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Blog Delurking Week–Get Involved!

writer lurkingBelieve it or not, there is an International Blog Delurking Week that traditionally takes place in the first full week of January. It’s an opportunity for bloggers to find out who quietly reads their blog without commenting. As Melissa the founder of this event says:

“…there is a huge discrepancy between the number of readers in actuality and the number of readers I actually know are reading. Or a tongue-twister like that.”

Yep, I noticed I missed that week. I was still getting the year started! But Melissa also says you can run it anytime you want so I’m taking advantage of that codicil.

Participation is easy: If you want to delurk, add a comment to this blog post. Say hi–invite me to visit your blog. I love a good roadtrip!

That’s it!

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the upcoming Born in a Treacherous Time. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.

74 thoughts on “Blog Delurking Week–Get Involved!

  1. I don’t think of it as lurking. Mostly I think of it as…Oh shoot, darn, heck, I don’t have time to think up a witty comment, so I’ll just hit the “like button”. And sometimes, I don’t even take time for that.

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    • A lot of people conflate ‘lurk’ with ‘skulking’ or ‘stalking’. It isn’t. Denotatively, it nicely describes when you visit a site but don’t poke with a like or comment. What you say–a quick interlude–is no different than a smile to someone in passing. I’m fine with it, just want to invite a few people in.

      Thanks, Barb. A good thoughtful comment.


  2. Good idea. By lurkers you mean people who actually read your posts but don’t like or comment aka shy people – as opposed to people who like or follow without ever reading. I get more of the latter. Flattering that so many people want me to follow their blog though! Keeps me humble.

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  3. It seems to me that only strangers in the blog world read my blog because it’s usually just fellow wordpressers who like and comment. Then I’ll occasionally hear from a friend IRL who will say something about one of my posts. I’m always shocked to learn that people I know personally are reading too. I suppose if you’re not a wordpresser, it’s harder to like and comment, so they just don’t. It kind of freaked me out when I got an email from my FIL re: one of my posts. I had no idea he was “lurking.” 🙂

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  4. This is fascinating! I never knew lurking was actually a thing for bloggers. Thanks for putting this out there! Thanks to those who do comment and like and I welcome any who just want to lurk. (Though as a blogger, I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t admit that I would love to know. I often just assume that my lurkers don’t like what I wrote…which can be disheartening, but is all a part of the process.)

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    • I think it has less to do with content than time. I’m a teacher and sometimes I want to just scoot through the teacher’s lounge, not stop to talk, eyes down so no one engages me, because I’m in a hurry. Other times, I’m looking for a conversation. So lurking is not at all a bad thing, just wanted to welcome anyone looking for more!

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  5. Blog lurkers – an interesting idea, Jacqui. But kinda creepy.

    I’m more concerned about bloggers who don’t acknowledge the comments I’ve made on their blog (I never insult and try to be supportive, always) and those who never return the favor of visiting my blog. Eventually I discontinue following them.

    Not a lurker, but a stomper – as in stomping away.

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  6. Hi Jacqui – I don’t lurk here or most places … sometimes I read and skip on – but that’s if I’m regularly commenting and the blogger posts often. I can’t do the 5 posts a week thing … and preferably need something to tie my brain to … to comment on – cheers Hilary

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    • I don’t have a lot of time for lurking either. There’s too much going on. When I get those emails with suggestions for Tweets or Instagrams I’d like, they usually (always) end up in the virtual trash!


  7. There are always some passive readers who just click like, some even don’t! Sometimes I leave without saying a word if the post doesn’t inspire me to say anything… usually I share my thoughts. I always tweet the post I visit.

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