Are All Bloggers REALLY Male?

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Last week I read this article in the Globe and Mail by Margaret Wente that talked about people having opinions, stating opinions online and how most bloggers (in the sense of what blogging really is) happen to be male.

I’m sorry, did I suddenly grow facial hair, have my Betty Draper bits disappear and suddenly don bits of the Don?

huh?

“Guys get pumped by going higher, faster, farther than anyone else. That’s why they spit out instant opinions.”

Obviously, the writer (who happens to be female) has never met me … or my friends.

I’ve said this story before, but I’ll tell you about it again…

Everyone always asks me how did I start blogging:-

  • Was I inspired by some cosmic event in my life?  Not really. I’m not that exciting. Sorry to disappoint you, no divine intervention there :)
  • Did I feel like I wanted to change the PR world? I was still a newbie to the ‘real world’, so that would be a no.
  • Was it because I was job hunting at the time and wanted to put myself out there?  Actually, I wasn’t job hunting at the time.
  • Did I have a ton of opinions that I absolutely HAD to share?  No, to that too. Though I imagine you thought it was the main reason. Actually, I have my friends for that, they talk to me on the phone for hours and I tell them how I really feel. hehehe, they still love me for it. :)

So why did I start a blog?

… because I was inspired to by other really awesome women, who have opinions and wanted to write about them: my roommate from university name Keira who runs Love Romance Passion, Crosby who runs PR Couture, Arianna Huffington who founded The Huffington Post and New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd who writes some of the most amazing commentary on the United States government and our society that I’ve ever had the pleasure to read.

Ms. Wente also cites that she’s read Dowd, so I am curious about the motivation behind her article. It all just reads so bitter. Like one man ruined it for the rest of womankind. I don’t get it.

Are men really the end-all, be-all of the ultimates in the universe of bloglandia?

Men clearly have an urge to blog that women lack. Like extreme snowmobiling, the blogosphere is dominated by men. Not many women are interested enough in spitting out an opinion on current events every 20 minutes.

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It’s moments like this, I really wonder if Margaret Wente ever heard of Arianna Huffington, or YouTube vBlog supreme Queen Noor, or micro-blogging Twitter powerhouse Alyssa Milano.

What about PR princess Sarah Evans, who founded the micro-blogging, Twitter chat #journchat, or the SVP over a BurrellesLuce, Valerie Simon, who founded #PRStudChat? Or what about Heather Huhman, whose goal is to help #entryPR folks get into a job, she blogs, she tweets and she holds events/webinars.

Or Perez Hilton, who is secret a girl on the inside. Okay, maybe not so secretly and a bad example, but you get my drift.

It’s moments like this, I also wonder where a woman gets off indirectly denouncing her own kind without a smidgen of remorse or thought. Sure, she’s Canadian, but seriously, that’s no excuse because I know some freakin’ awesome Canadian folks who are female, exceptionally talented and intelligent. So ridiculous, stereotypical reasoning gets thrown out the door.

But blogging? No way. That’s guy stuff. And they are welcome to it.

It’s a little cavewoman-like, isn’t it? Actually, no, I take it back. It’s actually just cave like, because the blood hunters and gatherers of the pre-historic world stuck together to help keep our species in production. Period.

This is more the mentality of a glow worm.

So tell me, because I’d really like to know if I’m the lone person on the island, are all bloggers REALLY male?

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Sasha Muradali runs the ‘Little Pink Book’ . She holds a B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Florida with a minor in Dance (’07) and an M.A. in International Administration from the University of Miami (’08). She loves Twitter and all things social media, so you should find her @SashaHalima or get a copy of the ‘Little Pink Book’ delivered to your Kindle.

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Comments

  1. dianaadams says:

    Funny, I just read something yesterday about how most bloggers are male. So strange. I had never heard that before. I love this post! You are so spunky! =)

  2. Sasha: I'm so glad to see you are still expressing yourself with style even now that have your plate full with a new job and a new life. Keep on speaking out, your voice is fresh and spunky.

    I don't think the problem is that the guy bloggers get all the attention, it's that many of the female blogs are so personal, they don't get as much attention. Twitter has the same issue. Your blog is personal but informed and more generalizable. Keep up the great work.

