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02 September 2006


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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  1. Sounds like something to think about. But which type of blogging you think "bloggeresses" are interested in reading anyway? Am I emphasizing Fitzpatrick's point in here?

  2. Lol! that is true! so its 'bloggeresses' now, rather than, 'bloggerettes'? :)

  3. Interesting point despite the fact the female blogs are more appealing :P
    I don’t know if it’s attraction as you said, curiosity or an attempt to understand how the other gender thinks.

  4. @PsychicWizdom, I think bloggeresses are interested in bloggeresses blogs too. You can see it from the commenters there.

    @Isabelle, bloggerettes!? It seems that a linguistic is needed here to solve this issue.

    @nesrina, you made a good point here, however I think I think bloggeresses are interested in bloggeresses blogs too which proves some how that it's not a mutual attraction nor curiosity between opposite sexes.

  5. Let’s put it that way …
    Bloggers (male bloggers) vs blogeresses, it’s attraction or curiosity.
    Blogeresses vs blogeresses, it’s empathy.
    Bloggers vs bloggers, you tell us ... :)

  6. @Nesrina, According to what you have said here, it is supposed to be empathy too:)

    By the way, here you are how Wikipedia defines empathy.

    Empathy is one's ability to recognize and understand the emotion of another. As the states of mind, beliefs, and desires of others are intertwined with their emotions, one with empathy for another may often be able to more effectively divine another's modes of thought and mood. Empathy is often characterized as the ability to "put oneself into another's shoes", or experiencing the outlook or emotions of another being within oneself, a sort of emotional resonance.

  7. Ya3ammi! Isn't obvious...girls are always better than boys! :P...

  8. @Sharks, let's not open this debate coz you are going to loose it for sure ;)

  9. yes, we do rock the blogosphere.

  10. bloggeresses !! wow this is really nice new expression
    by the way for me I notice that most bloggers I read their blogs are males may be opposite really attracts

  11. I frequently post about things that nobody but me could possibly care about. But I use my blog as a diary, in a way, so that's OK with me.

    My dad reads my blog, so I'll always have at least one reader.