Guest post: Diana Tierney of Creating Herstory, on Women We Wish Could Have Blogged

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Somewhere between A and Z, I found Diana Tierney.

guest postIn the random road map of discovering new blogs through the A to Z Challenge, I clicked on Diana’s blog, Creating Herstory. Diana discusses and celebrates women who make history. As father to three who might someday, I have an interest.

With a book in the works, Diana writes a blog about women you don’t know and a few you do. Diana reviews books and also connects to any of us who write with a section called My Writing Journal.

Diana’s here today to highlight five women in history she wish had blogs. Can you imagine? I also picked the lead art today of Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia. For me, she was the first kick-ass diva I’d encountered. And then there’s Rey (below).

She embodies much of the qualities the five women Diana chose for today’s post. Please give her a warm CD welcome and check out Creating Herstory next.

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When you find a good blog all you look forward to new posts. You get excited over their adventures, learn and even build friendships. If I could reach back in time I would give blogs to each and every one these women.

Keeping up with the Fitzgeralds

Ever wondered how to throw the perfect party? Need a good cocktail recipe? A dose erratic drama to get you through the work week? This is why Zelda Fitzgerald needed a blog.  One day we could get cocktail recipes, the next details and tips for planning a killer party. And of course a rundown of all the gossipy details from the night before.

She lived a crazy party life with her husband F. Scott Fitzgerald. They were known for throwing elaborate parties, crazy stunts in which Zelda went swimming in a public fountain in New York…just to get Scott’s attention. There life in France was just as wild.  They spent many nights partying with high profile members of the famed Lost Generation which included Gertrude Stein and Ernest Hemingway.

The Life and Times of the Yellow Canary

photo credit: Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Vega via photopin (license)

If anyone could write an amazing travel blog it would be Amelia Earhart. In 1932 she was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic. Amelia traveled all over the world from Europe to the South Pacific. She would have wonderful travel tips, fantastic photos and fashion tips for the jet setting modern woman. Amelia wasn’t just known as an aviator, she wrote columns for various newspapers and was even an editor for the Cosmopolitan.

Adventures of a Pirate Queen

Grace O’Malley ruled the oceans around Ireland. No ship was safe with Grace sailing the waters, especially if they were Spanish. Her blog would be filled with fascinating stories of her exploits and exotic treasures that she came across.

One such exploit that would be of particular fun was the time that she paid a visit to Howth Castle. When she got there though, the gates were closed and locked. Which is quite rude! So to teach these ill-mannered people a lesson she kidnapped their son and held him for ransom. Because apparently, nothing says “learn some manners” like kidnapping.

A Beautiful Woman has Come

The name Nefertiti means “A beautiful woman has come.” A blog by Nefertiti would include inspirational and spiritual inspiration. She did get Egypt to convert to worshiping the sun god while she reigned.  Nefertiti’s blog would also be about beauty and art. She was a great collector of art and her era as Queen of Egypt marked a whole new wave of artistry.

There would also be a touch of feminism. Nefertiti was equal to her husband, Pharaoh Amenhotep IV. After 12 years of ruling Nefertiti just disappeared. Many scholars believed that she died while others believe that she started dressing as a man and became Pharaoh Smenkhare.

Surviving in a Mad World

A blog by Nellie Bly would be a daily read of adventures with a side order of social activism. If Nellie had a blog when she was an investigative journalist she would be giving people daily updates, most likely anonymous, about the horrible atrocities going on in society…while she was there. You see Nellie spent ten days in an asylum in order to uncover abuses perpetrated by the system.

In addition to undercover investigative journalism, there would be travel al a Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown.” Nellie, sailed around the world in 72 days. Because if Jules Verne could do it in 80, she could certainly do it in less time.

What woman in history would you love to read as a blogger?

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  1. Deb says:

    I love this. I would have loved to read a blog by Winnie Mandela when her husband was in prison and all the tribulations she would go through daily…if any. It could be ‘the face behind the hero’…or something like that. This is an awesome post and it made me think. Love it 🙂

    1. Winnie Mandela would be an awesome blog. There are so many strong women out there whose stories get overshadowed by their husband (for various reasons) but they are truly fascinating. I am glad you enjoyed the post!

      1. Eli Pacheco says:

        You could make this a feature on your blog, Diana. This is awesome. Thanks for writing here today!

      2. That is a fantastic idea! I am going to have to think on that…

      3. Eli Pacheco says:

        I count a few people in these comments who would come read that, Diana.

    2. Eli Pacheco says:

      I knew Diana would deliver big on this! Aren’t you glad she’s around to blog?

      1. You flatter me too much! My ego is going to be the size LA…

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        I’ll start making fun of you next week.

      3. Eli Pacheco says:

        I’ll go easy on you!

  2. Ally Bean says:

    This is a fun idea. I like all of Diane’s choices, especially would love to know what made Grace O’Malley tick. I’d like to see a blog from Clara Bow, the “It” Girl of the 1920s. She lived a rather scandalous life and took Hollywood by storm. The stories she could tell…

    1. Right? Grace O’Malley was such a fascinating women. She is one of the few people to go toe to toe with Queen Elizabeth and live to tell the tale.

      I love the 1920’s and a blog by Clara Bow would be a fantastic idea!

      1. Eli Pacheco says:

        Deborah Sampson would be a blog I’d read, too.

      2. Any woman who crossed dressed to get into the military would be cool. A number of women disguised themselves as men for the civil war as well, they would all be fascinating reads.

      3. Eli Pacheco says:

        There were a few of those, weren’t there Diana? They could do a blog link up.

      4. Ally Bean says:

        When I think of badass women I always think of Grace!

      5. Eli Pacheco says:

        I wish Jane Goodall blogged.

    2. Eli Pacheco says:

      Joan of Arc could write a good blog too, couldn’t she Ally? Glad you liked this!

      1. Ally Bean says:

        Oh yes, Joan of Ark definitely.

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        What about Bessie Coleman?

      3. Ally Bean says:

        Don’t know Bessie, so she’d make a perfect blogger for me to follow. I’d learn something new!

      4. Eli Pacheco says:

        She was a courageous pilot, Ally. Check it out:

        By the way, I’m looking forward to reading your blog!

  3. ksbeth says:

    great idea, diana. p.s. my mother was named after amelia earhart

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Cleopatra! (obviously)

  4. Louise says:

    What a wonderful idea! I’m not sure who I’d pick – I shall give it some thought (and check out your blog).

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Louise! What about Isadora Duncan?

      1. Louise says:

        I admit I had to Google her… yes, I’d follow her blog 🙂

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        Isn’t she awesome?

  5. mocadeaux says:

    I absolutely love this and heartily endorse the idea of making “Women We Wish Could Have Blogged” a regular feature on Diana’s site. Thanks, Eli, for introducing us to this great blog and thank you, Diana, for shining a light on women across all walks of life. My pick would be Jackie Kennedy. Although she certainly experienced more than her fair share of tragedy, she led a very interesting, classy and colorful life.

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