  3. I'm pretty sure I saw that story and was surprised as well. Going through my Google Reader most of the bloggers are females. I wonder how she did her research. Even from my internship and researching bloggers, most were females though they were book bloggers. I don't know if that had an affect on the genders. You should definitely inform her of Sarah, Valerie and Heather..all FEMALE bloggers included on my Google Reader;)

  4. Sorry Carol but I completely disagree with this. I don't read blogs by women to learn about their personal lives and I seldom need to avoid them because of it. I read Sasha's blog because she says it like it is and I like that she is “spitting out an opinion on current events every 20 minutes” in a way that interests me. And as for other women bloggers, I'm in need of some new reads so send me some links :D

  5. Sorry Carol but I completely disagree with this. I don't read blogs by women to learn about their personal lives and I seldom need to avoid them because of it. I read Sasha's blog because she says it like it is and I like that she is “spitting out an opinion on current events every 20 minutes” in a way that interests me. And as for other women bloggers, I'm in need of some new reads so send me some links :D

  6. OH. MY. GOD. That story is vile in its assumptions and subjective perspectives on the reality of what actually goes on on the internet…

    IMHO the idea of blogging (and most of the web 2.0 stuff) came via democratization of the web for ALL… not for the few, not for the privileged, not for the XX or for the XY chromosomes alone… it is FOR ALL.

    Sheesh, it's upsetting to me to think that its a perspective that many can share… perhaps we can chalk this up to cultural differences between UK and US… but even still it's absurd at best, and outright self deprecating to women everywhere at worst.

    Blogging is for everyone who wants it to be theirs… it's really that simple. In summary, you go girl, keep on keepin on!

  7. Isn't it great that in 2010 women must still be characterized as male when we develop anything that seems like ambition? Didn't we spend the 20th century fighting this (bad) logic?

  8. Somehow, us women seem to always be the ones that put ourselves down. I wonder what Wente was thinking. No male ever writes an article titled “All Important Bloggers Are Women.” I wonder if Wente didn't get enough negative backlash from women?

    Thanks for writing an article that refutes what she is saying!

  9. You know what's funny? I've always thought that there were more female bloggers than male bloggers. I'm not sure why (this is code for, “I have no readily available evidence to support this” – lol).

    Regardless, I'm a female blogger. I'm not prolific by any means, but I do have a blog that I update once in awhile. I follow a number of amazing blogs written by women including this one, Sarah Robinson's, Christina Kingston's, Beth Warren's and others. And I certainly don't liken any of the writing or views expressed to, “holding a peeing contest in the snow.”

    I found the arguments in the article to be poorly reasoned, another casualty of the, “I feel this way so all people like me must feel this way,” school of thought. This quote in particular struck me as ridiculous: “We also tend to lack the public confidence that comes so easily to many men.” I've always considered confidence to be more of an individual issue as opposed to gender-based, but maybe that's just me. ;)

    Anyway, thanks for another great conversation, Sasha!

  10. Well she missed BLOGHER and about a million articles about the influence of female opinion leaders, or referencing that crap Vanity Fair article, or even giving a shout to the amazing (and Canadian) Danielle LaPorte. Just another sad rehash of tired gender stereotypes, polarization and tired “journalism”

  11. Wow. Seriously?

    Mommybloggers is a coined term now. Not so much on daddybloggers though I am sure there are plenty out there.

    That may be *the issue* behind the piece because *female* bloggers all write about *feelings, gossip, and trivial tidbits* and not about *real stuff.*

    Also aren't women stereotyped for being *overly opinionated* on and about everything under the sun?

    Sometimes I wonder about people.

    Do check out these other great female driven blogs:

    Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
    Dear Author
    …most book blogs that I know of…
    Blogher

    Mine… ;)

  12. Huh. I read it as a take on why SHE personally wasn't a blogger. Statistically, more bloggers are men, right? I don't see her saying why there aren't ANY women bloggers, so much as giving her view on why she (and possibly other women) don't blog.

    More power to anyone who blogs, no matter the gender or motivator.

  13. valeriesimon says:

    Wow. I had not read the Globe and Mail article until now (just read it in it's entirety) I think Alex's reaction sums it up quite nicely. Obviously Ms. Wente has yet to discover the Little Pink Book.

    As a female blogger (and hey, thanks for including me as one of the examples!), I have never found a shortage of role models. Thoughtful PR industry leaders like Deirdre Breakenridge, Christine Perkett and Valeria Maltoni and Jessica Smith; a myriad of “mommy bloggers'; “PR Mama” Stephanie Smirnov (who balances a bit of each and students like Lauren Novo and Mikinzie Stuart, never seem to run out of interesting things to say.

    Keep the opinions coming :)

  14. alisonloat says:

    I had a slightly different take on Wente's column, which I read less as a diatribe on the blogosphere (although there was no doubt some a bit of that) and more as plea for more women's voices in public affairs commentary online.

    While she didn't say this in the original column, I read bits of her online discussion, where she clarified she'd written it from the point of view of current affairs. Wente wrote, ” I was referring in my column to the type of blogging that refers to news and current events. This is largely — though by no means exclusively — a male world, just as radio phone-in talk shows and televsion panels of people analyzing and opining on the days' events.”

