There are a number of difficult issues that we face in the tech world just for being women. Which are made worse when you feel like you’re the only one. Well I’m here to tell you that not all geeks are snotty, socially-maladjusted, hygeine-impaired cases of arrested development. There are actually quite a few excellent persons inhabiting the tech world, and one or two of them are even women. Yes, really!
I would like to encourage all women in tech to make themselves more visible. It doesn’t have to be any kind of great heroic thing. Just let folks know you exist. Right here on the O’Reilly Weblogs we have a great forum for O’Reilly authors. You can post a photo of yourself next to your deep thoughts- what could be better? So where is everyone? There are bales of women O’Reilly authors, but only four female O’Reilly bloggers. One is me. The others are Jean Hollis Weber, Dru Lavigne, and Ann Barcomb. Dru Lavigne and Ann Barcomb do not post photos of themselves. Yeah I know, women always think they’re too ugly. Get over it- photos are nice.
On a side note, am I the only person in the world who sees the absurdity of a person who runs around for a full day with weird hair, because she slept funny, or because she fell into the clutches of a sadistic hairstylist, or it was windy, and she only cares about it when someone wants to take a picture? Hey, we’ve been looking at you all day! What’s the problem? Anyway you can edit a photo. But you can’t edit people’s memories.
Getting back on topic, these Weblogs are for O’Reilly authors and other esteaméd O’Reilly personages. So like where’s all the chix, man? I anticipate the following reasons why there are not more women bloggers here:
- “The word blog is repulsive.”
- “I have nothing interesting to say.”
- “Nobody sent me an engraved invitation.”
- “I don’t want to. So there.”
Reasons 1 and 4 are inarguable. I will answer 2 and 3. (Yes, I often do this, especially when I’m alone.)
“Nothing interesting to say” sure hasn’t slowed down all the zillions of bloggers in the world. G’wan, spout off- it’s a big world, someone will enjoy reading your thoughts. Probably many someones.
“Nobody asked me to” is the classic Woman Excuse. Don’t wait to be asked. The cool thing about being a grownup is you get to make your own decisions. If your editor didn’t think to mention the existence of these here official O’Reilly Weblogs, drop him or her a line and ask to get one. It takes about one day for the crack O’Reilly Weblog team to get you set up.
At the least you can promote your books or articles. This is not entirely self-serving, because you know as well as I do that finding good documentation is difficult, so the more you spread the word the better.
And when girls are thinking about getting into tech, or women already in tech get to feeling a bit isolated, seeing your cheery photo and interesting words could be just the thing they need.