What does it mean? Therein lies our/my taste. Clearly I’m mostly interested in political stuff when online, clearly leaning right and clearly a person who believe women should not be taken seriously ? huh?
Yet, when Techcult, a technology Web site, recently listed its top 100 Web celebrities, only 11 of them were women. Last year, Forbes.com ran a similar list, naming 4 women on its list of 25.
“It’s disheartening and frustrating,” said Allison Blass, a BlogHer attendee whose personal blog at www.lemonade-life.com is about living with Type 1 diabetes.
At the seminar “How to Take Names and Be Taken Seriously as a Political Blogger,” many women said that their male colleagues and major media groups tended to ignore them, and to link to them less often (unless they are Arianna Huffington).
You’re right Allison. I don’t take you seriously and I don’t give a rip about your diabetes. Cry me a river.
What else is in the article entitled “Blogging’s Glass Ceiling”. How about this gem:
Ms. Dimont had just attended a panel called “Taking Care of Business.” Her blog about products and design “went from a hobby to a business so fast,” she said, echoing a common sentiment. She said that companies like Target and Hewlett-Packard regularly furnish products for her to give away to her readers. Chevrolet had provided her with a Malibu Hybrid for the week of the conference, in return for writing about the event on BlogHer.
“I think they knew I’d love the car so much I’d want to write about it, too, on my blog,” Ms. Dimont said. Still, she added, “I’m not making any money off of it.”
“I’m not making any money off of it”, though somehow it’s a business and somehow I got the value of an actual car for an entire week. hmmmm?
Ms. Klein’s popular blog, Greek Tragedy, chronicles her personal life and helped her earn six-figure book deal, while Ms. Armstrong’s snarky mommy blog, Dooce.com, is so successful that her husband quit his job to help her manage it full time.
How many male bloggers can say the same thing? And why would I want to read about Ms Klein’s personal life while I’m looking for news? And why would I want to read about parenting?
The blogosphere is an equal opportunity business. Megan McCardle notes that
“Women get dismissed in ways that men don’t,”
And so? Everyone gets dismissed for something. Megan thinks that women aren’t aggressive enough yet I can say honestly I took Michelle Malkin off of my must reads because she is irritatingly aggressive. Same with the JAWA report and the AntiIdiotarian. (who’s cussing started bugging me – and I’m not opposed to cussing. It was the over do of it.)
Vox Popoli comes up with rules for women who want to be taken seriously. My comments are in the brackets below.:
1. Have at least half a brain and demonstrate that it actually functions by not writing egregiously stupid stuff. [that sounds like a good plan for both men and women]
2. At least 75 percent of your posts should have nothing to do with you or your life.
[This all depends on what’s making you famous Vox. Waiter Rant would be hard pressed to keep his 2million hits if he started talking about the food]
3. Don’t post a picture or talk about your romantic life, your children or your pets.
[Frankly I think we all like a little insight. Ed Morriseys’ “Little Captain” (I have no idea how to link to the defunct Captain’s Quarters), Ace o Spades lack of a love life, Lilek’s Gnat, and Rachel Lucas’s dogs.]
4. Don’t threaten to quit blogging every time anyone criticizes you.
[I’ll agree with this one]
5. Learn how to defend your positions with facts and logic instead of passive-aggressive parthian shots fired off as you run away. [I’ll agree with this one]
Vox does give the Lucas Exception
which states that “if a female blogger can be confirmed to be as amusingly bloody-minded as Rachel Lucas, she may post about her dogs or other non-feline pets, so long as such posts are not made more than thrice per week. Kids and cats are still right out.”
Frankly if Rachel Lucas got herself a cat and did not post a picture of it wearing at least a pashmina I would probably have to call her a pussy for following so closely to some dude’s ideas of “the rules”.
And then I’d have to drop her. Because if she’s going to follow said rules, she’s not worth my time anymore. And therein lies the crux.
We have X hours in every day. Glenn Reynolds is popular because his posts are always short, he always updates and he’s usually got something we want to read about. Same with Drudge if you want to call him a blog.
I used to read the NeoNeoCon all the time, but I just don’t have time. So it’s back to Scott and JK and Vodkapundit etc, etc. If they be guys, so be it.
Even this post is too long to bother with. If you’ve made it this far……Welcome to a “girl’s blog” you rebel you!
UPDATE: A link concerning a man’s POV from a dude who blogs about his life.
Every time I saw a female blogger write the expression “male blogger” this weekend, it was a code name for “tech” or “political” bloggers like Techcrunch or Daily Kos. It was as if these female bloggers had the exact same viewpoint about male blogging as the New York Times. While “Female Blogging” represented a wide range of views, from writing about shoes, knitting, to talking politics, “male blogging” was still dressed in a suit and tie. I read the term “male bloggers” countless times, not once described in a way that includes me.
Yeah. What he said.
UPDATE: Based on the comments below I think I must not have been clear. If you’re female and you’re blog isn’t getting enough hits to satisfy you, you either a) haven’t promoted yourself b) it isn’t that good comparatively c) you haven’t established any regularity/loyalty from readers or d) like b it just isn’t that entertaining.
That’s it. It’s not because you’re female. You can test this theory by starting a 2nd blog that is a copy of the first only with a man’s name. Yes – it’s that easy.