Monday, January 09, 2006

Ask Emily Dickinson

On The Conglomerate, there was a brief, desultory discussion of why fewer women than men blog. Having said previously that having a blog is rather like herding a child, I’d be inclined to agree with whomever said, “why would women (who have had children) want to blog, anyway. It’d be a case of been-there-ain’t-going-back.

But no one brought up my similarity between blog and child. They talked about socialization, about men being more inclined to think whatever issues from their own mouth is inherently more interesting, etc.

One commenter did say something a bit off the beaten horse:

…I think we have to agree on what "success" is for a blog. For a commercial enterprise to be successful, it has to bring in more money than it costs to keep the doors open. But most blogs are not a commercial enterprise. So, you seem to be saying that you would not consider your blog a success if no one linked to you and no one read to you, but I'm not sure that your definition forecloses others. Nothing would force someone to close a blog just because no one read it. Although to you, running such a blog would be pointless, I'm not sure others agree. Many college students, high school students, etc. have blogs that about 3 people read, for example.
Yeah. Who cares if people read it? The process of writing is the point. Just ask Emily Dickinson.

Maybe having two blogs — one to develop and one to neglect — makes this a non-issue for me. So what if more men blog than women? Who on God’s green earth cares??? Aside from some ghettoized feminist who seeks parity in everything — one of those people responsible for the awful effects of Title IX on men’s intramural college sports — who gives a fig leaf?

It's not fair. Yawn....


At 8:10 PM, Blogger Baron Bodissey said...

You wait. There will eventually be a law to compel gender equality in blogging. The Weblog Parity Act of 2012. Or some such.

Signed by President You-Know-Who.

At 9:44 PM, Blogger Papa Ray said...

Well, maybe since women are used to no one listening to them, they don't have to blog, because they get enough of that at home.

Or something like that.

Papa Ray
West Texas

At 10:30 PM, Blogger Dymphna said...

Weblog Parity? Nothing will drive men out of blogging quicker than that...ugh.

Papa Ray --

Being SWMBO (She Who Must Be Obeyed -- as in "if Momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy) being heard is not an issue in my house.

Fortunately for all concerned.

At 7:59 AM, Blogger Wally Ballou said...

As one of the 3 or 4 people who read this blog, I say rave on, sister. I enjoy your non-neglected blog, too, but it has a bit of an idee fixe, if I may say so (of course, that's what it's all about, but life is too short and full of wonders for me to focus on a single topic for too long, especially if that topic is hedged round with fear and loathing). I enjoy the more free-ranging approach you allow yourself here. I suggest a count your blessings day - maybe not every week, but at least once a month - write about something that makes life worth living (as you often do).

Your Buckingham buddy - Wally

At 10:30 AM, Blogger Dymphna said...

Wally B--

If I had any less of a life than I do now, I'd be posting over here everyday. I even have a schedule of topics -- an idea I copied from James Lileks -- and Sunday is supposed to be about gratitude. That's a frame of mind that always needs more cultivation.

For example, this week I am grateful that the Baron's boy borrowed the Firefly series. We have all had such pleasure watching the episodes.

Shrinkwrapped is a *big* fan of Firefly and we've had email discussions about it. In one of the few images on his blog that I can recall, he had one of "Serenity" when the movie first came out. That's how I first heard about it.

At 2:47 PM, Blogger Wally Ballou said...

Great! We'll show you the movie on the big screen when we all get a round tuit.


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