Last week, I solicited your ideas on an issue I'd been pondering: Why don't more women comment more on blogs...?
Your response was, in a word... WOW. More than 90 women (and two guys named Troy and Ed) wrote to add their two pesos on the issue. Some emailed me privately, but most commented here on the blog post itself.
Some of my favorites (excerpted):
"We don't blog because...We don't have time to! We take on a lot, and probably too much, of the nitty gritty details at work and home.... Finally, men love to give their opinion, whether it leads to an end result or not. For myself, and the women that I work with, we are happy to give an opinion when it matters. It isn't essential to our psyche to be heard on every subject." —Gale Lee
"Biological differences—Testosterone in men and Cortisol in women may contribute to men's desire to engage in conflict and women's desire to avoid it... Behavioral differences—society has different roles and expectations for the sexes. Men and women often have different communication styles. This may affect why they post comments and what types of comments they post and are attracted to."—Holly Buchanan
"Women tend to be far more receptive aware in their communications, and I think it would be a very unfulfilling forum because they expect so much more. For us guys it is perfect for that very reason, that it is devoid of emotion, body language and all those other subtle cues that we do not respond to as well anyway. Men love it, because we are finally on a level playing field." —Troy
"My theory is that the gender gap in blogging/commenting is more technology driven than usage driven, in other words, even though blogging is a social medium, it's a social medium that was created within the technology community—which is male dominant, and mostly white.... As adoption spreads, age, gender and ethnic differences will even...." —Anne Simons
The above are but a few of the responses. I encourage you to swing by and check out the others. I know, I know... a lot of you are too busy—but your voices make a difference at the Daily Fix, at least for me.
Please do swing by. At the very least, you can read about how I invented blogging. (True story! Kinda pathetic, maybe. But true nonetheless.)
Until next week,
Chief Content Officer