Thursday, 16 October 2008

An Inspector Calls...

Stand by your blogs folks, for today the Queen visits Google, so everything had better be ship-shape and Bristol-fashion or 'orf with your heads'!

BBC Radio 4's Today programme had great fun this morning speculating on what HM's
blog might be like if she wrote one. Do click on the link and listen to the humorous clip of Sue Townshend's sketch - no matter that Sue evidently does not seem to know the difference between a blog and Facebook.

The answer to their musing though is that they'd never know, as any attempt that The Queen made to interact with the BBC would be stymied by the fact that even when you go through all the rigmarole of signing up to the BBC website - you can never EVER leave comments on any programme as a BLOGGER! Not even for programmes about BLOGGING!

How annoying is that?

To annoy even further, viewers and listeners can now rarely contact programmes direct - even to offer positive feedback to the British Broadcasting Corporation that we the people personally pay for and own - but are directed to messageboard asylums full of random lunatics who can scarcely write, let alone stick to the same topic thread - in order that the Beeb can ignore their viewers and listeners even more & let them rant away to each other with equanimity.

In fact if our Queen wants a surefire way to anonymity and a low-key life, the way bloggers are tumbling down the Google rankings as a search engine priority, starting a blog is probably the answer! Or the next best thing to trying to contact the BBC directly!

10 comments:

Nota Bene said...

Oh I'm so glad it's not just me that gets ignored...I'm not paranoid, they really are out to get me. The Evening Standard ignores me too, but that's may be because I took them to the PCC

KAZ said...

I wondered about Blogs and search engine priority - is it official?
If anyone is actually still using elizabeth@hotmail.com. they could be inundated after that Sue Townsend article.

teeni said...

That link was hilarious. It is annoying when you can't make comments or provide feedback though.

garfer said...

Queenie could blog about how she keeps her Rice Krispies and Coco Pops fresh in Tupperware containers.

I might grace her majesty with a comment.

*salutes*

teeni said...

Me again. I've got an award for you at my place. I hope you will accept it. http://www.vtroom.com/2008/10/16/of-hooks-and-bacon/

Steve said...

One writes one blog to feel at one with the proles and to rough it occasionally...

Wisewebwoman said...

I think Alan Bennett did a bang up job on the inner workings of HRH with
"An Uncommon Reader."
And yes I hate us bloggers tumbling like dead leaves to the bottom of the behemoth Google mega-engine.
XO
WWW

The Dotterel said...

No wonder she looks miserable in that picture.

moi said...

We have something similar to the BBC. It's called PBS and its distinguishing feature other than Sesame Street is these long ass snooze fests of fund raising drives.

The Poet Laura-eate said...

Nota Bene - well done for standing up to the Evening Standard - all publications and media representing us and paid for by us should be both accountable to us and interactively contactable by us.

Kaz, I don't think it's official yet that blogs are getting less internet visibility, but I think we've all experienced it to be true when we Google an old posting for quickness for example and suddenly have to wade through pages and pages of irrelevant internet, no matter that the title of that posting was pretty unique and once eminently findable!

Teeni - if only everyone thought and acted as you in this respect! Thanks very much for the award by the way - much appreciated!

Garfer, I think Queenie ought to have a Google Ad for Tunnock's Tea Cakes when she starts that fantasy blog - don't you?

But really you're a secret-star-in-waiting like the rest of us - admit it Steve!

WWW - you of all prefixes should be listed before the A-s on the internet directory!

Dotteral - but terribly dignified and Queenly, don't ya think? I didn't think that image of her in her tracky bottoms with 'Bench' emblazoned across the bottom quite carried the right gravitas somehow...

Moi, I thought CBS was your BBC in the States - or am I behind the times? BBC is not quite down to a pastiche Sesame Street for its output, but I'm sure it can only be a matter of time...