November 13, 2004

An Update to the Reading List

If there is one thing I'm certain of with regards to this little hobby of mine, it is that asking for comments is the surefire ticket to receiving zero comments.

It makes the post look pitiful. "So leave your thoughts in the comments!" and then you look down and it's all, "Comments(0)" or "0 Comments" or whatever, and you wrote that post five days ago. And then you can just envision someone reading this pathetic post and shaking his head and going, "Man, that's just sad. She has no readers at all."

I do SO have readers. They're just . . . quiet sometimes. I have, uh, really introverted and thoughtful readers? That's my story, anyway.

I will now break my rule about asking for comments, and ask for comments. You'll see what about and why in a minute.

Ith mentioned today that both Besmirched and Whomping Willow seemed to have disappeared. These were two blogs I had linked on the "Chicas Conservadoras" blogroll (we all remember the story behind that one, yes?), and it occurred to me that I hadn't been too diligent about keeping up with some of the blogs on that list.

In my defense, it is (or was and will be, we're getting to that part) 35 weblogs. That's 3-5, thirty-five, in addition to all the other blogs I read, only a small fraction of which are even listed on the main roll.

And that main roll contains at present 63 blogs, and I'm planning to add a handful-or-so more soon.

I used to think people were kidding when they said they didn't have time to read all the blogs they'd like to read regularly. Of course, back when I thought that, I read only maybe half a dozen weblogs regularly. Now I know they weren't kidding. Who knew there was so much good writing out there? For free, even!

Back to the point: I figured it was time to audit the "Chicas Conservadoras" roll, because one of the remarks that had irked me in the little dustup that generated this particular blogroll in the first place, was a comment to the effect that I'd included a blog which hadn't updated in "almost a year." And then there was a bunch of shit about how if you're not updating multiple times a day, 5 days a week, you're not a "real" blogger, but . . . oh, you know, let's not relive all the joy just right yet. Anyway, I was worried that in auditing this blogroll, I'd find a lot of dead blogs.

Hardly. All but 3-4 were still going strong. Out of 35 total, that's excellent.

Women might not do Instapundit-style blogging (in my experience, most don't). They might not post regularly Monday through Friday. (Actually, what I love about female-authored weblogs is that they seem to be more likely to update during the weekends. I have no idea why.)

And I know this is like nails on the blackboard to some readers, but yes, women are also less shy about mixing in some personal posts with their news and politics. You might get a post about the election, or you might get a post about a duck-herding collie. There's no telling.

But if the small number of defunct or dormant blogs found in this sample is anything to go by, you can't say female bloggers don't demonstrate commitment to a project. And is that really any surprise? We know from commitment. We all but invented it.

In addition to the 3 or 4 dead/missing weblogs, I removed 3 or 4 more for varying reasons. I think one went because it had gone all personal; while I love personal blogs, that wasn't the original mission of the CC roll. One went because the author had publicly made a nasty remark about Michele and I'm sorry, but you don't get all snarky-little-bitch about one of the first bloggers I ever read and retain a link from me.

And a couple I moved to the main roll simply because I read them that often. That was the only part of this I had qualms about: Was I thinking of the women's roll as second best, as the charity roll, the "mercy" roll? Because that'd bother me.

I don't really think of it as home to second bests or also-rans, but I do think of it as home to the underexposed and underpromoted. It probably does no actual good in this regard, simply because so many people are using news readers rather than site links for their blog-surfing anymore; but ultimately, I don't care whether it does any actual good because at least now, the next time some moron asks, "Doh, where are the female bloggers?" I can point him to "Chicas Conservadoras" and say here's 35 of 'em, dingbat; hope you like your women red-statish.

I'm just petty about some things like that.

Now then! Your part: Nominate me some solidly-written, female-authored, right-leaning political blogs. (Come to think of it, I wouldn't half-mind having a left-leaning roll devoted to female authors, either, but unfortunately liberals are low on the kind of chauvinistic dickishness that might spur me to create one. I'll have to think about this.) I already added CalTechGirl, for the record. Thought you could beat me to that one, did you? Fool.

