Monday, I sent out this email -
Which one of you has been approached by Yahoo blogs, The Sporting Blog, SportsbyBrooks, or even ESPN the Magazine online? (Really, I am not sure the latter ever got off the ground.)
I sort of snapped this morning when I read yet another blogger was joining the SbB crew and all I could think to myself was, “What the fuck? Where is Texas Gal? Where is Sooze? What about HCIC? Jesus fucking Christ I can’t throw a rock without hitting a talented female sports blogger and the same guys are being picked up all over the place. What gives?”
(I realize that SbB might be not be the most desirable spot for a female blogger – depending on her sensibilities – to land, but it is still a high-profile blogging position. That pays.)
If you are on this email list it means that you are among the 20-odd female female sports writers I respect, and cannot believe I haven’t seen any of your names appear yet at any of the sites I mentioned above. Every single one of you runs a site with well-above average page views. What am I missing here? Why don’t I see your names in the bigger bylines? (Deadspin aside, which many of us have contributed to, but none on a regular basis.)
So please tell me at least one of you has been asked and turned it down. (Which is a very real possibility.) Or has been asked, but everything is still top secret and you can at least wink and say, “No, I’ve got nothing going on over at my place. Nope. Nadda. Yoo-hoo? What does chocolate milk have to do with anything? Oh, Yahoo? Never heard of it.”
Anyway, I might try to work my (probably misdirected) anger in a post, so your input would be helpful. If you don’t want to be mentioned because you think such talk takes away from being considered part of the boys club, please let me know.
I’m just a little pissed off today.
sarah, aka TheStarterWife
PS I hope that none of you take this as lobbying for myself to reach a bigger audience. I am one of the least qualified/talented sports bloggers out there, male or female. But as a reader, yes, I want to see more women do well.
You can guess what the answers were. Just how many variations of “no” are there?
So sports knowledge, talent, and a significant readership means nothing? Is it possible, that the old boy network is even stronger online, despite the supposed equal playing field of the internet?
True, much of traditional sports journalism is rooted in the mens locker mentality, a fact I was reminded of by Lizzy from Babes Love Baseball.
I totally agree, but its not just sports blogging, its the whole sports writing arena in general.
Kat O’Brien at Newsday, Amalie Benjamin and Jackie MacMullan of the Globe are really the only three female sports writers who come to mind, and I can’t even imagine the kind of crap they put up with. When I was working on the sports desk at the Daily News, it sucked. You had to work twice as hard, be twice as smart and funny and clever to even get an ounce of respect from some of the fuckin’ meatheads there. It’s retarded.
Which brings me to Texas Gal. She runs one of the busiest Red Sox blogs out there, contributes to both Ladies… and Babes Love Baseball, and has managed a team to the top of the The Sporting News invitational Strat-O-Matic, beating out Will Leitch, Curt Schilling, Dan Shanoff, and Chris Mottram. You would think that alone would warrant at least an email from someone, but nope. And for most sites it is all about the page views right? So you think it might mean something to that she can attract 200+ comments in an open-thread about a spring training game.
Many female sports bloggers have decided the best route was just keep building their own brand, ala Kickette, Miss Chatter, Chicks in the Huddle, Need4Sheed, and Red Hot Momma. Building podcasts, building relationships with local sports media, and going after their own ad revenue. And it is rewarding, they all admit it, but it would also be nice to get some work from the major blog outlets.
You would think that these “branded” niche gals would be a perfect fit as contributors at larger entities. Big sites need to keep their content fresh and add new eyeballs all the time. These women already have built in audiences that are only seeing them at their own home pages.
Wouldn’t the addition of some female writers make more sense than adding yet another blogger who by his own admission is all working all over the place? Don’t we run the risk of having the same voices from popular sites being over exposed? (Especially, when they are running basically the same posts on two different sites?)
So maybe online networking is like real life networking, and it is who you know who gets you in. Then explain to me then how a writer like Sarah Schorno who hustles for gigs on HuffPo and seems to know every major blogger around still has not been given a contributing spot.
There are a few exceptions. Holly recently formally joined Every Day Should Be Saturday after helping out Orson for quite some time. Andrea from Ladies contributes to Bugs and Cranks. The Fanhouse has the Lovely Ladies of the Fanhouse Minute. But these blogs do not make up the oversight of the others.
From Nola Chick, Chicks in the Huddle –
I’m so glad you’re speaking up about this. While I can’t say I ever expected to be approached by any of these popular blogging communities, I do find it a little curious that no other female bloggers have either. Which is weird, considering its the female sports blogs I find often times to be the most passionate and insightful. Sure we don’t put up pictures of hot chicks in bikinis everyday or yet another shot of Erin Andrews’ boobs poking through a sweater, but does that really mean we should be disqualified from the possibility of blogging with the boys?I’m glad you got this out of your system. I’ve gotten so used to female sports blogs getting the “Rodney Dangerfield” treatment, that this oversight wouldn’t have even hit my radar. Let me know if your ranting leads to anything (other than a subdued urge to kick the living shit out of something…)