Blog links and gender


Interesting discussion on the impact of a blogger’s gender on the links he/she attracts. I’ve added my opinion, but you can use the links in Ethan’s post to see the ongoing dialog. I guess I never thought of myself as a “female blogger” like that’s a different thing from a “male blogger” (other then the occasional flirty e-mail I get from guys, I suspect there’s not that much diff anyway). Do I feel like someone is doing me a disservice by not linking to me? Nope, unless you can prove that they aren’t linking to me because I am female. Tempest in a teapot if you ask me, but that’s just my personal opinion. Regardless, it’s good that people are talking about it.


Comments (2)

  1. Ethan says:

    It’s entirely possible that a given blog does not get linked to for any of the following reasons:

    + Bias against the blog owner for whatever reason

    + Blog is not interesting to other bloggers

    + Blog is not known to exist by other bloggers

    + Blog is not contextually relevant to other bloggers – interesting in its own right, but not appropriate to the context of other blogs

    Some people think that a lack of linkage to their blog is because of the first possibility, without taking into account the other three I have provided. As vocal as bloggers tend to be, I’m thinking bias would be telegraphed up front, in a trumpeted blog post titled "I’ll never read/link to [blog] ever again." But it’s a big internet out there, and lots of people just need to get out more. 🙂

  2. InesK says:

    <sarcasm>So that’s why not many people link to my Blog. It’s because I am a female, of course 😛 Now that I have changed my pic to the HokieBird, that should throw some people off…</sarcasm>

    I completely agree on the Geek Dinner stuff. No one will drag me to those things 😛