Friday, April 2, 2010

Boy Blog

Technically, this is a man blog, but I'm doing Tossing it Out's A-Z Challenge, and today is B.

It has come to my attention that I am in the minority. Most of the bloggers I encounter are women. A couple I thought were men turned out to be women. (Sorry B. Miller and Hampshire Alex!)

Why is that? Do women just have more to say? Do men have better things to do with their time? Are more women drawn to the social aspect of blogging than men? Does anyone have an answer for this?

Fortunately, I have found some fellow male bloggers out there:

Stephen at Breakthrough Blogs
David J. Williams at Autumn Rain 2110
Galen at Imagineering Fiction
Jamie at Mithril Wisdom
John at Sci Fi Songs
Marvin at The Old Silly
Arlee at Tossing It Out

And by the way - thanks to everyone who reads my blog - I hit 50 followers last night!



Hi Alex, enjoyed the read and good luck with the challenge.
I don't look like Kate Beckinsale unfortunately

Have a good day.

Jamie Gibbs said...

Yay, I got a mention as a fellow dude! I commend your choice of Kate Beckinsale, too, she's perdy :P

I've found that there are more women in the fantasy genre than in the science fiction genre in terms of blogging (and with the popularity of Twilight and paranormal romance, a lot more women fantasy authors too). I've also noted that there are more men doing podcasts in this genre than women, so it may just be the two different media appealing to different kinds of people.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yvonne, that's okay - she has a pesonal trainer and airbrush artists to help!

Good point, Jamie.

Karen Jones Gowen said...

Haha, that's good! Clever use of the word b! You should go meet David J. West, he's another guy blogger who has a lot to say, a book coming out, and an entertaining blog. I also enjoy Patrick Tillet's blog, just started following him. I'm always on the lookout for more boy bloggers, to have diversity in my blog reading!

Charmaine Clancy said...

and cats - you forgot most bloggers on writing seem to be women with cats.

I'm okay with the Kate pic cause I look just like her... oh wait, my pic is showing - darn!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Karen! Are they listed as followers of your blog?

Charmaine, you're right, I should've mentioned that!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Well, women are more chatty...

Congrats on 50 followers, Alex!

Will Burke said...

Stopped by via Tossing It Out, and glad I did. Was the book out '09 or '10? I've got a Daddy(etc)-Blog, and would love to get into other writing styles. Sweet guitar -- Strat? The Humbucker makes me ask

Sarah Ahiers said...

You should check out Gentlemen of Leisure since it's all male bloggers.

Helen Ginger said...

Women tend to have longer attention spans. Although...I think you lengthened some male attention spans today.

Straight From Hel


Hi Thanks for the visit, Yes that owl was pecking my hair, When I lived in Spain a friend took me to a falcon show, knowing I had a fear of birds. Afterwards she voluntered me to hold this owl, actually it was not that bad but persisted in pecking my hair so I guess I'm still a bird brain many years after the first encounter.


Anonymous said...

Alex, this should certainly get youmore male viewers. No confessions here. Crap. I missed A. Did you have a picture of Jessica Alba up?

Stephen Tremp

DEZMOND said...

well most of your friends here are writers, and there are generally more women among the unpublished authors than men. When it comes to my field - movies, you can see over at HOLLYWOOD SPY that majority bloggers are men.

By the way, what is Kate doing these days? Haven't seen her scoring a success since UNDERWORLD and VAN HELSING. I know she had a flop with that arctic thriller this winter, but I haven't checked her future projects.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Will - the book? And yes, the guitar is my first. I also have an acoustic as well.

Thanks, Fallen, I will.

Helen, that was the idea!

Yvonne, brave of you to hold that bird then.

Stephen, no I didn't - but that's a good idea!

Dez, are you saying it's the men who get published.
And artic thriller wasn't as horrible as everyone stated. I have seen worse!

Julie Dao said...

I know about four men who blog. You should check out DL Hammons at Cruising Altitude and Matt at Pensive Sarcasm, they're both great bloggers and they would probably appreciate Kate Beckinsale more than most of your other readers ;)

Summer Frey said...

And Simon Larter at Constant Revision.

I have no problem admitting that I think Kate Beckinsale is HOT.

