Does a Blogger’s Opinion Really Matter?

image As social beings, it seems to me that we have an insatiable need to offer our opinions (often unsolicited opinions), on virtually any topic – whether the topic is open to discussion, or not.

In an ideal world, one would form opinions based on experience, knowledge, and thoughtful consideration of the question at hand; without interference from any built-in prejudices.

But, the very definition of “opinion”, indicates that opinions are not always based on experience, knowledge, or thoughtful consideration.   The question of “who is right, or who is wrong?” is often not addressed – and prejudices, unfortunately, do get in the way.

We deal here frequently, with the state of Internet security, and I rarely hesitate to offer my opinion on this issue – it’s a mess, and it’s getting worse. And yes, I’m prejudiced. But that prejudice  is the result of years of experience, knowledge, and a developed analytical process dealing with the state of cyber space.

But, does my opinion really count? Is any one really listening? And, if so – who?

Recently, I wrote a piece – Canada’s Super Spies “Discover” Cybercrime is a Threat, a satirical article, which pointed fingers at the Canadian Government. A government, which continues to be lackadaisical in implementing a robust plan to address cyber crime; an industry of crime which is continuously being taken to new levels.

Not surprisingly, a combination of regular readers, and casual readers passing by, offered an amazing assortment of thoughtful and supportive comments. I can clearly state, that my opinion had impact with these readers. The question of “who is right, or who is wrong”, was adjudicated in my favor. And, that’s enough for me.

But, can a Blogger’s opinion have broader impact? In this particular case it seems it may well have.

In the weeks following the posting of “Canada’s Super Spies Discover Cybercrime ……”, the article was accessed by a surprising number of Members of Parliament, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (and a number of other International Police agencies), but most surprising of all – the Privy Council Office, which, “provides essential advice and support to the Canadian Prime Minister and Cabinet.”

As to what whether the article had the hoped for impact, there is no sure way to know. But, as I stated earlier, my readers were very supportive and shared my opinion – and that’s enough for me.

If you’re already a Blogger (no matter the audience you write for), keep on blogging – you’re making a difference. Your views and opinions do matter; they do count. If you’re not yet a Blogger, consider becoming one – make your views and your opinions, count. Get them out there for others to consider.

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Just a quick note: I noticed that the Mounties continue to use IE 6 – often referred to as the most hacked application of all time. Sad!

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23 responses to “Does a Blogger’s Opinion Really Matter?

  1. Mister Reiner

    Very cool Bill! I’m happy for you that your post received the exposure it deserves. That’s really awesome! =D

    It’s important that government officials consider all views on a particular issue, not just the views of those close to them. Your post is proof that one man can make a difference!

    • Mister Reiner,

      Blogging is really a partnership, I think. Readers who comment, like you did when you wrote a very considered comment on that particular article, and a Blogger, working together in this way, can have a powerful impact in creating a message.

      The comment you have just left, is further proof of this type of synergy. Now THAT”S very cool!.


  2. Liam O' Moulain


    Power to the people dude! 🙂


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  4. Mr. Mullins,
    This simply confirms what I have known for a very long time: that your site is – consistently – one of the very best educational resources on the Web today.

    I hope that you will continue to share with us for many, many years to come.

  5. Mal

    Hey Bill,

    Words are powerful. The first thing I do in the morning is head for this blog, as I like trying out the new programs you have tested. Also reading what everyone else thinks about it is interesting too. Since coming to this blog, I believe I have become more cautious with how I use the computer, which can only be a good thing.


    • Hey Mal,

      The VERY man who proves that blogging is a cooperative effort, between blogger and reader!

      Your daily comments add enormously to the value of anything I do, and the site would be the poorer without them. Your comments are always to the point, and expand upon what has been written. What could be better than that?

      Pretty soon, I’m going to have to add you to the staff. 🙂



  6. context

    Good information. Wish there was more content like this easily available.

  7. Bill,
    Congrats on the success of the Canadian post. It seems to me that several things were accomplished. The leaders of Canada, who you were trying to help were in fact listening and that makes your post much much closer to effecting a change; even though your post was of a satirical style, it was professional and hopefully well received by those leaders; and who knows how many other organizations, both public and private it reached.
    Well done, my friend…well done indeed.

    • Hi Paul,

      Thank you.

      Your comprehensive comment on the original article added much value to the discussion, and raised points of interest for all of us. Another great example of the blogger/reader partnership.

      Surprisingly, the satirical approach seems to have worked. In this case the feather, rather than the hammer, was more effective. Philip Roth was right when he said “Satire is moral outrage transformed into comic art.”

      As always, I appreciate your visit, and your thoughtful comment.



  8. Hey Bill,
    It’s great to hear you supporting bloggers with opinions like me. And like you, I’m lucky I almost get no contradiction too.

  9. g

    I originally started my blog as a private blog so I could vent my political frustrations and a daily journal and keep track of them. I still keep a private journal blog – my great grandpa kept a journal for years and when he died, we got a copy of it. Very interesting to read history as it was happening.

    Blogging has also helped me to speeel better and during public speaking engagements, I have a better command of the english language and have become more articulate.

    Blogging can cure baldness in Kalifornia as well.

    • Hey G,

      I’ve been following your political commentary for a few years, and I’m always impressed with your reasoning.

      Reading your Grandpa’s journal must have been a real thrill – History first hand.

      BTW, you’re right, I noticed your “speeeling” is much better. 🙂


  10. Ranjan

    Hey Bill,
    Its really good to see that your efforts are actually bringing up the change and social awareness, pretty much like a Social Reformer, which is indeed, a great job..
    All the very best for your coming blog posts…


  11. dar

    -duh! why would the gummint want to tighten the noose on spyware,etc ,when the status quo is just dandy for them to track info on all of us computer users?
    -sorta like the cancer society never killing the goose…

    ‘ In this and the following installment of the multi-part series on the American Cancer Society (ACS) we will list some of the more dubious actions and inactions by the ACS. This behavior indicates a pattern of obstruction and indifference when it comes to the causes of cancer and unresponsiveness in taking positive actions to serve the public in preventing and curing cancer.’

  12. Bill,
    I knew you had the “right stuff” when I first visited your site. You deserve more attention (good kind) from people in high places, a little less pontificating and more intelligent action on their part is well needed at these crucial times.
    Good job, you’re honest and forthright manner does everyone a true service.