Wednesday, February 17, 2010

It's De-Lurk Day! Again!

You know what I could really go for about now? A De-Lurk Day. In mid-February last year I had my inaugural De-Lurk Day. It's mid-February again, so I thought it would be nice to find out more about my readers: the ones I know, the ones I don't, the ones I've met, the ones I haven't, the ones from my hometown, the ones who are my next-door roommate's husband's cousin (or whatever). The ones from America. The ones from Finland. The ones from Jamaica. You know who you are.


To steal my own words from last year: Do you read this blog on a regular basis, or is today your first visit? How did you find this blog? Did you search for "politically correct term for eye boogers" and end up here? Did you click through from a friend of a friend of a friend's blog? Did I sit next to you in fifth grade, or live next door to you in college, or go to church with you in Syria? Or do I see you every day and not even know that you are reading this? Now is your chance to come clean and tell me that you're reading this blog.


I would love it if you took a moment to de-lurk yourself in the comments, whether you are a regular commenter or a true lurker. This is a judgment-free zone. At least for today.


Ready...set...comment!

46 comments:

Steven said...

I read your blog almost daily.

Suzanne Bubnash said...

Me too . . .

Merkley Jiating said...

I read every word of every post. Then I remember things and bring them up in casual conversation. Sam usually hears about the funny ones. Pretty much I wish that we were not a visiting teaching couple because I feel like I cannot be your friend because then you will think it is just because it is an assignment. I am kind of twisted, I guess.

Amber said...

This marks roughly one year from when I officially de-lurked myself, though I think I'd been reading your blog for quite some time before that. Your blog alternates between inspiring me to write on mine and making me feel somewhat inferior about what I write and how often I write it. But either way, I love reading what you have to say!

elliespen said...

I am a frequent visitor to your blog and have even commented a time or two (the first time, I think it was about MSGs in US embassies). I found your blog after blog-hopping over from Voice of Reason and have been enjoying it ever since.

Matthew said...

Hi

Laura said...

Hey there, I feel with Syria and Tucson our geographic lives overlap quite a bit. I'm actually headed back to Damascus this spring for sightseeing -- don't you think you should do a tourists' guide to Syria post? ;-)

Melody said...

I've been reading since.... Septemberish? I guess I'm not really a lurker though since I've been commenting (occasionally) almost that long too.

Lindsay said...

I love your blog, Bridget. I read almost every post. The ones I don't read are just because I am away from the computer for a few days and don't have time to catch up on everything on everyone's blog. :)

Lu and Moo said...

I'm not a lurker here, though I sure feel like one sometimes...

Grace said...

Delurking!

christi and clifton said...

I like hearing your opinion on things, your foreign experiences and your every day stories involving your girls. I enjoy your book and movie reviews. Thanks to you (I never would have known) I watched Emma on pbs.org and loved it! I am one of the ones afraid of making grammatical errors in my comments on your blog. :) I am sure this comment is full of them. I admire how well you express your feelings. Keep up the good work!

The Rowley's said...

I like to keep up on reading your blog. We went to high school together but in different grades. I saw you recently at that pizza play place and should have revealed my blog lurking, but thought it might be odd that I know about you but you don't know me... Oh well! I stumbled onto you blog from a mutual friend's blog list and I'm glad I did because I always enjoy reading your posts!

Jessie said...

I'm not a lurker, but I'll comment anyway ;-) I discovered your blog when you linked to my Idaho baby names post and My Adventures in Tucson started showing up in my Analytics. You were my favorite person that linked to that post. Plus, it was sort of weird/interesting that we were both living in Tucson at the time (though you hated it there, and I loved it. We lived on the East side, maybe that was the difference.) I wish I could write book and movie reviews like you do. But I can't, so I don't.

Ashley said...

I read your blog on my lunch break...it helps me to relax before all the kiddies come back!

Shannan said...

