Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Blogging Gender Disparity...

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Recently, one of my fellow bloggers wrote me an email and said that she’s always surprised when she sees a male blogger. Until I read that, I hadn't really thought too much about the gender disparity - even though I had noticed that female bloggers outnumber male bloggers.

So, as my curiosity got the best of me, I looked at the list of my blog followers. Of the 650-ish followers that I had at that time, only 59 were male. That’s like 8%! I hadn't realized that there was such a pronounced disparity. As someone who is fascinated by sociology and psychology, I find myself wondering why this is. Perhaps females tend to me more expressive with their writing and therefore more apt to start a blog? I am interested in your theories.
What do you make of this disparity? Why are there so few male bloggers? Any theories?

144 comments:

  1. This is interesting...I do think women tend to be more expressive but there are always the exceptions :)

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  2. I hadn't thought about this before—very interesting. I don't have any theories for you. It's definitely something to ponder.

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  3. I agree with you that females tend to be more expressive in writing. They also tend to be more open when it comes to sharing their lives (for the most part). I think the majority of frequent status updates and instagram feeds I see are dominated by women in the social media world. It makes sense that they would be the majority in the blog world!

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  4. I hate to say it but there are more male Indian (or Pakistani - I can never tell the difference but no offence meant) bloggers than female bloggers.
    But you are pretty correct. Just recently I have come across quite a few daddy bloggers and it is quite interesting reading their views on bringing up children and married life.

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  5. I think it's because "normally" men aren't used to expressing their words -- which is really what a blog is all about :)

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  6. My husband works full time and says he has no time for blogging. He reads mine every day, though.

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  7. I am not sure why there are more woman bloggers than men bloggers... the one's that I follow like yourself are amazing... :)

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  8. That is pretty interesting. It's possible that women enjoy blogging because they are more expressive with their writing, and also more comfortable with sharing thoughts, feelings and tidbits of their lives.

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  9. Very interesting. Blogging in some ways is like writing letters. In the 'old days' wasn't it always the women who wrote the family letters, sent Christmas and birthday cards, kept in touch with others? Weren't / aren't women traditionally the 'connectors'? Perhaps the number of women blogging compared to the number of men has something to do with that same phenomena.

    But as far as some previous comments about men being more expressive or men not used to expressing their words, I am not sure I would agree with that. When you think of well known authors and poets, I would say probably MORE than half are men.

    I also find myself wondering if people ventured into the political or scientific blogosphere whether there would be a higher percentage of men. I'd guess so, but am not sure.

    I will come back at a later point and see what others say!

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  10. I don't have the foggiest but I'll throw something out there. Women type better than men??? Many men don't type.... only hunt and peck. It seems typing has a great deal to do with blogging.

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  11. As the first male commentor on this post, I too have been surprised at the skewed ratio on this front.

    Women are more expressive, and I think that is why they blog more. Many women might not be working etc., so blogging might be a way to let out their feelings.

    Another thing is that blogging is as much about taking interest in others' blogs as about writing stuff on your own, reading and commenting and following and all. I don't like to think this way, but I think women fare better at this.

    Mary is right, different kinds of blogging 'spheres' have different kinds of male/female ratios. Computer programming blogs have more male bloggers because there are more male programmers than female ones.

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  12. A large number of 'straight' men have a difficulty getting in touch with what we perceive as their 'female side'/expressing themselves either psychologically or socially. I think this is a societal condition. Straight men that blog are content with their sexuality and have no fear in 'touching base with their 'feminine' nature.
    This comes very easily for me as it does for most gay men. We are very fortunate.

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  13. I never really noticed this until you pointed it out ... and well, it's true. I find men indulging in other activities instead of writing most of the time !!!

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  14. I follow about 50 bloggers...ten of which are men. It is interesting. I guess women just like to talk lol.

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  15. second male commentor...ha...it has most always been that way the last 4-5 years...blogging is a relational sport...it involves interaction...this is not always easy for men it seems...a bit more emotionally repressed as a majority...

    i agree with mary that men have ways of expressing and there are some very good male writers out there...but writing books is not as much a social medium...

    hmm...

