January 10th-12th. They’re big days in the blogging world. They are officially National Delurking Days.
(Actually, there seems to be some confusion as to whether National Delurking Day is January 10th or January 12th, so I’m just declaring it to be January 10th THROUGH the 12th.)
First, a definition. According to Urban Dictionary….
Lurk - To read without commenting or contributing, therefore effectively invisible to the rest of the group or community.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m quite thankful for my lurkers. According to my stats, over 80% of my readers actually fall into the “lurker” category, so don’t feel bad if you’re one of them. I love you guys!
However, one of the reasons that I do this whole blog thing is for relationships, and that’s kinda hard to do if one person in the relationship is “effectively invisible”.
So….what better day to de-lurk than on National Delurking Day(s), right? It’s a day to celebrate you!
But why de-lurk?
Commenting is a very crucial part of the blogging process. It’s kinda like tipping your waitress…it’s appreciated, the value of the service offered is measured by the amount given, you get better service if you do it, but if you don’t do it, someone might spit in your food.
Okay…I won’t spit in your food. But you get the point.
Anyway, say hey. I like you for reading my blog, and I like knowing who I like. I also love reading my reader’s blogs, so be sure and let me know if you blog.
So join the fun – because lurking is something that you do in dark alleys, not on overly-patterned and nearly-neurotically-colorful blogs.
If you’re new to blog commenting and don’t have a Google login, once you click on “# comments” or “post a comment” , you can either select “Name/URL” and just put your name in (you can leave the URL blank if you don’t have a blog), or “Anonymous” and sign your name within the comment.