I started reading your blog when you lived in Syria - I believe. Found you through Cait Wilson's blog. Your writing captivates me. Plus we have that Portland/NW connection and everything.

Steve said...

Still reading. Many years and counting. I think I started reading within a few months of the start of your blogging career. Your posts still brighten my day :-)

Nancy said...

I read you mostly in Google Reader and have recently become rather lazy at commenting on anyone's blogs. :)

But I'm still here.

And I might copy you in having a de-lurk day.

Bridget said...

Steven, ALMOST daily?!?

Emily, I promise I won't think that.

Amber, you are the perfect example of why we should all do de-lurk days once in a while. I never would have found your blog if you hadn't outed yourself first.

Elliespen, I will always consider you my (weak) comrade in embassy door-opening.

Laura, it's weird, isn't it, that we are in a circle WITHIN the Mormon/Arabic circle when you consider Tucson?

Melody, I'm glad we can keep in touch with blogs even if we didn't know each other that long.

Lindsay, we miss you guys and you will always be my marathon hero.

Lu, you are totally a lurker because you don't comment nearly enough for all the interesting things I'm sure you have to say.

Grace, your de-lurking raised more questions than it answered. Who are you? :)

Christi, I'm so glad you liked Emma.

Ashley, is that you? And since when are you married to Jayson Rowley?? It was good to see you (and your sister) over Christmas break.

Jessie, I'm assuming you mean favorite BESIDES BCC. Yes. And that post still makes me laugh. I go back and read it every once in a while. Seriously.

Ashley (P), I'm sad we missed you in Provo! Are you still there?

Shannan, you are actually the first example I have of someone who commented here and led me back to your (awesome) blog.

Steve, I think besides Jeremy and a few members of my family, you are probably my absolute most long-time reader.

Nancy, I've stolen plenty of blog format quirky things from you so you are welcome to De-Lurk Day, which I did not invent. :)

Heidi Williams said...

Delurk eh?

Bridget we went to high school together, Heidi Semet (now Williams) We weren't really friends, although i do recall thinking you had the most amazing long hair. I believe i found you by clicking through someone elses blog.... Hi!

The Ensign's said...

Is this your way of feeling popular?? hehe I'm totally just kidding. As you already know I have been stalking your blog for quite some time now. I'll be honest I don't read most of the book/movie reviews, but I enjoy your blog and think you are a fanatstic writer!

Hilary said...

I link off of Liz Johnson's blog (she's my SIL), probably once or twice a week or so . . . less lately, since she's a slacker and doesn't post as often, so Reader doesn't remind me to check her blog as often as I used to :-)

Jennifer said...

I try to comment occasionally so as to not lurk! I always enjoy your posts since they are well written and often make excellent points I never would have though of myself. :)

Liz Johnson said...

I'm trying to come up with something witty to say and I got nothing. Sad.

Susanne said...

I've been lurking more than commenting lately, but I still read most every post.

Katie said...

I read all the time. You are a wonderful writer and I really enjoy all your topics and stories. We met in a far away land called Jordan:)

Kristi said...

I read your blog whenever I see that you have written something new while I'm reading Steven's (your brother (Just in case you forgot or something)) blog.

Dani said...

Hi Bridget!

It's Dani from Middlebury, and I read your blog more often than I would because you are on my gmail chat list from when I sent you a few pictures. So, everytime I sign into my email and I see the link to your blog, I click it if I have time.

I am a lurker, I guess! I never comment because I don't have a blog...but maybe I will start commenting now :-)

I love your writing in general, but I also love the subject matter too. We have the same taste in books and movies, so sometimes I stumble across your review of something and end up reading/watching it and loving it.

Besides all of that, I just loved you guys in Vermont.

Phew! I feel better now.

Brittany Cornett said...

I like what janae said about you needing to feel popular. If you dont you should. I love your blog all of it, your recommendations, your anectodes, the stuff about the middle east. You put into words a lot of my own thoughts so much better than I would myself!