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  16. My followers are very well skewed to the female gender. A lot of men may start, but many don't persist.

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  17. I think men are too busy earning a living or being tired from earning a living. The same thing is true about art, far more women on art sites than men. It is more a question of time than sensitivity, I think.

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  18. My hubby blogs too but he doesn't interact and just wants to write for the sake of writing ~ Blogging needs interaction and constant communication, which some male bloggers are hesitant too ~ But I do noticed it too in the poetry communities, there are more female writers sharing their work than men ~

    Have a good weekend Keith ~

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  19. That's an interesting fact and I noticed it loooong ago when I first started to blog. I suppose most men are reluctant to vent their feelings and opinions in a public forum. They probably consider blogging to be a feminine pastime.

    I feel that male bloggers are very special: sensitive, caring, unique, creative. Not to mention profoundly intelligent and irresistibly good-looking......(should I insert a *smile* here???).

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    1. I don't think male bloggers consider blogging a feminine pastime. Most males think in terms of blog-or-no-blog, and end up on the no-blog side.

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  20. I probably shouldn't say this, at the risk of sounding biased, but I've found that male bloggers are far more interesting than female ones. Many female blogs are family-oriented and extremely boring.

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  21. I hide behind my dog ~~ it's that simple!

    Winks!

    Ron

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  22. To be honest I didn't really notice and when I saw the title, I thought you were going to say there were more male bloggers. If there really is a disparity I think it would be caused by women having more choices, as there are a lot of fashion blogs, and also women seem more honest and ope with their emotions and better able to start and run a personal blog.

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  23. i think there's definitely more men photography bloggers than writing blogs. visual, not wordy. :)

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  25. Well maybe careers have something to do with it. Statistically the woman of a household is going to have far more free time than her husband. The term mommy blogger has been coined, and has a huge list of blogs that fit the term.

    I also think that it depend on what type of blog it is as well. Females definitely outnumber men when it comes to writing and obviously fashion.

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  26. I think you'd need a wider sample than just your followers, because there are many topics and platforms and purposes for blogging. So, your followers tend to be interested in your subject matter. To get a good scientific sample, you'd probably have to look at the followers for blogs wildly different from yours. Like say, political blogs. Religious blogs. Technology blogs. Cosplay blogs. Etc ...

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  27. For ages women has been having the options at their disposal, to vent out their fear, their anger or love...through tears, and one who choose not to cry, opt for words...through mouth or writing....on the contrary, men try to shield themselves behind the veil of toughness, they keep their heart closed for the rest of the world,
    and only a few open it for us to read their thoughts...hence, the disparity..

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  28. I'm not sure why there's this disparity, but women are excelling in all areas today, medicine, politics, teaching, art. There's a greater pressure on men to work and provide an income, although many women feel this pressure, too. But the history has always been, the men make the money and women raise the children. This perception still exists. So, the percentage of men blogging is lower. Perhaps women have a little more time. But they are also ambitious, excelling everywhere.

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  29. i find it so intriguing when i meet a male blogger. with this media being totally outweighed by woman, its like a breath of fresh air to see a different side to all of it. i tend to agree that woman are more open with their emotions therefore more apt to start a public blog. for the few male followers i have, to be quite frank, they are a few of my favorites :)

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  30. I hadn't thought of this before either. When I think about it, though, when I do see a a man's blog, it tends to be more related to a field of study, whereas a woman's blog is most often a diary/journal/scrapbook. There are exceptions, but that's been my experience so far. =)

    Thank you for another intriguing thought, my friend. =D

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  31. It was like that when I started blogging over three years ago. I think because most guys have better things to do. (That was always my thought process before I started blogging.)

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  32. I've noticed it for a long time, but isn't being surrounded by women better than men? haha

    Think it has to do with emotional stuff and time, some men don't have an office job which makes it easier to blog. But then I just pretend to be a cat, but he is male too haha

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  33. I think it's the whole social thing. Women blog as a social outlet, and men by nature are just not that comfortable sharing their life or feelings socially.

