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5 Female Bloggers Who Will Get You Thinking

Olivia Hayes.
By: Olivia Hayes  |   November 24, 2009  |   View Comments

If you happen to be a woman doing your dance in the midst of the nerd kingdom that is social media, you may or may not have noticed that we are a very small slice of the overall pie chart of geekdom.

This shouldn’t be news to anyone. The tech world has long been a boys club, and in general, boys like to hear what other boys are saying. But recently this point was brought home to me when I noticed this tweet:

She’s referring to Matt Mullenweg, the co-founder of WordPress, who recently posted an article on CNN citing his favorite blogs to make you think, none of which are authored by women.

Now, we all know that there are relevant and insightful blogs out there being written by women. I know because I have them in my feed, so I decided to share a quick list of 5 with you, in case you are one of those people who just doesn’t know where to begin. So don't say I never did nothin' for your feed reader.

  • HorsePigCow – Written by Tara Hunt, this blog focuses on all angles of the marketing and social universe, but her charming Canadian turn-of-phrase will keep you coming back for more.
  • Geek Girlfriends – A tecchy type blog, written in laywoman’s terms so that everyone can join in the conversation. Christina Tynan-Wood has a way of writing both intelligently and approachably.
  • eHub – Emily Chang curates a blog with near daily bite-size posts about what’s new with web applications and mobile services. And occasionally you get some meaty morsels to really sink your teeth into that are well worth the wait.
  • Beth’s Blog -  Focusing mainly on the use of social media for nonprofits, Beth Kanter digs into tactics and strategies and susses out what works and why. Not for the social media dilettantes!
  • Debbie Weil – As a corporate social media strategist that has held the hand of her share of big names, Debbie has plenty to say that you want to hear. She delves into the technical details and peppers them with a smattering of personal anecdotes.

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    • LisaDJenkins

      Thanks for showing me a few new blogs to add to my reader. It is interesting that, although women users dominate most social media spaces (such as Facebook), men continue to have a higher percentage of the blogoshpere. Beth's Blog is a great one; I would also recommend
      Amber Naslund
      Kathryn Jennex
      Shannon Paul


    • Gene Smith

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      I second Emily Chang's eHub too...

    • olivia hayes

      Brilliant, thank you for the suggestions!

      I've gotten a great response on this, so I think I'm going to have to do an end of year round up on some great reads by female bloggers...just to keep people in the loop.

    • Victor Kippes

      Great list of female bloggers. Missing two of my favorites though:

    • Victor Kippes

      great list. Missing two of my favorites though:

    • olivia hayes

      Excellent, thank you. Keep 'em coming!

    • Shannon Paul

      Thanks, Lisa for the mention in your comment :)

      It's nice to see someone focus on highlighting the work of other women in the space. Thanks also to you, Olivia for creating the list. :)

      If you're into marketing and social media, I would also add Valeria Maltoni: aka @conversationage on Twitter, and Sonia Simone: Sonia is also the senior editor for You can find Sonia Simone on Twitter @soniasimone. They are both fantastic women who make me think and inspire me to sharpen my own skills.

    • olivia hayes

      Oh, absolutely agree. I can wait to do a larger, more comprehensive list!

    • Fasil

      Wow.. these female bloggers are rocking and paving the way for the fellow women blogger.. rocking u all..

    • gavsdigital

      @gemmawent was listed as #6 most influential Comms Professional Twitterer on PR Week ( and was recently awarded an 'Entrepreneur of the year' award for her agency.

      I disagree that "boys like to hear what other boys are saying" though - I can't imagine a guy writing an article to highlight the best male bloggers because frankly I don't think we care who writes them...

      This article being a case in point.

    • olivia hayes

      Hey, thanks for your response.

      To clarify, I guess what I meant by that comment is that we all read a lot of blogs written by men. There are "best bloggers" posts written all the time that only include male bloggers.

      A post like this isn't meant to be divisive, more to call attention to the fact that we should pay some attention to who is writing what we're reading. Otherwise people might start to believe that there just aren't any women writing anything that's worth reading. And, as we've all pointed out, that just isn't true!

      Thanks for pointing me in the direction of @gemmawent, she's great!

    • r4i software

      I am grateful to you to share such wonderful blogs. I am keen to visit these all blog.
      I'll reply you shortly after visiting all blogs.

    • thoughtsdotcom

      These are great woman to follow and their descriptions are extremely accurate. I look at all of them from time to time. There is not one of them I would rule out over the other. These woman are talented and know what they are talking about. Definitely take some notes and read what they have to say, you will learn something.

      Sharon Baumeyer

    • bethkanter

      This one missed by radar - I have no idea why- but I'm truly flattered that you included me. Thank you

    • Mars

      Powerful stuff, especially since all the guys 'in the know' want a smart woman. Of course, as you may already have found out... it takes a while for a guy to reach the state of 'in the know.'