Our favorite Bonnie of My Bottom Smarts is organizing the seventh annual Love Our Lurkers Day!
The idea is to thank our lurkers (who make up the majority of readers) who read and enjoy posts but don’t comment. Perhaps you are shy, intimidated by other commenters, see many comments and think that yours would not be welcome, think that you have nothing new to add, are concerned about privacy and leaving your information on a blog comment box, or for many other possible reasons choose not comment.
Although I read every email sent to me by lurkers, I am often hesitant to begin a correspondence. As anyone knows who has been reading Governing Ana for a while, I write a lot. I write a great deal professionally, on the blog, and now for my books. This time of year is especially busy. I enjoy getting your emails–don’t get me wrong, please!–but I correspond regularly with so many readers that it’s difficult to add many more. I love the private conversations, but I also love having the group discussions here. We have so many perspectives, so many terrific people, and so much to offer each other. We may not agree with each other some of the time (maybe most!), but I have worked very hard to keep this blog as a sacred space where differing views are not just permitted but encouraged. I was extremely nervous posting publicly my reasons for not giving physical characteristics about characters because race is such an incendiary topic. Now, don’t think that I agreed with every perspective in the comments. I didn’t, and I don’t think anyone else did either. But we had a great conversation without negativity.
What I am trying to say is that this is a space where you will not be judged for commenting. If your comment is inflammatory, insulting, demeaning to any group of people, etc. I will remove it…but no one here has ever approached that boundary. If you worry whether you have anything to say or if I really mean YOU…yes, I do! Cross my heart.
I love you, my lurkers. I love you for coming to read my blog daily, weekly, monthly, or even just once. I love you for the reading and thinking that you do, even if you never tell another soul. I never left a single comment until I started a blog of my own. I thought no one really wanted to hear from me. I thought I would sound stupid.
It’s okay. Not just I, but the blog community loves you. Today is your day.
We love you, dear lurkers. Won’t you come out and say hi so we can say thank you?
As an incentive, today I will be writing a mini-story. For every comment that you post, I will write one sentence of a Kat and Natalie story. For this post, instead of responding to your comments* I will add to the story one sentence at a time. If you are a lurker and this is your first time commenting, I will add TWO sentences.
Because I need to get a sense of how many sentences I’ll have before I start writing, I will wait until 5 PM EST or when I have 15 comments to begin writing. For your comment, you can tell me:
- what you’d like to have happen in the story
- a response to lurking or being a lurker
- how long you’ve been reading Governing Ana
- what brought you here
- what you’d like to see more of
- the favorite story or snippet you’ve read so far
- what your heart desires…the list is endless!
Ready? Get set…de-lurk!
(Oh, and even if you’re not a lurker? I still love you, too.)
*Oh, who am I kidding? Of course I’ll respond to your comments, too. I can’t help it! I just love you SOOOOOO much. 😀