As stated here before, I love reading blogs about minimal living, online businesses and nomadic lifestyles. Why are these writers primarily men?
the intersection between minimal living, online business, and nomadism is pretty clear- it’s reasonable to figure out how to support oneself in a simple lifestyle through an online business. If the business relies purely on electronic, not physical products/ services to generate cash, then it’s practical to live anywhere or travel a lot. So, if one lives a minimal lifestyle- which obviously costs less and is more sustainable in both the green and the financial sense- then you’ve got a plan.
Here are the ones I read occasionally- not all are actually in my feed reader, some just prove the point:
I could keep compiling the list, but the point is made. I haven’t found a woman who is writing about the intersection of these topics. I’m sure there are, my point is only that I haven’t found her, and I’ve been following this type of conversation for a couple years.
One thing about these blogs- they are somewhat formulaic. That’s not a broad criticism, but an observation. The writers mostly follow a pattern of blogging (i.e. write about x on tuesdays and y on fridays), they mostly make money through affiliate links and by selling e-books or, as popularly described, ‘manifestos.’ they frequently write guest posts on each others blogs, so it’s easy to think they are all crazy-web-famous, but you’ll start to realize you’re just reading in one pool of friends, and if you skip to the next pool…it’s a new set of co-linkers. again, nothing wrong with this, just some perspective.
So what is it that draws men to write about this stuff? or, frees them up more? are men more comfortable taking the risk? is this part of the age-old thing about sowing wild oats?- clearly, nomadism doesn’t lend itself to stable relationships (though some of the authors above are married.) most of the men I know are fairly obsessed with survivalism and what life will be like post-apocalypse. is this related? (or is that just the men I know?)
are women more attached to stuff? is it because women are less comfortable with technology? (most online businesses rely on having decent html/css skills, at least.) do women just blog less?