Monday, November 21, 2005

Focused Linkblogging

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A. H. said...

I don't have all the numbers, of course, but judging by my friends-list more than half of my readers are female. The people who usually leave comments are mostly female, too. Not all, but more than elsewhere. Compare the comments on this post, where each is either male or anonymous, to this one, where I know that at least 10 of the posters are female. Granted, this one is about Supertorso's horrible boobs, but the pattern holds for the other posts.

Why this is, I'm not sure. Fangirls seem to treat LJ as a refuge--there was a great deal of outrage of late over some people not liking slashy comments in scans_daily that took the form of "This is our space! They have the entire rest of the Internet to penis up!" I think it might have to do with the explicitly social nature of LJ, where you can not only hide things, but actively shun people who have pissed you off and reward those you like; they used to use Yahoo Groups quite frequently, and I wouldn't be surprised if MySpace had similar concentrations on a smaller scale.

Mark Fossen said...

Fangirls seem to treat LJ as a refuge--there was a great deal of outrage of late over some people not liking slashy comments in scans_daily that took the form of "This is our space! They have the entire rest of the Internet to penis up!" I think it might have to do with the explicitly social nature of LJ, where you can not only hide things, but actively shun people who have pissed you off and reward those you like
That's fascinating. I'll be honest - I don't "get" livejournal or MySpace, somehow. I think you kind of get used to the internet you first experience, and I've been on since '93. moving past mirc and usenet was adjustment enough ... I suppose I just haven't quite grasped the social networking stuff. It also seems to skew young ... LJ is part of teen's lives now, wheras I think the oldsters do congregate around blogging.

Anyways ... I'm just glad the fangirls are somewhere. I'm trying to raise two myself, and am hoping that they'll not be alone.

A. H. said...

I hope you're cool with them liking slash and yaoi, because if they hang out with fangirls on LJ odds are they'll pick that up. Just putting that out there :).