The fifty most influential female bloggers

By Mark O’Neill
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

When I was working as a trainee journalist in newspapers back in the 1990’s, it was still considered to be very much a “boys club” (at least in the UK anyway).   Yes women were working in newspapers too but nevertheless, if you wanted to climb the ladder and get into editorial positions, those jobs generally fell to “the lads”.  I was a very young chap back then, just out of school, so my newspaper mentor was showing me the ropes.   One day, he told me in the cafeteria, “nowhere are you going to see more sexism, testosterone and outright machoism than in a newspaper newsroom”

Fast forward to today, 2008 and the internet.   How things have changed with blogging and the fifty most influential female bloggers.    Lists like these really make me happy because it shows that things really have moved on in the world.   No longer are we seeing discrimination and sexism in media.   Now women are really getting the chance to pull their weight and prove that they too can do the job just as well as a man, if not better.

After looking at the list, it’s more a case of recognizing the blog more than the person.    However, there are a few recognizable faces in there such as Veronica Belmont, Xeni Jardin, Tamar Weinberg and of course Ariana Huffington.

Do you agree with the list?   Who do you like?   Anyone you disagree with?   Anyone who isn’t there that should be?

NxE’s Fifty Most Influential Female Bloggers

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14 Responses to The fifty most influential female bloggers

  1. Interesting not one black woman made that list.It would've been cool if Angel Laws,Tiffany Brown, Kathryn Finney, and Lynne d Johnson(just to name a few) were at least nominated.

  2. Interesting not one black woman made that list.It would’ve been cool if Angel Laws,Tiffany Brown, Kathryn Finney, and Lynne d Johnson(just to name a few) were at least nominated.

  3. Leah Culver, A List Apart, Groklaw, BlogHer, and FreelanceSwitch are all the ones I've heard of on there.

    Heh, 2 weeks ago I had one of my friends going "Leah Culver? I keep hearing people mention her name and wonder if she's the same Leah I used to intern with at IBM…" "Dude, just Google Images her name and she's the blonde one all over the page" "Woah, that IS Leah!"

  4. Leah Culver, A List Apart, Groklaw, BlogHer, and FreelanceSwitch are all the ones I’ve heard of on there.

    Heh, 2 weeks ago I had one of my friends going “Leah Culver? I keep hearing people mention her name and wonder if she’s the same Leah I used to intern with at IBM…” “Dude, just Google Images her name and she’s the blonde one all over the page” “Woah, that IS Leah!”

  5. I disagree with the idea that lists like this are a step away from sexism. No one would write a list of the most influential male bloggers – they would just write a list of bloggers period. The fact that they had to shove 'female' in there seems a bit backward to me. It's like it's making a big deal out of the fact that there are female bloggers to begin with when that should be the norm.

    • In a sense you're right, but the list shows that now, people of both sex can succeed in the world of new media… doing a list of male bloggers would be irrelevant, because journalism was previously a world dominated by males.

      If you think about it, what would be the most interesting, doing a top 10 list of male clothe designers / hair stylist or female ones?

  6. I disagree with the idea that lists like this are a step away from sexism. No one would write a list of the most influential male bloggers – they would just write a list of bloggers period. The fact that they had to shove ‘female’ in there seems a bit backward to me. It’s like it’s making a big deal out of the fact that there are female bloggers to begin with when that should be the norm.

    • In a sense you’re right, but the list shows that now, people of both sex can succeed in the world of new media… doing a list of male bloggers would be irrelevant, because journalism was previously a world dominated by males.

      If you think about it, what would be the most interesting, doing a top 10 list of male clothe designers / hair stylist or female ones?

  7. I haven't heard of a single woman on that list. Moreover, I've only heard of two of the blogs (boingboing and Huffington). That probably says a lot more about me than them, but at the very least it implies that the concept of success is relative. :)

  8. I haven’t heard of a single woman on that list. Moreover, I’ve only heard of two of the blogs (boingboing and Huffington). That probably says a lot more about me than them, but at the very least it implies that the concept of success is relative. :)

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