Why do people lurk? I confess I may be guilty of this on rare occasions because I skim a post or two on other blogs but don’t comment. This is not because I don’t want to, but most of the time I’m not sufficiently interested to comment. But when I am I do comment, sometimes at length.
Some bloggers have said that they lurk and don’t comment because they don’t know their way around a site. Others are intimidated because everyone else on the site seems to be familiar with each other and they’re shy about bringing attention to themselves.
Are you a lurker? Why? I realize responding to this post will take you out of your comfort zone if you have never commented before, but I’m really interested in why people lurk and don’t comment on blog posts when they already take the time to access the blog. This site has many lurkers. How do I know this? I check the daily statistics against the number of comments on the posts and the proportion of people who comment compared to those who lurk is so small it’s not worth repeating.
If you’re shy, how can I make it more comfortable for you to comment on the blog posts? I think we offer a lot of variety and different topics to interest even the most discerning or casual visitor as well as a lot of fun posts, and although many of you comment (probably more than on other sites) I think there is room for improvement. I value the contribution of everyone who accesses the site and one thing you can be assured of is that you won’t be insulted if you offer dissenting opinions from the majority of posters as long as you’re polite. One of the rules of this site is that posters have to be polite to each other or their invitation to post is revoked. (I have only done that once because a blogger was insulting a guest reviewer). There are no wank fests here!!! 😀
To keep the site current I usually invite bloggers to give me suggestions for new posts and your suggestion could be the next blog post. Is there something I’m missing? I consider everyone’s contribution to be valuable and I try to be a good blog owner. Many of you tell me that this is the first site you log on to every morning or evening or even when you’re supposed to be working 😀
Looking forward to hearing from you or I’ll send my dog Snoopy to come get you.