Let’s begin with a big hello and a photo of Bernard from today for my “dogblog” friends..
I hope you all don’t mind, but I’m doing a completely different post today. Plus, all Bernard has done today is eat, sleep, play and fall up a kirb (haha) oh – and eat my work shoe 😐 he has agreed to let me write this about a non-dog topic – honest 😉
I’m sure that most of you interested in blogging will be all to aware of the bloggers, youtubers and new brand of celebrities who have risen to fame by blogging about make up and filming videos about how to apply it. And if one girl doesn’t immediately spring to mind when I say that, let me introduce you to Zoe Sugg (24) or better known to her army of fans (6 million and rising daily) “Zoella”.
I really like Zoe, and I have watched her videos since early this year. She has an air of “happy happy, everything is fantastic” about her, whilst also addressing issues, such as her anxiety and panic attacks. I have never been known to be maternal, but that part of me can’t help but wonder how she is coping today with the recent and ongoing grief she is receiving.
On the 25th November this year, she released, as she called it, her “first novel”. This makes you think she wrote it yes? She also released a vlog (video blog) about it in June this year, stating that as she was growing up, all she ever wanted to do was to write a book, “and now that dream is coming true”. Again, makes you think she wrote it yes? No.
Yesterday, the Daily Mail (reliable or not, it has turned out to be true – shock horror) released the cringeworthy information that the book, having sold close to 80,000 copies within the first week, thus outselling the likes of JK Rowling and Dan Brown, was in fact – ghost written.
Dun dun duuuuhhhh!
Of course, Zoe’s ever faithful fans took to twitter to defend her – so what if it’s ghost written?! Thousands of books are! Siobhan (real author) wouldn’t of sold as many without Zoe’s name on the front so who cares? Everyone needs help with their first novel.
But not when your entire brand is based on the grounds of being honest. Zoe has, up until now, upheld this act of honesty, crying in vlogs, sharing details about her life etc etc.. So why not say “I’m having someone help me with the writing part” – would anyone of really cared?
Although, to be honest, I knew this would eventually happen. As a society, we build each other up to knock them back down. There are always “haters” (worst expression – eugh) and there is always someone waiting at their keyboard, poised over the nasty words ready to press send to a stranger they know nothing about, purely because they don’t like them. It’s sad really. So when this generation of youtubers appeared, it was inevitable that, whilst there would be many fans, there would be people against them. Although this is a new level.
Zoe tweeted today saying she was having some time off the internet as it was “clouding up her brain” – understatement of the century. I can’t fully make my mind up on this topic, if I think it is an issue or not?! Either way, an anxious 24 year old getting this much hate can’t be in a great place right now. I feel for her, it could of all been helped if she had of just been honest. Moral of the day.
Anyway, I’m off to cuddle Bernard. And there will be a dog related post tomorrow 🙂