Inclusive blogging

We’re a rare breed of bloggers, otherwise known as the male population.

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Until I indulged into an array of Twitter chats, I wasn’t aware of how little male blogging makes up the blogging world.

Some say it’s on the rise, others say it’s a myth. What do I think?

I don’t think there’s enough opportunity for male bloggers to shine.

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We make our own destiny as a blogger, but without inclusion and acceptance, the opportunity continues to be slim.

I challenge ways through situations I experience, and without the acceptance of male bloggers wanting their voice heard, gender inequality will continue to be at the forefront of my bug bearers.

I don’t want to be waiting around to hear the topics of my favourite chats to see it’s about your favourite make up or any kind of topic fixated around the female population.

It’s ignorant and makes me feel excluded.

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Try turning chats focusing on beauty to ‘how do you prepare for the day?’ or ‘what do you wear on a night out?’. Words speak a lot about inclusion and just by flipping the way we word topics and questions, inclusion can be part of the blogging world.

I’m sure this is the case much wider than male bloggers and it’s a step we need to take to make everyone feel welcome.

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It’s hard to please everyone, but isn’t it worth trying?

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19 thoughts on “Inclusive blogging

  1. LOVE this post! I think you’re completely right, I keep seeing a lot of chats that actively refer to bloggers as ‘girls’ which is sad, I think you lads have so much to offer. Currently trying to encourage my husband to take up blogging but he’s concerned that he won’t get taken seriously as a male blogger. It’s time we work hard to change these stereotypes and include everyone in our community!

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  2. I definitely agree that blogging should be inclusive irrespective of gender; we can’t expect a world of true equality if we don’t respect and listen to each other. And there is definitely an assumption that the blogging community is made up solely of women, which is simply not the case.

    However, I don’t think there’s anything particularly wrong with having chats on topics specifically about make up or topics ‘fixated around the female population’ (even though make up isn’t exclusively worn by women). Having a space where you can talk about your passions or your favourite things – be it make up, jewellery, travel, food, exercise, books, etc etc – is super important. And considering the large amount of beauty bloggers out there, it’s not suprising that you’ll come across a chat that will be about something to do with that niche. Saying that particular subjects for chats shouldn’t be talked about because they exclude you also sounds kind of ignorant, if you ask me.

    I’m not trying to stir the pot or cause an arguement, I’m not a beauty/fashion blogger, so I also sense a similar disapointment when a chat I want to join is doing a topic of that nature. Ultimately though, it doesn’t bother me, nor do I feel like I’m being excluded, because I know there will be another chat going on at that moment, or an hour from now, or tomorrow, or the day after, where I will be able to join in.

    There are so many blogging communities which that aren’t gender specific and have an array of generalised chat topics (#LazyBlogging being one 😛) and are inclusive of absolutely everyone, no matter what your niche, so I don’t think we should fret about the ones that do want to focus on a more ‘girly’ topic.

    In a perfect world, we would be able to please everyone, however I think that is next to impossible!

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    1. I fully get where your coming from, especially with views on both sides, and there’s simply nothing wrong with beauty chats, but there are ways to alter wording to make it inclusive.

      I spoke to a friend this morning and despite the fact I may come across as ignorant to you at some point in the post, I stand by what I think.

      If you’re running a specific ‘female’ based chat, then go ahead and talk about feminine topics, but when a chat is an open chat, catered for all, like I say above, wording allows topics to be inclusive, incorporating diversity in the blogging community.

      I love knowing about a chat’s topic early in the day, so I know whether it’s a topic right for me, however, waiting until 5 minutes before hand to come to the ‘female dominant’ topic, justifies my reasons for a lack opportunity in the blogging community.

      There’s a lot of chats happening now, which is amazing, and I love how diverse they are, but it’s normally my favourite chats that can at times make me feel excluded.

      Don’t take it personally. Lazyblogging is great!

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      1. I agree with what both of you are saying here. Yes, many chats should word differently, like fashion chats often just ask girls. But I don’t see anything wrong with chats being beauty based. Yes, I am a beauty blogger, but there are male beauty bloggers too. So many times I go to a chat and find it is about a subject that I don’t feel I can join in with, which sometimes makes me sad, but as Ella says, there will be a chat at a later time that I can join in with. I definitely agree that they shouldn’t keep topics a surprise! Tell us early on so we can either prepare or not get out hopes up! Great post x

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  3. John I love it when I see you on a Twitter chat you add a bit of pizazz to it. You always get us all smiling with the funny things you say and your super supportive. Just because your a man makes no difference 😘

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  4. That’s an interesting post John! You have a great point that Twitter chats don’t seem to always think that the theme is only geared towards the female audience. It’s funny really because I’ll be hosting a chat this weekend and was thinking what kind of chat that ANYONE could get involved in. It’s great that you’re bringing this to more people’s attention.

    Ashley

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  5. Great post John and I honestly couldn’t agree with you more! There are so many female orientated chats and there are times even I find it difficult to get involved in them – especially when they’re based on beauty but then that’s because I’m not all that interested in makeup etc. Every time I see you pop up in a chat though I know it’s going to be a good chat! I’m currently trying to think of a topic and questions for when I host the GRLPOWR chat and am trying to show people that although the name is GRLPOWR we actually are there for everyone, no matter what their gender identity.

    Hopefully you’ll be joining us tonight at 8pm for another one of our chats – we try to make them as inclusive as possible!

    Katie

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  6. Hello John, it is a very interesting point that you brought up. I can only say from my experience that I really do not feel excluded just because of a topic, even when it is not something I am interested in. Also it is nothing that I would necessary consider as a way of making me feel excluded. Not everyone can be pleased at the same time. Sometimes it is a chat that I love, and sometimes I just do not take part. I think expecting people to alter chats and avoid certain subjects just because someone might not enjoy it would be unrealistic. Just because I do not like tomato soup does not mean that my family cannot eat it.

    However I am surprised you did not mentioned hosts’ selectiveness in terms of retwitting and interacting with participants. I often see how impossible it can be for bloggers without strong base of following to even get replay. I am always trying to make people feel included and ignoring someone just because they might not bring back more followers to me is quite frankly rude.

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    1. I think when it comes to topics, it depends on someone’s preference and their motivation for liking the chat. Maybe I’m just a drama queen who likes open chats 😉

      It’s hard when it comes to hosting at times. How do you define hosts not responding to individuals with low followers? In some chats it can be a lot easier to connect with everyone, as it’s a small, yet compact chat, whereas with large chats, it’s tough to keep up.

      When I host I look for tweets/answers that stand out, regardless of a follower count.

      It’s all about how we present ourselves as a host, and maybe some individuals don’t show support, but let them be. They’re arrogant and selfish and can have the limited support from others.

      You and I Iga can give hope as chat hosts and let’s keep doing what we’re doing. xx

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  7. Such an interesting topic – I had no idea that blogging was seen as a female thing. I write about cooking and sewing and gardening, so I wasn’t surprised to see a lot of females in those areas – but I guess I assumed there were lots of blogs out there about fixing cars and farting and chewing your fingernails. LOL – Just joshing!

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  8. Great post John! I love reading things from the male prospective wither it be on everyday life, parenting, funny stories, male grooming or even make up! It’s good to read someone else’s point of view and a male blogger is no different so I hate when others aren’t all that inclusive of them. The chat thing is definetly a problem, I’ve never hosted a chat and chosen a topic that solely speaks to females and I think everyone should be able to join in, I can’t imagine it would be a fun chat topic for a guy to sit and talk about tampons…. so I definetly think more people need to be aware of the community… IT INVOLVES MEN TOO! X

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

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