keep his job. 

What a huge pity that the petition didn’t work.

At around the same time the Clarkson petition was launched, there was another petition in the offing to prevent animal cruelty at Crufts.

A friend of mine raised the issue that at a given time, 25,000 people had signed the Crufts petition, whilst 300,000 had signed in support of Clarkson. 

Whilst we can all speculate as to what that says about the British public, I suspect that the influence of old Guido Fawkes had a lot to do with it. 

And then you read about the lady who had the audacity to set up a petition inviting the BBC to sack Clarkson.

She was also a blogger with a point to make about the Clarkson matter.

This lady was brave enough to stand up for what she believed in, even though it wasn’t such a popular viewpoint as that of Guido Fawkes.

She was told by internet trolls to mind her own business and some particularly pleasant folk even suggested that she kill herself. 

And her reason for starting the petition in the first place? She was upset that people seemed more interested in Clarkson’s business than they were in campaigning for cancer drugs. 

I am the first to admit that in the world of blogging, I am about as significant and influential as I am in real life. This is the reaction I have become accustomed to. 

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And yet, I do have a small social media following and I do have a fabulous platform for self-expression in the form of my blog. And I hope that as my blog grows and develops, my sphere of influence might widen.

I would love to think that one day, I will be able to put myself in the category of those amazing people who are raising awareness of important issues. 

Better still, perhaps I will be able to assist a charity in raising money or drum up support for an important petition. 

In the blogging world, as in real life, we must all have something and someone to aspire to. If you are a blogger who uses your influence to do good then you are an inspiration to me. 

And as for you Guido Fawkes? You sir, are a tosser. 

 

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25 Comments

  1. March 26, 2015 / 6:04 am

    Amen to that! Bloggers do have the power to do a lot of good, but, sadly then can also open their big gobs (metaphorically) and wield their influence to do a lot of damage.
    Keep plugging away on your own little bit of the web and know that you are doing what you (and a lot of other people) think is right.
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    • monsterid March 26, 2015 / 8:35 am

      Thank you Sarah. I agree, all influencers can do so much good. It’s a travesty when they choose to speak up on ridiculous non-issues instead.

  2. March 26, 2015 / 7:03 am

    My favourite bit of this (that just made me inhale my cornflakes, so thanks) was the last sentence.
    One I agree with wholeheartedly!
    By the way, I’ve really enjoyed your last couple of controversial posts, please continue 🙂
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    • monsterid March 26, 2015 / 7:07 am

      Thank you that’s really kind of you to say. Sorry about the cornflakes. But I’ve heard snorting them gives you a great legal high.

  3. March 26, 2015 / 9:50 am

    I can’t get my head around the fact that a million people signed a petition asking for a man to keep his job after he’d punched a junior colleague in the face. Argh! It’s ridiculous. And yes, you’re right, sadly people just don’t care about the real issues, or perhaps feel they don’t have any power to change anything so why bother. I think it’s great you use your blog to raise awareness of things you care about, that’s what I try to do with mine too 🙂 thank you for linking up with Read All About It, it would be great if you can add the linky badge to this post too to spread the word, thank you xx

    • monsterid March 26, 2015 / 1:25 pm

      Thank you Fiona, it’s great to see that other bloggers are also trying to use their blogs to do some good.xx

    • monsterid March 26, 2015 / 1:24 pm

      Aw thank you, that’s such a lovely thing to say 🙂

  4. Izzie Anderton
    March 26, 2015 / 2:23 pm

    Couldn’t agree more Natalie. Please keep blogging about what’s important to you – that last sentence made me snort with laughter. For the record I think the BBC did the right thing in sacking Mr Clarkson. Punching a colleague is never going to be an acceptable way to behave – end of!
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    • monsterid March 26, 2015 / 3:01 pm

      Thank you Izzie. I agree, my friend made the very good point that celebrities shouldn’t be above the law. And of course that is true. As far as I’m concerned Mr Clarkson is of no interest to me, there are more pressing issues going on in the world.

  5. Robert Catesby
    March 26, 2015 / 8:36 pm

    Would he have been a tosser if only 50 people had signed? , or is he only a just because a huge number of people agreed with him and not other some causes?

    Did all those people across the world sign his petition because they thought to themselves that they better do what Guido Fawkes told them? or did they sign because rightly or wrongly they thought he should keep his job?

