The NYT, writing about BlogHer08 in a Styles section article titled Blogging’s Glass Ceiling, bemoans,
At the seminar “How to Take Names and Be Taken Seriously as a Political Blogger,” many women said that their male colleagues and major media groups tended to ignore them, and to link to them less often (unless they are Arianna Huffington).
Let’s give the NYT a helping hand and link to my colleagues at that panel (it was a panel with a question and answer session, not a seminar) Morra Aarons-Mele, Mona Gable and Angry Black Bitch, none of which were ignored by anyone (except the NYT, perhaps).
The panel was liveblogged, if you would like to read it.
By the way, Kara Jesella, the writer of the article, is very nice and talked at length to all four of us after the panel session, but her editor obviously coudln’t think of linking to our blogs in the article.
1. Have at least half a brain and demonstrate that it actually functions by not writing egregiously stupid stuff.
2. At least 75 percent of your posts should have nothing to do with you or your life.
3. Don’t post a picture or talk about your romantic life, your children or your pets.
4. Don’t threaten to quit blogging every time anyone criticizes you.
5. Learn how to defend your positions with facts and logic instead of passive-aggressive parthian shots fired off as you run away.
To which I add Ronald Reagan’s famous words,
It’s still trust but verify. It’s still play, but cut the cards. It’s still watch closely. And don’t be afraid to see what you see.
Check your sources, and blog on. [And make corrections immediately – I misattributed Vox Popoli’s quote to Robert, and corrected it immediately]
As I said in the panel, your blog is what you make it.
I talked to Rachael Myrow of The California Report radio program on KQED public radio. (Note to Sam: She asked how many visitors I’d had that day, and I said 2,000)