We’ve been talking about blogging during the lectures and I started to think why people actually blog. The main idea of course, is to share thoughts, ideas and opinions but blogging can also be used as a “tool” to affect other people’s views or to advertise something. The Internet provides a new space to share these kinds of things, and enables millions of people to see the texts and material that a blogger posts.

But why is blogging so popular nowadays? As a non-blogger it’s hard for me to see the reasons for the growing appeal of blogging. Maybe it’s the opportunity to be heard or just a way to express ones point of view on life. This depends surely on the blogger and maybe on the sex as well. I’m definite that I’d get a lot of different answers if I asked a group of bloggers why do they actually blog. For example female fashion bloggers would probably say that they want to give advice and to be seen whereas male bloggers would want to share opinions. This, however, is a stereotypical assumption.

There’s a variety of blogs and every blogger has their own subject and motivation for writing. Blogs can for example concern hobbies, political ideas, music, religious views, fashion, travelling, arts etc. The list is endless and I’ve even come across a blog that dealt with cheating – so everything is possible in the world of blogging. The common assumption is that blogs are gendered; we expect female bloggers to have a fashion blog or a diary-like blog that reveals their dreams and hopes and tells about their lives in general. Male bloggers, however, are expected to blog about sports, computer games and that kind of things.

It is true that blogs seem to be gendered, but how can we know? Writing online is so anonymous that it’s hard to tell if a blog is written by a man or a woman. Even though a blog would contain a lot of pictures of the hypothetical writer, you’d never know if the writer really is who she or he claims to be. One exception, however, is if the blogger has become a celebrity because of the blogging –then you’d know (for example Perez Hilton). Regardless of the gender-related expectations of blogging, there are some exceptions as well: for example a boy blogging about fashion or a girl writing a blog about gaming. Refreshing, isn’t it!?

I’ve never been into blogging but I do read other peoples blogs. I just don’t want to have a blog because it’s just a strange thought for me that for example people that I don’t know would be able to read my thoughts and ideas and then comment on them. Plus I’d probably be the worst blogger ever, because I’d never remember to write anything. I think it’s just better for me to stick to Facebook and write a couple of short statuses per week and share them with people I know. That’s more natural for me –the whole world won’t see my ideas. Maybe I’m a different kind of girl because I don’t want to blog?

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2 Responses to Blogging?

  1. ria says:

    I just questioning your last sentence saying that ‘may be I’m different kind of girl because I don’t want to blog?’ For me it seems like girl should have blog, personally in my opinion having blog or not is an option regardless your gender.

    Interestingly in one site (, mentioned that the women and men blogger having quiet same in number. I have blog, and mostly is about my opinion, activities (travelling) and poem. Blogging for me also a way to get any new, specific information about anything directly experienced by the person who made the blogs.

    writing online offering anonymity since we can choose whether we want to tell our self or not or even being someone else. It is so easy, since when we blog, the only one we need is email address. However the author still perform themselves through their blogs. And as you said that stereotypical thinking still attached to women and men when blogging. For me, when I blogging I did not pay much attention to the identity of the blogger (only if I am interested and impressed with their posts continuously). what disturbed me is when I looking for free template for blogging, mostly the provider gives very stereotypical things, i.e. when I search ‘blog template for girl’, the result is blog template for fashion, music, beauty and diary. Even some blog template provider also have ‘girly/women’ category but not for men (as far as I know). What could be the reason of this?

  2. apalmgre says:

    Overall it think that you mention something important: “blogging can also be used as a “tool” to affect other people’s views or to advertise something.” You can, at least in a Swedish/Finnish context this happening more and more. Thank you for your discussion and especially for the link to different bloggers, where you throw away stereotypical thinking.

    Another online example, a like Ria’s in the end of your comment, is online games. In some of the sites for children’s online game there is a sector with “games” and a different for “girl games”. Why do girl’s need a different category. Does it say something about how girliness is constructed?

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