Monday, November 08, 2010

De-Lurk Day 2010

There's a blog I read which sports the saying "I don't hate comments" on its sidebar. I can agree with this sentiment. Another blogger has explained the reasons why it's okay to be a blog stalker.

I freely admit to stalking blogs and am well aware that there are some people who stalk my blog. I know this mostly because Google Analytics—which is one of my favorite toys, just by the way—shows some regular readers in places where I do not know anyone (or at least, I'm not aware of knowing anyone from these locations).

Which I think is pretty awesome. I like the fact that I can get to know a little bit about someone I've never met, or that I'm sharing my quirky little random stories and thoughts (because, let's face it, that's about as "themed" as this blog gets) with others that I wouldn't have had the chance to share them with otherwise. I like the way the blogging world shrinks the real world in some ways.

But in other ways, I'm a little sad that it tends to be so anonymous. I've found some really cool blogs from people who comment on this and other blogs, and I wonder how many more I'm missing because people are lurking and not commenting. I admit that I frequently lurk at blogs without commenting, usually because I don't want them to freak out about the fact that I happen to be lurking. It may take months of lurkage before I post a comment.

So I don't want any of you to feel worried about this. Following the lead of yet another cool blogger, I declare today to be official De-Lurk Day at The Scritchy Nib. Please leave a comment and let me know if you're reading the blog, where you're from, your favorite dessert, any requests you have for future rants well-thought-out commentaries, any questions you have for me, or anything else you feel comfortable sharing.

I love comments and I love finding new blog friends. Let's make this a day to celebrate both.

(And if you are a regular commenter, please know that I already hold you in the highest esteem, and feel free to continue in that excellent vein.)

Please note: In keeping with the theme, all of today's blog links are brought to you by blogs of people I do not personally know, and at which I have lurked and subsequently de-lurked and commented.

Wahoo! More than a week down and I'm still on track (and, I might add, posting well before midnight)! Help me stay on track with lots of awesome comments! (Yeah, okay, now I'm just shamelessly begging.)


Barb @ getupandplay said...

I am de-lurking although I think you know that I read your blog. I am obedient, though.

Bridget said...

I lost track of you for a while and then the other day something reminded me that I should check out your blog. So I'm back just in time to de-lurk!

Bridget said...

And I should add that I will always, always remember your comment about the embassy doors being heavy (maybe you don't remember that...). You have no idea how nice that validation was! :)

Toni said...

My name is Toni. I am from Greensboro NC and we are cousins (well, by the fact that I married your cousin, Kevin.) I love your blog and your writing style and I do stalk your blog from time to time. I also love some of your YA book suggestions. Thanks

Margomas said...

I am de-lurking. I like to check your blog. I would love to hear comments or reviews about the books you are reading.
You're great!

Katie E. said...

I'm jealous that your de-lurking has been much more successful than mine (maybe because I wove it into my 100th blogpost, which maybe wasn't widely read).

Anyways, you rock, and my favorite dessert is cupcakes, cupcakes, CUPCAKES!

And I hope that I am allowed to comment as a non-lurker . . . on this blog anyway.

Lost in Translation said...

Yeah, I'm not sure I can appropriately be called a lurker, as I both read and comment here frequently.

My favorite dessert? Too many to choose. I love brownies. I made gingersnap cookies the other day, and they are rocking my world.

I love the blog blitz the past week or so. You rock!

Abigail said...

i read as well. and you know who i am .. far, far away in Romania! even though i'm looking forward to reading the novel you eventually write .. these posts are good enough for now :P