And I'll ask that you spare me . . . ooh, how do I put this?--Look, the writing has to be quality. It has to be the chief appeal. It doesn't have to be dazzling, grade-A stuff, but it cannot suck. Which means that nominating a female blogger just because she put her picture up and gorsh, don't she look purty? MAY GET YOU KILLED. I'm looking for women who write well, not women to go gay for.

Furthermore, I am obsessive about just a few things (no!) and so, unless English is a second language for the author, the inclusion of multiple typos and/or spelling errors per post does indeed count as "sucking." Prettiness ain't gonna help you with me if you're writing things like "niether one really apeals to me" and "Today teh marines stormed Faluga."

Other than that, it's pretty open. Maybe also avoid suggesting women who are high-traffic enough that including them on my sorry web site will only invite more mockery in my direction? I mean, have some thought for my feelings here. LaShawn Barber probably doesn't need my help.

Oh--last rule, I swear: No haters. I don't know quite how else to put that. It's one thing to want to torture a dude like Arafat for all eternity; you're supposed to want to torture guys like that for all eternity. I would check your temperature and get you drug-tested if you didn't.

But it's a whole other ballgame if you want to wish harm on your fellow citizens, and while I can forgive the occasional "Dummocrat" or "Dhimmicrat" here and there, I can't forgive an unrelenting demonization of other Americans just because they didn't vote for Bush. So anyone beating the drum for violence is out. I'm out of patience with that kind of talk.

So eight nominees, please. Don't make me throw a hissy fit about it. Get to work!

Posted by Ilyka at November 13, 2004 10:17 AM in i don't know you tell me

Chicas conservatores--locas tambien!

Posted by: Dean Esmay at November 13, 2004 02:02 PM

Not to worry: I will be back. That's a promise, chica!

You see, I had trolls/comment spammers/harrassers bothering me on my blog (and in real life). For awhile, I thought I'd fuck with them, but I got bored playing with stupid people. Instead, there will be a new blog, with a new name, a new everything - and they'll never know it's me.

But you will! I'll let ya know when I'm back up, baby.

Posted by: maura at November 13, 2004 02:40 PM

I had some of the same stuff that Maura was experiencing, plus other commitments were taking priority to writing (like getting my damn degree with all my sanity intact.) Plus, all I have really wanted to write or have had time to conceptualize since the election is "Nyah, nyah, nyahnyah, nyah!" and, as you know, that hardly makes for provocative, hard-hitting, intelligent dialogue. Better just to leave well enough alone rather than jump the shark entirely.

I'll be back too, and will be reading you in the meantime!

Posted by: willow at November 13, 2004 04:26 PM

First off, you crack me up. Even when I disagree with you, you still always make me laugh (in a "god, she's funny" way, not "god, what a doofus" way)

Yes, I agree on the commitment thing. I'm coming up on my third blogging anniversary, and if that doesn't scream "Commit me!!" I don't know what does. Oh, wait.... not that sort of commitment, huh? Okay, whatever. But still!!

Next up: I appreciate being blogrolled, no matter what list you put me on. you know, you can call me whatever you like as long as you call me? :)

And last, but not least, the suggestions... Let me ponder. I haven't finished my first cup of tea yet.

Posted by: Ith at November 13, 2004 08:19 PM

Hmmm...I can't think of any that aren't already on your list. Do they have to be political blogs, blogs by raging conservatives or what?

And what about the Centrists/Moderates/Flying Pigs? ;)

Posted by: Jim at November 13, 2004 08:32 PM

Okay, here's my list. Going through my blogroll, I realized that it was really hard keeping it to 8 (but I did!) and that I have a lot of women bloggers on my blogroll.

Being American in TO: Debbye is a great writer, just A+ all around.

