Not long after I posted the top 10 Christian blogs according to the industry standard, someone asked me to list who I consider to be the top 10 female Christian bloggers of our time.
I hesitated to compose such a list because I absolutely despise what I call “beauty contests” (a metaphor for creating “lists” of men and/or women who an individual or organization regards to be “the best”).
But more so, I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings who didn’t make my “top 10” list. No one likes being left out. So my greatest concern is that someone who might rightfully deserve to be on this list is going to read it and feel slighted because I didn’t mention them.
However, the truth is that female bloggers often get ignored. Example: Look at the top 50 Christian blogs on BlogRank. You’ll discover that many first-rate blogs authored by Christian women aren’t on the list.
So something seems off.
For that reason, I’ve made a decision to respond to the request and list my top 10 female bloggers . . . despite the fact that some may want to roast me over a slow spit for not including them or their favorite bloggers.
Keep in mind. This is just the present opinion of one small voice amid a sea of online voices. So if I put you on the list, no need to get supercilious over it. And if I didn’t, no need to feel vertically flattened.
All told, it takes a LOT of hard work to keep writing quality content on a blog. So whether you agree with all that these sisters have written or not, their hard work deserves to be noticed.
I’ve chosen their blogs based on the following:
Interesting content. I regard them to be interesting, that is.
Original and creative ideas. Another subjective metric.
The accessibility of the bloggers themselves. Each blogger I’ve listed has a noted reputation on the Web for responding to people’s emails, something I try to do with diligence myself. Hence the value I place upon it. They aren’t dismissive, snooty, or snobbish, but happily respond to others. If you’re a blogger or an author, you’d do well to take your cue from these women.
A clear writing style and an attractive blog design. I’ve often stressed how important these are.
Their blog is updated. I wanted to add a few others, but the bloggers I desired to add haven’t kept up with their blogs. So I’ve only added those who have posted as recently as this month.
Each blogger is a Christian, but some specialize in various topics. For instance, one of them specializes in blogging, another in the book publishing industry, etc.
1) This should go without saying, but for the both of you who found this blog on a search and don’t quite understand this principle, just because I’ve listed a blog here doesn’t mean I agree with everything the blogger has written or believes. And I’m positive that each one of them would say the same about me and anyone else who likes their blog.
2) I’ve not read every blog authored by a Christian female. There are THOUSANDS of them! And many of them have great value. But these are the top 10 in my book presently based upon what I’ve read thus far (September 2012).
3) I’ve not put these in any particular order. So the list is in alpha by last name.
Keep up the good work, Sistas. I hope this list encourages you and inspires others.
Now, I’m going to throw a slider with my question. I’m specifically asking that you DO NOT give us the names of bloggers you feel I should have included in my list. I’ve written “promote a blog” posts before. But this isn’t one of them.
(If you’re new to the blog, I’m not the one who moderates comments. Our beloved Blog Manager has that job and, well, let’s just say that the Blog Manager pays close attention to my questions when moderating.)
Instead, the question is . . .
As a follower of Jesus Christ, how do you deal with being left out of “top” lists, awards, and events in which you feel you should have been included — without getting angry or going into depression? What words of advice can you offer to someone who may react this way when they feel excluded or jealous over anything for that matter?
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