The next Podcamp Pittsburgh is quickly approaching. I tossed out the idea to Justin about a panel on diversity in Pittsburgh's blogosphere. Then I tried to think of who I would ask to participate in that type of panel discussion.
I came up with Greg from Pitt Rehab. I know a handful of other queer bloggers, but they aren't blogging regularly and often focus on personal issues. I can certainly turn to the 40+ women blogging at The Pittsburgh Women's Blogging Society.
Is that it? How can I have been blogging for almost three years (December) and not be connecting with a more diverse group of bloggers? That's pretty embarrassing.
Or is that the point — our burghosphere is pretty homogenous. Michelle Massie's piece in the Forum section of the Post-Gazette gave me pause. My world has shrunk dramatically since I came back home to Pittsburgh. When I was in Louisiana, for God's sake, I had friends from all over the world. What the hell happened?
Would this be an interesting discussion? I don't want to get into a battle about the digital divide; I want to find ways to heterogenize the burghosphere. It would be great to see more queer bloggers b/c my perspective is always limited by my own experiences. It would be great to have an honest discussion about gender-based hate and how a quiet project to amplify women's voices has attracted so many different women. It would be wonderful to have a group of bloggers make the commitment to do something. Change the venue of the blog gatherings to be more attractive to a different group. Invite new voices to join your blog. Other ideas?
Worth pursuing? Or will it be Greg and I having a surely enlightening but limited conversation.
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