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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tgb1000 February 22, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Well her comments cited here are every bit as clear and coherent as her other writing. She gets points for consistency, I guess. If her ultimate point was "Signs that alert motorists that they are driving in an area in which deer are known to cross frequently are a waste of taxpayer money", well, maybe she should have just said that. Leave the humor to professionals, or at least people with a sense of it; Ms. Wilhelm clearly lacks that. She might consider brushing up on the basic rules of sentence structure as well.
Nick Perry February 22, 2013 at 04:34 PM
avon/avon lake patch..Let's make something clear here: this is not the kind of news you want to go viral in the same town you live in and/or report news for.A blog is NOT news folks! it is ones opinion and nothing more. It is the equivelent of a letter to the editor and nothing more! I really hope you would agree.This is nothing but shameful and pathetic...I mean, it's too late now, but it didn't help putting an insanely right wing nut job bloggers blog on the front page of your site and post it to facebook..You do realize in doing this, can and will hurt the reputation of Avon Lake...Who wants that? i would strongly suggest that if you are going to report on a far right wing blog, you better report on a far left blog..it's only fair becuase, as you can see and read, she is being more made fun of and ridiculed then any positive..then you wonder why the mainstream media is mostly left...if it was more right, other countries would never respect us for the most part..
Mr. Sam February 22, 2013 at 05:55 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; however, this editor chooses to give a public voice to a local fool who creates "blogs" filled with idiotically simplistic interpretations of complex issues. Giving Mrs. Wilhelm a "published" forum only serves to limit objective discourse on important issues as people are in a rush to laugh when they should be examining facts and responding informed about the issue at hand. So I guess that begs the question Lori, why publish the musings of this women when this area has so much more to offer?
Arabella February 22, 2013 at 05:58 PM
Hopefully by going "viral" the deer crossing blog will bring attention to Ms. Wilhelm's other, more serious political blogs. And to alert us to the fact that we are under siege not only by wild animals, but by illegal immigrants, welfare queens, and socialist tyrants who want to force American citizens into government dependency! If people don't understand the humor of the deer crossing article, well too bad. Our country still has independent-minded people, right? Understanding, perceiving these critiques of entitlement culture and the Obama-bots who promote it. Watch out, libs!
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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