Saturday, February 27, 2016

Why Girls Blog More than Guys

So, it's Saturday! Which means, the first official post, of course :) It wasn't supposed to come this late, but that's what happens sometimes . . . I had no idea what I was going to write about, but then I got that awesome moment of inspiration. It was a true light bulb moment. I was commenting back and forth with Jonathan Trout and he pointed out he was the first guy to comment. And that got me thinking . . . why do girls author and comment on more blogs than guys?

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~My Assumptions~

So, obviously I'm starting this post of by assuming that girls blog more than guys. I'm just pulling that statistic from my own experience with teens, not professionals. Besides, if you're a professional, you can hire someone else to write your blog for you and then it doesn't really count :P In my experience, you get a lot more girls commenting and linking to their blogs than you do guys. Since this whole post revolves around my assumptions and experience, you are wholly obliged to disagree :D

~My Observations~

Here are some factors that popped into my head

1. Personality~ some people just don't blog. I was one of those people and here I am, branching out. But I think the more introverted you are, the harder it can be. And it seems to me that guys are generally more content to be disconnected than girls are.

2. Authenticity~ girls are known for being girls. They want girl time. Obviously, guys want guy time, too, but it's different. They want real guy time. And, judging from my five brothers, they are either playing around with their friends in person, or they are connecting with those same friends. Girls tend to be more comfortable forging new friendships on the fly even if they're never going to see or meet those people in person. I think guys crave the actual, in-person interaction more than girls do. We can make do with less.

3. Girls Follow Girls~ maybe the reason I've seen so many girls in the mix is because I was following only women's blogs (not anymore; now I follow Jonathan, too). I stalked Jonathan and Katie's follower pools and this is what I found.

Jonathan: 30% male followers (3/10)
Me: 11% which consists of Jonathan (1/9)
Katie: 3% or less (4 possible/131)

So maybe there is something to that. Guys are going to have more in common with guys and girls with girls. End of story.

4. Mom Blogger~ then there's the Mom blogger. I mean how many Dad bloggers can you name that aren't blogging for a living? I think this is one of the legitimate factors on why there's a bigger girl network. Mom bloggers cover life with children, cooking, beauty, DIY, and all sorts of other things. This lures in other moms and the cycle is unbreakable :) (I know they aren't teens, but I decided to include them anyway.)

~My Conclusions~

I think more girls do blogging than guys. However, I don't think blogging is a strictly feminine thing to do, just like I don't think video games are strictly masculine. And I also think it is a really good opportunity for guys to join the blogging world and get themselves out there (if they want to). They stand out in the crowd to me, just because they're guys. We girls may have to work just a little bit harder :)

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Sorry this came so late in the day! I'm still a newbie :D So what do you think? Am I totally off base, or do you agree with some of the things I said? Anything to add? Do you follow any guy blogs?

17 comments:

  1. I was thinking about this SAME thing after recently stumbling upon Jonathan's blog. Your opinions (in my own humble one) are spot on-- in my experience, too, girls just want to connect-- and perhaps slightly more courageous in putting their writing out there. I have a couple guy friends who like to write but would never show even me their work. I love the beauty and individuality of both men and women-- there is so much more to us (and our differences) than just our bodies, which is why I love posts like this. Phenomenal job!

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  2. I used to wonder about this a lot too. I rarely see guys blogging. I think I followed one guy who blogged?

    I'm not so sure about the introverted one. Because I am introverted, and I know a lot of bloggers who are. But I'm still not sure about that. Blogging appeals to me because writing is how I communicate, and that's probably not a gender thing. XD

    I definitely think you're right about the guys will relate more to guys and girls more to girls. Guys are more prone to follow other guy bloggers and the same concept with girls. Which in turn explains why, as girls, we don't see many guy bloggers around. They're just not in our "circles."

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    1. Yeah, you're right. Those who like to write will prefer blogging. And I definitely think there are more guys out there than we realize!

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  3. I follow maybe two, I think your right about them being more about real relationships. I'm glad you don't think video games are just for guys.

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    1. Glad you agree, Skye! Nope, I play some Minecraft every now and then myself, so . . . ;-)

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  4. I think about this a lot! Where are all of the male bloggers? I follow a few guys' blogs, but not many, because I hardly ever see any. #3 is a really good point -- maybe there are more male bloggers out there, but we don't see them because we mostly follow female bloggers.

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    1. I know! I feel like there should be a decent amount out there, but . . .

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  5. Wow. o.o I didn't realize how few male bloggers I follow. And I'm impressed that you went through all the blogs and figured out if they were male or female. xD

    Maybe guys aren't as into blogging/writing as girls are? At least as teens? There are a lot of ADULT male authors, but I rarely see teen guys. So maybe their passions change. Or I just don't know where to find them.

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    1. Exactly my thoughts, Katie. There must be fewer youg guy writers unless we're accidentally segregated :p

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  6. It's totally true! I would definitely say I'm more inclined to follow guy blogs then girl blogs. But they ARE hard to find! So if anyone knows of any good guy reading and/or writing blogs, let me know! ;)

    And I'm also 75% extroverted, so that probably plays a role in blogging for me.

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    1. Ah, I figured you were extroverted :) But I don't think any really bookish person can ever be 100% extroverted, otherwise they'd never want to separate themselves to read/write. I will definitely alert you if I find any other guy blogs. No luck so far :)

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    2. Found a guy blog for you! https://ofbleedingpensandpages.wordpress.com/

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    3. Eep thanks!
      (even though I already knew that one.)
      ;)

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  7. I've always wondered about that! I'm really introverted, so I connect better online I guess!

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    1. Me, too, Rachael! I don't really talk to people in the real world :P Something I gotta work on

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