Celebrity bloggers are sooo annoying. Their intimate, over-sharing is embarrassing and unnecessary. Don't they have all the opportunities of TV, press and radio interviews. Not to mention the coverage they get in Heat, Look, Closer and so on.
But oh look, just like Don Mills Diva they get misquoted. Journalists get lazy about sourcing information and take quotes out of context. Even a respected publication like The Times and Times Online gets lazy.
Maybe blogging and tweeting give them an opportunity to speak direct to their audience without being misinterpreted by a journalist. Funny though, the press just regard them as exercises in navel-gazing.
What if it happened to me? Would I be so cross if it was me who was misquoted. Well, duh. Yes I would be. I write an internal communications magazine for my company and I check every quote. Even the stuff that I think doesn't matter. I do this because I appreciate that people don't like surprises particularly when their professional reputation is on the line.
I'm surprised the Times doesn't have higher standards about attribution. In articles such as the one where Kelly was quoted, readers certainly think that everyone who has been quoted has been interviewed. The article has a very different tone from one that is lifted, say, from a company's press release.
I do run the risk of someone not liking my blog (I know - how unlikely is that?). I might be trolled. I might be trolled by a print journalist! I blog because it gives me something I don't get from the print and broadcast media. Personal connection with other people interested in the same thing as me - parenting, work/life balance, having fun.
In terms of my other blog about sport, it gives me a forum to talk about women's sport. The press barely cover that at all. I'm not talking about exercising. We all know there are blogs about diet and fitness (even though I did write my own strangely lush fitness plan). I mean coverage of women in competitive sport at local, national and international levels. The UK press stink at that. I have written to The Guardian about this... I don't think it's too bothered by my opinion.
So whether I'm incorrectly attributed - or ignored altogether - blogging gives me the last word. I like that.