The Slo-Man was recently struck by a comment. It jumped right off the screen and hit him smack between the eyes. He then went digging into some facts and embarked on a mini-voyage of self-discovery.
How did this come about? The Slo-Man, who is still catching up with his reading, after the exertions of February, his not-so-smooth return to his coding roots and the need to update his other official blog/website, finally managed to visit some of the blogs he had earmarked. In the course of his reading he had a brief conversation with an award winning bloggist and writer who blogs at http://www.purba-ray.com/. And one of her comments made the Slo-Man blink and think.
“I thought you were a woman”, she said.
Is it true? Does the blogger operating as the Slo-Man, The LastWord, The Peeved Punjabi and LeggieLefty come across as feminine? It does seem that a majority of bloggers the Slo-Man reads are female. And the most active readers of this blog are female. The top 3 commenters of all time are all female and include a freelance writer, a college professor of English and a research librarian. It would appear that this blog appeals to the more English-aware and does not appeal to the masses.
If we were to further break down reader / correspondent data, it would appear that family and immediate friends stay away from this blog. So the bulk of the readers do not personally know the Slo-Man. They have nothing to go by except the writing on this blog.
Is it possible for writers to display a gender in the their writing?
(The photo showed up – thanks Zemanta! – and it was really interesting so it appears here. Someday, the Slo-Man will explore his writing personalities and you should expect some reference to the Writing Spider..)