I read in the paper today (so it must be true), that ‘women gossip for five hours a day’. (Not if they work from home all on their little ownsome, they don’t!). Apparently, we like to talk to girlfriends about ‘sex, shopping, soaps and relationships and other people’s children and problems’ (the list goes on. Basically, it’s anything!), while we save the boring talk, like what happened at work and who’s annoyed us, to conversations with our partners.
Hmm, interesting stuff. (And having a good old natter is probably the thing I miss most about work, by the way. That and the regular income!). But it did make me wonder if writers’ blogs are a reflection of this difference between the sexes because women do seem to have this need to connect and chat – while the blokes, on the whole, can take it or leave it.
I can only judge by my own little sample, but take the blogs on my ‘blogroll’ (now rechristened to a much more user-friendly ‘Blogs I Follow’). They are all women’s blogs apart from two. The women’s blogs are chatty and ‘pally’; when you read them, you feel like you’re having a conversation with a friend and the days on which new posts appear tend to be sporadic – a bit like a conversation – whenever the writer feels the urge to say something.
Simon Whaley and Alex Gazzola’s blogs, on the other hand, are much more ‘controlled’. Although they’re written in a friendly style, we don’t get much of an insight into their personal lives. The blogs – (both excellent!) – are clearly focussed on WRITING. Simon blogs religiously every Monday (no more, no less) and Alex’s new posts appear ‘as and when’ (as and when, I suspect, he has time).
I get the feeling that these chaps do NOT spend their time reading lots of other blogs – and leaving comments – before they get down to the day’s work! (Correct me if I’m wrong, fellas!). Oooh, I wish I had that self-control!