Comic Relief: Shaggy Blog Stories

Shaggy Blog Stories

How many bloggers does it take to change a light bulb? One but if you get another ninety-nine they can create a book for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day with some of the funniest stories from around the blogosphere.

However, one-hundred and one would probably be better so there is still someone to change the light bulb, otherwise the work would have to be done in the dark.

Bloggers publish book for Comic Relief.

100 bloggers have published a book to raise funds of the BBC’s Comic Relief appeal on Friday 16th March.

‘Shaggy Blog Stories’ features hilarious contributions from Richard Herring of ‘Fist of Fun’ fame, BBC 6 Music presenter Andrew Collins, comedian Emma Kennedy, and James Henry, scriptwriter from Channel Four’s ‘The Green Wing’.

Authors Abby Lee, David Belbin, Catherine Sanderson and The Guardian’s Anna Pickard have also contributed pieces to the book.

The vast majority of contributions, however, are the work of many of the lesser known and unfamiliar heroes of British blogging; going under pen names such as Diamond Geezer, Scaryduck, Pandemian and Unreliable Witness.

Also contributing to ‘Shaggy Blog Stories’, and hoping to raise funds for the Comic Relief Appeal is local expat writer and cartoonist Invader Stu from Invading Holland.

The book is the idea of blogger Mike Atkinson who writes the ‘Troubled Diva’ weblog. ‘Shaggy Blog Stories’ features comic writing from not only the cream of British blogging, but also the best up-and-coming and undiscovered writers publishing their work on their own websites.

Giving himself a “ridiculously short” seven days from idea to finished product, Atkinson admitted that he was overwhelmed with the response, which gleaned over 300 submissions for publication.

With a pool of talented writers, and the latest publishing-on-demand technology, Shaggy Blog Stories bypasses the usual snail-paced publishing industry, and offers a mail order service to customers who will receive their finished copy within days of placing their order, and only a couple of weeks after the original idea.

“Blogging creates complex, worldwide networks of friendship and contacts on the internet”, says journalist Alistair Coleman, one of Shaggy Blog Stories’ contributors. “By creating a buzz about this book, we can reach out to hundreds, thousands of readers who’d be willing to part with a few quid for this very good cause.

Mike’s got some excellent writers on board here whose work deserves a wider audience. Everybody wins.”

For the background story on the creation of Shaggy Blog Stories, take a look at

So flex that mouse clicking finger and order a copy of the book. Not only will you be getting a really funny read but you will also be helping raise money for charity. Kudos to Mike for the great idea and getting it all put togeather.

19 responses to “Comic Relief: Shaggy Blog Stories”

  1. Tokyo Girl says:

    And, it took until now for me to look at your blog. Shameful.

  2. VallyP says:

    Stu!!!!! that’s excellent! Well done!!!! I’m definitely going to order a copy, especially as you’re in it ;-)

  3. Invader Stu says:

    Tokyo Girl – Tut tut. You better have a good excuses :p

    VallyP – Thanks. You better get in quick before my mum buys them all :p

  4. BlondebutBright says:

    Cool! Why is it that I only hear about these things after the fact? Well, I guess it was just for you British folk, anyway. ;)

  5. Aisling says:

    GAhhhhhhh, I need money!!!! I must have the Stu book!!!!!!!!


  6. Dragon lady says:

    Don’t worry Stu I will leave a couple of copies for everyone else

  7. ChickyBabe says:

    Good to see bloggers getting some good publicity for a change.

  8. Alan says:

    That makes three expats in Holland that made the book. I doubt that there are that many expats anywhere else that made it. We’re speshul!! :-)

  9. roxanne says:

    Cool! Also cool that your mom has her own cartoon icon.

  10. Invader Stu says:

    BlondebutBright – I can’t believe I missed a chance to brag about it on Thursday :p

    Aisling – I wouldn’t call it the Stu Book but my ego likes it.

    Dragon lady – At least one? :p

    ChickyBabe – Do we get bad publicity?

    Alan – Expats rule :p

    Roxanne – I made it a while back for a post about my mum and dad visiting.

  11. Tess says:

    Hey, that’s cool! I’m a bit late I reckon due to circumstances, is it still possible to buy a copy? [ps are you taking over all your readers’ gravatars? :9 your mums is cool; wonder who you take after? ;) ]

  12. Invader Stu says:

    Tess – The books still available. I was a bit worried that the cartoon of my mum would just look like me in a wig wearing makeup :p

  13. Tess says:

    *HAHAHAHAHA* thanks for putting that picture in my head *lmao*

  14. VallyP says:

    Hmmmmm…..still the same post?? Are we resting on our laurels?? I count on you to give me my chuckles for the week, so new post please Stu! ;-))

  15. Tess says:

    VallyP is so right…, it seems to be quiet in the blogosphere, so new posts or else I’ll indulge myself in bittersweet chocolate *tsk*

  16. Invader Stu says:

    Such demanding readers. It’s not even been a week :p

    I’m working on the next post. Things have just been a little busy.

  17. Tenakalaz says:

    don’t lie, you have been swanning around at home complaining that the little people just don’t understand how hard it is for a Celebrity blogger like you…….. ;D

  18. Invader Stu says:

    Dam it. I told you not to tell them. That’s it… you can no longer be part of my entourage.

  19. Tenakalaz says:

    But who will seperate all the M&M’s for you so you only eat the red ones ?

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