Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Research on blogging and women bloggers

Still wandering all around the web looking for research on women bloggers, women bloggers who blog about education technology, leadership and higher education. I found a directory resource for women bloggers and an article (Taylor Eisenman) citing research on how infrequently popular male bloggers include female bloggers on their blogroll. This article was based on Clancy Ratcliff's dissertation research. Ratcliff's (2005) research focused on a "case study of gender differentials in discourse on weblogs (often called the “blogosphere”). To that end, I am analyzing the “Where are the women?” debates to ascertain the ways both men and women account for the gender gap in blogging"(Ratcliff, 2005).

Some of the reasons outlined for the gap in this study included:
  • women aren't self-promoters
  • women "can't handle agnostic nature of political discourse" of blogs
  • women use pseudonyms more than males
  • women don't blog about politics

    While Clancy's(2005)dissertation research has a focus on rhetoric and politics it does ask the question, "Where are the women" and will provide me with more research based information to answer my questions about women blogging about this blog's areas of focus. I am looking forward to learning more about blogging and the discourse about women who blog over the course of this year and will link this site to Blogs by Women soon.

  • English posts that contain Women Bloggers per day for the last 30 days.
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    Paul Wasko said...

    As a dad of two girls, it's helpful to have someone who's providing leadership in this area.



    cadh 8 said...

    Interesting thoughts and debate.
    Personally, I know that my female friends who blog use the format in a relational way. Most posts relate to family updates, personal interests like what movie they saw or book they are reading, and photos of trips they have taken, etc. It is like a photo album that can be shared online. THey make relational connections through their blogs. I don't know if this is something guys do in general.
    My husbands blogging is task oriented. He has a blog for his work as a youth minister that is a question/answer format.
    My blog differs from both. My personal blog is hobby outlet for something I don't have much time to do, but that I enjoy.

    Anecdotal evidence, to be sure, but I do think that women approach the tool of the Blog differently than do men.