Teaching your baby to read? Please. How to hide vegetables in your children’s food? Oh, that’s so 2008.
The topics on that day’s agenda included search-engine optimization, building a “comment tribe” and how to create an effective media kit. There would be much talk of defining your “brand” and driving up page views.
You know. For your blog."
I didn't realize how much of a chick I've become, confirming my friend's suspicions. Men will sometimes call a friend a "chick" to cast an aspersion or vituperative blow, e.g., "Freakin' Smitty. Dude is such a chick sometimes!" These the same men who guiltily enjoyed Devil Wears Prada and Bridget Jones's Diary. Don't get me wrong, although I have lots of guy friends (I still hang out regularly with several best friends from kindergarten and elementary school), I find myself routinely hanging with women. All the time: coffee, drinks, Thai or sushi. Couch time watching a video. I'm comfortable in my skin, and don't have to have a side of best friend with benefits to mark my manhood. Just chillin' with a good friend y'all. I did, after all, have 3 women roommates in college, which maybe explains my preternatural comfort level with those of the estrogen tribe (in fact, all of our cycles would synch and we'd all get good and bitchy) ... though I did like dating their best friends. So maybe that's a best friend with benefits of a best friend? Yuck. We've gone off the rails here. Where was I?
So, when some of my friends teased (wait, let's use a stronger, more masculine word here), er, mocked me last year for starting this writer's experiment (FatScribe.com), I didn't realize I was embarking atop the the next craze/wave of scrapbooking by becoming (gulp) a male blogger. As someone who has started several websites (NeoPolitique [now defunct, though I recently bought back the URL], LuxeMont, LuxeVegas, and others) I profoundly appreciate a well-designed blog. TheSartorialist is a great example of a clean, highly trafficked blog -- by a dude nonetheless. Many of the blogs I subscribe-to or follow over there on the right-hand side (browse through them, btw, they're terrific, really) are also clean and nicely designed. And, yes, many also by men. I will say, though, that the strongest designers I've worked with over the last 11 years helping me put flesh and bones to my vision for various websites have been women. I appreciate their keen artist's approach to the (often thankless) work at hand.
Although some of my best friends are women (insert joke here), let me say that the NY Times article (atop the page) is a really fun read, and to see that almost a billion (yes, BILLION) dollars in ad revenues are coursing through these oft-feminine blogger pages is such a tip of the cap to Milton Friedman and Adam Smith that it does the heart of the ole porkster good!
These crafty women (some perhaps reading this post) who have launched their own blogs just to jump-start a career or transition an avocation into a full-blown career are amazing. I salute them, these Proverbs 31 women. Proverbs 31:10-31
10 A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still dark;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her servant girls.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 "Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all."
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Give her the reward she has earned,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
For those about to blog, we salute you! (apologies to AC/DC.) Blog on party people. Blog on.