    As a woman deeply interested in matters of public policy and current events, I agree with her.

    Let's take Ottawa, Canada as an example, given that Wente mostly covers Canada. In the blogosphere, save for Kady O'Malley at CBC and Susan Delacourt at The Toronto Star, I struggle to think of many more female commentators of any scale in Canada.

    Scroll down here, to “Blog Central,” at Canada's national newsmagazine for just one example of what I mean: http://www2.macleans.ca/.*

    Of the top 10 political blogs in Canada (http://rjjago.wordpress.com/canadas-top-25-blogs/), only one (#10) is authored by a woman.

    On http://www.themarknews.com, a HuffPost-like publication in Canada, of the first 100 contributors in the “politics” category, less than a quarter are female.

    If we take one Wente critic's point about columns being a type of blog, in the Globe and Mail, Wente is the only woman with a regular gig commenting on public affairs.

    I know there are a lot women blogging and tweeting out there, just not on current affairs or politics, at least not in Canada. There are also lots of women reporters on the Hill (most of whom tweet, and whose reporting I follow), just not a lot with profile in the commenting scene, either online or off.

    The more interesting question to me is why, and if anyone else cares about this, what to do about it. Wente “blames” it on men's propensity to step up and speak out. Maybe we women need to do a bit more of that.

    I'll include myself as a guilty party – as pretty regular blogger at http://www.samaracanada.com/blog, I think about my blogging more as a curating and less as opining. Maybe that should change.

    Or maybe editors have to do more to hire/encourage women in this way, if Wente's right that they're not naturally predisposed to opine.

    Or maybe readers have to demand more of it, and encourage those who are trying.

    Or maybe it's just Canada.

    I don't know. But I think Wente has a point. Thoughts?

    *As an aside, these are all excellent writers who I rely on to help shape my own views on things… I don't wish any of them to stop writing. I only wish Maclean's would add a female or two to its mix.

  15. I've never heard it before either. I actually was under the impression most bloggers were female to be honest.

    Thanks for the comment Diana :)

  16. That's the thing. I feel like the original article lacked focus. The author was going back and forth between why men were the dominant force in blogging, but then why women could never be good bloggers, bu then she mentioned Dowd and then why she, herself, wouldn't be a blogger.

    It was like she was writing about it for the sake of it and putting a rather prehistoric mindset out there.

    Oh well, to each their own.

    Thanks for the comment and the other comment too, Carol :)

  17. Hi Brittany,

    I wonder how she did her research too. Her article made no sense to me. I mean first she was talking about genetically why men are better bloggers (but even that is up for debate), then she goes on to talk about why she would never blog, why women wouldn't make good bloggers, etc. Then she circles back to talk about Maureen Dowd, before ending with how she would never blog and she's leave it up to the guys.

    It's just this circle of nonsense without a focus. It's like reading someone writing something for the sake of it.

    And I don't understand why it always has to boil down to gender?

  18. Hi Jessica,

    Thanks for the comment :)

    I think Carol meant that there are some women bloggers who do that, and that because of that, there are more men who write more opinionated blogs than journal types. Therefore, it's possible that there are more men front and center.

    But thank you so much for your comment, it made me laugh & smile :)

    I definitely think that there are opinionated women out there who write great blogs.

    Stephanie Smirnov is a PR Mommy Blogger and her blog PR Mama is hilarious and exceptionally witty. You should check it out.

    Thanks again :)

  19. You said it, vile in it's assumptions to say the least.

    I agree with out, I think that blogging and web 2.0 is about everyone and not just because you have a specific gender you are above someone else.

    Not only that, but did you notice that the author's description of men wasn't exactly that amazing either. She makes the male race out to be cave people spewing out opinions rapidly because they don't have enough self-control.

    I mean there are differences culturally between say the US, the UK, Canada, NZ and Australia for example. But inherently, men and women are on equal space when it comes to blogging.

    I definitely share your sentiments.

    BTW, thanks for the comments :)

  20. I know, that's exactly what I was thinking!

    I'm baffled as to why a woman would write this. I mean I get that she has an opinion on why SHE particularly refuses to blog (though she made a point to write about, like a blog), but then why bring in genetics and make it seem like men are simply more prolific at blogging than women?

    It's silly and outdated.

  21. You're right, women do put other women down and it's rare you see guys doing it to each other.

    I mean take a look at Mean Girls. As much as it's a teen dramaedy, Tina Fey made a good point when she adapted the the Queen Bee book into a film, by stating — how can women expect to stopped being called whores, when they call each other whores?

    It's the same as this article that Wente wrote — how can women expect to be taken seriously with the same abilities as men, when they own kind doesn't think they have the sense enough to 'compete?'

