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October 11, 2005

Women Bloggers

Heather Green

I should have picked up on this earlier, but am glad that Susan Mernit did. Out of the CNET list of top 100 bloggers, only a handful are women. Susan counts five, but we are on the list, so I count six eight.(Anita Campbell from RFID Weblog and Staci Kramer from paidContent point out that they're on the list "Not that it changes the numbers much, Kramer adds). I agree with Susan, this is an interesting list and though I am glad Blogspotting is on there, it can't be that hard to find good women bloggers....

For the record, the five are Xeni Jardin from BoingBoing, Alice Hill at Real Tech News, Molly E. Holzschlag , Gina Trapani at Lifehacker and Pamela Jones at Groklaw.

Update: It's been suggested that I suggest likely candidates. Err, this is CNET's list, not mine. But since, 43% of all bloggers are women last time Pew checked, it's not hard to come up with a few recommendations in just two minutes:

Rebecca McKinnonMary HodderCharlene LiRocketboomDebbie Weil

09:52 AM

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Well, why not create your own list of female bloggers that you think would deserve being on the list so readers can be enlightened as to CNET's preference for male bloggers.

It really turns me off when women gripe about the lack of females in certain areas (like Photoshop instructors at conferences) without providing a list of people they feel should be credited in that area. The lack of input on your part just indicates that you might like to complain about things and get certain people riled up without contribing to the solution.

Is it at all possible that there are more men blogging and more men that are putting in enough time to create overly useful blogs? I'm not suggesting that women are not capable or that there are not great blogs done by women, I'm just saying that your comment isn't very useful and if this is the type of comments women make on thier blogs, then I can see why they aren't in the CNET's top 100. It's the standard emotional response when a logical one would be more persuasive.

So, why not add to your post asking people (not just women) to suggest female authored blogs that they think should have been on the list and indicate that the blogs should not focus on women's issues since that was not the focus of CNET's list. Instead have them make suggestions for the categories that CNET used so we can start visiting these great blogs.

For me personally, I could care less about the type of genetailia the author of a blog has... I just want to know about good blogs that have content that interests me.

-BLW

Posted by: BLW at October 11, 2005 10:56 AM

Not that it changes the numbers very much, your list is off by one -- me. Rafat and I are both listed as "authors" in the paidContent.org listing. http://news.com.com/2311-10784_3...0784_3- 189.html

Posted by: Staci Kramer at October 11, 2005 11:58 AM

BLW,

It's interesting, the way you articulate the problem. I like your approach to the blog lists. Might I suggest Evelyn Rodriguez' Crossroads Dispatches as one such blog on the philosophy of business and the meaning of life? http://evelynrodriguez.typepad.com/crossroads_dispatches

And I have some Ferrari photos up on mine :)

Posted by: Niti Bhan at October 11, 2005 12:05 PM

I agree with Niti. If I were to make a list of the top 100 bloggers in my opinion, Evelyn would be high on the list as would BL Ochman. But, then I cannot tell you how many women would be on my list, nor could a tell you how many African Americans or Jews would be on the list. For that matter, Icannot tell you how many of these people would be left-handed, or short or tall. What difference should gender make? Do all lists have to be gender inclusive? The idea I always thought was to not discriminate one way or another.

Posted by: shel Israel at October 11, 2005 01:25 PM

Take a look at Cosmic Variance, whose 5 bloggers include two women, JoAnne Hewett and Risa Wechsler. The blog is written by cosmologists, but strays wildly from cosmology into most any topic. One of my favorite blogs.

Posted by: Bruce Cordell at October 11, 2005 01:47 PM

I'm a woman and I "author" three blogs - one on Innovation http://asideconsulting.blogspot.com another on business networking http://biznetworking.blogspot.com and another is my design studio blog http://www.aside.in/blog and I should've been on the CNET list too! But with Google PageRanks of 5, 4 and 0 respectively - the competition must have been tough!

If they did a top 100 blogs in India - I'd probably be one of the "few" women bloggers in the top 50 too.

I like what the internet does for me and my business - I now have a list of blogs [ from CNET ] to add to my Google RSS Reader and learn some more!

