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Friday, May 12, 2006

Female Bloggers Have It Easier 

Part of a new conceptual series entitled "Being Controversial Gets You Noticed".

Anyone who writes a blog and cares about getting traffic directed to it knows how hard it is. I'm often times frustrated by the lack of traffic coming my way. Based on purely anecdotal evidence, I've come to the conclusion that women have a much easier time starting blogs and getting traffic than men. The reasons for this are simple, available for everyone to see, and yet rarely acknowledged. First comes the mythology.

Some time ago, an LA Times columnist stated that the blogosphere was male dominated, and it was all the fault of men (I don't have the link anymore sadly). The top male bloggers were keeping women out of the game because they didn't prominently link to many female bloggers. It was all our fault. I believe quite strongly that the opposite is true. Female bloggers aren't as popular as male bloggers quite simply because there are fewer of them around. And in fact, the popularity of the current female bloggers is because of men.

Now for the simple reasons behind this. The first reason is that there are more male readers in the blogosphere than female readers. The second reason is that the vast majority of men in the world (and by extension the majority of blog readers) are heterosexual. There are also only so many blogs that a person can read, which makes people selective. You just can't read them all. So given a choice between reading some guy's blog, or some woman's blog, I think more guys choose a woman's blog.

I think it satisfies a voyeuristic tendency in many people. The internet is very anonymous, especially in what you choose to read. Not only that, but there is such a long standing history of pornography on the internet, that male readers naturally expect that at some point, the female bloggers they read will eventually post naked pictures of themselves on their blogs. Sure... we all claim to go to their blogs for their "fascinating opinions" and to "gain insight in the female mindset", but that's all just smoke and mirrors. Every time we click, we're really just hoping to see a little T&A. That's why anonymous female bloggers tend to be even more popular... because we figure that there's a better chance they'll divulge something dirty, since their name is not attached to it.

Men are such simple creatures aren't we?

Comments:

Every time we click, we're really just hoping to see a little T&A. That's why anonymous female bloggers tend to be even more popular... because we figure that there's a better chance they'll divulge something dirty, since their name is not attached to it.

you're not hoping for me to do that, are you?

  Posted at May 14, 2006 8:35 PM by Blogger *Belle*  
No, Belle.

That's what Photoshop is for.

  Posted at May 14, 2006 9:56 PM by Blogger Aaron  
"Every time we click, we're really just hoping to see a little T&A. "

Nick, is that your opinion/conclusion or is that really a view shared by male blog readers?

  Posted at May 14, 2006 11:03 PM by Blogger Phelony Jones  
Hmmm... apparently none of you read Protein Wisdom. I thought the whole "conceptual series" thing would have clued you off to the satire.

Of course... I did say I wanted to be controversial didn't I? Note to self... be careful what you wish for.

Next time I'll keep my dirty thoughts in unpublished drafts where they belong. ;)

  Posted at May 15, 2006 8:22 AM by Blogger Nick  
Ha! Protien Wisdom is a smoke screen. Is that your final answer?

  Posted at May 15, 2006 1:11 PM by Blogger Phelony Jones  
Hmmm... so many ways this could be answered:

Senator Jones: Well Mr. Schweitzer?
Nick: *Deer in headlights look*
Senator Jones: I demand an answer!
Nick: I'm afraid I have no recollection of that Madam Senator.
Senator Jones: You think you can get away with that in here?
Nick: I'm sorry Madam Senator, but I must choose to exercise my 5th Amendment rights here.

Or perhaps:

Nick: You want answers?
Lt. Jones: I think I'm entitled.
Nick: You want answers?!
Lt. Jones: I want the truth!
Nick: You can't handle the truth!

I suppose neither one of those qualifies as a real answer, I'm just hoping that my boyish good looks, sense of humor, whit and charm will eventually make you stop asking. Either that or since I have none of those, I'm screwed.

  Posted at May 15, 2006 1:33 PM by Blogger Nick  
LMAO!!!!!! That's classic!!!

I couldn'ta said it bettah mahself!

  Posted at May 15, 2006 4:44 PM by Blogger Phelony Jones  
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