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02 September 2006

Bloggeresses

I've noticed that most of the blogs that I like, are those ones written by female bloggers or bloggeresses. Does the natural attraction between the opposite sexes have something to do with this? Or, it's the females that excel in blogging?

I think it is the second option, but why do females excel in blogging? So, I decided to visit my friend Wikipedia, and ask her about Sociolinguistics, which is the study of the effect of any and all aspects of society, including cultural norms, expectations, and context, on the way language is used. And here you are some of the Language Styles differences according to gender.
"Self-disclosure: Female tendencies toward self-disclosure, i.e., sharing their problems and experiences with others, often to offer sympathy (Dindia & Allen, 1992; Tannen, 1991:49), contrasts with male tendencies to non-self disclosure and professing advice when confronted with another’s problems"
So, that's why bloggeresses tend to share their ideas and thoughts more then men. When we are angry or happy, we don't care if others are aware of it, and do not tend to talk with them about it. But on the other hand, it is normal to see a bloggeress writing a blog post about how she will miss a friend who is going to live abroad for exampel.
"More recently, Deborah Tannen has compared gender differences in language as more similar to 'cultural' differences. Comparing conversational goals, she argued that men have a report style, aiming to communicate factual information, whereas women have a rapport style, more concerned with building and maintaining relationships"
This may be the reason for having more bloggers into technical blogging, you can see males having blogs about configuring a Linux server, programming, and may be historical, and natural facts. But bloggeresses are more into social, and emotional stuff. But you may ask now, what does this have to do with their blogs quality. Ok, let's take myself as an example, I used to write about stuff like Python programming language, Networks Security, but let's face it, how many person out there is interested in such topics. On the other hand, a blog about sharing someones experience in life, sure has more readers interested in it, even when they are from different educational backgrounds, and have various interests. By the way, this deosn't mean that those who are into technical blogs have to stop writing about the topics they like. However, they would better widen the scope of their blogs to hove bigger topics spectrum.
"Questions: Men and women differ in their use of questions in conversations. For men, a question is usually a genuine request for information whereas with women it can often be a rhetorical means of engaging the other’s conversational contribution or of acquiring attention from others conversationally involved, techniques associated with a collaborative approach to language use (Barnes, 1971). Therefore women use questions more frequently (Fitzpatrick, et al., 1995; Todd, 1983)"
I think questions are the honey pots of blog comments. The more questions in your blog posts, the more visitors who are going to comment on it. And the more commentors you have in your blog, the more blogging relations you are going to have. Which will increase your blog popularity, and the discussion itself will help you develop your blogging skills more.

Finally, this doesn't mean that all females are better bloggers than males. There is a huge number of bloggeresses out their who really suck, especially those "Typical Chinese Girl Blog" ones. And for sure, there are many great bloggers out there, myself for example ;)

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