Why I edit Wikipedia
When asked about my hobbies and how I like to spend my time when I am not at work, I talk about blogging, reading and clicking pictures. VT and I also enjoy watching TV shows and movies together. Apart from all these things, I find time to edit Wikipedia whenever I get a chance.
Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit. All you need is ‘will’ to contribute.
When I first started editing, I joined an edit-a-thon on Women’s History Month. It was a month-long event and from the comfort of my living room, I created a few biographies. I learnt on the go without any textbooks or tutorials. Being a volunteer, there was never a pressure of deadlines. Edit-a-thons provide a comfortable environment for first time editors and it worked for me too.
The best part about editing Wikipedia is that the content goes live the moment it is published. Even Google indexes it in no time. Sounds cool, isn’t it?
Well, you may wonder what else drives me to contribute to Wikipedia and here are some reasons why I edit Wikipedia:
- Out of 10 Wikipedians, only 1 is a female. (Source – Wikipedians)
- Under-representation of women-specific content on Wikipedia.
- One, women are not represented and provided an equal footing in terms of their online presence and two, the women-specific articles are typically less developed.
Unknowingly, since I started editing I have created biographies and edited pages pertaining to women. When I invest time, there is this feeling that somewhere my contribution is giving a deserving woman her share of online presence. Also, being a woman editor I want to bridge the gender gap that currently exists. I want to challenge the fact that women give up editing Wikipedia sooner than men. I want to tell the world that ‘Women can edit‘.
For Day 22 of #NaBloPoMo, I am writing about my love for Wikipedia.