Saturday

Do Blogs Have Gender?

Jeff has said my blog was "heavy on estrogen." Earlier this week Chris mentioned that my blog is "chick-intensive." This doesn't offend me -- I am, indeed, a woman, and evidently spark conversations for other women.

So I just scanned back through my March posts to see if I would label it as "for women only." No, not for women only, but I can see how it's not really "heavy on testosterone", either. Although _2_ of my posts were about sports (except one was about how much I hate baseball).

I do think that it's funny that in a moment of complete brain-fade and blog-block I posted a "What Color Green Are You" quiz, got 15 comments, all from women (about 12 of us a "very original" teal green!) but when I asked for help using my convection oven I got diddly -- other than some very valuable info from Laura! :-) Laura, you, of course, are NOT diddly!

Posts on language usage seem to bring the guys out of the woodwork (as it would the guy in my life, as well -- if he ever read my blog*), while posts about showing our children love seem to keep the guys away. hmmmmmm. . .

I guess blogs like mine are the "cocktail party" blogs -- where the guys gather on one side of the room and talk about. . . whatever it is they talk about (for Troy it generally has to do with firearms and hunting sites, for my father it has to do with anything with wheels) and the women gather in the kitchen and dining room and swap kid and childbirth stories (okay, I'm a woman and I really can't take that for more than about 22 seconds). I notice that some of the more "cerebral" blogs seem to attract a more diverse commenting crowd. No danger of this blog heading in that direction!

*Clarification: I do not think of Troy as less of a human OR husband for not reading my blog on a regular basis. He's heard it all before, several times, and if he hasn't, I fill him in!

8 comments:

gracie said...

Just be YOU, Sarah, and who cares what gender is blessed by your thoughts! I'm glad I stopped by - you made me smile!

Michelle- This One's For The Girls said...

Blogs definetely have gender. Mine is decidedly female. Yours isn't too chicky, but it isn't one of those boring "let me impress you with how smart I am" blogs either. Just right. :)

Denise W. said...

Make us think or make us feel? I think even the question is female!

Blessings on you and your gift!

Roxanne said...

Well. . .it strikes me that even though the guys think you're runnin' a chick blog. . .they keep on stoppin' by. :) Which just goes to show that you are irresistable to the males of the species. OR you have them "getting in touch with their feminine side" while invigorating the intellect as well.

Either way--you are doing what you do, and I'm so glad you are. And there is NO DOUBT that mine is a girly blog. I'm ownin' it!!!

R--

Amber said...

Fun estrogen-heavy site! I think it's wise for the husbands to rarely or never tune in. Mine always cries "FOUL!" when he reads something incriminating about himself. Of course, in his mind, I am prone to exaggeration but I live with him. I know better. :-)

SuperMom said...

I have often wondered if my blog isn't too "narrow". But who the heck cares??/!!! I do it so my husband doesn't have to hear me rattle on and on about the woes of mommyhood day in and day out. It's a release. A journal, sort of. So, write what you want to write. Us chicks dig it.

LiteratureLover said...

Funny, I never really thought about blogs having genders. But now that you say it, I do see how they tend to. Male or female, I think we can all learn from each other. So just keep writing from your heart.

Anonymous said...

I don't know - maybe it's because I'm tired of hearing people gripe and complain, but I'm wondering who is holding these guys down and making them read your blog? Do they pay monthly subscriber's fees for which they are not getting their money's worth? Hmmm... they might stop and think that this is a post by a WOMAN about a WOMAN'S life and that they might learn something about their GIRLFRIEND or WIFE if they stopped long enough to think about someone else... Sorry - this sounds really ticked off.... just ready for people to take responsibility choosing to do things (like reading a free blog :-) M.C.

 
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