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.
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.