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03/19/2005 Entry: "Women in Blogging: How Little Ladies Blog"

Note to self for future reference.

How to blog like a lady

http://pratie.blogspot.com/2005/03/mutuality.html#comments

Melinama,

Prize? I can't speak for anyone else, but I just want the Big Guy Bloggers to either notice us, as we are many, or stop asking where we are.

On the other hand, maybe there is a prize; have you ever looked at the top ad rates at http://blogads.com? I'll save you a trip: KOS gets $3,000/week; Instapundit gets $1,000/week; and the list goes on. The first woman on it is Wonkette at $350/week, and Wonkette gets paid to blog; she's part of the Defamer/Gawker organization. The biggest guy bloggers are paid for it (I've never seen a receipt, but I understand Atrios has a deal with Media Matters and KOS took money from the Dean campaign [I hear KOS is a political consultant, well, okay, but would he have gotten this money if he didn't have a high profile blog?]), whereas the invisible girl bloggers, like me, work a day job and blog when we can. So when the Kev at PolAnimal wants to know where I am, this annoys me very much. Full disclosure: I read Kev when he was on Blogger in 2002 and he was obtuse then, too, such as not noticing, let alone acknowledging when anyone helped him by promoting his blog. We have a saying in Hollywood: be nice to the people on your way up because you'll meet them again on your way down. Kev does not know this saying.

This beef is mainly among the lefty political bloggers. I'd say part of it is prestige and money, but we women political bloggers must also ask what blogging voices are going to be heard? Who calls the tune? Whose interests are going to be promoted? If all the top bloggers are men in "the old boy network," who don't even acknowledge women bloggers, let alone the issues we raise (kids, sex, equal pay, access, social and economic justice, etc.) then blogworld is just skewed and screwed as what women are, have been and must continue to address in daily life. I read my fair share of them of political blogs by both men and women, but I also read non-political blogs as a balm. I like your blog for that reason. You strike me as more of a lover than a fighter, and that's fine. Shelley and I are fighting this battle in our various ways for reasons that our various experiences of life demand, and your experience of life does not demand. It's a big internet, room for all of us.

By the way, we have something aside from blogging in common; we're both musicians, http://gingermayerson.com And women in the LA music scene have another set of issues to deal with. Please notice how many of us get a full card screen credit as film composers on major motion pictures. It's "the old boy network" again, in music, which is why I know it when I see it in blogging.

All the best.

PS. Oh, and all this undignified "whining and kvetching for attention" is paying off: "Atrios" linked to "Shakespear's Sister" and "Juan Cole" linked to "Veiled4Allah" this very week. These two blogs by women are chock full of information the big guys tend to miss. Linkage is important; Alterman at "Altercation" linked to me once, and I had 26,000+ hits in one day. This led to selling one of my $15/month blogads. Hey, $15 (less commissions) is whatever's left of it.

 

 

 

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