Interesting CNN interview yesterday of Mena Trott, co-founder of Typepad,
CNN: Where are the women bloggers?
TROTT: I think the women are there. I think what we see is a focus on topics that tend to be more male-dominated, so we don't get as much coverage. Men blog more about politics. Politics are more likely to get picked up by the media. Technology has always been male-dominated. So there's this sort of echo chamber.
But there's knitting, there's family, these topics that have been relegated to being sub-par blogging, which I disagree with completely.
Seventy-five percent of our users on LiveJournal are female. And on Typepad and Movabletype it's almost a 50/50 split. There are women blogging, they just don't need to be so loud.
(This section made me think of a lot of male bloggers and the larger-than-life persona some of them create for themselves. And how competitive blogging becomes for them. PyroManiac comes to mind along with others. Not that there's anything wrong with that if that's what they like. :) )