July 26, 2008

A Response to the NY Times' "Blogging's Glass Ceiling"
— Gabriel Malor

Now there's an antpile I'm too smart to kick over. Fortunately, the Other McCain has no fear of being cut off for life. A taste:

If there's anything in the world I hate, it's women reporters writing "Oh, we're so oppressed" stories in the New York Times

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Ladies, please: If your blog sucks, it's not because of some patriarchal conspiracy, OK? And as for making money, you could almost certainly fit into my living room every independent blogger who earns a full-time living off blogging. Generally speaking, bloggers either have some other job to support their blogging habit, or else they're "blogging for the man" (e.g., the Atlantic Monthly bloggers, the Gawker cartel, etc.).

He's got the right idea, but crosses a line somewhere between "get me a cup of coffee, hon" and "so cute when they're angry." You be the judge.

Posted by: Gabriel Malor at 04:03 PM | Comments (39)
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1 Is it just me or is the NYT's website trying to make you register before you read something....?

Posted by: Buffoon at July 26, 2008 04:24 PM (ppVJx)

2 I read McCain's bit, but he's off in his list.

A female blogger can disregard an or all of his "rules" and still be wildly successful; it's the quality of the writing that counts. Case in point is Rachel Lucas. The majority of what she writes about are her pets, her man, and their families, but it is all excellent blog reading because her work is punchy, engaging, witty, and observant.

The bad female writers generally have the same problems as bad male bloggers, in that they can't write (period, are just completely incoherent), or can't write engaging content (no insight, no unique perspective). I don't buy the argument that the content of "female" blogs can't be engaging, it is just that most of the writers simply aren't very good writers, and the fem blog he linked to is a good example of the bad writing that turns most readers off.

Posted by: Confederate Yankee at July 26, 2008 04:35 PM (HcgFD)

3 NYT has always  had registration...then again, it's so rare that I click on a link on the front page, maybe the reinstated it recently?

Posted by: ParisParamus at July 26, 2008 04:50 PM (ETj1R)

4 I think it was the women who set up the conference based on their gender who crossed the line.  How 'bout "political bloggers," "family bloggers," "stamp collecting bloggers"?  What the hell makes women a particular category of bloggers?  Until I actually met him, I didn't know for sure if Ace was a man or a woman, and if he had turned out to be a woman, I would have just thought she was that much cooler!  It's the internet, baby - nobody can see your genitalia.

Posted by: Z as in Jersey at July 26, 2008 05:02 PM (pUADR)

5  Buffoon, meet Bug Me Not.

Posted by: Gabriel Malor at July 26, 2008 05:06 PM (1Ug6U)

6 Pinch the moron has no clue that garbage like this worthless twaddle is what has put the earnings in the toilet.

Posted by: Captain Hate at July 26, 2008 05:36 PM (eP9wS)

7

A female blogger can disregard an or all of his "rules" and still be wildly successful; it's the quality of the writing that counts. Case in point is Rachel Lucas. The majority of what she writes about are her pets, her man, and their families, but it is all excellent blog reading because her work is punchy, engaging, witty, and observant.

That's actually why I hardly ever read her site anymore.  I was very happy to discover she'd started blogging again because she once used her merciless wit to dissect current events and Hollywood hypocrites.  Nowadays her blog should carry the tagline, "Me, Endless Pictures of Dogs Someone Else Somewhere Will Consider Precious, And My Justifcation of Lifestyle," which is really beyond dull.  Hey, her blog, her choice, but she's not even a shadow of what she once was.

I think the rules they posted for blogging are Dead-On myself, be the blogger male or female.  If Ace started posting pictures of his cat or dog or whatever his apartment complex would allow him to own, I would first be convinced he'd lost it and second stop reading his site.  I'm here to appreciate his insight, not pretend to be his buddy.

I even have friends who post weblogs they've given me the addresses for.  I don't go to them because I consider it a type of permitted voyeurism.  If I don't know something about a friend that I didn't discover on my own, then the information isn't important. 

Consider the reason behind posting the minutae of one's life on a site read by thousands.  What sort of ego does it take to believe anyone would possibly care?  On the flip side, how very desperate and lonely must those people be to have the desire to randomly share such crap?  It's wholly bizarre.

And yet, a lot of people do it, the majority of them WOMEN.  Until women collectively get over themselves, I'll be more than happy to reinforce the blogging glass ceiling with some concrete rafters.  Fortified with rebar.

Posted by: Barbelle at July 26, 2008 05:56 PM (qF8q3)

8 This conversation is not helping my daughters.  I mean, it's not helping my daughters get in the kitchen and make me some pie.

Posted by: Kevin at July 26, 2008 05:58 PM (OEF4E)

9

I'm here to appreciate his insight, not pretend to be his buddy.

Not me.  I'm here to pretend to be his buddy.  I've saved all his emails and occasionally show them to my friends and say, "Hey look what Ace of Ace of Spades said to me in an email."

Most of them don't call me anymore, but it's because they're jealous.

 

Posted by: Warden at July 26, 2008 06:38 PM (KXbGD)

10

It's the internet, baby - nobody can see your genitalia.

I beg to differ. I've seen lots of genitalia on the internet.

Posted by: Ostral-B Heretic at July 26, 2008 06:56 PM (9u8Jf)

11 The irony is the "so cute when they're angry" post @ feministe was written by an evil male.

Posted by: PMain at July 26, 2008 07:01 PM (694x7)

12

Not me.  I'm here to pretend to be his buddy.  I've saved all his emails and occasionally show them to my friends and say, "Hey look what Ace of Ace of Spades said to me in an email."

Well, that's different.  That's prestige.

