One of the things I discovered about myself many years ago, was that if I was placed in a situation where there were many different kinds of people to meet – school, university, certain work situations etc – over a period of time I would accumulate more female than male friends, possibly by as much as a ratio of 3 to 1.
For all of that, however, I was never a womaniser and would only ever be in one relationship at a time. Mind you, when I was younger and single, one of the most frustrating things in the universe was that so many women saw me purely in terms of friendship and wouldn’t countenance the idea of going out with me – it would have been “like dating a brother” I was once told. Fortunately that isn’t an issue any more as I’ve been in a deep and powerful relationship with Maggie for 16½ years now and cannot imagine being with anyone else.
For the past decade or so, since I became self-employed, I’d not been in a situation where I was meeting or socialising with an even mix of the sexes. It has to be said that the world of business is still male dominated and several of the businesswomen I had regular dealings with had adopted many perceived masculine traits in order to compete in this environment.
But here in the World of Blog, where there are virtually an infinite amount of people to choose from, it’s recently occurred to me that with no other restrictions in place, I seem to attract far more female bloggers than male – or at the very least, far more female commenters than male, as I have no idea how many “lurkers” there are on this blog.
So with nothing better to do, while I was printing out some high-resolution images of Maggie’s artwork to sell as prints this afternoon, I decided to go back over the comments in my posts for the last 2 months and see what the gender bias was. Below is what I discovered:
However, if I decide to eliminate those who have only commented once – random visitors who never return – then it looks like this:
Unknown: 1 (are robots gender assigned, Gyrobo?)
And if I only include those who have commented 10 times or more in the past 21 posts then we find:
If anyone has any ideas why I seem to attract more female than male readers, I’d be interested to know your thoughts, as I haven’t a clue.
Anyway, one of the other things I discovered in this exercise is that if I was offering out awards, then first place would have to go to Pat (Past Imperfect) who has commented more than any other, while commendations would have to go to Quinn, Eryl, Mary, Sam, Pendullum, Carole, Restaurant Gal and Dr Maroon, who have all reached double figures.
I love you all