The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

25 July 2008

More than just girl talk

The Writer Chick has put up a three-part series titled Women + Blogosphere = Impact, which consists of a small (sample size=14) survey of women bloggers plus WC's own answers to the questions posed. Since my own audience intersects with hers hardly at all, I figured I'd bring up some of the same points here and see what happens.

From a survey respondent:

[I]n general, women are more outspoken in their empathy. While men may relate to someone's story, they don't necessarily say too much about it. When I am reading other people's blogs, I comment when what they write about triggers an empathetic story in me. I rarely write one-liners when I comment. I want to share my knowledge and learn from theirs. I think men tend more towards networking, which is sharing information. Women lean more towards building communities, which is sharing wisdom.

This might seem obvious to some of you; it wasn't quite so obvious to me, but then I write one-liners all the time. That said, I'm quite interested in finding where the line is drawn between mere "information" and actual "wisdom."

Also from the survey:

I wonder if men are a little more fearless when it comes to blogging. However, I believe blogging gives women a chance to say things, especially anonymously, that they would never dream of saying out loud in their day to day life.

I'm not so sure that we're "fearless." "Heedless," I might believe; there's a lot to be said for a damn-the-consequences attitude, though it does occasionally result in, well, consequences. There is, however, some vestigial tendency among some of us to take the words of women less seriously than we do the words of men, and while I'd argue that this attitude is on the wane, it's far from being altogether gone. No wonder the women don't always speak up. WC herself touches on this phenomenon:

I do think that male bloggers are taken more seriously. Regardless of topic. Even the ones who write poetry or prose or the touchy feely stuff perhaps especially, because you know it's like a big deal when a man reveals his deepest feelings, right? But not so much when women do? WTF? I mean, seriously why is this?

I try to avoid appearing to have deep feelings, although once in a while, despite my best efforts, something creeps into the text. (If you were wondering why it is that some items appear here in the blog and others wind up in The Vent, this is a contributing factor.) Fortunately, my poetry is bad, so no one is likely to accuse me of being feely. Touchy, maybe.

A personal note: Were I to reorder my blogroll chronologically, starting with the first person I'd ever read on a regular basis, the top of the order would be Steph Mineart's Commonplacebook.com, which has been around in one form or another for fourteen years; I was reading her before I ever posted anything of my own. Was she influential in my early blog development? I don't doubt it. Then again, there are people who claim to be influenced by me, so take this with several units of sodium chloride.

Posted at 3:35 PM to Blogorrhea , Table for One


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