Internet Advocacy

The internet is a darn-tooting special place. Maybe not stumbled-upon-mini-meadow-in-the-woods-with-sun-beams-and-babbling-stream special, but a place where anything can happen, and more importantly anyone can be the cause of the happening.

So, this idea of dividing it up into fast and slow and privileged and poor and pay more or save more options pisses me off. The one lovely thing about this situation and the internet is that it’s our space. We can have a say, and an impact. It’s happened before that big bad plans were stopped via the advocacy of voices coming together, with leadership from organizations. It’s happened in Canada, it has happened in the US before.

But of course that’s never the end, is it? So, until there’s some sort of charter of rights of the internet adding one’s name to a petition can be required. That’s what I did, and if you like, you can do so as well. is, from all I’ve seen, a good organization that keeps users interest at heart. For years they’ve fought for better service in Canada, for privacy, for rights online.

Here’s an article explaining what’s going on now in the US, and how it may impact you regardless of where you live. So, check it out if you like πŸ™‚



In other news: I’m off to the Canadian Authors Association this evening to give a talk with my Podcast co-host, Kevin. BAH! Nerves are inevitable. After I make lunch today, I’ll go back to practising that talk. The theme: Why Talk About Writing?

And just to reinforce how useful this topic is, I ran into a fellow writer yesterday evening while at a networking wine thing (Cranberry juice & water for me. Wine is wasted on my palette), and we talked and talked and talked about writing.

Therefore, it gives me confidence today. Writing is seen as a lonely profession. Maybe that’s because so many writers are shy, or introverted, or don’t feel like admitting what they do? But I’ve noticed that the more I say, “I’m a writer” the more writers I meet. And it actually doesn’t feel at all like a lonely profession.

Anyhow! Onward to make lunch!

Article once more:

Have a lovely day,



8 thoughts on “Internet Advocacy

  1. You guys were great! We really enjoyed your talk and your enthusiasm (both you and Kevin) is just so encouraging and contagious.

    I didn’t get up to talk but I wanted to say that the reason I love to talk about writing (and I do!) is that it legitimizes it, as a profession, for me. I used to be “just a dabbler” and “just a blogger” and it was something I had to look at the floor and mumble about when admitting it publicly. Meeting other authors and talking about what we do has made me feel like I’m not just someone with a hobby, but rather, someone with a job, a goal, a life plan, a project. It’s made me feel like I can hold my head up high and say, “I’m a writer,” and not feel like a total poseur.

    Blog Out Loud has a lot of the same meaning to me. I absolutely know that a single blog post can be a work of beauty, a true testament to the fact that someone is a Writer with a capital W. Hosting the event lets me show the world the amazing range of writers out there, and that writing can come in all sorts of different forms and formats. Reading out loud to an audience is one more way to legitmize what we’re doing here – to make everyone see that we really mean it when we say we’re into this writing thing. πŸ™‚

    • YES I feel so much the same way, Lynn. And Blog Out Loud really does just that – the blog posts were so beautiful and honestly quite raw this past season.

      That word “just” is a tricky one, I reckon. I’m glad you’ve chucked it aside. And thank you for sharing your “Why talk about writing” story with me. I was really quite curious to hear what you had to say.

      You want a sticker? πŸ™‚ I can mail one to you if you like. They come in yellow, red, blue and green.

      • Hee! I totally want a sticker! You can hang on to it until next time I see you, though. I plan on following you and Kevin around like a groupie to all your public appearances.

        Speaking of which, I actually heard about the talk from Lee Ann, who is a CAA member – I didn’t see this blog post of yours until this morning. So next time you’ll be speaking somewhere, I’d love some more advance warning so I don’t miss it.

  2. Thanks for telling us about this “Internet Slowdown” proposal. As a customer who uses the Internet, this does upset me. But I also think about the businesses (mainly the small ones) who use the Internet to generate revenue or conduct business. If their websites are slowed down, they would lose clients to other businesses which have faster websites; or clients who can’t or won’t want to pay for faster service may decide not to make their purchases, appointments, long-distance training or other business over the Internet.

    In this period of fragile, global economic revival, I say “What were they thinking?”

    P.S. I’m wondering if the Canada Revenue Agency won’t mind me delaying the payment of my taxes because my or their Internet service is too slow.

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