Gender has nothing to do with it

If you read any of the posts that people wrote from or about the BlogHer conference in the US last week, you’ll probably arrive at the same conclusion I did – a terrific event filled with people who have interesting points to make and thoughts to share.

You may also reach another conclusion – this was an event aimed at women bloggers (men weren’t excluded, though), some of whom wanted to focus only on women and women’s issues.

Fair enough. After all, BlogHer’s mission says:

[…] to create opportunities for women bloggers to pursue exposure, education, and community.

Still, I found the feminism focus in some posts highly distracting.

I don’t read any blog written by a woman because she’s a woman. I read that blog because I find the content interesting.

Like these excellent bloggers: Elizabeth Albrycht. Amy Gahran. Ellee Seymour. Sherrilynne Starkie. Kamie Huyse. Lorelle VanFossen. Aedhmar Hynes. Kathy Sierra. Just a random quick selection from my RSS feeds.

Of course, this may be regarded by some women as a typically male point of view. Well, maybe it is. My point, though, is I believe that gender has nothing to do with what makes a blog interesting or not.

Some women feel the same, too. I think Kathy Sierra says it best of all:

I am “one who blogs” (among many other things). I happen to be a woman. But I am NOT a blogHer, and my male co-author is not a blogHim.

One thing that BlogHer has given me is a load of new (to me) and interesting blogs to take a look at. But not because they’re written by women.

The gender of the blogger really is just coincidental.

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