Last week, Lesley Fellows posted on her blog about a possible lack of top UK Christian bloggers who were, in fact, female (her original post is here). This seems to have sparked off a mild discussion in some parts of the local (mainly Anglican) blogosphere, so I thought I’d add some of my own thoughts.
Before I get into the subject, I will say that I am very aware that many of my readers do not in fact hail from the UK. (Likewise not all my readers are Christian, although probably the majority are, due to my subject matter.) Hence this post may feel somewhat inapplicable to some readers, but nevertheless please do feel free to join the discussion, however loosely, as I would love to hear your thoughts.
Firstly I thought I’d list some of the UK Christian Women Bloggers I read regularly (a bit of a mouthful and I’m not keen on labels. Never mind.).
Here are some others:
One of the first friends I made in the UK Christian blogosphere since starting this blog was Lynn, over at Help I Work With Children. She’s been firmly on my blog list ever since.
Through Lynn, I found Laura Anne, over at Learning from Sophie. Laura Anne is funny, honest and compassionate. Another favourite.
I enjoy reading Rachel’s thoughts over at Re-vis.e Re-form. Rachel is also on Lesley’s list. I love theological reflection and Rachel has an accessible style – a sense of journey which I appreciate.
Another regular read is Angela, who writes at Tracing Rainbows. She, like me, is married to a Baptist Minister and we have actually met, which was fun! I believe we’ll be seeing each other this year too. Angela writes cheerful, newsy posts which have proved popular with many.
Another popular Baptist woman blogger, this time herself a minister, is Catriona over at Skinny Fairtrade Latte in the Food Court of Life – great title!
I also stop by The Vicar’s Wife on occasion – another popular blogger also married to ministry – this time in the Church of England.
I should probably mention Christian author Maggi Dawn while I’m here – who seems to have a cross-denominational, general appeal which I like.
Kathryn at Good in Parts is another Anglican priest. Like The Vicar’s Wife and Maggi Dawn, I usually pop in via her Twitter feed.
Although it’s in a rather different category, I will also include Lythan at Slightly Squiffy. In the main, this is a crafting blog, but she also writes posts relating to her ministry. As I myself dabble in crafty endeavours, I am quite happy to stop by and read both!
There are others I’m aware of, but these are probably the ones I drop in on most regularly. I’m also sure there are many lesser known blogs written by UK Christian women. But as Lesley’s post talked about ‘top’ bloggers, I’m assuming we’re talking about the amount of women within the more well known, regularly updated and read UK Christian bloggers.
On the topic, I should say I sympathise with the view point of Fr. David, over at The Vernacular Curate, in that I don’t really think too much on the gender of the bloggers I read. I read the blogs I like and identify with, blogs that interest me and inspire me. Of course, naturally some of these are women.
Are UK Christian Women (untwist tongue, glare at label) less likely to blog regularly than their male counterparts? Possibly. I think some good points have been raised in this discussion. The old problem of having the time has been raised – particularly when it comes to posting regularly. Some have suggested that blogging is still looked at as geeky in some circles – and geekiness and womanliness don’t mesh – or aren’t seen to mesh – very well.
I think this in part is generational. Certainly there are those who have looked at me oddly or indulgently when I say I keep a blog. But perhaps for someone a decade younger than me, this would be less of an issue. So perhaps as the younger, more techno oriented generations get older, things will weigh differently.
I should also add – is this something that could be said of the blogosphere in general? There is nothing in these reasons which is exclusive to Christian women. And is it widespread, or weighed towards different topics? How do women use blogs? Is it a means of information, debate, or simply an outlet? (More on that in part 2, or possibly 3 – depending on how much I waffle.)
It’s an interesting cultural thing too. There seem to be oodles of Christian women bloggers in the USA – is this simply because the USA is so much bigger? Or have they managed to ditch the geeky association? It also ties in with other factors – for example, many stay-at-home moms (SAHMs) keep blogs.
And it’s these other factors I want to draw out – to give my take and opinion on this. However, to stop this post getting unwieldy and wearying to your eyes, I’m going to stop here and say – to be continued…
A few hints: remember my aversion to labels? That will probably feature. What about subject matter? Purpose? Audience? And a word about denominations, too…