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  34. Interesting subject Keith...I think there are so many factors which play into it that it's impossible to point out just one. Isn't it cool, however, that people ...regardless of gender... are exploring their many options for expressing themselves.

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  35. I've a lot of male bloggers in my list though. Almost more men than women. Is it because I like men? You like women? I'm just asking.

    Have a terrific day. :)

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  36. My personal experience is that if blogging is mentioned when men are present, they tend to flick their eyes and say blogs are a waste of time. I am always surprised when I get a male follower and I do wonder how long it is going to be before they get bored rigid by my pointless chatter. Having said that, one of my most loyal followers is a man...guess it takes all sorts. :)

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  37. I’m with on their theories. I too noticed the unbalance but gender isn't a matter while sharing.

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  38. I certainly haven't done any surveys but I think the gender disparity is not as great as you think. Who you meet will depend on what kind of blogs you like to read - men seem to cover different topics than women do...

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  39. Keith, I think the numbers would even up if blogging involved more bacon.

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  40. I personally think you are one of the most influential and interesting bloggers I have ever come across. I think blogging has been wrongly labeled as a "girl thing". It is isn't. You bring so much to the table and I even realized that I gravitate more towards personal blogs either male or female ones. That personal touch that gives the reader insight to the person instead of just staring at pictures of clothes. You have that tenfold! Most in real life guys don't let people into their inner thoughts or concerns and that's why I think they are too few and far between. But there needs to be more. =)

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  41. Reading all people's comments, I think there is one more thing. Whenever a new medium of expression arises, people who were not too 'expressing' with the previous media get hold of it and use it to greater extent than others.

    Blogging and women can be considered the same.

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  42. I think females, for many different reasons, outnumber males when it comes to staying home. I suspect that is most likely the primary reason for the numbers leaning in their favor. Just my guess. :)

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  43. I think a lot of guys are just pretending to be girl bloggers...teehee!

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  44. My first thought has to do, yes, with the ability and desire to write and/or express feelings. In my experience, the circle of guys I run with are less likely to be writers in general, and much more unlikely to record their personal thoughts in a public space. I have seen many male bloggers that specialize in certain topics, though, so I know that blogging is not just about feelings or family or what have you.

    I suppose I never really thought about it, because I see a gender disparity in so many other parts of my life that it's become almost normal to me.

    The feminists are gonna hate me for this, but could it also be that women are more likely to be the stay at home partner, and thus have "more time" (or access) to blog?

    I really just think that women have this instinct to share, and blogging is a great mode of communication for our personal streams of thought.

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  45. I think women like to share their lives, feelings, observations, and have a conversation with others. Blogging is a way to do that. Men, not so much. Their thoughts and observations are interesting too, I appreciate your blog for that.

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  46. Im guessing blogging, which is akin to online journals in some regards, is an introspective endeavor that most "dudes" have little interest in. That's kind of sexist but it makes sense in my head.

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  47. I hadn't given that much thought but when I started looking back at the people I follow, I too found that most of them are women.
    Most of the men that I follow and that follow me are writers in one capacity or another.
    Interesting.

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  48. Interesting and I had no idea of this disparity!

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  49. I have seen this in my own blog. Out of 211 followers, there are maybe five males. Here are my thoughts on this. I think it is because women enjoy talking and have a greater need for expression. Among the men I know, they are not telephone talkers, or bloggers, or writers, they are DOERS! They want to get things done without talking about it. Everyone is different, so I am only looking at the bigger picture and my own experience.

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  50. Isn't there research somewhere that indicates men are usually not as verbal as women? Something about how our brains work differently, I think.

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  51. I think there are just as many male bloggers out there but follow blogs like 'daily photo blogs', or 'shared interest' blogs.
    I am a follower of a particular photo/bird blog and theres a few hundred follows with over half being male.

