Larry the Lurker, Is That You?!

Lurker – a person who reads discussions on a message board, newsgroup, chatroom, file sharing, or other interactive system, but rarely or never participates actively. (Wikipedia)

We all have lurkers, and usually we (or at least I) don’t think much about it.  I have a regular number of readers, but a much smaller number of commenters.  I had to explain the definition of a lurker to my Fireman.  He had no clue what I was talking about when I told him I’d discovered two of my lurkers, or why I was excited about it.

Here’s what went down.  When my girlfriend started her own blog, I pimped it here.  One of the people who commented on my girl’s blog and said she reads my page.  I’d never seen the commenter’s name or page, nor had she ever commented.  So I was all “ooh, ooh!  I have a reader I didn’t know about!” and went over to check out Breigh’s page here, then read a few pages back.  It was a nice surprise.  🙂

Then, two days later I got a comment from Bitchy McBitcherson telling me she’d given me an award on her page.  What?  What?  WHAT?!?!  I got an award from someone I had never gotten a comment from before?  How freaky/cool is that?  I’d seen Bitchy around on other blogs (it’s kind of incestuous, isn’t it?), and went and started reading after I got the comment.  The award?  It’s called the Bella award and looks like this:


The rules are as follows:

1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.
2) Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

I don’t have 15 blogs that I’ve newly discovered.  I haven’t had time to read all of the ones that have been suggested by my “regular” blog buds, and probably won’t until the summer semester’s over.  I guess I will choose a few that I haven’t been reading long, though.

1.  Ms. Moon at Bless Our Hearts.  This lady is an amazing writer, no matter what she’s writing about.  Sometimes she writes funny posts, sometimes tear-jerkers, but always beautifully written from the heart.  There have been many times when I’ve told someone about a post of hers and how wonderful it was.  You should at least check her out!

2.  Absolute Zero – This is my favorite guy, and he’s new to the blog world.  I love him so!

3.  HBIC at My Daily Bitch –  She’s my favorite (American) bitch!  I’m working on getting her to use proper spelling and punctuation, and she can use lots of internet support right now.

4.  Ms. Bliss at Learning to Breathe –  Doesn’t post near enough!  Ms. Bliss just started this blog, and I’m hoping to hear more from her soon.

That’s all I’ve got for now.  I’m hoping to find some new blogs to read later in the summer, broaden my horizons, if you will.

This wasn’t the reason for my post, though.  I’m getting all off track!  The whole point was lurking.  I admit it, I’m guilty of lurking.  I have my “regular” blogs that I read and comment on every time I read blogs, which is usually daily.  These are also people that I sort of “know” outside of the blogging community.  That is, I know their real names, have them on my Facebook, and/or IM with them sometimes.  I also have a couple of blogs on my blogroll that I only check out every once in a while, like Badass Geek and Twisted Family Antics.  I enjoy them every time, but I don’t comment very often.  I do, however, usually make a comment when I discover a new blog I enjoy, even if I only read it that once.  I figure people like to know when someone enjoys their writing, right?

Every once in a while, I ask for lurkers to come forward and identify themselves, and I’m gonna do it again now.  Two of you have, and look how happy you made me!  (Yes, I totally just took that picture right now as I was writing this.)


How do y’all feel about lurkers?  Do you get excited when a new reader pops up and tells you they like you?  Is it just me?

6 Responses to “Larry the Lurker, Is That You?!”

  1. 1 Bitchy McBitherson May 20, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    I do enjoy finding out that people have been reading me for awhile and finally open up and comment. I usually only comment if I have something I feel is worth adding to the conversation. I hate to leave a comment that will make someone who doesn’t know me think WTF, you know what I mean? But having a lurker identify themselves doesn’t always work out so well for me, ask ETW what I mean!

    I did only start reading your page about a week before I left for vacation. But have enjoyed it. I will definitely be more vocal now that I have introduced myself! Don’t say i didn’t warn you! 😉

  2. 2 Ms. Moon May 20, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Oh. I am so honored. I thank you for that sweetness.
    And of course- we all live and die by our comments. They are our paychecks.
    Thank you, sweetie.
    And by the way, you sure are gorgeous.

  3. 3 Breigh May 21, 2009 at 1:07 am

    I’m here 🙂 De-lurking! Been reading for quite a while but haven’t commented much, not sure why. Prob just being lazy hehe

  4. 4 Ron May 21, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    I’m here for the delurkification!!! Wait… am I to late?

  5. 5 gingermagnolia May 22, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Bitchy – I’m glad you came over! You’re always welcome, whether you leave footprints or not.

    Ms. Moon – I’m blushing…and I mean every word.

    Breigh – 😀 YAY!

    Ron – You sure are a poor lurker 😉

  6. 6 lola May 24, 2009 at 10:38 am

    I’m the worst lurker in the blog world, ‘cuz I’ve almost always got something to say 😉 I’ve got tons of lurkers, and it drives me crazy that they stop by at least once a day and never introduce themselves. Obviously, you come by for some reason, so just say Hi once in a while. You’re making me nervous, people!!!!

    I get very excited when someone de-lurks, and I’ve been known to “pounce” on them when there’s any way to find out who they are through SiteMeter or Google searches. Commenters are what make this whole thing fun, after all.

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