Update: I know I said I was going to go and tell them about us, but surprise surprise, they actually managed to sell out today. I hadn't registered due to my summer schedule (academics and taking advantage of summer) so I guess I'll be listening to it via podcast on itconversations.Norma posted how she noticed an aspect about knitblogging I totally agree with and felt the MIT survey researchers should know
b) One observation I've made from the beginning is that we knitbloggers are a completely different breed than most bloggers. We are far more interactive than the others, and far more likely to meet each other in person and become close acquaintances and friends. (or am I just being ethnocentric?)Did you see this Women in Blog conference?
Mission Statement: "The guys all know each other, but we don't...What do I want to get out of [a BlogHer Conference]? More leads to interesting women so that I can follow their writings and mention them in my blog." - Charlene Li, Principal Analyst and Blogger, Forrester Research"This is in relation to point b) where I feel that these blog-ladies have not stumbled upon the knit blogs. The majority is female, can sway knitter opinion, and blog with frequency. Some are able to commercialize their success (thank goodness for bookbookbook!). We know of each other, if not actually know each other - You say Yarn Harlot and we immediately know who you're talking about. We meet up deliberately and even when we run past each other at a yarn sale or knit group, we get an inking of "Heeeeyyyy. Isn't that? (Some knitter I know via her blog but now get to meet in person?)" We're high tech- when the Harlot comes to the tech-worshiping west coast, there will probably be live "at the event" blogging. Camera picture "moblogging". Maybe even audio blogging. We've got our own podcast. We've got knitalongs and web-rings. We've got video tutorials and image "follow alongs" to show new techniques. And bloglines? RSS? old hat, thankyouverymuch.
And the knitbloggers themselves? We're diverse. Some are scientists, some are professional moms, others are artists, and more. We've got big girls and small girls. Young and old. Conservatives and Liberals. Different religions. Straight and homosexual. I wouldn't be surprised to meet a knitblogger who was bi or transexual, either. We've even got people who like to knit with cotton and acrylics ;)
Really. Knit bloggers are a breed apart from this "blogher" definition. We'll probably skew the MIT results, or rather, show them that they've been missing a huge population of female pro-active bloggers.
And you know what? It feels nice to be a part of an online community where you actually get to meet real people. And see knitted items in person. :)
Yes I intend to go and show these ladies that they've missed out on a signifigant thriving example of exactly what they're trying to achieve. How odd does it feel to be part of a model community?