Posted by: Barbelle at July 26, 2008 08:36 PM (qF8q3)

13

" It's the internet, baby - nobody can see your genitalia."

Oh man, you are in for a HUGE shock one of these days.

Posted by: rickinstl at July 26, 2008 09:23 PM (s2KFu)

14 Blogging is harder than it looks. If it wasn't, everyone would be doing it. Oh, wait...

Profitable blogging is harder...

Face it. It's the way it will always be. Male, female, or androgyne, it doesn't matter. In the blogosphere, do you believe that being stronger or faster has anything to do with one's success in this place? Do you think that's air you're breathing? Think again. You need compelling arguments, a point, and some unique, stylistic hook to get and retain an audience worth putting up with your rant/insight/POV. Getting that audience to pay you for it in what is an essentially open source knowledgebase is practically impossible. Hormones certainly won't matter.

...unless you flash your boobies, ladies, in which case the blogging could be quite lucrative. It would, of course, be demeaning (to some) to do it, but at least you'll get attention and make money. And it will undoubtedly be a hell of a lot more lucrative than any traditional blogger. How many men have such an option?

I mean besides Ace, of course.

Posted by: AnonymousDrivel at July 26, 2008 09:32 PM (sI5Ho)

15 Get a life! Ace is obviously a woman, yet he has a moderately successful political blog. What's the problem?

Posted by: iamnotachef at July 26, 2008 09:33 PM (nwJit)

16 5 Buffoon, meet Bug Me Not.
Posted by: Gabriel Malor

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Posted by: Gekkobear at July 26, 2008 09:49 PM (KSUps)

17

Until I actually met him, I didn't know for sure if Ace was a man or a woman

I was pretty sure he was a dude after his gueststar appearance with the Israeli tank stuck in the mud.  But then I don't think I've ever met a lady Ewok.

Posted by: VKI at July 26, 2008 09:53 PM (xRo/Z)

18 I only care about the gender of a blogger if she's HAWT and posts pictures. Other than that, it doesn't make any difference to me.

SondraK's one of my favorite blogs (practically a moronblog, it is). DrSanity's taking a break, but I hope she has the time to come back. Dr. Helen. And what would we do without LauraW and her insulting kitten threads? Wait, did I mix that up?

Posted by: Merovign at July 26, 2008 09:55 PM (UXoQt)

19

Ace is a guy?

Huh, interesting

Posted by: pajama momma at July 26, 2008 09:57 PM (f3xJa)

20 Oh please. If we had vaginas, why the hell would any of us be playing around on the internet?

Posted by: Kasper Hasuer at July 26, 2008 10:46 PM (O+R6z)

21 I don't think "Ewok" qualifies as "man" exactly.  Or "woman".

Posted by: someone at July 26, 2008 11:03 PM (2z2WN)

22

It's the internet, baby - nobody can see your genitalia.

Perhaps not. But you can see mine. If you ask nicely.

Posted by: Nordbuster at July 27, 2008 02:01 AM (kwvi7)

23 I'd always kind of assumed there were male and female Ewoks, but I've really never seen anything to make me want to find out for sure which were which.

Posted by: Calix at July 27, 2008 02:23 AM (8d3U/)

24

Z as in Jersey, the NYT only mentions by name the women who write about themselves. They didn't bother mention the political bloggers who were present, such as myself. 

Posted by: Fausta at July 27, 2008 03:10 AM (Jrdkh)

25 I saw the headline and skipped over the article. It seemed a bit too soon for the annual bloggers gender flame war.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at July 27, 2008 04:08 AM (R7LgM)

26

Fausta, I'm so glad to see you were there. My impression of BlogHer was that it basically consisted of mommyblogs. Liberal mommyblogs.

Of course I don't have anything against mommyblogs as I have one myself, but I can't seem to find any other conservative mommyblogs. All the other "mommies" that comment on my blog are "obama mommas" and the other commenters are moronbloggers with political blogs.

I'm thrilled to know there were conservative female political blogs there.

I think it was the women who set up the conference based on their gender who crossed the line.

I agree with you. You can't have a women's only conference and then bitch and moan about inequality. These are the same people who'll complain about Augusta,  instead of building their own damn golf course.

Posted by: pajama momma at July 27, 2008 12:02 PM (f3xJa)

27 Pajama Momma, there are lots of good conservative mommyblogs out there. To name just a few:

<a href="http://www.tulipgirl.com/index.php">TulipGirl</a>
<a href="http://rocksinmydryer.typepad.com/">Rocks in My Dryer</a>
<a href="http://thepioneerwoman.com/">Confessions of a Pioneer Woman</a>
<a href="http://happyhomemaker.blogspot.com/">The Happy Homemaker</a>
<a href="http://www.kissmygumbo.com/">Kiss My Gumbo</a>


Posted by: Michael Bates at July 28, 2008 12:08 AM (2eI80)

28

To be perfectly fair, I posted a picture of my cat and somebody else's cat today, so it's not like my blog is totally self-absorbed. Also, there was some junk about DNA in there, but I didn't really get that part. I just copied it from the Daily Mail.

Math is hard. Let's go shopping!

Posted by: S. Weasel at July 28, 2008 09:11 AM (rasT+)

29 Math is hard. Let's go shopping!

Bwahahahaha!  Go make me a sammich.

Posted by: cranky at July 28, 2008 10:44 AM (/aSPO)

30 I've had people comment on my blog that they don't actually believe I'm a female.  I mention my personal life pretty much never on my blog.  I read blogs to get interesting views and information, or a laugh, but never to waste time reading about someone's personal life, spouse, kids, pets, or the soap opera of the day.  Besides, I hear enough of that from my male coworkers all day long. 

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