EVER SINCE the first Bloghercon and all through the planning for BlogHer 2006, I've wondered if it's worth making an effort to attract more women into blogging because of how the organisers define the blogging space. Some of these discussions can fork communities. In my experience, women cut a large swath through a cross-section of blogs and the top honours during the first Irish Blog Awards showed that women write some of the best blogs. If blog counters discover that more male names appear to dominate the listings, I suggest those counting ensure they are looking at text blogs and photo blogs. I kept with blogging because of the example shown by two women and three men. I didn't consider my pathway as a novice blogger to be gender-bent. I can normally discern the gender of a blogger but I don't feel obliged to go looking for a female Twenty Major just because I'm reading the stinky male version. But if I needed to fulfil the urge for gender balance, I could simply click over to BlogHer.org and search for snot (one result found).
Irish Blogs and women in blogging.
Dick O'Brien -- "Women and blogging"
Fiona de Londras -- "More on women and blogging"
Treasa -- "Just get on with it."