Irish blog gatekeepers are men
November 19, 2006
Damien started an interesting discussion about widening the number of bloggers available to speak with journalists on blog related issues. In principle it’s a good idea…but like my previous post (and the comment thread) there’s now a debate going on over who’s an “expert” and who gets to decide. (Sounding familiar?). I guess the first rule of any club/association or event is who can’t be in.
Then EirePreneur stepped in and offered a list of expert bloggers and lo and behold who can’t be in was amply demonstrated – women. Not a single woman blogger appeared on the list. Mary called this and came up with her own list of women bloggers (on which yours truly appears). But when I hear that age old refrain about “why are so few women blogging” perpetuated by a small group of bloggers who talk to an unknowing media I’ll know the answer.
This raises a much wider issue for me concerning gatekeeping in the Irish blog community most of which is done by men. I’ve nothing against men, in fact I rather like most of them but it’s perpetuating the mythology of blogging being a male related activity which I am increasingly uncomfortable with. If something as simple as Damien’s suggestion can so quickly exclude a whole swathe of the Irish blogging community and instantly set up a male/female dynamic then perhaps there are bigger issues to be tackled here.
On a simple level a person’s blogroll gives you an indication of the shape and size of a blogger’s world but if you’re not constantly reaching out to extend and change that it becomes self-referential and fixed. Blogging may have belonged to the boys in the past but it’s certainly not true in the present as evidenced by Mary’s list. How long before more women start occupying the gatekeeping seats?