I’ve been wanting to use this photo for a long time. After rereading the comments on the “Large Gender Gap Evident In Blogosphere” post, today is the perfect day.
Many who commented on the gender gap post were surprised the ratio of male to female bloggers was so large (66.7% males vs 33.3% females). Some doubt the accuracy of the numbers as the survey was done by Technorati, a site that appears to be dominated by males.
But, that’s not the topic for today’s post.
Today we’re talking about female bloggers.
When I started blogging in 2007, I didn’t find a lot of blogs authored by women. I don’t know if it was because of my search strings, the circles I hung around in or if there were less women blogging at that time.
But as we approach 2010, I see the landscape of blogosphere changing. I’m seeing more women starting, maintaining and writing fabulous blogs.
Women are talking about issues that were often only whispered amongst friends. They are writing about the emotionally charged subjects many of us have an opinion on but never voiced. And some women are revisiting their love of writing after putting it on the back burner for many years.
When a female blogger writes about the frustrations of parenting a teen, other mothers understand. If they write how their BFF (best friend forever) upset them, others empathize. When they share a health scare, other bloggers rally around them.
Blogging for (some) women is a perfect sounding board. When those in their real life don’t seem interested in what they have to say, more than likely in blogosphere they’ll find someone who will listen (and comment), and they feel validated.
Blogs are giving women a chance to find themselves and to help others. A place to share lessons they’ve learned in life as well as a platform from which they can build or expand on their dream career.
Women bloggers are gaining in popularity and are now having their names listed along side popular male bloggers. Women bloggers are being listened to at blogging conventions, on TV (i.e. Heather B. Armstrong of Dooce.com) and in print journalism. Many are also authoring books.
I think women are adding a softer touch to blogosphere. With women sharing their knowledge, their hearts, and sometimes their soul, they are changing the internet forever.
As Martha Stewart would say, “It’s a good thing.”
Do you feel women (in general) blog differently than men?
If you’re a woman, how has blogging enriched or changed your life?
If you’re a guy, are you truly interested in reading and/or commenting on a blog written by a women who is discussing matters of the heart?
I don’t know about you, but I’m really looking forward to the comments on this one.
P.S. For all you girls (and guys, too) , here’s a video (and lyrics) by Martina McBride. Enjoy!
Photo Credit: Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com’s photostream