12:15 phdinparenting: I write about research, politics and societal issues surrounding parenting, mothering and feminism. While I don't jump on every current event and add my opinion to it (like many commenters on mainstream media websites do), I do comment on politics and current events where relevant. I did a series on the last election, breaking down what each party's platform means for families and parents: http://www.phdinparenting.com/2008/10/03/canadian-election-family-issues-platforms-and-commentary/
12:16 Margaret Wente: PhD, you've brought up an important point. I think that men and women to some extent use blogging for different purposes. The Mommyblogs are an obvious example -- they create an all-female world of mutual interests. I've noticed that Mommybloggers are extremely sensitive about not being taken seriously (for example, by The New York Times). I wonder if any of you would like to comment .
12:16 [Comment From Reality ChickReality Chick: ]
I am a female blog owner. While I don't "blog" in the true sense of the word, I do use a blog because of its user friendliness and features. The contents of are anything *but* endearing, cute or girly. Instead, I oppose tasers and excessive use of force by police, which sometimes frightens me because people I don't know come there from all over the world and it has the potential to be a dangerous place for me to be. However, I believe in what I'm doing and I believe that I've had a significant impact on the way taser policies have changed and continue to change in Canada and elsewhere, and so I continue to post daily updates and so far, I'm still here. Owner of http://truthnottasers.blogspot.com
12:16 [Comment From shoeismshoeism: ]
Anyone who has ever been in a class with mostly men will agree that there is such a thing as MAS. I would argue that blogging isn't about that, to the vast majority of bloggers.
12:16 [Comment From deepakdeepak: ]
indeed men do talk before they think their concepts through. i am not sure that it means that they blog more...
12:17 [Comment From gordongordon: ]
Are you just a blogger of a slightly different colour? Though you perhaps don't have your own blog, you are effectively blogging when you have an opinion piece posted on the G&M's website.
12:17 MOMmagRocks: I agree with you on that, Margaret... but they have a lot to prove bc they are labelled as just "SAHMs" or WHAMs" with no obvious knowledge or expertise on anything other than changing poopy diapers
12:18 [Comment From GuestGuest: ]
I write 2 very small blogs - one on current events, topics of interest, women's issues, politics - and the other is for a gardening club. The tone and content of the blogs are by their very nature dramatically different. I certainly express my opinions, political or otherwise on my personal blog. However, I do see that most political blogging per se and commentary is by men. The anonymity of the comments allows them to drop the veneer of civility and show their true feelings about women.
12:18 phdinparenting: Margaret, I wrote about the NY Times article too. There is a great deal of diversity among mom bloggers. Not everything that all of them write interests me, but you could say the same for any newspaper out there. I take the sports section and drop it directly into the recycling.
12:18 MOMmagRocks: Let's be honest here, ANYONE can start a blog, it doesn't make you and expert or a writer
12:18 phdinparenting: Here is a link to my post on the NY Times article: http://www.phdinparenting.com/2010/03/15/does-the-world-see-moms-the-same-way-the-new-york-times-does/
12:18 MOMmagRocks: But that doesn't mean that women - influential women - don't blog
12:18 [Comment From Lemon HoundLemon Hound: ]
I have been blogging for six years and always note the lack of women in public discourse, not necessarily on blogs, but in arguments.
12:18 [Comment From ShariShari: ]
If you take away the fashion/mommy/cooking/travel/marketing bloggers what do have? I use FB/Twitter and find that the Social Media professionals are usual marketers with overblow opinion of themselves.
12:18 [Comment From jessbennettjessbennett: ]
Agree with shoeism. Ms. Wente clearing doesn't understand best practices blogging if she thinks it's all about vomiting out opinions that are entirely unsubstantiated. No one reads those blogs because those people are idiots.