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#IWSG January–Blog Delurking Week

This post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out. The first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.

This month’s question — skipping it!

Instead of the question, I’d like to invite everyone to participate in:

Blog Delurking Week

Blog Delurking Week is inspired by Parul Kashyap Thakur, who hosted an international delurking week on her blog last year, which I missed. It traditionally takes place the first full week of January and is an opportunity for bloggers to encourage those who quietly read their blog to comment. As Parul says:

This week you are not allowed to lurk. You cannot knock and leave. Please don’t knock and leave. I would love for you to say hello and tell me that you were here. And you know I don’t ask this all the time. Only once a year, don’t be a number on my stats.

If you want to participate, you can, even if it’s past Week #1 of January. Melissa says you can run it anytime you want. Participation is easy:

Add a comment to this blog post. Say hi–invite me to visit your blog. I love a good roadtrip!

That’s it! I’m waiting…

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#iwsg #amwriting


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 Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Against All Odds, Summer 2020. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning

95 thoughts on “#IWSG January–Blog Delurking Week

    • I’m amazed how many people say they don’t lurk (though I do–and I confess to that). Interestingly, my own data seems to prove that. I have as many comments as ‘likes’ (though have the comments are from me, so there is that).

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    • I’m usually surprised I have a similar number of ‘likes’ as I do comments. Like right now, I have 80 ‘likes’ and 77 comments. Interesting!


    • It is a cool concept. I will say I haven’t had a lot of new commenters although Parul did drop by–and she started it all!


  1. I was accused of lurking once. It happened way back at my beginning days on social media when I didn’t understand how not to lurk. It was a simple toggle issue, but I didn’t know that. They started “talking” about me–the one who read, but never commented. How did they know? I thought I was commenting (that toggle issue), but none of those comments were visible to them. That was my shaky start into blogging. I’m all for de-lurking.

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    • I do think lurking is fine. It sounds like an ugly word but the action is probably a fair way for readers to check our blogs out before committing.


  2. I’d never heard of delurking before. Dedicating a week to it sounds wonderful. Of course, I’ve been so bad about visiting blogs these days that I can’t even say I’ve been lurking. I hope to do better this year.

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  3. I like it when people comment, but I know of some who don’t want to put themselves “out there” for whatever reason (getting scammed, or having their address published, or some personal reasons). So while I like to hear what they think, I can’t always find out. Some people are curious, but shy. I suppose we have to allow for all types.

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  4. l just lurk a bit. Mostly I comment because there is no way to know who is stopping by if they don’t comment. Because of the nature of my blog, I have a lot of lurkers who never comment–like thousands of them. I like the idea of a delurking week.

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    • It fascinates me that so many here don’t lurk. From what I can tell, a bundle of people lurk rather than comment. Probably read a post and move on or click ‘like’. But not here–maybe because we’re serious about our writing.


  5. Have ot laugh. When I saw the topic for this post the hashtag didn’t register. I thought it meant you were coming back to blogging after your holiday hiatus. *forehead slap*

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  6. Hi Jacqui – I’ve never been a lurker either … either there or not! Mine is a road trip … good luck with all your projects for 2020 – cheers Hilary

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  7. Jacqui, the comments, getting to know each other, helping each other, is what blogging is all about for me … and so many others! I love the idea of delurking week — luckily so many do comment and have discovered its richness and rewards of fantastic friendships!

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