15 Amazing Women in Blogging

A little while back someone said to me that blogging is a “man’s game”, and with people like John Chow, Darren Rowse and many other guys sitting in the upper echelons of blogging celebrity, at first I had to agree with her. I told her that the sex of the blogger had nothing to do with how successful or unsuccessful a blogger might be.

I then made it my mission to compile a list of some absolutely amazing women in blogging. Some of the following ladies blog for themselves, others blog for a network, and a few even run their own blog network. All in all, there are some amazingly talented women making their mark on the blogosphere.

While I may have numbered all of the following amazing ladies, this list is not in any order.

1.) Gina Trapani

As managing editor of Lifehacker, Gina Trapani, is an inspiration to me. Lifehacker is a Gawker Media blog on productivity and lifestyle tips and tricks. She also writes on her own blog at GinaTrapani.com. Her writing has appeared in such publications as WIRED and Popular Science.

2.) Arianna Huffington

Arianna is a published author, and the co-founder and editor of the Huffington Post, a well known political blog. The Huffington Post is said to be well financed, and is currently one of the top ten blogs in the world according to Technorati.

3.) Mena Trott

Mena TrottMena Trott is the Co-Founder and President of Six Apart, a well known company responsible for MovableType, TypePad, and Vox. She has been involved in blogging since early 2001, and regularly speaks at conferences.

She currently writes a blog on Six Apart’s company site called Mena’s Corner.

4.) Heather Armstrong

Best known for being fired from her job for the things she wrote on her blog, Heather has become a celebrity online. The term “dooced”, named after her blog Dooce.com, now means to be fired for blogging and has continued to permeate the blogosphere. Heather continues to write honestly, and exposes deeply personal facets of her lifestyle. Heather has been so influential that many blogs created after have definitely been inspired by her design and writing style.

5.) Shai Coggins

Shai Coggins is the Vice President and co-owner of one of the largest blog networks, b5media. She is also a talented blogger in her own right, as well as a published author, podcaster, with a Masters Degree in Applied Psychology. She keeps up her own blog ShaiCoggins.com, as well as writing in a variety of other places.

6.) Elizabeth Spiers

Elizabeth SpiersElizabeth Spiers was the founding editor of Gawker.com, a very interesting, and well known New York gossip blog. She was well known for her style of writing, and has been copied by many other bloggers hoping to see similar success with snarkiness, a little profanity, and tons of enthusiasm.

Every time she works on a blog, it becomes huge online.

7.) Lisa Sugar

Co-founder of Sugar Publishing, Lisa Sugar is growing more well known online as time progresses. In April of 2006, she helped start the PopSugar, one of the biggest celebrity gossip sites that is the flagship site of the blog network.

8.) Ana Marie Cox

Ana Marie CoxAna Marie Cox was the founding editor of Wonkette, the popular Washington D.C. political gossip blog. She was also an editor at Suck.com, and has written for Time magazine.

She had a witty and sarcastic style, and was well known for it. She was Wonkette.

9.) Wendy Piersall

Wendy Piersall is the founder and CEO of eMoms at Home, a blog network that bills itself as the internet home business magazine for moms and dads. The site is written by parents & entrepreneurs, for parents & entrepreneurs, and includes 7 content channels by 10 experienced authors.

She is also a great speaker, and has worked exceptionally hard to build her network out from its smaller beginnings, into a very noticeable presence.

10.) Amber MacArthur

Amber MacArthurAmber MacArthur has done it all, from blogging, to video blogging, to working on technology shows, and involving herself in many conferences. She currently works for CityTV in Canada, while also producing a video podcast series CommandN.

Her youthfulness, passion and excitement draw a crowd around her, and she’s not just a pretty face, understanding the in’s and out’s of technology, the web, and video much better than anyone I know.

11.) Molly E. Holzschlag

Molly E. Holzschlag, wrote her own blurb better than I ever could. She is a well-known Web standards advocate, instructor, and author. She is Group Lead for the Web Standards Project (WaSP) and an invited expert to the HTML and GEO working groups at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

She is an amazing web designer and blogger. Her blog is a testament to that. Heck, a recent post has her talking to Bill Gates about Internet Explorer 8.

12.) Veerle Pieters

Veerle PietersVeerle Pieters lives in Belgium, the country my wife was born in, but that isn’t what makes her special. The fact that she is the CEO of Duoh, a design company that has seen her work on Netvibes, Google’s Blogger, among other amazing sites really sets her apart.

Her blog covers design, coding, web standards, and is just amazing. Her personality stands out in her design and her writing.

13.) Sarah Perez

Sarah Perez isn’t widely known for her day job, an I.T. Engineer, but instead for her amazing technology related blog. Her writing is concise and interesting, and she always seems to be on top of the pulse of the industry. Her site reminds me of a less sensational TechCrunch, mixed with Engadget. Always a good read, and definitely worthy of a spot on this list.

