Blogger Kathleen O'Brien Wilhelm an Internet Celeb After Her Patch Blog Goes Viral

Wilhelm's Patch blog about deer crossing signs and whether deer can read got lots of attention, although most of it wasn't very nice.

If you haven’t read the blog from Avon-Avon Lake Patch blogger Kathleen O’Brien Wilhelm about the deer crossing sign, please come out from the rock you are hiding under.

Wilhelm’s blog, Animals Can’t Talk, was posted on Feb. 10, and got widespread attention on Feb. 16, when a popular website, buzzfeed.com, shared the link just before 3:30 p.m.  

Gawker.com, which focuses on celebrities and the media industry, reposted the blog, which earned more than 27,000 page views on that site alone. The blog inaccurately referred to Wilhelm as a columnist at first, then amending her to a blogger. (Bloggers are not employees of Patch.)

After spinning around the Internet for a few days, Cleveland-area media jumped on board. The Chronicle-Telegram did a front-page article featuring Wilhelm and the blog. WEWS Channel 5 ran this story.

The story was re-tweeted more than a thousand times, “recommended” on Facebook almost 8,000 times and resulted in a YouTube video poking Wilhelm in the eye on 1OneMinuteVideo.

Commenters across the globe wondered whether Wilhelm truly believed the signs were for the deer, much like "Donna the Deer Lady."  

Most comments directed toward Wilhelm were less than kind. Some believed it was irony and some humor. Some believe she really did think the signs were for the deer, not the humans. 

After nearly 150 comments, we closed it down when too many comments violated our Terms of Use.

We asked Wilhelm, whose blogs often take a political bent, if humor was what she was after.

"My blogs have included topics regarding government out of control at the expense of Americans, illegal aliens, jobless, and entitlements with titles like ‘Democrats are goosestepping to Obama,’" Wilhelm said. “None have received as many hits or gone viral as this blog. Anyone who reads it should see that the focus is concern that humans are becoming second rate to animals.

“Yes, I know the signs are for humans, but provide false hope to where the animals elect to go and another example of government wasting taxpayer's money on these signs. Perhaps, others should consider a blog; as in America, the greatest country in the world, we still have freedom thanks to our soldiers. "

Wilhelm has been a good sport about it. Neither the comments nor the notoriety stopped her from submitting another albeit less-than-controversial blog on Feb. 20.

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Kristen LePrevost February 22, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Is the world lauging with her or at her??
Mr. Sam February 22, 2013 at 07:06 PM
"More serious political blogs"....now that's rich. Just what we need, yet another poorly informed fool providing their obtuse opinion in the political arena. Arabella, don't be upset that the ignorant conservative has lost power and influence over this countries polices. It's simply the American peoples reaction to their failed policies.
Patch reader February 22, 2013 at 08:20 PM
"Having lived in Avon Lake most of my life I can say that there are hundreds of other people in this city who could provide an intelligent op-ed on a range of topics important to the community. So I guess that begs the question Lori, why publish the musings of this women when this area has so much more to offer?" Mr. Sam. Please start a blog!
Mr. Sam February 22, 2013 at 08:31 PM
I think the phrase, "Don't feed the trolls," applies to Arabella...also, the election speaks for it's self and gives relevance to my point. Nothing else to add on the subject.
Susan Ruiz Patton February 23, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Actually Avon-Avon Lake Patch has lots of different points of view among our bloggers. This is just one that happened to get lots of attention this week. Check them out here: http://avon-oh.patch.com/search/blog_posts Not all blogs are political and not all blogs are controversial. If you want to represent Avon-Avon Lake with your point of view in a blog on Patch, you are welcome.


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