Charlene Li has a post entitled Bloghercon conference proposed where she writes

Quick – name me five woman bloggers. You probably came up with Wonkette, and if you’re reading this post, you’ve got me on your list. Can you come up with three more?

This is why Lisa Stone’s suggestion to develop Bloghercon is such a great idea. (Elisa Camahort has a follow-up post with more details here .)

It’s not that there are no women bloggers out there – it’s that we haven’t built up a network comparable to the “blog-boy’s club” that dominates the Technorati 100 . This is not to presume that there’s a conspiracy – just the reality that for a number of reasons, woman bloggers have had difficulty gaining visibility.


Interestingly enough I actually counted 10 women bloggers I know off of the top of my head without needing to count Charlene or knowing who this Wonkette person is. My list was Shelley Powers, Julia Lerman, Liz Lawley, Danah Boyd, Rebecca Dias, KC Lemson, Anita Rowland, Megan Anderson, Eve Maler and Lauren Wood. As I finished the list lots more came to mind, in fact I probably could have hit ten just counting women at MSN I know who blog but that would have been too easy.


I am constantly surprised by the people who read the closed circle of white-male dominated blogs commonly called the A-list who think that this somehow constitutes the entire blogosphere (I do dislike that word) or even a significant part of it.


I wonder when the NAACP or Jesse Jackson are going to get in on the act and hold a blaggercon conference for black bloggers. Speaking of which, it's my turn to ask "Quick – name me five black bloggers". Post your answers in the comments.


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Friday, March 11, 2005 6:13:00 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
In the Blogsphere, no one knows that you're a dog. Or a Smalltalker :)
Friday, March 11, 2005 6:24:14 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Wow, this theme is really screwed up in Safari. You can care about that at your leisure since I normally only read your blog through an aggregator. :)

hmmmm, I'm assuming YOU don't count since you obviously know about you. I only know one. Jon at Most of the blogs I read leave me delightfully ignorant of the writers race, sexual orientation, even nation of origin in a lot of cases. I have to focus on their content and decide whether or not they are full of crap instead of having the benefit of any personal bias or stereotypes. It's very tiring to have to consider content on it's own merit. I often ask other people to tell me what to think to relieve some of the pressure.

My favorite part was on one of the "blogHERcon" meme spreaders, a white, liberal woman, decided she was going to link to 10 new blogs. So she linked to 10 new blogs either written by white, liberal males or white, liberal females. She really dug deep into her blogroll for that one.

Of course they all spoke English too.
Friday, March 11, 2005 7:51:32 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I typically only subscribe to techie blogs, so I only know three or four black bloggers in this regard.
Friday, March 11, 2005 7:52:23 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)

As far as I know, you're the only "black blogger" in my feed list. Could be wrong though. I haven't checked race of the bloggers behind every one my feeds, although I know that most are white males based on pictures I've seen of them on the web.

Are there any blog feeds run by black individuals that you recommend?
Friday, March 11, 2005 8:03:33 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Tony Pierce, Tony Pierce, Tony Pierce, Tony Pierce... and you.

Friday, March 11, 2005 9:35:45 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Hmm, I'll get back to you after I propose a new RSS element <Ethnicity> and get it pushed through.
Friday, March 11, 2005 2:15:55 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
The idea that there are no women bloggers seems ironic considering the stereotype of a blogger as a 14 year old girl. I guess blogging is for girls, not women.

Uche Ogbuji and Lawrence Oluyede are the only names that spring to mind, though now Randy's reminded me of Tony Pierce.
Friday, March 11, 2005 2:26:19 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Does "African American" count as black or does it actually have to a pigment-based? While I was technically born in California three of my seven siblings were born and raised in Rhodesia and both my parents live there for about 20 years each. So if African American counts then given my parents assumed nationality and 43% of my full blodded siblings are Rhodesian natives that should at least give me partial qualification right? ;)

Please know how much I am kidding (the parents and sisters part is actually true however obviously the rest is extending from you're obvious "why must we segragate ourselves in the first place" tone from your post.

On a serious note you can't forget about Uche Ogbuji > as he is definitely a blogging pioneer in many regards.

Also see:

I guess technically Uche is the only individual in this list so I guess I won't be parting with any virtual-swag.

I wonder if there are any caucasion blogging communties... in a quick check it seems and are wide open for registration for those interested...

Cheers :D

NOTE: Again, please note the complete and total sarcasm here and absolutely nothing was meant to suggest any sort of racism... It's important to recognize that the above links have nothing to do with color and everything to do with culture which, if viewed from that standpoint then sites like:

are right in-line with the human tendency to migrate towards those in whom we share the same interests, hobbies, and culture and create communties around these common bonds. Which lends really well to the idea that your A-typical white american needs to find some damn culture beyond hot rods and hardware!

Cheers :)
Friday, March 11, 2005 6:10:24 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Just sticking with political blogs (and spanning quite a large political spectrum!), don't forget:

Oliver Willis:

La Shawn Barber:
Saturday, March 12, 2005 1:35:14 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I read a couple of the ones mentioned, besides yours and I won't count myself because I only half-ass blog. I read Trader Mike here and more personal here
There's Nykola at -- I think she still writes for seaspot, not sure.
I count Melissa as black, although some would disagree
There's Todd at .
For the final, Bijan at Pop Culture .
I will admit that most of the AA blogs that I read are family and pretty much consist of baby pics and such...
Saturday, March 12, 2005 5:23:40 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Just five? OK, but I'm outing myself as a political junkie:

Baldilocks -
LaShawn Barber - Yup, count me in the masses...
Afronetizen -
Professor Kim's Blog - -
Saturday, March 12, 2005 8:57:43 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Rhodesia? Um, last time I was living there, it was called Zimbabwe. Hakuna matata.
Saturday, March 12, 2005 9:53:40 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Lewis Byers-

Jerry L McClough-

Lowana Currinton-

Ridgley Banks-

Ronald E Newton-

Yvonne Johnson-

All coming out of Greensboro, NC.

In addition Mr. McClough serves as the BlogMaster for the
Greensboro Branch of the NAACP

And has also assisted them in launching a weblog for all 103 Branches of the NAACP across North Carolina which are presently being claimed.

And that's just off the top of my head. Peace.

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