Hurray for Cross-Gender Appeal

by Darren Barefoot ()

Martine was writing about the Northern Voice-esque conference being planned in Montreal (let us know, by the way, if you want our help, branding, advice or abuse). She was somewhat dismayed by the lack of females at an organizational meeting:

I send a personal invitation to women interested in blogs and their use. Go have a look at the wiki! Show your interest! Let's get some girls in there!

For a moment, I had fearful visions of Gnomedex in my head. We've emphasized all along that this isn't a technology conference--that it's as much about the 'whys' of blogging than the 'hows'. I don't mean to imply that there aren't kajillions of women interested in technology, but many tech conferences end up as male geek fests full of smelly dudes like me.

I checked out the gender breakdown for our registrants. Happily, after some quick math, I've determined that nearly 40% of our them are women (which, unscientifically, looks similar to BloggerCon). I shouldn't be surprised, given blog demographics, but it's nice to know that we're going to have a diverse audience.