What is "Outsider Blogging"? Think of it as blogging outside of the mainstream. "Outsider Blogging" is about being a different voice, and getting that voice heard.
A continuation of the dialogue started with this year's SXSW panel "Blogging While Black," "Outsider Blogging" will be a discussion about blogging from a racial, gender, ethnic, GLBT or religious perspective.
Depending on where our conversation takes us, we'll discuss:
- Does who you are inform what you write?
- In this quasi-anonymous medium, does what you are matter?
- Why are there so few prominent 'outsider' bloggers?
- What role can outsider bloggers play -- and what role are they playing -- in shaping both the 'blogosphere' and mainstream media?
- Finding 'outsider voices': How do we find them? What are some ways -- social, technical or otherwise -- to increase the visibility of outsider voices?
Some stuff to inspire your own thoughts:
- Blogging Beyond the Men's Club from MSNBC
- A transcript of the Blogging While Black panel at South by Southwest
- "Play by today's rules--or change the game?" from BlogHer (plus Halley's comments, and the audio version.)
- Does the current link-based power structure matter? (also from BlogHer)
I (Tiffany B. Brown) am a web-designer/developer and serial blogger. I currently write three blogs, covering web development and design, wine and race, gender and class.