With our business, the first contact we have with potential clients is usually over the telephone.
Most times this does not create a problem, however, when I can’t differentiate a voice being male and female, it can.
I ended up addressing a person “Mr. ….”, when in fact, it was a “Mrs.”.
I was embarrassed.
Online, all we have to go on is a person’s name, and sometimes a photo.
When a blog is absent a photo of the blog author, it comes down to a name.
Add to that how some bloggers use a pseudonym, a nickname or keywords and the confusion can escalate.
The first time I encountered gender confusion was when a blogger named “Nez” (who is currently on hiatus) showed up in the comment section. I had read the blog Nez linked to and “assumed” Nez was a guy, however, Cath Lawson stated she thought Nez was a gal and I began to doubt my first “guess”. When the topic was brought up in the “Blogger Exposes Herself – Traffic Sours” post, Nez commented and admitted to being a male.
When I’m answering comments or leaving comments on other blogs, I like to know what gender the blog author is. Not that it REALLY matters, but I envision if I’m talking to a gal or guy and often construct my comments accordingly.
If I reference or link to fellow blogger, I like to be able to say, “He said..” or “She said…”.
Saying something like “Search Engine Marketing Guru From Timbuktu Two Who Can Teach You How To Make Money Online Overnight said…” sounds pretty impersonal.
Maybe it’s just me, but I have to throw this out there.
Do you like knowing if you’re communicating with a male or female online?
Is your gender obvious?
If not, why?