    I'm also a follower of a Widow/widower blog and there's just as many males and that blog contains a lot of written 'feelings' by men.

    It's a curious subject Keith - have a great day!!

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  52. I have a few male followers and I really enjoy their input and look forward to their posts, yours in particular. I do think we women feel more free in discussing personal matters but it may also be that if we are not working at an outside job, we have more time for this time consuming venture.

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  53. As a male blogger myself, I don't think that you need to have a "feminine side" to blog and keep up with it. I write a new post every day, have connected with some great people, and I do it because I love writing, and enjoy chronicling my life. I print a new hard copy book of all my blog posts every 6 months (6 mos worth of posts each time) so that I can have those memories and have a sort of encyclopedia to my life.

    I don't think that the motive behind blogging can be pinpointed to any one specific thing. If you like it, you do it. If you don't, you don't do it. And sometimes you start it out, and find it's not for you, or it's not fun, or seems like too much work and opt out -- just as likely for a woman to do that as a man.

    All that being said, the stats can't be fought and there are more females on blogger than males. And I think that's because of relatable word of mouth. If you start a blog, you tell your friends, and if they follow they may be inspired to start their own -- well, think in the scenario, a man is first off less likely to spend time reading other blogs, and as such, probably won't have the interest in writing their own. Just as women (I think) are more apt to want to sit and chat with each other, blogging is a virtual way of doing just that.

    Feel free to check out my blog, if you want. http://www.asmallpieceofgodsplan.blogspot.com

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  54. I blog when I feel the urge to ... scream ... haven't heard many men scream ...

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  55. I really don't know why but I can tell you this...I'm thrilled when a guy decides to follow me and/or I find an interesting guy to follow.

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  56. I wonder if its because its considered more acceptable for women to blog.

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  57. I'm not really sure why that could be, though taking the percentage of your own readership might not be a totally accurate depiction of the actual female:male ratio in the blogosphere. For example, over 30% of my own followers are male. But I think in general women would be more likely to blog because we're already encouraged to share feelings and whatever, and doing so on a blog is in a lot of ways safer. At least it feels that way.

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  58. I think that like you said - most men - at least to me - are not nearly as expressive as women. I am glad there are some of you all out there. sandie

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  59. I think it depends on what type of blogging that we're talking about as well, I think there are quite a few men bloggers who blog about technology or business. I think there are just less who read blogs like fashion, lifestyle, feelings etc are the main themes.

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  60. I had noticed that a while back when I got a couple of new followers and they were men. I guess I was surprised given that I blog about completely random things. I wonder if there are more male bloggers in a more male dominated subject...home repairs, sports, cars and the like. Also I think it has to with women notmworking out of the house and this being their creative output. Just my two cents.

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  61. I had no idea it was so skewed. That's very interesting. I blog because life on the ranch can be lonely. We live way out of town, and most days it's just me and the critters. My husband has much more contact with people. Most days the only humans I make contact with are bloggers.

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  62. I havent developed an opinion yet but as long as I have been blogging there has been a noticable disparity. I think it may have to do with womens need and ability to be more open with their feelings. Not sure.

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  63. I really don't know. Never really thought about it!

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  64. Dianne made a good point about needing more data points to make a more accurate assessment, but by personal observation, there certainly do seem to be more females blogging. Traditionally, females have been considered more language-oriented than males, so maybe that's to be expected. However, I've encountered an awful lot of excellent male bloggers, and I believe more men would enjoy it if they were willing to give it a shot.

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  65. Yep! I recognize this topic ;) I think that there are a lot of great male bloggers, but I think that most men would rather go play sports or drink with the boys {i.e. my husband}. Yes, I know some women that will never have the desire to blog, but not very many. When I tell people that I blog, men are impressed and think it's cool. Women jump on the band wagon and get into it too. Perhaps women are more language-oriented as some have said, but what I do know is that the men that do choose to blog are JUST as language-oriented ;)

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  66. I actually learned about blogger from a male blogger. I think topics on blogger currently allign more with female interests: kids, fashion, etc. although there are alternative topics out there, women have grasped on to these types and made them strong. The male who helped me discover this outlet was a poet, and many people frown upon expressive forms for men. Society is still sexist to some degree. I think these factors both influence the gender of those attracted to this forum.

