Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Ain't Gonna Lurk on Maggie's Farm No More...

(Okay, the title is a pun on a Bob Dylan song for you so-not-cool-like-me people!)

I am a lurker. I am.

For you bloggy-newbies, one definition of a lurker is a person who reads blogs but does not comment, one who stays on the fringes, a wall flower. Me.

I read a lot of blogs now. Actually, I am way way behind on my blog reading but I do TRY to read a lot of blogs. I have found quite a few that give me more pleasure than any magazine I used to subscribe to. I read comments too, but I rarely jump in and say anything myself.

But isn’t that the true spirit of blogging? Not just to get your viewpoint or your information out there, but to get a community started, however small it might be? To get a little conversation going?

I just LOVE LOVE LOVE when I get comments! Love it! I remember my first comment ever was from Pam, one of my friends I moved across the country from, and it was like chatting over coffee all over again.

I was reading over at a blog called Milk Money or Not, Here I Come about this great idea that she and a couple of her friends came up with… its called the Great Mofo De-Lurk of 2007, and it is TODAY! October 3rd!

I pledge today to go to some of my favorite blogs and leave a comment to celebrate, to come in from the fringes, to de-lurk, to de-flower my wall!! (hmmm… didn’t exactly come out the way I meant it…)

And I urge you to do the same!

Hey! Start here with my blog! If you have been a lurker, leave me a comment! If you don’t have an account, sign up for one just so you can leave a comment! It’s quick and easy, and your computer will memorize your password so you don’t have to remember it each time you want to drop me a note at the end of a post. Get in on the conversation, START a conversation! Just stop in and say hello, let me know someone out there is reading, let me know where you are from! If you have a blog, I will come by and visit!

(edit: Willowtree informs me that one does not even need to sign up for an account to comment here!! Just click on "other" or "anonymous"! But you know I prefer to hear who it is you are!!)

I love company.

Happy Great Mofo Delurk!! Wooot!


tonya said...

Sending you a wave down the left coast.... Hi there! Isn't kindergarten GRAND?! :)

willowtree said...

I tend to leave comments. But not just for the sake of it, that's insulting. I try to add a little something.

BTW you don't need an account to comment on your blog.

Willowtree said...

See, this is me again but without using my blogger account.

Anonymous said...

Hell, I can even do it anonymously. (It's me again, btw)

blue thistle books said...

Cumon' Shama Lama. Step on out of your comfort zone! I double dog dare ya!


Shama-Lama Mama said...

Wow, I didn't know that! I am actually relatively new to blogs myself! I have to say, then, that I like blogger better for that. I have some issues with them, like for instance the editor... it is very clunky, its preview looks nothing like what you really come out with, etc.

(Willowtree, by the way, is always good for an interesting comment and has the best blog-title in all blogville. Click his name and check it out!)

I hope YOU all appreciate that I don't require you to write in those security codes to comment. I understand the issues behind needing those, but they make me crazy. I tend to misspell them!

Blue Thistle, I am coming on over!!

Beckie said...

WT is just so full of information....

I am here..I come by often, I will try to comment more.

blue thistle books said...

Hey Shama Lama,

Glad to see you stepped out of your comfort zone!

To answer your question about my reason for thinking that nearly all of the vendors were involved in witch craft was due partly to their advertising of their magick wares and enchantments.

Now I can't speak for the people involved in the reenactment itself. I'm sure there were many people of different beliefs systems involved in other ways, but the vendors for the most part were only selling items with a magickal theme. I did not see anything else. Although, I'm sure that in other faires there would be a bigger diversity of folks.

As for letting it get me down, it wouldn't. I love all people regardless of their beliefs, yet as a Christian, I also keep myself from anything that may be thought of as 'dark' or that has anything to do with witch craft. Hence my warning to my other homeschool friends with the same beliefs, to attend with caution.

In saying that, we had a great time at the faire and I may even go back to see some of the things we missed on the school day. It was so much fun seeing everyone dressed in their costumes and I love hearing everyone talking in Elizabethan English!


Shama-Lama Mama said...

Hey Blue Thistle,

Actually, it takes quite a lot to get me out of my comfort zone. I really enjoy being around all types of people and cultures. I am a culture junkie. I love getting to know what people believe and why, and how that manifests in their daily lives.

Homeschooling rocks, too. I would love to do it myself, especially for the junior high/senior high years just to save my kids the pain and emotional torment of that society. But I have to be honest with myself... some folks make great homeschoolers... but I think the public schools would do a better job than I could. sigh...

If you ARE heading back to the Faire on a day that is not a "school day", keep in mind that things tend to get raunchier and baudier. They seem to tame it down on the days that they know lots of schools will be attending.

Take care!

Mrs. Brownstone @ XBOX Wife said...

Hi, I just found your blog today, so I can't say that I've been a lurker here, but I will leave a comment for you!

Can't wait to read some more of your stuff!