    • monsterid March 26, 2015 / 10:59 pm

      I think you are somewhat missing the point. This man is in the fortunate position to have a huge amount of influence. He can raise awareness of important causes, raise money for charity, the possibilities are endless. The way he chose to use that influence and the social movement that he created would seem a little puerile in my humble opinion.

      • Robert Catesby
        March 28, 2015 / 12:55 am

        The point I’m making is, I think Guido has very little influence in this case, I seriously doubt he has over million followers, and most of the people that signed probably don’t have a clue who he is, they’re just some of the 350 million fans of the tv show, who heard that there was a petition – The petition could have been started by Fred from Guildford.

        • monsterid March 28, 2015 / 4:47 am

          I agree with you. And somebody was always going to start that petition, had Guido Fawkes not done so then Fred from Guildford probably would have. It would most likely have been a popular petition either way. My point is that Guido Fawkes is, whether he appreciates it or not, a popular, well respected and influential blogger. I personally see this as an amazing opportunity to reach out to people and do something wonderful. Two years ago, a movement called Suspended Coffee was created. It is now a worldwide initiative where people can buy an extra coffee for someone who needs it. It’s a small thing but could make all the difference to someone who is cold and down on their luck. When people who survived a serious suicide attempt were spoken to about what could have helped them, a majority said that if somebody had just noticed them and given them the time of day, that would have been enough to shift their perception and alter their decision to seek help instead of trying to take their life. We all have the potential to do something small to help someone. But sometimes people have a large amount of influence. These people have the chance to do something truly amazing. Or they can start and promote a petition in support of someone who has enough power, influence and money to look after themselves.

          • Robert Catesby
            March 29, 2015 / 9:55 pm

            Agreed, but he is a political blogger, representing his chosen, perfectly legal, political stance to an audience that responds to that, why should he promote causes beyond that or put another way there’s a massive male audience between say 16 to 45 looking at internet pornography, but I’m not suggesting you should post pictures to cater to them either.

          • monsterid March 29, 2015 / 10:18 pm

            I completely agree. The stance taken was perfectly legal and posted to an audience that would respond positively to it. In terms of assisting the writer to promote his websites, it was a fabulous publicity stunt and I must applaud him for that. I’m certain that there is good in everyone and Guido Fawkes will have done his bit for charities and important causes at other times. Through my own ignorance I haven’t taken the time to research his altruism before jumping to unacceptable conclusions about what he gets up to in his own time. And for that I can only apologise. Thanks for making me think about it, it’s always good to challenge our own perceptions. I wish Guido Fawkes all the best.

  6. morna
    March 27, 2015 / 11:54 pm

    I like your controversial posts too. I quite liked Jeremy Clarkson but even I have had to grudgingly draw a line – it’s not ok to punch people at work. If somebody punched me at work I would want them to be sacked. I agree too that it is disappointing that either petition really gained so many signatures and so much attention. Surely there are more important things to campaign about than whether a rich man gets sacked or not?

    There was a big post about it on facebook listing lots of other more worthy petitions which one might consider signing instead. I picked a couple and signed them 🙂
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    • monsterid March 28, 2015 / 12:05 am

      Thank you Morna. Great that you did that with the petitions. I don’t have any real opinion either way on Clarkson, except that there are so many things out there that are more worthy of our attention.x

  7. March 30, 2015 / 3:00 pm

    Hi Nat….long time no comment…i think you were just about to give birth last time I read your blog! (actually you had eventually given birth after being late i think?!) Anyway….I agree that Guido Fawkes is a tosser. Insighting people to sign a petition about something so ridiculous is toss-worthy in my book. I can’t stand that man who was paid to have “opinionzzzz” in his dad jeans and mid-life crisis cars but that’s besides the point. It’s really sad when a tv presenter’s job is more important to the public than things like for example the axing of Legal Aid….another petition https://www.change.org/p/nick-clegg-mp-save-legal-aid-to-protect-access-to-justice-for-all

    Great post Nat.

    • monsterid March 30, 2015 / 3:23 pm

      Hi Jess, Thank you for your comment. I totally agree, there are many fabulous causes that are worthy of our signatures, thank you for sharing the one regarding legal aid. It has been brought to my attention that I maybe judged Guido Fawkes a little harshly, I’m certain that in his time he must have supported many charities and raised important issues to the public but it’s not something I have researched – I was too annoyed with him for promoting such a ridiculous petition at a time when so many other vital things were going on that were so much more deserving of our attention.

  8. April 1, 2015 / 6:21 am

    Well said – I was about to stop reading when I thought you were supporting a man for thumping a colleague … glad I read on 😉
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