Hi, my name’s Tim. I’m
very exceedingly good at organic SEO (Search Engine Optimisation). My most notable skill is the capacity to draft, shuffle and arrange vast amounts of website content according to a devised/agreed long-term keyword strategy. During that process multiple concepts for social/online marketing that are specific to the relevant brand/goals will fall out of the side of my hippocampus. That makes me capable of devising not only a content strategy, but an elegantly-intertwined social strategy that makes it perform above and beyond those of your competitors.
I’m also quite good at a range of other things, and not all of them connected to online marketing. I’m a dab hand at Photoshop, and cut a good video (especially where music is involved).
Further, I’m not just a tenacious and creative person with an analytical mind, but an evangelist to boot. That means that I love nothing more than to unwrap a puzzle or solve a problem and have as many people as possible learn or otherwise grow from the experience.
(This comes in especially handy when managing client expectations in the field of SEO; the ideal client understands the limitations of organic SEO, and seeks to work within acceptable parameters instead of putting pressure on you to somehow circumvent them. It also results in staff learning from my experience as a matter of course.)
The downside to all of this is that over time I have accumulated a number of determined enemies who do not appreciate the manner in which I have used my skills to expose corruption, deceit and untoward behaviour, most frequently in Tory politics and tabloid media. The most determined among these people are a rogue tabloid reporter, a serving Member of Parliament, and a former executive fundraiser for the Deputy Chief Whip, all of whom have gravitated towards each other over the years to work in a sometimes loose and sometimes formal partnership (while denying that they have anything to do with each other, naturally).
Some of these people are so determined that entire years can go by without my mentioning them even obliquely, and they will still invent or imagine fanciful stories about my somehow gaming the search engines and targeting them secretly in this time. Meanwhile they will target me in exactly this same manner and think nothing of it. Others will pretend that my silence in the face of provocation is evidence of cowardice that warrants further attention, or even the result of some form of warning/sanction from police (i.e. my not mentioning them somehow becomes evidence that I am ‘stalking’ them).
I’m not just bragging about how interesting my life has become here; my point is that the behaviour continues no matter what I do about it. In fact, it often gets worse if I refuse to engage with it or make public mention of it and instead report it to the authorities. Some of the most serious events have stemmed from my daring to report the people involved to police; my family and friends have been ruthlessly targeted in an attempt to have them put pressure on me to drop the matter. You would think that police would somehow be empowered to act on such behaviour, or even discourage people who tell outright lies on their behalf, but you’d be wrong.
The serving MP (Conservative Nadine Dorries) is the biggest problem on this front. She repeatedly puts pressure on authorities, organisations and the media in pursuit of her years-long campaign of harassment, and is in a better position to do so than most, and is utterly convinced that she is the victim in all of this. Even during those moments where she might come to realise that she has been misled by her ‘allies’ or has engaged in falsehoods herself, the bottom line is that she has by now invested so deeply in the fiction that her political survival depends on it.
Anyway, getting back to what makes me such a desirable employee…
Previous employers have as a result of all of this been contacted by parties claiming to be the victims of harassment and/or acting on behalf of victims of harassment. Sometimes the people involved do this under the pretence of journalistic inquiry (i.e. as if they are preparing a story or documentary about stalkers, fraud, online abuse, etc.). In such cases, the welfare and integrity of the company and/or its brand is often threatened. Sometimes threats of brand/business sabotage and actual acts of brand/business sabotage are used against people/organisations with only tangential connection to me, or even no connection to me. Sometimes this happens when people do no more than reply to me on Twitter about how unacceptable it is to behave in this way.
I can’t even volunteer for charities in peace. Experience shows that Nadine Dorries will phone them and claim that I am under some form of police investigation and/or sanction, and only using them to get to her somehow. Sometimes she will seek to simply embarrass/intimidate them by making public mention of my association with their organisation… and imply that I am only using them to get to her somehow.
Authors of anonymous ‘sock puppet’ accounts engage in the latter behaviour often, and this has been an ongoing problem since the practice first began in 2006 (starting with anonymous websites trying to associate a series of my clients with alleged criminal activity and a series of nuisance calls to clients making allegations of spamming, ‘black hat’ SEO methods, and computer hacking). The subsequent creep into my withdrawing from a healthy and productive life has been slow but steady. Over time, I have gone from ceasing the publication of new client testimonials, to only having a skeleton presence on LinkedIn, to eventually having to do my job with one hand tied behind my back; ultimately, I could not commit to any job to the extent where I might personally/publicly promote clients or the work I was doing for them. I even had to avoid having my picture taken at social gatherings with other staff members.