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  67. Very interesting. Mmmm. I've noticed a lot of men blog about photography, or they are writers or political bloggers. Maybe it just depends on the blog circle you are looking at. I've seen all sorts of different types of men bloggers, even family and decorating blogs. I guess it's all in where you look.

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  68. I completely enjoyed reading the comments your post inspired! I can't add anything worthwhile to the discussion but to thank you for the opportunity :)

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  69. I think it reflects the fact women "talk" a lot more than men - they are the makers of society and family life. Women also don't seem to have as many reservations as men when it comes to opening up and discussing their problems. Men generally perceive openness in asking for help as unmanly and weak. Women tend to chat about anything and everything, including trivial matters, as opposed to staying quiet - men are more likely to discuss particular subjects and don't mind saying nothing. Overall, the blog output should reflect precisely the verbal output of the genders

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  70. Think it totally depends on the topics involved really... People will talk and write about what they like, so if it is sports, computer programming, or health, you will always find that it does balance out in some way. Maybe I am wrong though. Just a theory. I follow male and female bloggers equally, once I understand the topic.

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  71. There definitely seems to be a disparity. It might also be the type of blog. I follow a few male bloggers, but their blogs are mostly photography.

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  72. That's very true, there aren't many male bloggers around. My own brother started a blog and quickly got tired of it. He said he just couldn't find something to talk about a few times a week. Short attention span maybe?

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  73. I think your blog followers can't be representative of the blog phenomenon, it depends on the themes approached in posts and your unctuous, reflective tone must surely attract more women than men, though in general over all the blogs created on earth at the moment i'm pretty sure there are more female daily writers than male, because for now in human evolution and cultural development women are more enclined to be dreamers and overall immaterial sharers, while men mostly prefer the concrete realm, the satisfaction of matter, visible results of their actions.

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  74. perhaps women are more open to expressing and sharing their thoughts lives etc?
    Good question! Enjoy your day!

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  75. I hadn't really thought about it, but I also think subject matter plays a part in the disparity. I prefer not to generalize. I usually am drawn to resonant content and find out later more personal details of the blogger.
    Love the provocative ? today Keith, I will think about it more. . . .

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  76. I've noticed this myself, actually. I have no theories, I just thought I'd tell you :-)

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  77. That´s an interesting question. I have noticed it too, maybe because most of my contacts are women.

    I have read a few "researches" and they say that "blogland" is not a "woman´s world", more women than men have personal blogs but when it comes to conventional business blogs or professional blogs, things could be different...

    If that is true, they say, this could mean that the gender bias would be alive on internet; this could mean that we women are reproducing our traditional role here and also that we are occupying the less important social niches

    I don´t know if they are reliable or not, but I feel just the opposite. I don´t think that we are here reproducing that role I think that we (women and man) are here because this is a great and free way to vindicate the way we (women and men) see the world but maybe, we women need to make room for our perspective more than men and that´s the reason why we have settled on some spaces

    Maybe many of us (and not only women) still need the proverbial "room of one´s own", a place where we can set free from any kind preconceived ideas about ourselves (included the idea that we should reject our own nature, dreams and wishes) and awake creativity, a true vision... and that is what this space is to us, a place where diversity (in the broad sense of the word) is allowed

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  78. Hi Keith .. I think your commenters have said it - but it's lovely to have the other half around, even if it's a reduced half (if one can have such a thing) ... I haven't got as many followers as you .. but my bones be telling me they're mostly women too - mind you - you should be one happy little boy!

    Cheers Hilary

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  79. I've wondered about that, too, Keith, when I see that most of my followers and commenters are female. I think in my case, it's my subject. It's hard to talk about one's mental health, but I think women in general (I'm speaking in very general terms here) can talk about such things more easily and willingly. That said, I always welcome and enjoy the male viewpoint.