  22. I thought the same thing. I always thought for the longest time that there were more female than male bloggers.

    You know what though, I'm still inclined to think so too. Regardless of whatever the author wrote, she didn't cite any sources and just from my own personal experience, I'm sticking to that thought.

    I agree with you that the article is poorly reasoned. I don't think that women blog for a peeing contest, or that men do either. I also don't understand how the author's preference for not blogigng has anything to do with men being better bloggers than women — especially based on genetics?

    It made no sense to me. The article, IMO lacked focus and was a sad case of women beating down other women.

    As another commenter mentioned, you'll never find men doing that to each other.

  23. I totally forgot about BLOGHER! You are absolutely right Crosby.

    Gender stereotypes are such a sad thing and I think what makes the article Wente wrote even worse, besides it's lack of focus, is women bringing other women down.

  24. Exactly. That's just a great point Keira, Mommybloggers IS an official term of FEMALE blogger powerhouses. lol, me either, never heard of daddybloggers.

    You also bring up an excellent point about women being over-opinionated as opposed to men.Not only that but you provide excellent examples too: BlogHER and Smart Bitches especially.

    I think both of those are great examples of hundred of women interacting because THEY HAVE OPINIONS. :)

  25. Hi Jenn,

    See, I didn't get that. I mean I got that Wente had an issue with blogger herself, and that herself, wasn't interested in it.

    But her reasoning otherwise was unfocused IMO and one had nothing to do with the other.

    Her reasoning that men are superior because of peeing contests and because they have opinions and that women like to share their journal entries has nothing to do with, and should have nothing to do with, why she herself doesn't blog.

    It's like she tired to make a point out of something that didn't need sharpening because there was nothing there to begin with.

    Then the author goes on to say she wishes she was like Maureen Dowd — but this is after she says how awesome men bloggers are.

    It was a bit wishy-washy to me.

    I definitely agree with you though, more power to anyone who blogs, has the time to keep it updated etc. Gender certainly shouldn't matter, nor should age or race etc.

    Thanks for the comment. :)

  26. I definitely agree with you and Alex. I fail to see how Wente's disinterest in blogging has anything to do with men having the ability to spit out opinions every 20 minutes or how the male gender is superior in the blogging sphere over women.

    It made no sense to me. Not only that, but I don't understand why women feel the need to put other women down. Wente talked about men having opinions and sharing them — as if they are these well thought out pieces of news. On the othe hand, she describes women as journal writers for lack of a better term.

    That's definitely not cool to me.

    Thanks for the comment Valerie :)

  27. elissafreeman says:

    Firstly, I do hope I'm one of those 'freakin' awesome Canadian females who are exceptionally fabulous and intelligent'!
    That being said, let me provide some context around Margaret Wente. A longtime columnist for the Globe and Mail, Margaret is no dummy. She is pithy and provocative – and often unafraid to go where no (wo)man has gone before.
    So, I went to the column – read it – with my tongue firmly placed in cheek. Haha Margaret, I get it. Then I looked at how many comments she generated. The answer? 397. Can I tell you, for a column in what is considered a high-brow Canadian daily, that is huge. And Margaret knows that.
    So, by virtue of her poking fun at male bloggers (and trust me, she is) she's created more conversation and crescendo about supporting great women bloggers – which is even more influential unto itself.

  28. What I want to know is how the heck she came to the conclusion that blogging is “more of a guy thing”? Where did she get her numbers… and her negativity. She manages to offend women, men, and blogger audiences all in one article.

    And if she is still counting, I'M FEMALE — http://jennifer-callahan.com/jcal/

    :) ha

  29. Anyone who is “self indulgent” by nature veers towards blogging, well that's my opinion anyway and take it with a pinch of salt.

    I've seen some fantastic women bloggers out there, Sasha you being one of them. That said it's not that i'm sucking up to ya, just that i appreciate your efforts here in a world full of jerks with egos mile high :-)

    You might enjoy this “In the digital world, information has no ego” http://goo.gl/Wb79

    Best,

    A

  30. I have to say, the majority of bloggers I read are women. Not to mention… I blog and I'm a woman. This article you read is not based on any actual facts.

  31. Getting into the fray, I am concerned too with the lack of women in public affairs blogging. I write a blog that spends a great deal of it's time talking about urban development and policy, but most of the people in that realm are male. Ladies, what can we do to get more plugged in to the current affairs scheme and also offer our gentler, less screamy version of those sites that do skew male.

  32. Getting into the fray, I am concerned too with the lack of women in public affairs blogging. I write a blog that spends a great deal of it's time talking about urban development and policy, but most of the people in that realm are male. Ladies, what can we do to get more plugged in to the current affairs scheme and also offer our gentler, less screamy version of those sites that do skew male.

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