I've been blogging for three years - well 3 years and 6 days but who is counting. According to my stats I average 21 visits per day. 21 is a nice number - I mean it's the age to (legally) drink so that's nice? Right? Not really because I'm thinking when you take that number and take out a few given numbers we go into the teens.
We have my mom, who I'm thinking accounts for at least 3 of those hits - like meal time she refreshes through out the day, my in-laws (hey!), I hear C has a friend from college whose mom reads, at least 2 of C's coworker, my co-worker and loyal bloggyfriend and MyMy. Hey all. Welcome back.
The other 11 people... glad to have you. Truly. I know there are others that read or come by to see what's going on - maybe not on the regular but you're here. What up. I get emails, texts, or FB messages assuring me you are here. Holla.
Numbers are funny. Until the other day I had 9 followers, officially. I'm up to 13 and couldn't be more thrilled. Oh wait, I could. How'd I jump?
A friend of mine, Wombat Ward, blogging 3 days brought you here. Sure. I haven't moved across the world - fair enough. But for serious what do I need to do to get a comment on this bad boy? Oh wait. I know - my poor dog has to be on a decline to get some life lines out there.
Oh no my reflection is appearing angry when really it's all about happiness right now. Here's the thing, I've been writing for me - truly only for me. That said I wouldn't lie that it doesn't make me skip around the house when I get a comment or two. How can I increase that? How can I write in a way that compels you, the lurker, to delurk? From Wikipedia, the definition of a lurker: In Internet culture, a lurker is a person who reads discussions on a message board, newsgroup, chatroom, file sharing or other interactive system, but rarely or never participates actively. Research indicates that “lurkers make up over 90% of online groups” (Nonnecke & Preece 2000). There is a National Delurker Day - and we'll get there but who am I to move up the holidays?
Instead I'm going to do something about it - first by asking and reminding you to comment every once in awhile. Let me know you are out there you creepy voyeur. Why not? Aren't my welcoming words helping? Second I'm going to marry my personal and professional passions and I'm going to learn how to make this happen. I'll be networking, do some hands on learning ... fun and fabulous opportunities I can't even stand it (in a GREAT way). I got the nod from BlogHer '10. Holl.ER. Mozel Tov to ME! Even better? I get to go with a friend who is just as goofy excited as me. And by Goofy I mean Snoopy.