Help a woman blogger today

6 Sep

Manto’s Fate Debate

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It is a lovely combination – for any journalist. Booze, thievery, the reputation of an unpopular health minister, and the loyalties of a president. But how good are we really at walking the line between sensationalism and investigation?

Of course, the blog world’s ablaze with discussions about the recalcitrant health minister (learn a word a day, just like me!!) and her recent run ins with Sunday Times editor. (Note to self: But wait, wasn’t it her deputy that was ‘recalcitrant’? Damn dictionary.com and their lack of relevant local examples)

Photo (a nice one for a change) courtesy of GOVERNMENT

Fred Khumalo bitches about Manto’s use of brew in his blog ‘A Heady Brew of everything about nothing.’ Colin Daniels (‘youngBLOOD: new media and life from the trenches’) cites a Times poll illustrating her unpopularity. Breakfast Blogger Daryl Ilbury stirs up some interesting early morning debate about the privacy law on ‘The Big Breakfast Blog’. Seriously silly cartoonist has his literary say on Trash Media. And Gregor Rohrig gets some serious internet traffic after an video interview with Sunday Times editor Mondli Makhanya got a makeover onYouTube. (The video’s since been removed so no point in providing irritating links – they don’t need it anyway!). Even Thabo Mbeki joined the plebian fray with his commentary on online mag ANC Today.

So what does this all mean? Everyone’s foaming at the mouths and I guess, as a newcomer on the scene I should have my say. Well, i’ve been thinking long and hard about it. And I’ve one thing to say (if i hadn’t spent the morning at the Diepkloof Mortuary for a profile i could probably say a lot more…).

Where are all the women bloggers?

I seriously think Ms. Tshabalala Tsimang would benefit from actually speaking about what’s happening instead of keeping mum. But perhaps she’s abiding by Plato’s advice that “wise men (*cough* and women *cough*) speak because they have something to say. Fools because they have to say something.”

And what is a blog other then a running commentary by a person who always has to say something?

So I’m taking on the overwhelmingly male South African blogging niche (keep your pants on guys, i’m no threatening femi-Nazi). And i’m going to see if I can be the first female blogger to crack a position in main pages of a Manto Blog google search.

Make my dreams come true and help me achieve my Googling dream.

Jax


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3 Responses to “Help a woman blogger today”

  1. A.k September 6, 2007 at 4:12 pm #

    Hi Jackie congratulations on your blog.Seeing that your issues are mainly feminine, I would rather not comment until your specifi audience has done so.
    You see english is not my first language , it is possible my interpretation is misplaced.

    I would love you to advise me how to get a blogging site.

    Once more congratulations.We will sure be regular visitors and promise to abide by the rules of the hostes

  2. Grant September 7, 2007 at 8:50 am #

    Jax… (See how easily I slip into the “we’ve exchanged comments therefore we’re friends and can dispense with the formality of full names”- gotta love blogging)

    I really enjoyed the tone of this post, and as such I’ve submitted it to Muti. This should help with your Google effort- if only to a small extent.

  3. jaxbischof September 7, 2007 at 9:07 am #

    merci beaucoup!
    all in all a little bit of fun – your assistance is greatly appreciated… be interesting to see how it works out, call it an experiment in amateur blogging.
    Have a great weekend!

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