Katie Hopkins is like Marmite, she is always guaranteed to provoke a strong reaction. People either seem to loathe her or love her. I have always steered clear of the lady believing her to be quite deliberately offensive. However, the other day whilst indulging in my secret dirty habit (Daily Mail online), I stumbled across one of her articles and actually agreed with some of what she was saying. Yes, I agreed with Katie Hopkins. I quickly checked my moral compass, no, still intact and the world was still revolving. Yet here I was agreeing with Katie. What did I agree with? It was the following quote,
“they pay for their own lost uniform”
Katie was referring to her children and, yes, I tell Oldest exactly the same. Oldest might only be seven years old but she realises that if she loses her uniform then she has to pay for it out of her own pocket-money. Harsh? No, I don’t think so. You try spending nearly everyday for over a year rummaging through the mountain of clothes in the school’s lost property box. That lost property box is hellish and I was fed-up of getting lost amongst the sweaty PE socks and week old school lunches. I was also fed-up of having to constantly nag.
“I hope you have your school jumper, coat, lunchbox, homework, pencil, pogo stick (ok I made the last one up)”
Now Oldest appreciates that they are her clothes and therefore her responsibility. As a result, she is already learning the importance of looking after her own things and also the value of things. Since this new rule was implemented over a year ago how many things has she lost: nothing.
On this occasion I felt that Katie Hopkins was talking sense. Was I disturbed by the fact that I found myself agreeing with Katie? Yes, but then I am also secretly fascinated by Katie. This is a woman who can cause such division in our society. Hopkins has been labelled all sorts of horrific things but is there something that we should admire about her? This one moment of her talking sense got me thinking about her as a person. Katie is obviously a resilient person, everyday she is attacked for her very outspoken views. However, she laughs them off and this is where I think I can learn something from her in my role of blogger. Yes, I know, now I am wanting to learn from Katie Hopkins.
Let me just check myself in the mirror, yep, it is still me. You see when Katie writes she doesn’t think about how it is going to be received, she talks about separating herself from the writing. This makes sense because what she is saying is often so outrageous that I would understand her need to remove herself from it. I know that if I am writing a serious or personal post then it really helps not to think about who is going to be reading it. You can’t let people you know influence how you write, and so I put them to the back of my mind when I am writing. You can’t think about how your blog post is going to be received and if people are going to like it. There will be people who don’t like your post, that’s life. There will be people who don’t like this because I am actually sharing the belief that sometimes Katie can speak sense. Am I worried how this post will be received? Yes. Instead of worrying should I be asking myself – what would Katie do?
“not giving a sh*t about whether they’re liked or not” – Katie Hopkins
Don’t get me wrong I am not a supporter of Hopkins and I certainly don’t agree with the vast majority of what she says. However, perhaps we should listen to Katie sometimes and stop worrying and just carry on blogging.
Yes, I have just written a whole article in which I feign faint admiration for Katie Hopkins. This will not be happening again. Normal service will be resumed – just after I have read one more article on the Daily Mail…..Damn you Daily Mail and that toolbar of shame.
What do you think of Katie Hopkins? Do you think we could learn something from her when it comes to blogging?