14.) Lorelle VanFossen

Lorelle VanFossen and I work together on the Blog Herald, but its her own blog on WordPress.com’s hosted solution that draws in her astounding audience. She continually keeps everyone in the loop about what is going on with the popular WordPress blogging tools, and gives tips, tricks and advice to further your blog. What does she ask in return? Not a thing.

15.) Liz Strauss

Liz Strauss must have named her blog Successful Blog to remind her of her own successes. A talented blogger, and a great friend Liz is an amazing resource and communicator, both on and off her blog. She continually doles out awards to bloggers that she considers Successful and Outstanding, calling them S.O.B.’s. She also opens up her comments area for conversation with her open mic night posts. Liz knows all about creating powerful friendships online.

Conclusion

I know I have barely even scraped the surface of all the wonderful talent expressed in the blogosphere coming from the mind, heart and spirt of a woman. If you know of any amazing women in blogging that I have missed, please feel free to add them to the comments. If you are someone I missed, I want want to apologize now, as I couldn’t add everyone to the list, and again, this is by no means a comprehensive list.

64 thoughts on “15 Amazing Women in Blogging

  1. Sharon C.

    A much needed post because we always talk about the men. Here’s who you missed Jessica Valenti Editor of Feministing.com DJ Nelson founder of AllDivaMedia.com

  2. Lori

    Bravo! I’m glad to see a list made of these deserving women. While I’m not quite familiar with a couple, I plan to learn more about them.

  3. paul

    Layla Anwar is definitely my favorite woman blogger. She is an Iraqi blogging from Syria about the injustices of the war but also about what life is like in Syria and the racism that Iraqi’s are subjected to. It is a downer, and she is bitter at the West, but that is part of the reason I like it. It is a very different and a very touching blog. Again her distaste for the West due to the invasion may be a turn off for most.

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  5. Tris Hussey

    Wow I could name another 15 in a heart beat! Great list. How about Toby Bloomberg, Diva Marketing, Amy Gahran, Yvonne DiVita, Robyn Tippins … All the women of BlogHer … truly the women of the Blogosphere are underappreciated!

  6. Greg

    It’s about time someone put this together!
    I would have nominated Tina Su at ThinkSimpleNow.com. In a few short months, Tina has risen to the top of the personal development inspiration world. In fact, she was recently featured on LifeHacker!

  7. Melissa McCann

    I like this list and I feel it’s long over due. I wish you would have included Deborah Ng. Lots of us owe our careers to her. It’s hard to include everyone. You did a nice job.

  8. Rocky Hinten

    I don’t know if you’re joking or if it’s an intentional sleight or what, but there is a woman blogger who is more famous, more influential, and more repeatedly awarded than several on this list. Pamela Jones is the author/editor of Groklaw.net. Groklaw has been documenting and analyzing free and open source software and open standards in the legal system for about 4 years. She pioneered the idea of applying the “many eyes make all bugs shallow” programming approach to the legal research realm. The community that she attracted to Groklaw has had great impact finding prior art in software patent challenges. It has also contributed greatly in finding evidence and historical data to bring truth to several legal cases involving open source software.

    Her influence has even become known in the courtroom, as the Groklaw blog has been specifically referred to by the IBM and Novell legal teams for the research found there. I find it astounding that you have not included her in this list.

  9. Fred

    What about Michelle Malkin? Some may not like her politics, but her blog is number 41 on Technorati’s top 100.

  10. Phil Rees

    The one that I read, though I’m neither a woman nor a knitter is Yarn Harlot, written by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. She’s funny, insightful and does some really good work for the charity Knitters Without Borders. Take a look at her site at http://www.yarnharlot.ca

  11. Magni

    Elizabeth Spiers hasn’t done a single successful thing SINCE Gawker and it’s doubtful she would have gained any notority with that if it weren’t for Nick Denton.

    This list is full of older bloggers nobody’s paying attention to anymore, except Ariana.

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  14. Tay - Super Blogging

    This is a very great list and it’s nice for the women to be recognized as well. I’m a female blogger, but almost 100% of the time I am called “he” by people who have just come across my site. Just because there are more male bloggers, that doesn’t mean females can’t be just as good. 😉

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  18. Andrew Wise

    honestly, for a post like this, i was expecting 15 female bloggers that are attractive, and also write blogs, but i was pleasantly surprised.

    personally, i think bloggers that are attractive and right well are the best, because since society normally focuses on looks, it’s a pleasant surprise to see attractive women spending their time in front of the computer

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  21. kirsten

    While it’s great to see women garnering recognition, subjective posts like this one almost beg for qualifying ranking criteria. Some of the blogs you mention have very low Alexa ratings and Page Ranks. Could be helpful to provide context and rationale for recommendations in addition to “I like em just cuz” .

    P.S. Have you heard of the W Magical List of Women Bloggers? 🙂

    http://wmagicallist.wikispaces.com/

    Cheers and happy holidays!

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  24. Megan

    Go Girls. I have visited several of these blogs . They are fantastic and briliant. Thanks for giving us this great list. I am writing a blog on women in the home buisness industry. I think I will leave a link to this article its fantastic!

    Thanks
    Megan

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