Hey folks, just a quick note as it’s a beautiful day and I’m about to get out in it.
A few years ago Talk of the Nation did a segment on the growing influence of political blogs, and how this was a decidedly male phenomenon, and that the result of that lop-sided representation was a style of writing that was aggressive, retributive, and exclusionary (not to mention sexist–google Pie Wars @ Daily Kos).
Since that time more and more women have gotten involved, but it is still a lop-sided exercise as the top liberal blogs, with the exceptions of Hullabaloo and Firedoglake, are all male-run enterprises. Hence the presence of yours truly. I may not make a big splash or become a top-tier blogger, but I will do what I can to counter those efforts, and to give women a voice in the political blogosphere.
I’ve been participating in the blogosphere for over four years now, and here’s what my daily top sites looked like last summer:
Talking Points Memo
Crooks & Liars
…in roughly that order. Since I don’t visit any of those blogs anymore, with the exception of the occasional visit to Digby and and FDL, I will not offer links. I don’t want their traffic increased. They don’t deserve it, in my opinion, not even FDL and Hullabaloo, because they played by the blogger boyz rulez, or, as in the case of Digby, buried their heads in the sand to protect their privileged positions.
I will, however, offer links to the following blogs, which I post as an example of how my daily reading has changed since just last year. These blogs need and deserve your support, so please, do them the honor of increasing their traffic if you have time.
With the exception of the incomparable Somersby @ the Daily Howler, all of these blogs have been started and are run by women. Somersby always earns a daily click in my book for his ability to cut to the quick, and his refusal to be owned by anyone, or swayed by the cockamamie rhetoric of the blogger boyz.
As for the rest, not all of these ladies are on board with me regarding the stolen primary and the illegitimate nomination of The Precious®. Some, such as Jeralyn at TalkLeft and Echidne are on board with unity. I don’t blame them, or anyone who wants unity, though I will not join them. They are still voices, however, for the take-down women got from jocular men and anti-feminist women who are seeking to protect their place of privilege in the male hierarchy of the MSM and the blogosphere this primary season. So show ’em some love for me, k? Thanks!
Update: Thanks to commenter Scoff for increasing the circle of readership by posting a link to Corrente, another great blog. If you know of any other great blogs, please post links in comments.