The Best Female Bloggers Of 2008
Who are 2008’s best female bloggers? From futurists to postfeminists, octogenarians to mommies, nonbloggers to celebrities, we’ve rounded up the best bloggers who happen to be women. Found out who they are after the jump. The Futurist: Xeni Jardin leads the blogosphere into the new frontier. As an online “Curator of Internet Esoterica, Anomalies, and Curiosities,” co-editor of Boing Boing, and executive producer of Boing Boing TV, Jardin goes where no woman has gone before — from zero gravity flights to cupcake races.
The Trendhunter: Jill Sherman is a virtual coolhunter. At Trend de la Creme, this “marketing goddess” turns “trend fiend,” offering an ongoing stream of fashion trends that range from the extraordinary to the extreme.
The Gawkerette: These days, Sheila McClear is the lone female Gawker blogger at the site that invented snark. Unlike the Jezebels, McClear is more interested in covering the news than caterwauling about the patriarchy.
The Wacky Celebrity: There is no competition. Courtney Love takes the cake when it comes to crazyblogging. On a recent Sunday, she blogged 60 times on her MySpace page. Even when Love overshares, she does it like a rock star.
The Post-Sexpert: At Salon, Tracy Clark-Flory covers the sex beat and contributes to Broadsheet, the site’s blog for women. From high-tech pornography to political sex scandals, Clark-Flory writes about sex and culture with postfeminist panache.
The Nonbloggers: If you’ve been living in a cave for the last year, you may not be aware of NonSociety, a three-headed blogging Hydra: Julia Allison, Mary Rambin, and Meghan Asha. Together, the trio has turned lifecasting into a narcissistic art, complete with online colonics and “gonzo” coverage of fashion week. When Allison found herself on the cover of Wired earlier this year, she proved the ladies are good at something. What that is, no one knows.
The Octogenarian: At “83 years young,” Millie Garfield may be the world’s oldest blogger. From recollecting her days as an Avon lady to photoblogging a visit to the doctor, Thoroughly Modern Millie reveals blogging is more than a “hobby“: “I think there is more to blogging than that.” (So do we, Millie.)
The Virtual Newbie: With the launch of The Daily Beast, media veteran Tina Brown tackles the internet after stints at Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and Talk. Taking on sister-rival Arianna Huffington’s already booming Huffington Post with an East Coast intellectual spin on current events and popculture, Brown sets her sights on the blogosphere as print sounds a death knell.
The Wonk: Ana Marie Cox got notorious as the founding editor of Wonkette, where she blogged dirtily about politics and exposed the Washingtonienne. When Radar folded, Cox held a pledge drive; in response, readers donated thousands to help her cover the elections with spunk.
The Mommyblogger: Dooce, aka Heather Armstrong, hit it big when she started blogging what other mothers wanted to say but couldn’t. Between the dirty jokes and her struggles with depression, this former Mormon living in Utah spawned the mommy blog phenomenon. Today Dooce.com is so successful, the site’s ad revenue supports her family. Now, she’s pregnant again, providing her with more income-generating content for years to come.