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July 10, 2008

Female Bloggers are a Diverse Bunch

Filed under: New Media and Tech — Shelly Brisbin @ 11:45 AM

I was excited to find a link to a list of the 50 most influential female bloggers. Of course, such lists are both totally subjective, and super fun to read. I was very proud to see that the Top 20 includes Blogger & Podcaster Magazine interview subjects Arianna Huffington, and BlogHer founders Lisa Stone, Elisa Camahort Page, and Jory Des Jardins, and one of my very favorite contributors to the magazine, the irrepressible Lorelle VanFossen. I’m choosing to ignore the presence of viper Michelle Malkin. To each her own, I guess.

Aside from gilding my own lily, I bring up the list because I was impressed by the diversity of subject matter represented there. Other “most influential” lists, the kind where you get 48 guys and two women, tend to be weighted very heavily toward tech and political blogs. There are plenty of women on the new list that fit this description, too, but you’ll also find self-help experts, international issues advocates, knitters, moms, and a lot of entrepreneurs who have turned one blog into many. Four women who are primarily podcasters—three tech-focused, one about sex—also made the list.

An RSS feed of the most influential female bloggers would make for fascinating, challenging, and diverse reading.

Update: It’s been brought to my attention that Playboy put out a “hottest female bloggers” list. Glad I didn’t know that until now. I’d have to make some sort of allegory to the list I featured, and that would just bore me and you.

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