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Friday, February 18, 2005

To Alternet, RE: their new blog of blogs, PEEK

Not a very promising start for PEEK. Same blogs, different day. Your blogroll is all guys except Wonkette, which isn't really a blog. She has a staff working for her, you know. Real bloggers do their own code and graphics.

Every blogger you listed was male, which is an interesting trick since most bloggers are women. You didn't even list What She Said! http://whatshesaid.the-goddess.org/ which is a list of almost 500 progressive women bloggers, or feministblogs.org, nor is there one feminist blog, nor one Pagan political blog ( http://the-goddess.org/blog/ for example). You didn't even list John Aravosis' Americablog, the gay political which helped break the Gannon story.

You have to dig a little deeper to get the respect of the blogosphere.

Make sure you go push your own blogs, ladies - no one else is going to do it for us. I'm so sick of this bullshit I could scream. Old boy networks are bad enough, but this young boy clique on the 'net is getting old fast. Write to them at peek@alternet.org.


At 12:00 PM , Blogger AlterNet's PEEK said...

Dear Morgaine and What She Said! readers,

As I wrote to Morgaine, thank you, thank you, thank you for the feedback on PEEK. Instant feedback and the possibility for dialog are exactly what gives blogging its promise -- the ability for underrepresented voices to be heard. And heard they will be. Think of the current PEEK as a "beta" test...the whole purpose of which is to learn from feedback.

I'd like to reiterate for your readers exactly why PEEK is as it is right now -- long on familiar, white male bloggers:

The blogroll and content in this first day, far from being cemented, are essentially the results of our reader survey. My mistake for not making this clear.

The intention was to begin by presenting our readers (many of whom are getting their very first taste of the blogosphere) with a more familiar landscape while integrating less familiar blogs as we proceed. Indeed, we hope PEEK will become the very place where the voices of less well-known blogs and bloggers are amplified!

I can't tell you how excited we are for PEEK to provide that platform.

It's a delicate balance with a readership that includes everything from folks who laugh when they hear the word "blog" (because it's, well, a funny word) to folks who write their own; and quite a bit of fine-tuning and adjustment will no doubt take place over the next few months.

I look forward to the dialog.

Evan Derkacz
Associate Editor

PEEK: http://alternet.org/peek/

At 5:40 PM , Blogger ms. jared said...

good on ya! way to get the word out there. you obviously made quite a difference. rick on, sista!

xoxo, jared

At 2:30 PM , Blogger liza said...

I am organizing a series of blogevents for women bloggers here in NYC. Can you get us a geographical breakdown of your blogroll? I don't have a budget for flying people in yet, but as the events grow, we want more people out of the metro NYC area.

Please drop me a line at blogdiva@culturekitchen.com

Keep up the with the good work!

At 11:29 AM , Blogger maria said...

I had a long post but had to sign in first.
Here's my point. Evan didn't change a damn thing. He got called on it, he threw out sop.
It's time we started saying, "Screw you, we're not your Mommy!"
Instead, we end up begging and pleading and applauding, "Come on Evie, come on, do it for Mommy. Good boy. Big Boy."
Alternet's a joke. They never needed the obvious pointed out. When it was, they did a tiny little thing to get us off their backs.
I'm sick of it.
I say write them off, avoid them. They won't change.


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