There is a post on Mashable dated 2007 called, “Women Write Blogs Too?” Jeez. Doesn’t it really make you think? Even in the off-chance that Pete was kidding (as suggested by the smiley); the post remains a commentary of how women were perceived with regards to their interaction with technology – with all the top positions for hacking, blogging and all things geeky predominantly occupied by their male counterparts.
Well, we’ve come a long way since then, as will be shown by the spectacular blogs in this feature, all of which were founded by and are being run by women.
1. Brain Pickings
The first thing that really grabs you about Brain Pickings is its design. From the simple navigation structure to the intricacy of typesetting, you just know you’ve landed on to a great place the first time you visit it. Founder and Editor Maria Popova calls it a, “Human-powered discovery engine for interestingness.”
It aims to bring us things we didn’t know we were interested in. And it does bring you exactly that – an eclectic and fascinating mix of culture, creativity, design, science, and psychology (besides other things.)
Psst: Check out the awesome 2011 reading list in the left sidebar.
2. Soul of a word
Anton Chekhov once said, advising writers on their style, “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” Most writers I’ve come across unanimously agree that writing is mostly well-organized thoughts. And thoughts can get muddled, they often get uninspired, at times they lack direction, and then sometimes they just get blocked. Denise has been offering sharp and poignant writing advice on her blog since 2009 to help writers hone their craft.
So if you’re looking for no-nonsense, concrete tips to improve the process or style of your writing, coupled with some general advice to sail you though the uninspiring days — you’re in the right place.
3. The Cynical Girl
Remember Punk Rock HR? The career advice blog that kicked ass? Cool. The bad news is that it shut down last year. But hold up. The good news is that Laurie still continues to blog in her usual irreverent, cheeky style; albeit in a new avatar. Her blog answers questions like, “What if you can’t get anyone to write a LinkedIn recommendation for you?”, “What to do if your boss insists on friending you on FB?” and, “What the hell is SPHR?”
4. She Geeks
Corvida likes to call herself a, “Technologically inclined artist.” She started She Geeks with a clear intent in mind, which is to simplify technology and help people accomplish their goals and get things done with it. Previously, she’s worked as a community manager for ReadWriteWeb, The Standard and FastCompany. Intel calls her, “the Oprah of the Web.”
On She Geeks, her predominant focus is on mobile technology and social media, so you can expect insightful reviews and timely updates on latest apps. Here’s a blog to shut up anyone who thought women can’t do tech.
5. The Bloggess
If you haven’t heard of The Bloggess, you’ve probably living under a particularly prehistoric rock in Mayan times. Featured in Nielsen, Forbes and Huffington Post — she’s probably one of the funniest people you will ever have the pleasure of reading. Unless you know a lot of other funny people.
In which case please go to them for laughs. Seriously, stop reading this and go away. Because that’s how it is with The Bloggess. Take it or leave it. If you don’t like the thought of weasels using algebra to cook soufflé, maybe you should stick to more mainstream comedy from the late 17th century.
If per chance you’re an online marketer, her website is open to advertisements, on one condition – you have to be sexy. That’s right. No unsexy advertisers allowed here. Capiche?
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About Vishveshwar Jatain
VJ is the associate editor of wireframe. He loves writing, cooking, technology, life hacks, weird people, strange things, and his alone time. When not creating a ruckus about the rampant misuse of apostrophes, he can be found writing stories about startups, entrepreneurship and social web.