I get excited whenever I see a new male follower. They're like the elusive snipes...

Jemi Fraser said...

There really aren't too many male bloggers - sad. I'm thinking of starting a classroom blog next year - maybe if I get them interested early... :)

Gregg Metcalf said...

Very interesting post! Sometimes as a pastor I find myself thinking I am in the minority. Of course sometimes when folks find that out they back off.

My blog is designed to edify, encourage, and inform from a Biblical perspective so all are welcome.

Good luck on the challenge!

Boy Blogger Marv said...

Yowzah! that pic was worth the trip over here alone! (wink)

ok horny now ...

The Old Silly

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Julie!

And Summer! Now I'm a snipe, too...

Go for it, Jemi.

Gregg, your perspective is probably very needed in the blog world.

And I knew you'd love it, Marvin!

joe doaks-Author said...

It's true, there do seem to be more women bloggers. Sadly, I can't tell you why. Come on guys, get out your pens!

Best Wishes, Galen.

Trevor Peck said...

Hey Alex,

Another male here. I'm along the same lines as Gregg. We'll see what you got next. So far, I'm lost here. I may be the only person in the world who has not seen Avatar and Kate B has nothing on my wife!

Love in the Truth.

DEZMOND said...

Well, from my point of view as someone who works in publishing, yep, it's true. The percentage of male writers who get published is much higher than the percentage of female writers.
The explanation is rather simple and psychological. Men usually write when they have a certain idea in their mind, a certain plot to develop, something new to discuss or describe. Thus, most of them have more original ideas.
Women usually get into writing only to describe their own feelings and emotions. Their books are much more self-centered. They write books to deal with emotional experiences in their lives. As such, their books are usually very personal and less attractive for a wider market.

Raquel Byrnes said...

Your post is like the virtual version of the Man Show...too funny!. I think women and words go together like crying and boys just have to work harder at blogging!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Trevor, I'm sure your wife appreciates that!

Dez, that actually makes sense. Women tend to externalize their problems - thus, they write.

Raquel, that made me laugh!

Unknown said...

I think most men find better things to do than blog. :) At least that is what my husband says. I think women blog more because we are so much more social beings than me. Great post.

Glynis Peters said...

So pleased my photo came in handy Alex. ;0

Great post.

Anonymous said...

I had never thought of the fact that women blog more... outside of the "mommy blog" genre :). I know quite a few male bloggers. I do think that women's blogs tend to be more personal and men's more issue-oriented or work-oriented.

Arlee Bird said...

yeah, I agree-- what is it about this lack of men bloggers?
It's funny--I've had a number of people intitially think I was a female, I mean not when they meet me in person, but from my blog.

And I too first thought B. Miller was male, but I think that came from her talk about her Clark Kent vs Superman personas. B. Miller rocks!


Natasha said...

I think blogging is an activity that appeals more to women than to men. But there are some men out there there (all of whom you have listed).

I know you are not asking, but the comments seem to suggest that women prefer fantasy to science fiction - if that is the case, I am the exception. I adore science fiction (grew up thinking Issac Asimov was the best thing that ever happened to writing), but am ambivalent about fantasy. I do like the Harry Potter series, but not too much else of fantasy.

Following your blog.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glynis, thanks so much for the photo!

Melody, I'll try to be personal now and then.

Arlee, if they thought that when they met you in person, that would be a great concern.

Rayna, that is cool! Now, I'm not a deep sci-fi writer like Asimov - I'm more on the light side - so don't be disappointed if you ever read my book.

Creative Chronicler said...

Alex you bring up any interesting points.

There actually are a lot of male bloggers, most of them just blog about business, technology, etc. instead of entertainment type stuff. Most women blog for companionship and a creative outlet, it's a social thing. Men tend to blog more to make money.

As for the fantasy/scifi issue. There our more women writing fantasy than scifi however, many write "fantasy" that is really just a romance with more action or a paranormal element. Which of course does appeal to the female buyer, but most die hard scifi fans or true fantasy fans gravitate to male authors, which is why many writers in those genres choose to write under pen names or initial plus a last name.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That makes sense, CC.

I do like my entertainment, though. Between me and Dez, everyone should remain caught up on their movie info!