Hey, did you know there was such a thing as Delurking Week? I had never heard of it, and now I am feeling chastened about all the blogs I read and don't comment on. I knew of the term "lurking," but didn't realize it was considered sub par behavior. I guess the negative connotations of the word should have tipped me off.
Some blogs I don't comment on because I'm not sure I should. There are a few I stumbled upon accidentally (like I was doing a Google search and something on that blog happened to match), and sometimes I feel like I'm looking in somebody's windows and maybe they'd rather I didn't tap on the glass. Other times, it seems like the group of commenters already knows each other, or are in some major way different from me, and I feel like I'd be an intrusive outsider if I butted in with my remarks.
Anyway, I am totally stealing this idea from Courtney, but she says she's stealing it from someone else so really I'm balancing out the universe by stealing it from her: To celebrate Delurking Week, I'll donate one crisp new dollar bill to St. Jude's Children's Research for every comment I get on this post. (The idea about using the donation to count towards my monthly good deed, I'm stealing from Beth. I'm also stealing from her the fine print about how it doesn't count if one person comments 40 times.)
Edited to add: It occurs to me only now, a day later, that Delurking Week is a manipulative attempt to force people who would rather not comment, to comment. Do you think that's true? That's it's really just a way to flush out silent readers, and not in fact a holiday of joy and celebration? Well, hm. As an introvert and a lurker myself, I feel more allegiance to the lurkers than to the ones who want to expose them. So let's make two changes. Change the first: Anonymous comments that reveal no personal information whatsoever (e.g., "Hey! You owe St. Jude's a dollar!") are totally allowed. Change the second: I'll add the $1-per-comment to a certain amount I'll send ANYWAY, say in the $10-20 range, so that allows for 10-20 lurkers to not comment and still get their dollars sent. How's that? Better?
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