Popularity is not synonymous with respect

Recovered from the Wayback Machine

I like the questions Gina raises on the New Words event, and my previous post about it–especially the question, What if being visible isn’t the value that weblog authors (especially women) glean from their sites?.

This really gets to the heart of this issue, doesn’t it?

Do we want weblogging popularity? Or do we want respect? Though the two have been linked in this environment, thanks to ego lists like Technorati 100 and the Blogging Ecosystem, they are not synonymous.

Maybe the power of being a woman in this environment is that we don’t have to be part of the game, unless we want to be. And by continuing this fight of equal visibility for women, I’m fighting against women being truly free.

That’s like throwing a party and no one comes, isn’t it?

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