Coffee with CrankyBeach: A new blogger, she started out guest blogging for me, and then I set her up with her own blog on my domain. I've known her in RL for something like 15 years.

Fresh as a Daisy: Angela is also a relatively new blogger. Her hubby blogs at Pinwheels and Orange Peels and she was a frequent commenter on my blog. She lives on Guam, where her husband is currently stationed.

Ninjababe's Ramble: My sister's blog. she's quirky -- that's all I can say :)

Resplendent Mango: The creator of "Eowyn Voters", and an all around great blogger.

She Who Must Be Obeyed: Beth is a stray collector like me, and has a wicked sense of humour.

I Love Jet Noise: Some of the best blog writing out there.

Jen Speaks: Jen, or as I call her "Fugitive Jen" since I know so many Jens and she works for the U.S. Marshall's has a great blog that I read several times a day.

(I don't think I picked anyone already on your blog roll, but you never know!)

Posted by: Ith at November 13, 2004 08:49 PM

Here are a few suggestions:

The Dawn Patrol

Peppermint Patty

Doves and Pomegranates

Bunnie Diehl (Unfortunately, she's just gone on hiatus.)

Posted by: susan b. at November 13, 2004 11:31 PM

Oh...I missed the last part about you needing eight nominees. Sorry about that. I'll try to come up with four more.

Posted by: susan b. at November 14, 2004 12:04 AM

I would definitely definitely definitely recommend Dawn Eden at the Dawn Patrol.

Excellent blog.

Posted by: Julie at November 15, 2004 04:16 AM

I don't really read political blogs, so I can't really recommend any.

All I know is, with all the pruning back of the blogs, in my vast paranoia I keep checking to see if I'm still on the role call. I am, so political blog-hunt away.

Posted by: Helen at November 15, 2004 03:07 PM

Just popping in to say that I read you all the time; I'm just awful about leaving comments anywhere. No excuse whatsoever!

Check out ewinbee!

Posted by: A. at November 15, 2004 06:46 PM

Two suggestions:
(Her addy may be moving soon due to a deployment, but it's good stuff)
(Sadie puts up alot of personal/sex stuff, nothing NSFW but not really for the kiddies either. And when she does get into politics she's great.)

Posted by: frank at November 15, 2004 09:20 PM

Kathleen Nelson at Cake Eater Chronicles is one of my all-time faves. She's smart, funny, gorsh she's. . .nevermind. No, seriously. Mind like a steel trap. I should also add that the Llamas have requested that she be rescued from Bugsplorp by the Munuvian Empire, but no word from Andrew, yet.

And she has me on her Daily Reads. But don't hold THAT against her.

I'll have to come up with seven more. But I'm supposeta be working.

Posted by: Margi at November 16, 2004 12:26 AM

Hmm, there is Knowlege is Power at, a delightful mix of conservative politics, personal and a bit of raunch, the site is just plain fun.
Then there is A Collection of Thoughts at
Jennifer is decidedly conservative, she is more of a milblogger than a poliblogger. She edits a newsletter for the SpecWar operators and has access to and insight on military topics most of us ol' hairy-legged veterans do not. She does dabble in politics and personal as well.
I must say that if Willow and Maura had Jen's comment family their trolls would run in terror.
I don't know if it says more about me or the women writing but, even with the massive inbalance of man/woman blog authorship my reading is about 50-50.

Posted by: Peter at November 16, 2004 03:45 AM

Okay, here's some more...

First of all, I concur with Ith about Jen Speaks and The Resplendent Mango.

Also check out:

Such Small Hands

Eve Tushnet

Posted by: susan b. at November 16, 2004 06:17 AM

Thanks to Ith and Susan for the kind words about my blog.

I can't add much since Ith and Susan listed some of my favorites. The ones I read, you already have listed.

Posted by: jen at November 17, 2004 01:22 AM

Jen, you're more than welcome :)

Posted by: Ith at November 20, 2004 12:46 AM