I’ve been blogging on and off for about eight years now. I started at Livejournal, where I keep a blog that is mostly geared towards my friends, and tends to be posted as “friends only”. Trust me, you don’t really care about the stuff I write about there. My Vox is fairly public, and of course I have my food blog and my professional blog. I still feel, quite often, that women as bloggers are not underrepresented (we make up about half of bloggers) but we’re not taken as seriously as our male counterparts. I had a male friend last night who was incredibly surprised that I was miffed that a local article virtually ignored female bloggers– “Does that really matter?” he asked? Yes, it does. Women’s voices are often ignored (as this article details), and we really aren’t taken as seriously. Though there are tons of successful female food bloggers (Accidental Hedonist, I’m looking at you), it’s still a bit of a boys’ club. Most lists of prominent bloggers nearly ignore female bloggers, but shouldn’t for much longer: mom bloggers are a huge demographic (and quite vocal), women are becoming more prominent in political blogging– we’re becoming more prominent in all areas of the blogosphere.
Maybe I’m just on a high of connecting with so many bloggers (though some may consider it self-congratulatory, knowing you’re not alone in your interests or pursuits is pretty important), but what do you think– women bloggers, do you feel ignored?
ETA: Jezebel and The F Word (UK) both had some interesting things to say. Salon’s Broadsheet did too.
Blogging’s Glass Ceiling
Blogging has come a long way from its modest beginnings. These days, there is money to be made, fame to be earned and influence to be gained. And though women and men are creating blogs in roughly equal numbers, many women at the conference were becoming very Katie Couric about their belief that they are not taken as seriously as their male counterparts at, say, Daily Kos, a political blog site. Nor, they said, were they making much money, even though corporations seem to be making money from them.
Other prominent female bloggers who did not attend the BlogHer conference agreed that there are unique challenges that women in the blogosphere face. “Women get dismissed in ways that men don’t,” said Megan McArdle, an associate editor at The Atlantic Monthly who writes a blog about economic issues.