Women in Tech Top Writer? Really?
A couple of weeks ago, Medium sent me an email. ‘Congrats!’ it said. ‘You are now a top writer in Women in Tech’.
My first thought was ‘Huh?’ Then when I mentioned it to some of my friends, they helpfully said it was spam (gee, thanks for the vote of confidence, guys). Finally, a closer look showed that I’d been bestowed this honour because of a combination of 3 things — the number of articles tagged with ‘Women in tech’, the number of people reading my stories and the reading ratio (more info here).
Which sounds amazing. But hang on…at the time of reading the email, I think I had written maybe 9 stories tagged ‘Women in Tech’. And while some of my articles do get some traffic (mainly thanks to Code Like a Girl), I definitely wouldn’t say it’s a lot.
So what does this mean? It means that not enough of us are writing! Ladies, I want you to bump me off that list! Well, actually I don’t — but I only want to be on there if it’s because I’m writing loads of amazing content, not because nobody else is!
Disclaimer: I may already have been bumped off the list as I don’t seem to be on it anymore. I’ll be working hard to get my name back on there, but I’m hoping it’s going to be a hard slog because of all the cool stuff you guys are writing!
So whoever you are, whether you’re experienced or not, whether this is your first foray into tech or you’ve been doing it for years, I challenge you to make yourself known.
When I first started writing this blog, I genuinely thought no one would read it or be interested. But people do read it. And some even find it useful. And what I want to tell you here is that your opinion and your voice matter. People will read it. People will enjoy it. Hopefully some people may even feel challenged by what you write. Don’t do yourself down. Don’t think ‘I can’t’. If you don’t believe me, have a quick read of my first blog post saying why I started blogging and I don’t regret it.
If you have something you want to say, something you want to share, something you succeeded at, something you struggled with — write about it!
As a society, we need to hear more female voices in tech.
So women, I invite you to go forth and share your stories!