I have thought for a while now that it would be lovely to start keeping a historical record of feminist blogs and the feminist blogosphere. For example when we started having huge surges of discussion (like the Blow Job Wars, or the discussion of the pink/breastcancer/infantilization thing) it is notable in intellectual history.
So, I have some questions.
- When did you start finding feminist blogs?
- What were the first ones you became aware of?
- Which ones did you read, and how did you think of them? How would you describe the character of the blog, its evolution, and the evolution of your thought about it?
- Which feminist blogs are part of your regular, or sporadic, reading now?
- What were the top 10 , or top whatever, or most important, feminist blogs of 2005? What are the most important now?
- If you would like: what is a feminist blog? what makes it feminist?
- What issues are/were important on feminist blogs (and, if you can remember, when were they important)
- What controversies, surges of discussion, did you see begin/continue?
- How have feminist blogging and anti-racist blogging combined, enhanced each other, or not done well enough, in your view?
- How about forums, wikis, mailing lists?
Please answer any or all of these questions, post in comments here. Or, if you must be private, email me and I will treat it as an interview; let me know in email what name you would like me to use in the source.
I will begin writing up some history. I will try to be good about citing sources.
There are a lot of resource guides, but not a lot of history that I've seen. But, something important happened and is still happening. We are in its midst. Let's document it as best we can.
Still thinking about all this today while I was offline. What about making it a more formal survey/interview, for people who identify themselves as feminist bloggers. I can post the survey on a wiki/blog (doesn't have to be the feminist wiki one, but maybe could be) and then people can send in their answers (by email or put them on wiki themselves.) So we could get answers from people who are readers-of-feminist-blogs and also get the bloggers to help define their own history.