I’m at #EMCworld, in the social lounge. I have booth duty in a little bit, so I’m playing catch up. My [lady] dev manager wrote a killer blog post that I need to get posted. This is her first blog post, and honestly y’all she’s a natural. I also need to get my schedule worked out for tomorrow (heading to #Interop!), write a couple of blog posts; one wrapping up my launch — Spanning Backup for Office 365 now supports OneDrive for Business!!, and one summarizing EMC World that I’ll publish on 24 x 7 IT Connection.
I was trying to get all this done before folks start trickling into the lounge to watch Chad’s facemelting demos during the keynote. Then someone tagged me in a response to this tweet:
— Eric Siebert (@ericsiebert) May 4, 2016
First off, I love Eric to death. He does tones of good work for the community, including the top 100 blogger list. But this soundtrack is getting old, and you guys need to do better, plain and simple.
Besides the fact that he could only think of two lady bloggers to include in his annual list, this statement: We need to cultivate more female bloggers just rubbed me the wrong way. As evidenced by the fact that I need to blog about it before I can get to my work.
Lady bloggers exist. RIGHT NOW. But y’all don’t see us. We go to the same events. We use the same hashtags. Hell a lot of times we help y’all be better bloggers by reviewing your posts and suggesting improvements.
WHY DON’T Y’ALL SEE US?
No sense cultivating more lady bloggers if you’ll just ignore them too. But let me help y’all out with some resources to check out, cuz I know y’all can do better.
- Sheryl Koenigsberg blogs here. She blogged about this topic in FEBRUARY (she lists lady bloggers in this post)
- Erin Banks (fellow EMC Elect, former vSpecialist), blogs here.
- Several ladies (including myself) blog on 24x7ITConnect. Theresa Miller runs this blog (and is one of the primary bloggers).
- Melissa Parmer blogs here (I’m hoping she was one of the two women, I haven’t voted yet so I’m not sure who the two are).
- Phoummala Schmidt blogs here. She is truly the Exchange goddess, she knows more about it than anyone I know.
- Amy Manley blogs here. She’s the one who tagged me in a response to the original tweet, and if she’s not on the voting list I’ll be shocked.
- Then there’s me. I blog here on my blog (the one you’re reading now), 24x7ITConnect, and on the Spanning’s Cracking the Cloud blog.
This is just what came to mind immediately, if I missed you please ping me so I can add you! What kills me is I can’t include all the lady bloggers who are ghostwriting for their organizations. Need more? Comb through my girlz list on Twitter.
If you don’t like any of our work, that’s fine. But y’all gotta stop saying there aren’t ladies blogging, podcasting, evangelizing. I created Cloudbunnies because y’all forgot to include ladies on your teams at first. I’m starting a whine and wine meetup in Austin so we [all genders] can have a place to blow off steam and strategize how to make this better, at the same time we talk tech.
What will it take for this attitude that the women who are in tech now don’t matter? We are here.
I’m tired of being nice about this. WE EXIST. Do better guys. Just do better.
UPDATE: Added Amy Manley (thanks Brian!).