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March 16, 2006

Apropos of nothing in particular except that I was reading through my Bloglines subscriptions yesterday evening, it does occur to me that I should do more "feminist" blogging.

After all, I'm unquestionably female (you don't know me, but you can take my word for it) and I am a feminist. Why don't I blog about it?

I've thought about that question many times and never really come up with a good answer. Sometimes when I'm reading one of the really excellent feminist-themed blogs online, it bothers me that I don't post on this topic more.

Maybe it's because there are already so many excellent feminist blogs available? (Of course, there are many excellent blogs for all political issues and perspectives, and that's never shut me up on any other topic.)

Also, that whole "single-issue blog" question. All the studies (i.e., I read it a couple of times somewhere) say that people like single-issue blogs. They like to know they can go to a specific place for specific news on a specific topic or issue.

(For those who are wondering, I'm not going anywhere with this. Feel free to leave.)

I need to pick an issue.

Failing that, I need a gimmick or a theme or something. I don't have a pet and even if I had a digital camera, I can't imagine that a Friday Feature of my unidentified-species-ivy plant in various stages of dehydration would really brighten up the blog. (That's the only gimmick that's come to mind so far.)

I've always been a bit timid about asking this, but maybe the time has come.

What on earth are you doing here? Why do you read this blog?

If I institute a daily Bad Joke gimmick, or start linking to Hubble photographs, would that enhance or detract from your reading experience? If I confine future posts to creative ways to call the Bush Administration a conglomeration of ineffective and inefficient idiots, without actually cursing, would you continue to surf by? If I ignore the existence of the radical rightwingnuts and invest my limited brainpower in ranting about how the Left should be ashamed of its lack of courage and inability to formulate a Party platform from any of the dozens of critical issues that face us today, would be you be a happier camper?

I wonder about these things sometimes.

Posted by AnneZook at 08:20 AM


What on earth are you doing here? Why do you read this blog?

habit, i guess. :)

stick to what 'peeves' you. that's my motto.

Posted by: r@d@r at March 16, 2006 09:39 AM

If you do a daily Bad Joke gimmick I'll sue your ass. :) :)

I've often wrestled with the very things you muse about here. My conclusion is usually that I blog first and foremost for myself, and if people like the variety of things I find interesting (politics, feminism, comics, New York, sushi, cats, Jewish stuff, Silly Sites, etc.) they'll read it, and if they don't they won't. It means I don't get listed in comics bloggers roundups and I get very few if any Koufax noms because people can't categorize me as a political blogger or comics blogger, but oh well, one doesn't do this for the awards...

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at March 16, 2006 12:12 PM

Why do I read?

You find interesting things, you think about them clearly and you write about them with energy and skill.

You can expand, or contract, what you do here to suit yourself. If it's interesting to me, I'll click through, comment, link, etc. If not, I won't.

Anything that brings more readers here would be good, as far as I'm concerned. Anything that makes blogging better/easier/more fun for you is good for all of us.

My approach to "regular features" like Carnival gleanings and Thursday Verses (and goofy self-tests, etc.) is that I do them when I have time and when it makes sense to me. I've never noticed a great uptick in regular readership from them (though both my quotations files and poetry/lyrics postings do attract a fair bit of search engine traffic); to the contrary, my regular readers seem to ignore them as background noise, more than anything else.

Posted by: Ahistoricality at March 16, 2006 12:26 PM

I agree very much with the first three paras of "Ahistoricality's" comment. In addition I would say that "Peevish" is one of the few surviving 'classical' weblogs (if I may use that term...): you write about what you have read and seen, give your reactions and thoughts and links to what others have said about it. Since it so happens that I am interested in most of the things that seem to interest you, I read it with pleasure.

It is well known that concentrating on one issue or one field brings more readers. It is also more boring.

Posted by: Bengt O. at March 17, 2006 03:17 AM

Well, I don't want to offend Elayne, so no Bad Jokes. ;)

And I don't want to bore Bengt, so no single-topic blogging. (My brain doesn't work in that kind of linear, single-track way anyhow.)

And I don't think there's any danger I'll run out of things that peeve me, either.

Thanks for the feedback, everyone!

(P.S. Ahistoricality - Nothing garners more hits on my blog than book titles.)

Posted by: Anne at March 21, 2006 08:23 AM