EDIT I have now included a guide on how to vote at the end of this post
In my quest to learn more about how African bloggers are viewed in the blogsphere I went on a mass clicking spree. Jumping from blog to blog I found myself at RConversation reading this:
So how do we get more diverse voices into the blogosphere?
I’d like to hear more suggestions from non-white as well as non-American bloggers.
Maybe it is just me, but I was irritated by that question. This isn’t merely asking where are we. It is a question based on the assumption that:
- we don’t exist; and
- we need ‘help’ in being brought into the blogsphere.
I know I am constantly plugging the Kenyan Blog Webring but with good reason. There are currently 36 members blogging from all corners of the globe about a range of issues. Within our small but quickly growing ring we have diversity and more importantly we are already in the blogsphere.
As a black women I know all too well that in many arenas, both offline and online some will want to believe that if they can not see us, we do not exist. In the context of blogs, for as long as google is around nobody has any excuse to label us non-existent.
Having said all this, I also appreciate that we as “other” bloggers need to be proactive in our efforts to get our blogs noticed. With this in mind I continued the random clicking until I reached Pen-Elayne’s blog.
Pen-Elayne has termed March as ‘Estrogen Month‘ and she is giving her readers a “chance to vote on the female bloggers that you believe deserve a wider readership and more linkage.”
I emailed Elayne and used Mshairi’s blog as an example of the amazing contribution that Kenyan women bloggers are making to the blogsphere. Elayne not only responded she also mentioned that she has added the following sites to her Bloglines list under the title Gals in Wating;
…oh and Mama JunkYard
As you can see we all have ZERO votes. This our chance to change this situation so please get voting and if the blog of your choice is not there – get nominating.
I would love to see the following added to her list;
The above is just an example…there are so many more.
Thanks to Elayne I have learnt that “the next time some guy asks you where all the female bloggers are”, I should tell them What She Said.
I am still learning but according to the latest post at Elayne’s she says:
- We should cast our votes in her comment section. (I just put mine under the latest post)
- When casting votes we need to say why we like a particular blog. ” People reading your comments are much likelier to take to a blog if you tell us a bit about it and what attracts you to it”