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  80. I've noticed that too. I think in general women just share more of themselves and just like to talk more. : )

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  81. The disparity was actually the reverse when blogging started, with far more men blogging and getting the blogging attention. There were a few standout women but they were the exception, not the rule. Now it does seem to have flip flopped a bit but that may change yet again with time.

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  82. I think that more women read blogs because they want to know what is going on in the minds of other people . Men probably like to see the news on the TV. When it comes to writing women probably feel better when they put their thoughts on paper. May be men don't have that need.

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  83. This is true of all the blogger events I go to as well. I'm amazed if I even see one or two guys! I think there is a gender disparity in terms of how much males/females like to communicate period. Not sure why. But blogging is such a great outlet for women who want to talk and connect about all sorts of things.

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  84. Yeah...girls write more than guys. 'Nough said ;-)

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  85. i always thought that it was just the style of blog that i usually followed...and that's why i didn't see as many men...interesting thoughts and comments. :)

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  86. I think it depends on what people are interested in writing and reading about. Google probably has statistics on the percentage of men vs women bloggers. I'm not sure that there is necessarily a disparity. Your blog maybe has more female readers because of the topics you discuss, most of which have a certain romanticism about it. Have a good week, Keith :)

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  87. I just figured that men are blogging about different things, like technology and ski equipment and stuff like that.

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  88. I really don't know why - I've asked myself that question many times! Am going to read the comments to see I can get wiser...

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  89. I'm guessing the male bloggers are in the politic and sports section and I don't really go there..not that I'm against it, just want to spend my reading on things that inspire and move me...which you do!

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  90. I like reading male bloggers blogs because they are much more honest in their posts. At least it seems that way.

    There are also way more stay at home moms that blog than working moms.

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  91. Wow, I knew it was more tilted to the female end, but didn't know it was so pronounced. I've found that my male blogging friends are also some of the most faithful, commenting week in and week out, whereas females can be a little more fickle.

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  92. Did not realize it was so heavily female...

    But why?

    I suspect women are more communicative -- or at least believe themselves to be. But I find my male counterparts to be more long-term than the female...

    Pearl

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  93. I have five men who comment regularly but my blogs are gardening related so I think they feel on safe ground. Most blogs by men that I read seem to be about life in general, as your is. Women seem to have more hobbies to write about that only women are interested in.

    At the time of writing you have had 93 comments - do you actually go to every blog and comment back - maybe this is what puts men off commenting - they just can't be arsed.

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  94. : ) I am not surprised because many of the bloggers I read are retired women with interest in varous topics (art, fashion, health, literature), or artisans who work independently and use blogging for marketing (among other things) and/or women who are stay at home moms (temporarily not in the work force) and find a community outside of home. Most men's blogs I have seen are professional- business, travel, photography, fashion with little discussion of their feelings and their families. I agree with you that comparing men to women's blogs, the latter tend to be verbose and expressive.

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  95. I remember in communications learning that women connect more through sharing. Men tend to connect more through activities. I think that may come in to play a little here. I'm sure there are a ton of factors though...some really good ones mentioned in the comments! I never really thought about this, but now that you have mentioned it, I can definitely see it.

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  96. Glad you're in to blogging, as you are one of the best!

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  97. I've noticed that disparity too. Possibly women tend to be more verbally expressive, and in the virtual world, that comes out in writing? Plus there do tend to be more female stay-at-home parents and craftsters, and blogging is a handy complementary platform I guess.

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  98. Keith,

    My situation must be a double anomaly. I blog, have plenty of readers and 90% of the comments are from men. My place isn't about activities. It's about gratitude, mental health and spirituality. Go figure.

    I appreciate what you put out in cyberspace. I agree with others, your blog is among the best.

    Wishing you and the others here, a great week!

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  99. My theory is that men typically form bonds by doing activities together, while women typically do so by having conversations and expressing our feelings. I think that is the main reason for the disparity, though there are other dynamics as well.

