I wrote a tweet the other day asking for people’s favourite personal blogs/websites. People who use theirrealname.com or something similar.
Personal blogs (like this one) are entering a new golden era. They’ve been around forever, but lately I’m seeing them become more prevalent.
And I plan to explore this topic in more detail.
But anyway, in the tweet, I rattled off a list of about 10 individuals who came to mind. I didn’t give it much thought.
However, my quick tweet had a distinct oversight: it lacked diversity.
In particular, it lacked women. But it also lacked other forms of diversity.
And someone pointed that out. Rightfully so.
So, while this was just a quick tweet, it reminded me that I need to think more about the bubbles of influence I live in.
It’s easy to become blind to our bubbles. It’s easy to fall into echo chambers of people who look and talk like us.
But a range of influence is always better than homogeny.
And while I consider myself a progressive and inclusive person, it just goes to show: we can never be too aware of our own biases, bubbles, or privileges.
Even though I follow many of the recommended women in the tweet thread, my subconscious choice to select only men in my original tweet might be an indication that I need to assess my influences.
Diversity of influence makes us better marketers and humans.
What’s not to love about that?
Here’s the tweet for reference:
I'm writing an article on personal blogs/websites.
What are your favourite examples?
For any reason (design, content, style, etc.)
— Kevin C. Whelan 🦕 (@kevincwhelan) May 27, 2020