Jeremy Palmer said...

we may have met a time or two

Britney said...

I'll blame pregnancy for turning me into a lurker. I read most posts, but comment a lot less than I used to. :)

Katie said...

Haha! I love your blog, Bridget. But you already knew that, I think. However, just for the record I will say that I found your blog through a link on Chris (my husband's brother) and Anna (Chris' wife)'s blogs. Although really I must admit that I finally had to come check it out when I kept hearing about your blog from my mother-in-law (she is a major lurker, but totally reads your blog--don't be fooled!) and Lisa (my sister-in-law who I am almost certain has never met you--not that I've met you either). Still, I feel like we're real (blog) friends and that I would be happy to meet you in real life. That is something that I certainly wouldn't say about all of the I've-never-met-this-person blogs I read. Also, I really should have said this already, but I have watched the PBS version of Emma twice already now and am utterly in love with it. I am forever indebted to you for that link. Perhaps some servitude of some kind is in order...

Jessie said...

You got me ;-)

JosephJ said...

Hi, Bridget.
Perhaps I am one of those next-door-roommate's husbands who provides cousins to traffic your blog. Though, now that you and Jeremy have been in my house with your girls, and have engaged in face to face conversation during the past decade, we are friends.

I read, consider, and digest most of your entries. However, I'm rarely logged into blogger, so my comments are sparse. What can I say? Some people are producers and some people are consumers. Where blogs are concerned, I am overwhelmingly a consumer.

Lark said...

Love reading your blog. Yours is one of the few that I read regularly...don't cha feel special?!

Anna said...

I am a daily reader and fan. I am also a bit of a Bridget Blog Missionary: if I recall correctly 2% of all the visits to your site come through my baby blog :)

Bridget said...

Heidi, welcome, and perhaps you were sadder than most when I cut off all my hair. :(

Janae, don't you watch LOST? I write reviews of that sometimes, don't I?

Hilary, I agree with you about Liz not posting nearly enough lately.

Dani, no worries, I think I had an inkling you were getting on here sometimes. Good to hear from you!

Katie, I am so glad you liked Emma, too! Have you checked out all the other newish Austen remakes?

Joe, yes, you are the ex-roommate's husband whose cousin I was thinking of :).

Lark, yes. :)

Anna, to return the compliment, you are a West Wing missionary. I'm watching Season 1 right now and loving it so far!

Anonymous said...

Hi Bridget! I am delurking - I work with Jeremy and just saw him in DC yesterday :) But you already know that I read your blog.
Hope Miriam is feeling better today!
Andrea

Kendra said...

Never de-lurked myself before, but I know I should. I have a bad habit of getting to know people through their blogs, but I'm not creepy like that makes me seem. I've been reading occasionally for just a couple weeks.

AmandaStretch said...

Let's see, I found you from Nancy's blog, and have since discovered that we read many of the same blogs and/or connect in some random ways. It's pretty awesome. :)

loradona said...

I forget where I came across your blog or how, but I stayed when I realized you grew up in Oregon (Yay Powell's!). And now I've de-lurked (two days late).

Kat Clark said...

I lurk you but not very often lately since blogging hasn't been my numero uno. Love the blog, love you and love that you love Ithica. :)

Christina LeSueur said...

I, like many others, read your blog almost regularly. I usually can count on you for a new post when I sit down to catch up on others. Thanks for all your insight and keeping us updated. I love your writing style! When are you going to write a book? I'll be one of the first to buy it!

Fromagette said...

Sorry this is so late! But you know I read your blog (unless I'm off on vacation like now) and that I had the pleasure of sharing a room with you both freshman and sophmore years at college. You sure do have a lot of friends!

Chelsea said...

Hi Bridget! I love your blog. You're an excellent writer with such great stories.

Kristen said...

It's just me, Kristen. Catching up on all the posts since I went on blogging hiatus at the end of January.

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