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  100. Honestly, I haven't noticed that much of a difference in the amount of women to men bloggers. There are a ton of daddy blogs, men that like to blog about photography or electronics, ect. I have seen you post in a lot of the mommy/family blogs I visit, and I guess that is more of a women's niche, but overall in blogland, I'd say it's pretty equal. It just depends on what types of bloggers you hang out with I guess :)

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  101. I had not thought about this either, the men I do follow though have more in depth, thought provoking, or subject specific blogs than the women that I follow. I do follow allot of blogs where I can learn something from-like crafts etc, but I do follow those that only share their personal lives.
    I first learned of blogging when I retired about 10 years ago now-and back then my hubby thought it was the stupidist and most time consuming activity he had ever heard of. lol
    He now has his business online and also a web site, so he is meeting people from all of the world, and has several that he talks with on the phone-like old friends-so I think he gets the idea better now-lol

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  102. Maybe all the male bloggers write about sport or economics. My husband reads loads of blogs but they are all economics.

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    1. People vary. I'm a straight guy, but sports and economics would bore me to death. Give me art, religion and spirituality, and other topics that use that side of the brain. (I can never remember which is right and which is left!)

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  103. very interesting. Never thought of this before, but I checked mine and while a little higher than 8%, didn't actually do the math, just ballparked it in my head, its much lower than I had ever thought it was. Not sure as to why, but most of the sites I follow are poets, acting, philosophy, writing, art and photography, movies and sports. Of those groups, the poetry, art and photography, acting and writing are predominantly women bloggers, the philosophy blogs are pretty much 50/50 or close to that, the movies and sports are mostly male bloggers. Nice thing to mull over.

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  104. You know, I have wondered this before as well. There are only a couple of male bloggers that I follow with the overwhelming majority being women! I think that men are less likely to write about what they are feeling and don't like to put themselves out there as much as women do. But I don't know for sure!

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  105. I think women are apt to share their feelings on a blg...

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  106. You've read my ideas about gender on my own blog. On the one hand, culture tries, at every turn, to create gender differences. On the other hand, what we might refer to as gender is not a discrete thing; there's a continuum that runs from linebacker to ballerina. The linebacker isn't necessarily male and the ballerina isn't necessarily female. Our culture seems to assume that girls are good at language and boys at mechanical things. It's not necessarily so, but we're pushed in those directions from the start. Funny thing -- my wife's the mechanic and I'm the writer! I can't take the vacuum apart and she can't write a thank-you note. Literally.

    I don't get to my blog as much as I'd like to because I'm more into photography . . .and I tend to write too much under the photos I post! :) But, I'm one straight male who loves to write.

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  107. Honestly, I am not sure why the discrepancy. With so many "masculine" topics to write about like sports and hunting, I am surprised that more men don't blog. My boyfriend actually started a sports blog and was quickly discouraged by his lack of followers and even more, the lack of people who wanted to converse about similar topics. It really is disheartening...because I love the few blogs by males I do read! I hope you are having a wonderful evening, dear Keith!

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  108. I am not totally sure of what I am going to say, but I think that we (women) allow ourselves to feel things deeply and tend to be very thoughtful of them, so maybe that is the reason why sometimes we want to share our feelings.

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  109. Hmm. Some of my favorite blogs are written by men ... That's all I've got.

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  110. Well, thank GOODness I'm a man of my gender! Hold on...let me check.....yep, I certainly am.

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  111. I really don't have a good answer on this one. The Artful Diva probably said it best.

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  112. I'm not really sure what to answer on this one... but surely I love to read your blog..:)

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  113. Chicks just LUV to talk about their feelings, and everything else, for that matter. Hehe.
    Your blog is one of my favs though, Keith.

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  114. Outside of the overall decline in blogging I hadn't thought of other statistics that much....that's actually fascinating!

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  115. I'm amazed by this Keith, but I'm sure glad you're one of those exceptional MALE bloggers.

    And you are an exceptional blogger!

