Daily Blog Tips has a new Bloggers Face-Off posted today. The contenders are Wendy Piersall and Jennifer Laycock. I have never read either of them, but I will check them out now. Daniel’s Face-Offs always help me find fun new brain snacks.
One of the interview questions struck a chord with me, though and I’d like to discuss it. Daniel asked both women:
“Is there any discrimination towards female bloggers?”
This is an excellent question. Personally, I haven’t encountered any discrimination at all. My question is, if there isn’t any discrimination then why are there so few successful female bloggers? And, honestly, I don’t think it is about discrimination. So what is it about? Where are you, girls?
I can’t seem to think of a good reason why there aren’t more high-profile female bloggers. After I kicked aside the discrimination theory I considered a few others, but nothing fit. I did, however, come up with five myths about why girls don’t blog.
- MYTH #1: Tech is for Boys
Girls are good at beauty and English, boys are good at sports and math, right? If we didn’t already know it, most of us learned that this wasn’t true when they had to take “Math is Hard!” Barbie off the market. Obviously females have the same aptitude to excel at technological endeavors that males do. This, however, doesn’t change the fact that technology is still a male-dominated industry. And this domination extends to blogging.
- MYTH #2: Girls Are Too Busy Doing Their Hair
I know this one is a myth because I don’t even wash my hair. Kidding! I wash my hair, but it’s so short that it doesn’t take that long. Perhaps I’m not the best girl to dispel this myth considering I have a frat-boy haircut. However, my best friend has long hair and though she does spend a good deal of time doing her hair, she still has time to be a telecom analyst by day and a beauty blogger by night. One of my online buddies does her hair, keeps the romance alive and raises two boys.
- MYTH #3: Girls Think Blogging is Boring
This goes well with numbers one and two: the idea that girls are too stupid or shallow to commit to and succeed at blogging. Blogging is, to quote our commander in
griefchief: hard work. It takes a lot of time and effort to support yourself solely with blogging. For this reason, most dedicated newish bloggers (myself included) spend 9 to 5 at a “real job” and 5 to 2 researching, writing and optimizing. I’ve never worked longer hours in my life. You have to really love blogging to keep at it. Regardless of the niche, blogging is anything but boring.
- MYTH #4: Girls Have Nothing Interesting to Say
I know this seems a bit far-fetched, but there really are still people out there who believe women should stick to kids and kitchens. Granted, most of the generations dominating the internet don’t outwardly express these thoughts, but I think many still think them. I had a professor in college who honestly believed that the only reason girls went to university was so they could meet an educated husband. And he taught at a liberal arts university in a very liberal major city. The fact is, women have plenty to say and their interests vary just as much as men’s.
- MYTH #5: They Don’t Know How to Say It
There is a pervasive belief (sometimes only subconscious) that women are only suited to write for a female audience. Take, for example the genre of “chick lit.” If a book is about a young woman trying to make the best of herself, further her career and find love, then it is automatically considered a book for women. However, if a book is about a man who tries to make the best of himself, further his career and find love, it speaks of universal truth. Face it, if The Pursuit of Happyness had been written with a female protagonist, it would have been categorized as a chick flick. All the depth, universality and mass appeal would have been run over by reviews focusing on feminism and motherhood. A female writer could write the exact same words as a male and she will still be looked at as a “female writer.”
This isn’t meant to be some sort of feminist manifesto. Not even a little bit. And don’t get me wrong, there are some fantastic female bloggers out there. The sheer disparity in numbers is undeniable, though. There are simply more boy bloggers than girl bloggers.
This issue has plagued me for awhile now and I really want to get to the root of it. I’ve ruled out some reasons that people may think girls don’t blog in an attempt to get the ball rolling. I’m hoping that anyone reading this will seriously consider this issue. Give me some theories, ideas… anything you can think of that might have caused the scales to tip so severely? If girls can do anything boys can do better, why are there more boy bloggers?
Sara Christensen is a 9 to 5 techie with a BA in English and internet marketing dreams. She currently publishes two blogs. Pajama Professional is a source for free and inexpensive opportunities to make money online, blog reviews and recommended resources for marketers. Avandia Heart Risk Dot Com is a place for those who have been affected by the diabetes medication Avandia to come together. Sara hopes that someday soon she can stop trading time for money and be her own boss.
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