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?
“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?Â 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?Â Actually, I wasn’t job hunting at the time.
- Did I have a ton of opinions that I absolutely HAD to share?Â 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.
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?
Sasha Muradali runs the â€˜Little Pink Bookâ€™ . She holds a B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Florida with a minor in Dance (â€™07) and an M.A. in International Administration from the University of Miami (â€™08). She loves Twitter and all things social media, so you should find her @SashaHalima or get a copy of the â€˜Little Pink Bookâ€™ delivered to your Kindle.