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Aug 01, 2005


Koan Bremner

Evelyn, thank you for writing a fascinating account of your thoughts arising from BlogHer, and how they link into the wider issues which concern you (and I, for one, don't have an issue with "stream of consciousness" posts; sometimes I think I over-sanitise my own stream of consciousness). Just a minor point; my first name is spelled "Koan" (as in a Buddhist Koan); that's precisely why I chose it. Given the Buddhist tone of much of the post you link to in from this post (i.e. your "coming out" post) I'm sure you can understand why that's important to me.


cool post - let's all keep whispering...

Ronni Bennett

Terrific summary of Blogher, Evelyn. And lots more to think about too. Thanks.

Chris Halvorson

Sorry to think my end-of-the-day Blogher comments could be misconstrued to mean "Mommy Blogs Don't Matter." On the contrary. But what I was trying to say (and so poorly did say) is please, please lets not all talk just to each other. We must talk to the world in order to change the world. So many blogs I've read are just plain narcissistic. There is very little value in that. But if we all take the communicating skills we've learned, the technological skills we've learned, and the relationships we've formed (however digitally) and USE THIS POWER FOR GOOD, I have no doubt blogging women will make history.

steven streight aka vaspers the grate

Mommy blogging is insanely stupid.

Do they have a clue how child molesters, abductors, infertile wannabe mommies, and other predators LOVE seeing photos of children, the nuder the better?

Identity theft and corporate negligence to protect consumer information are why no one should shop online.

At BlogHer, did these issues arise?

How about the difference between female and male blogging styles, marketing blogs, etc.?

I'll bet male bloggers rarely rave about online shopping.

Female bloggers may be reinforcing stereotypes inadvertently. But due to their maternal, nurturing instinct they should be the ones warning about these problems.

Are they?

Evelyn Rodriguez

Chris, I didn't read your comment that way, but I noted that the commenter two women after you did. She actually began with a statement that there were still "some" at the conference that didn't respect mommy blogging.

Steven, For the most part 'mommy bloggers' are simply women that are personal bloggers or 'identity' bloggers. They are blogging about everyday life, rather than pontificating on subject matter they don't know first-hand (which even I could do with a bit less punditry). They "write what they know."

Most of them say they aren't writing about their kids per se, but they are stay-at-home moms hence the term 'mommy bloggers.'

Very much was said about safety...hence, why Jay Rosen noted fear and 'terror' as a pattern in the sessions. Heather Armstrong, the most popular A-List "mommy blogger" of Dooce fame, talked being only findable online via PO Box. In another conference (not BlogHer), Julie Leung gave one of the best presentations EVER on blogging. The theme: "social masks." She never photographs her kids' faces. Ever. Partly due to respect for their own privacy too - they've never asked to be online celebrities.

I don't know which women talk about shopping...I don't think I read those blogs. In general, I think most women bloggers are for breaking stereotypes. I know I am. Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, a journalist turned novelist, talked about this. She hates to generalize "men do X" and "women do Y". In fact, she wrote her latest novel to get over her OWN stereotypes and judgement. She based the character on someone that gave her difficulty (i.e. in 'metta' meditation the hardest circle of 'loving-kindness'): George Bush. Her character is conservative Christian and very likeable. I talked to other "minority" bloggers too that dislike being classified as 'Chicana' or 'Latina' or whatever as tokenism enforces stereotypes too.

steven streight aka vaspers the grate

I'm glad you don't dismiss the real dangers of posting children's photos (faces), where they go to school, their favorite hang outs, address, etc.

Online shopping and other passing of sensitive financial or medical information via the internet is very dangerous, with identity theft crime on the increase.

I like Deborah Tannen's books on male vs. female conversation styles.

Where can I learn of male vs. female blogging styles?

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