A blog about blogging

Regular readers of Working Mums Australia will know that I’m not really active in the blogging community discussions that happen a lot on Twitter and Facebook.

WordPress (the host of this blog) continually reminds its bloggers to comment on other blogs and get active to get more traffic to your site, which is a really good idea, but my focus has always been to read the blogs I love and then write my own in the subject area of my choice.  So people who come here know they will get info about being a working mum – and usually that’s it.

But please indulge me for one moment.

Today there’s been a bit of a fuss about a piece written by Sunday Life magazine about some of my favourite Australian women bloggers.  It got many of the facts wrong, and the bloggers involved are rightfully ticked off.

It’s confirmed my view for a while that the media is generally pretty keen to denigrate bloggers, especially mummy bloggers.  I think the reasons for doing so are a bit sexist, even when the journalist is a woman and possibly trying to do the right thing. Here’s my theory.

Society has always denigrated women’s conversations with each other.  If they didn’t, the term ‘old wives’ tale’ wouldn’t be a phrase we use to describe something that science hasn’t proven, but keeps being shared among women as being true.

When women talk to each other, men get nervous.  Anyone who’s ever had a chat with other women in a kitchen interrupted by a bloke coming in to get the BBQ tongs knows that.

Are these bloggers are experiencing part of the same phenonenon?  The suspicion that something is going on, that women are gaining something from each other through talking and sharing with each other, and that this is somehow a problem?

I think so.

If you want to read a bit more about this controversy – and some of the excellent bloggers there are in Australia, I would recommend following the links below.

Apologies to followers who only want the working mums stuff – back on topic next post I promise!

Kirsten

Edenland.  Scarily powerful.  She was misrepresented today.  This is her response.

Carly Findlay writes eloquently about why mummy bloggers should be valued.

Alexandra Wrote talks about why bloggers are real writers.

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10 responses to “A blog about blogging

  1. OK, this sounds right up my ally. I will have to come back, because being a working Mum, I have to go to sleep in a few minutes and you have provided a lot of reading material, including Carly!

  2. Thanks for sharing your always eloquent thoughts on the matter. What disappointed me about the article was the suggestion that all of those things that women deal with in their blogs – motherhood, relationships, health – are personal issues that don’t belong in a public space like the Internet. (Because of course men are totally the experts at understanding these boundaries, just look at Rep Weiner and his selfies. Actually – don’t!)

    Of course, lots of people who aren’t mums talk about personal issues & share stories and support online (and I think that’s an excellent thing), but it always seem to be the mummy bloggers who cop the flak for attention-seeking, oversharing, exploiting their families or “selling out” and making money from advertising or promotions. To be fair, I know a few ladies like that, but I guess Ms Jameson couldn’t get an interview with the Kardashians 😉

  3. “The suspicion that something is going on, that women are gaining something from each other through talking and sharing with each other, and that this is somehow a problem?”

    YES. I love that, very much.

    Thank you for writing this, I hope you don’t mind but I’ve added it to my blog post about it. I read your email ….just wow. Will email back tomorrow when I am a bit more coherent. You are lovely, thank you.

  4. Great post, Kim. I hadn’t thought about it from that perspective. I love that there are so many posts about this article, and we’ve all looked at it from different angles.

    This was awesome.

  5. The article was very disappointing, and totally misrepresented, not only these beautiful writers and mothers, but the whole ‘mummy blogging’ community. I wondered too whether the angle was influenced by the competition between traditional media and social media?

  6. I’d like to share my spin on it. Women unfortunately are their own worst enemies. Its the unspoken behavior that happens more so in bigger corporations. When a woman is excelling or progressing and its evident amongst her peers she is branded as either an evil witch or someone who got ahead with the right connections, looks etc instead of celebrating her achievement. I saw the blog article similar, like back handed compliment. Women need to stop tearing each other and start encouraging each other.

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