When it got so bad in 2012 that I was subjected to repeated threats of visits/violence at home, then work, then potentially en-route to/from work, the behaviour began to extend to harassment of my colleagues, and deliberate, concerted sabotage of the relevant company/brand (something I had successfully avoided until that point in time). I sought to detach myself from that company in the hopes of protecting the lives and livelihood of people I worked with…. but as soon as the people targeting me got wind of my departure, anonymous articles began to appear claiming that I was exposed and dismissed from work for harassing/stalking other people.
(Sidebar: These anonymous articles were endorsed by Nadine Dorries through her Twitter account and on her website; she even purported to put questions to the relevant CEO and pretended that she had not received sufficient/any answers about her false allegations.)
I am accused of harassment when I dare to report harassment, I am accused of making threats when I am in fact the target of threats, and I am accused of secretly authoring anonymous accounts/websites targeting me. In fact, the projection is so extreme and absurd that I stand accused of authoring an anonymous website that alleges that I have been projecting this psychological defence mechanism onto other people.
(Yes, they are projecting that I have projected projection. Just thinking about it makes my head hurt. I honestly don’t know how these people get by when constructing and maintaining such edifices and it frightens me to think that it may come quite naturally to them.)
In short, I am being targeted with the allegation that I am targeting others, anyone close to me is similarly targeted in an attempt to damage, discredit and isolate me, and none of this behaviour is curbed or controlled by what most people would regard to be reasonable limits.
So, as you can see, I’m quite the catch.
With rare exceptions like this post, I do endeavour to conduct myself with sufficient strength and self-control to not let the attentions of these people draw me or my focus away from my obligations, but that does not discourage them. If anything, it leads them to start targeting the people associated with me. Friends, family… and you, if you were to dare to employ me.
The people who have been targeting me have invested so deeply in their lies and delusions that they cannot see any path in their future that does not lead to my ruin. One of them is determined that I be arrested and prosecuted before getting on a plane to ‘go back to Australia’ (and I would dare to suggest that this view is not only misguided and disproportionate, but somewhat colonial).
If you were to stand in the way of that, you would become a target and named as an ‘enabler’. If you were to go one further and stand up to their behaviour, you would quickly become incorporated into the fantasy and named as a ‘stalker’.
Of course, for the most part, they’re all talk and bluster, but it does put a lot of people off, especially when a notoriously vindictive Member of Parliament is involved.
Police have reacted to repeated attempts to have me arrested and prosecuted or otherwise sanctioned by stating quite clearly that I have not committed any offence and have merely engaged in the action of holding a public figure to account (as is my right), but I find myself frustrated by their inability to address the behaviour of people who pretend otherwise. Attempts to address the matter through civil means have led to point where I am most likely facing bankruptcy.
So here’s the plan: I’m just about to disappear and ‘go bush’ for a week, where I’ll be teaching young people how to survive in a harsh environment. (I can assure you that the irony will not be lost on me.)
While I am gone, you are invited to form an orderly queue to the left and contact me about likely positions in or around Luton. I might be convinced to travel further, perhaps even to London, but it would have to be for the right job with the right
boss glutton for punishment, not least because I would seek to avoid a travel routine that would make me vulnerable to threats/acts of direct confrontation in a public place.
This may not seem like much of a job application to some, but the alternative is to search for a job surreptitiously (i.e. eschewing all benefits of public-facing CVs and job-seeking profiles) while still being obliged to provide any potential employer with due warning about the kind of behaviour they might face if they choose to associate with me. Even if I get somewhere with that, I risk losing that job anyway if I am not sufficiently stringent in briefing them on the problem. I’ve even had employers/clients dismiss the issue as an irrelevance… until the moment they come to be directly confronted by it.
(I want to be clear at this point that I do not judge these people harshly; it is a distressing and intense experience to be of the receiving end of an attack that defies logic and reason.)
If I can’t control or avoid the behaviour of these people, then I need to start looking for the right type of employer, and I figure after 10 years the time has finally come to start being entirely open about it.
The alternative is to simply surrender to it, and that won’t be happening. Ever.
PS – I also exposed Grant Shapps for lying to a constituent and bullying them into capitulation. He’s responded by repeating Dorries’ allegations, and further seeking to convince people that it was me pretending to be him pretending to be someone else in Wikipedia… so I’ve got that going for me, too.