I have a rule. The rule is that I only put up links to blogs that I read in my Bloglines reader. It’s not a perfect one to one correspondence, but I see no need to clutter our blog with links just for the heck of it.
And then I noticed a problem. Shoot, I only read blogs by men. Many of them are in my age group even. A few women have made the list of course, my favorites being Maggie Dawn, 802 Online’s Cathy Resmer, and Natasha Tynes. But when it comes to reading Christian or emerging church blogs, the list still has a large number of men on it. On one hand, this does make sense since most blogs in this category seem to be by men. I doubt that women are being intentionally suppressed or anything of that sort. The bigger problem is getting the men to notice the women who are blogging.
And concerning Christian/Emerging Church Blogs Especially . . .
The next question is, “Who defines the standards of a ‘good blog’?” I confess I’m stepping into a black hole of sorts, but I can’t help thinking that women seem to blog . . . differently from men. Perhaps men are more detached, while women are more present emotionally. I don’t mean this as a critique, but there have been times when I have read a woman’s blog and thought, “Whoa, that is too much personal information!” It’s not a matter of right or wrong, it’s a matter of what people begin to accept as a norm. And if women blog differently, that may mean that men, who seem to do the majority of the blogging, are less likely to notice them. Why? Because they have different standards for a good blog and unfortunately their standards may have taken over.
It’s a theory, but there has to be something to it. There are countless other reasons for these trends, but that’s my two cents.
In order to branch out and read some noteworthy women’s blogs, I did a bit of searching last night and I think I have found a few blogs that are different from what I would usually pick, but quite good:
Hard Soap Girls: This is a group of four women from all over the world who blog together on life and Christianity. The title comes from a great C. S. Lewis quote about not peddling soft soap Christianity. They do some good reflection on scripture and talk very frankly about their lives. The glam shots on the “about” page were a little over the top in my book, but I guess they work.
Lynne Taylor: Not to be known only as “the wife of Steve Taylor,” Lynne has a great blog where she records her thoughts on church planting, spirituality, and life. She’s been blogging since February 2004.
If anyone else has some thoughts on why the blogs of women are tough to find in the emerging church conversation, I’m open to suggestions. For now, enjoy these fine blogs and check out my blog log for a few more women bloggers of note. There are a few other I’m keeping on the back burner for now, but may add in the future.