Elayne Riggs' Journal (for Leah)

Monday, March 21, 2005

Estrogen Month - Day 21

Why yes, between my illness and workload and Blogger acting up I am starting to get a little exhausted with these Estrogen/Women in Blogging Month posts, why do you ask? :) Every Monday I explain what we're trying to do here, and this day's no exception:

* First, please check out the blogs on my left-hand sidebar (if you're reading Pen-Elayne via RSS feed, sorry, you'll have to go to the actual blog to do this). Women-run blogs appear in at least five places: in the Liberal Coalition, under News+Views (three sections there: Da Gals, Dynamic Duos, and Da Groups), and the first section under Kultcha. These are all great blogs, well worth your time to check out and perhaps add to your blogroll if you're so inclined (particularly if you're a so-called "A list" guy blogger who's ever posted wondering where all the liberal-left women bloggers are). All blogs in each section are listed in alphabetical order by the blogger's first name or handle.

* Next, click here to see my Bloglines bookmarks, and look under the three "Gals in Waiting" sections at the top. I've split the GIWs as follows: those blogs receiving more than one of your votes in support; those of which you've made me aware via one vote; and those that I've found via looking around at some of your blogs but for which nobody's cast a vote yet. The last section keeps growing, so check it early and often! In each of these sections the blogs are also listed in alphabetical order by the blogger's first name or handle. If you don't see a woman-run blog on my sidebar, chances are very good it's in one of these sections.

* Please cast a vote in the comments section below for any of the blogs you've seen in the bookmarks to "move up" to my sidebar. If you have a blog and are voting for someone, your argument is more credible if the bloggers in question are on your blogroll. Please note, I read all blogs via Bloglines because there's just no time for me to do otherwise, so the blogs for which you vote should have a working RSS feed and be in English (blogs with translations often have them at the bottom and have a limited RSS feed). While you can't vote for any blog that I already have on my sidebar, please feel free to give those blogs a shout-out if you wish so that others reading your comments can take note of them.

* When you vote for a blog, please tell us all why you like that blog. People reading your comments are much likelier to take to a blog if you tell us a bit about it and what attracts you to it. And that's the long-term goal here - to get more publicity for these women and to get them not only on my blogroll but on others' as well.

* If you're a guy blogger, especially one higher-up in the blogosphere, consider taking the Pen-Elayne Pledge (and posting about it on your blog) to add at least one new female blogger to your sidebar and regular reading routine every week in March to celebrate Women's History Month.

Although, of course, Morgaine the Goddess has her own theory about this. As does Binky at Bloodless Coup, the 500th blogger to make Morgaine's Progressive Women blogroll at What She Said!. Now, for comparative purposes, Morgaine wants to start counting progressive guys, so if anyone has the energy to swipe my source code for the part of my sidebar that lists all of 'em please feel free to do so. Me, I'm using up all my blogging energy this month on the double-exes.

Let the voting continue in the comments section below!