Posted by: Naina Redhu at October 11, 2005 02:09 PM

Thanks for the link niti.

And Shel, I agree with you completely.

I'm just amazed at how the one media by which you can't really be discrimited (in audio and video you can easily tell someones gender, and newpapers, books and other print media often require you to identify the author) that someone has to comment on gender.

If you really don't want make sure you're not being discriminated, then simply remove all photos of yourself and change your name to Pat or Chris.

I think a lot of men are overly focused to the point of it affecting their relationships and most women are more keenly aware of how thier actions affect others and therefore aren't emotionless enough to be able to focus on a task (like a blog) with enough energy and time to make it an absolute obsession. On the other hand, I know gazillions of men who can focus on something while being completely clueless as to how it's destroying their relationships and therefore can see how they could have the possibility of translating more press releases into blog entries and blabbing about techno gadgets instead of waking up and living life. I don't want more award winning women bloggers... I want those women to talk some guy into writing about the woman's areas of interest (and influencing what he posts) so she can spend more time living and less time obsessing about blog content and if awards are being won or not.

-BLW

Posted by: BLW at October 11, 2005 07:53 PM

Jessamyn! http://jessamyn.com/journal/

Posted by: dg at October 11, 2005 11:30 PM

This is crazy, but understandable. Cnet was out to create the best BLOGS, not being politically correct and picking women - or for that matter black Americans (as I am), left handed people or anyone else. But the best BLOGS. Heck, I think my blog should have been there (http://www.smallbiztechnology.com), but it wasn't.

I think we should stay on tech and let the politicians worry about the other stuff.

Ramon

Posted by: Ramon Ray at October 12, 2005 06:13 AM

Keep in mind that it was a CNET top 100... perhaps the categories they have selected skew the results in favor of men. There is still too much focus on the meta communication in the blogosphere, e.g. blogs about blogging. For instance, why do you think Debbie Weil?? blog should be in the top 100? Because she writes a blog about blogging, and you are a journalist writing about blogging. As blogging evolves, the blogs that are truly the best will break out of this niche and appeal to a wider audience, as some already are. One can only hope that a credible source will then create a top 100 list that is truly reflective of the blogosphere.

Posted by: Devon Dudgeon at October 12, 2005 07:01 AM

Let's all just back up a little. I am not asking anyone to be politically correct, just to try a little to include a broader group of people. I think we all agree that with these lists there have been certain problems, and the ones I notice is that there aren't many women included, maybe because women weren't as active in blogging early on. But they are now, and instead of reinforcing the heiarchy, why not stretch to include other names on these lists.

I agree, this isn't my list. But I can comment on it, right? Isn't that what blogging is supposed to be about?

Posted by: Heather Green at October 12, 2005 09:56 AM

i thought bloggers were supposed to be open and honest about their politics and biases. in which case, knowing that the author is a woman or an african-american or a jew or, gasp, a liberal msm journalist is paramount. i can't find my blogging rule book, but i'm sure there's a whole chapter on that.

Posted by: schadenfreudisch at October 12, 2005 12:57 PM

Heather and Steve

May I suggest Andrea Learned http://learned.typepad.com who writes good solid pieces on marketing to women.

Serge

http://www.montclairconcierges.com

Posted by: Serge Lescouarnec at October 12, 2005 01:32 PM

Hmm, Heather, you need to go back and re-count.

You missed me, Anita Campbell, Editor of the RFID Weblog (http://rfid-weblog.com). Last time my husband looked, I was a woman. And the RFID Weblog is on the list.

Best,

Anita Campbell

Posted by: Anita Campbell at October 12, 2005 04:45 PM

Anita,

Thanks. Will definitely change that to 8. Out of 100.

Posted by: Heather Green at October 12, 2005 06:09 PM

Hmm; No Michelle Malkin?

Posted by: Bill at October 13, 2005 02:20 PM

Heather, Heather, Heather...

How politically correct of you (despite your protests to the contrary). The "Top 100" is the top 100 blogs... period. The gender of the blogger should be irrelevant to the rating.

Just my 2 pennies.

Posted by: jestl00king at July 21, 2006 02:29 PM


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