I read a lot of blogs, I follow the more important activity on Forums, I used to interact with a lot of people on Twitter and I am well aware of events on Facebook and other social networks.
That said, I am beginning to notice a lot of negative comments with regard to certain people that I have a great deal of respect for.
This criticism is mainly aimed at people who are seen as ‘profiting’ in some way for the work they do.
I am referring to one in particular, namely Sonia Poulton, who is about to launch her long overdue, (in my opinion) online news website.
Let’s try and break this down a bit.
Millions of people in this country purchase newspapers and still pay their television licence right?
They do not complain about shelling out their hard-earned cash to industries and established institutions who after all, blatantly lie and sell disinformation to them on a daily basis.
These same people however, grumble, bitch and gossip amongst themselves about the ‘Bare Faced Cheek’ and ‘Hypocrisy‘ of writers who, if the truth is told, are taking a big risk in trying to tell them the truth.
How does that work?
Would these people turn up to a party empty-handed and expect to be fed, watered and entertained without making a contribution?
Do they expect people to spend untold hours researching, answering telephone calls and emails at the same time as producing a regular high-quality output of relevant information as well as somehow putting food on the table?
Do they think that putting everything on hold in order to spent the majority of your day and much of the night sometimes, collating information before organising it into a workable format for publication, is somehow undeserving of payment?
Would the people who criticise these writers work those sort of hours for nothing?
So why expect others to do the same?
I despise charities on the whole, mainly because most of the donated money is skimmed off to pay large salaries to directors and suchlike, instead of reaching the very people it claims to be helping.
Charities are big businesses, especially when they trade on the welfare of children for example, from my own experiences more and more kids seem to ‘slip through the net’ than are able to be helped by these so-called Charitable organisations.
A small, regular contribution to Sonia Poulton is not going to buy posh cars or expensive lunches for fat businessmen, it will however help her continue delivering the kind of information you will not find anywhere else.
A small price to pay for the truth don’t you think?