RDP: Influencer

The Random Daily Post word is Influencer.

I don’t believe I ever heard this word until a couple of years or so ago. It appears to mean people who influence what is trending on the internet and I guess in the real world.

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I get a bit annoyed with some of these people. Who are they to decide what we ought to be reading, eating, wearing or whatever? I have never been one to follow fashions or trends though.

At one time the people who influenced trends were at least experts in their fields but now it seems that an influencer can be anyone who can start a blog or a YouTube channel. Like reality TV stars they become famous for being famous.

I admit that some are informative about their subject. I read and watch a lot of content from other doll collectors and people who travel. If I want to know how to do something I know there will probably be someone out there who has done it and has advice. That’s all well and good but I guess those people are not necessarily influences because they are providing information rather than just telling us what the trendy people like or dislike.

My mum used to be fond of saying. “Don’t be one of sheep.” She meant don’t do something just because everyone else is doing it. But it seems that now that’s what happens. Influencers decide that the messy bun is a great look so you go out and every second woman you see has one. Someone decides that it is very trendy to make all your furnishings grey, floor, walls and furniture so that’s what everyone wants. I went into a carpet shop one day and every roll of carpet was grey or beige. This is a trend that I wish some influencer would say has had its day.

Why do we do this? Why do we think that some random person whom we’ve never heard of before knows best? Why don’t we make our own choices?



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

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