It’s been announced that Australia’s Hoopla site is about to close down, despite the reasonable amount of traffic from it. The reason? According to founder Wendy Harmer and Jane Waterhouse, there’s too much competition. While the size of the ABC has been blamed for stifling competition, I think it’s more likely that the “feminist” blogsphere is becoming crowded. Do I have a point?
I’ve got to say, I’m grateful for the traffic I receive on my blogs (I’ve got three others currently. one of which I have one follower… got to start somewhere), however, I’m aware that there for all I write, even though I try to be original most of the time (I do “reblog” content sometimes, but quite rarely), there is already someone somewhere who has written about a similar topic. For example, one of my blogs is Asexuality In A Sexual World. Am I the only one who writes about asexuality? Of course not (some of the other blogs are brilliant by the way).
Look, “feminist” blogs do only have a limited market if all the writers and publishers are going to write about similar things: sex, relations, some commentary etc. Maybe that’s what the market is too full of?
I did read a comment on another blog that said that the downfall of Hoopla was when they introduced subs and it was too hard for readers to access and share articles. So, could that be a reason why it folded only four years after it was created by Wendy Harmer?
Another thing, (I’ve wrote about this before), should feminist blogs be more open to hearing about various women, not just those that fit the left – wing, predominately Caucasian, middle – class groups? Should they be more open to conservatives (to their credit on this point, Mamamia welcomed Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop as a guest columnist on the blog). Do feminist blogs simply need to evolve to remain relevant?
Obviously, I don’t know what the future holds, even in my blogging. I hope to continue to reach people in what I write. I hope I don’t feel like I have to cave in anytime soon. As long as people want to read, I’ll continue to write. And for that, I thank all my readers and followers. Even those who’ve glimpsed at my blogs.