    Happy Week, G

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  116. maybe women feel more of a need to find a connection in the blogging world (validation?)?????

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  117. Blogging is basically a place to express ourselves creatively and journal our days and be connected with others. My husband would rather be on his motorcycle or reading a book. If he were to blog I bet it would be a great blog.

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  118. Writing is a form of creative expression. Society doesn't really encourage males to nurture their creativity. Boys are conditioned from a young age to be "doers," not intellectuals.... I think that's part of the explanation.

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  119. Also, women are more social (because of norms in society, and probably biology plays a part in this too), so the virtual world is a place to fulfill the need for communication. Even if someone has lots of friends in day-to-day life, they can turn to blogging because it is a place where they can say what they really feel... so in a sense, a vulnerable place, which is scary to think.

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  120. Hmmm....that is interesting. I hadn't noticed before as I'm sure I have an average split. Now I shall go check!

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  121. Your statistics are making things a little difficult to understand.
    I always thought blogging was for those who wanted to write, irrespective of gender. Now, it seems like the female counterparts are rather wanting to express as compared to the male ones.
    Locally speaking, much of the boys wrote along Blogs, and girls kept away from it.
    Again, What difference will it ever make.

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  122. I have not noticed such a disparity, Keith. And many a blog that interacts with me, has no gender identity. Actually, I could care less who blogs the most. The main thing is that, regardless of gender, that folks have a blog as a platform to share their ideals.

    I am transparent and have no problem expressing myself. Be well, Keith.

    Gary :)

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  123. You're probably right about the disparity. The good news is that most people I know don't care about the gender of the author of a blog, they are attracted to the blog's content :)

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  124. I guess males are just less interested? I'm male but I haven't really paid attention to who follows me.

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  125. not surprised at all
    women like to talk & express themselves more than men.
    we also like feedback.
    this is from my experiences, there are always exceptions
    hence the 8% =)

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  126. Umm, I think that is good for women, you always bring interesting and brand new thoughts , amazing post :)

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  127. I have been thinking about this too because my son has a blog (I Am August)and has had a very hard time finding other blogs he wants to follow. I told him about your blog and he became a follower.

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  128. I'm happy that you are one of the 8% of men who blog. We need more people like you with such thoughtful posts that bring people together. I'm grateful that you are blogging, keep it up!

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  129. I'd say mine's about even :-)

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  130. I would say my tribe is almost all XX chromosomes

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  131. No, no theories really. I wonder if some of it has to do with women being more social in some ways, and that whole "women use more words in a day than men" kind of thing. No matter who you are, though, I think blogging is a great way to connect and interact with others. I've met so many great people through blogging.

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  132. I'm just glad you're blogging!!

    But my theory would be that some males might not be as connected to this creative/expressive side. Not something that is encouraged in society.

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  133. Women tend to stay in touch better than men, IMHO...

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  134. After I figured out what disparity meant, lol, I think women just make more time to blog than men.

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  135. I just wrote a novel and then erased it. The truth is that I don't know why there are more women blogging than men. Possibly because society views it as a chick thing? However, I will say that the male bloggers I follow, such as yourself, all bring wonderful things to the table (humor, excellent writing, photography, fashion sense or they make you think).

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  136. Well, first of all...thank YOU for a most intelligent, entertaining, and inclusive blog, dear Keith! :)
    I tend to agree that, in general, women tend to be more expressive and perhaps have a greater "need" to connect. It would be great if the blog world was more balanced...

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  137. Wow! You are so right. It seems to me that a lot of blogs by guys are about business issues. I might be wrong about that though. When I think about it, I get a lot more email from women than men. Oh, right above, I think Palomasea is on to something. " . . . women tend to be more expressive and have a greater need to connect." I'm thinking that has something to do with it for sure.

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  138. I can't say why, but I can say I have noticed it, and LOVE when males participate in any way (write or comment etc). I wish more men did; we need the diversity you men have to offer. THANKS FOR BLOGGING! :D

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  139. Interesting, but very informative article. Boo

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