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By: Paul Steven
First off in my guest post I would like to thank Donna for not only giving
me the chance to post on SEO-Scoop but also to congratulate on her 4 years
of commitment and hard work within the blogging environment.
Right, why turn my attention to the female contributors of the SEO / Search
field? We'll going through my RSS Reader the other day it suddenly dawned on
myself just how much a part women in this industry really are!
It got me thinking, on many differing levels, on how our industry could /
should be held-up as a level modern day playing field where men and woman
get paid on their worth and not because of their gender. Plus, I also have a
personal interest in talking about woman in search, but more of that later.
Being a male from the West-of Scotland and socialising online ain't been
easy, believe me. We have an inherit gene within myself that goes back
countless working class generations that makes the battle ever more-so-hard.
The men that went before me carrying my surname were miners, soldiers,
fishermen, fighters and boozers. A man's man. The woman in all of their
lives knew their place : in the house, doing womanly stuff.
We have progressed some, not much, in this part of the land. Sure, women are
allowed more independence but also shoulder more responsibility because
as much as their job title changes, the womanly stuff they're required to do
remains the same! Like I said, I'm from the West-of-Scotland, and
socialising online has been tough but it has splintered my in-built thought
From my part of the woods, when a woman calls you down it's called a
'sheriking', and I have unfortunately had a few sherikans on StumbleUpon.
Nothing major, just strong women with their opinions telling me straight.
But, unlike offline sherikings, I listened. I took on-board how I was
behaving and rectified accordingly. The reason being, I had time to absorb
what was being said to me, unlike offline where you have a minimal response
to get your point across or the argument / debate is lost.
Is that it then! Have I only learned to behave online, thanks to the female
persuasion? Far from it!
Some of the most industrious posts I have read have come from the fairer
sex. They (women), seem to grasp the written word better and formulate a
communicative post better to the reader. Much, like offline communication,
women have this science down to an art.
I did mention earlier that I had a personal interest of women in search!
Well, my daughter, who has been training with myself for some months now,
has finally started to go head first into the search world (social
media). So, if you come across a sweet individual called Robyn from North
South Media, remember and treat her well.
I have given her a few sites worth of interest to read, the rest she'll come
across in her own time, I'm sure. So, to sign-off, here's to women in SEO /
Search keeping guys like me in the straight and narrow, because believe me
we need it.
Paul Steven sleeps less and less each passing day except Sundays