Posted at 17:47 on 10 Nov 2011 by Pandora / Blake
Happy Love Our Lurkers day! Once a year, spanking bloggers across the world unite in welcoming those who read our blogs, but don't tend to join in the conversation in the comments.
We know you're out there. We can tell from our hits that you're there, you're interested, you keep coming back. We also know that you vastly outnumber those people who leave comments and tell us a little about themselves. And that's okay. Commenting isn't compulsory, and it can be really hard to know what to say. Especially when you're reading a sex or spanking blog, with their often very intimate contents. Leaving a comment, sometimes, can feel intimidatingly personal as well. Even leaving a comment on a spanking blog can feel like standing up and publically telling the world what you find hot ... and for some people, what's private is best kept that way.
Well, we understand. Many of us started out as lurkers too - reading, fascinated, a bit envious of those who chatted so freely with writers we admired, but lacking the confidence to start typing and join in the conversation.
What you realise as soon as you take the plunge is that every blogger loves comments. We depends on our commenters. Without them, any blogger will eventually stop writing and give up. Comments are the feedback we get that proves we aren't just talking to ourselves; that makes the time we spend on blogging feel worthwhile. The people chattering away in the comments can seem like an exclusive sort of clique of people who all know each other - but actually, for the most part, we all met online, and we wouldn't have done so if we hadn't left that first comment. It's a club which anyone can join. The only criterion for membership is saying hello.
So this is my invitation. I know you're there. I love that you're there: your interest in what I have to say is what keeps me going. And as a result, I'm interested in you. If you've never left a comment before, please, today is the time to do so. It's easy. You don't have to try to be clever or interesting or sexy. Just tell me you're here, tell me how you are if you like, what you dreamed last night, what you have planned for the evening. Just by saying hello, you'll be interesting to me.
PS. I also have a delurk invitation on my Dreams of Spanking blog - including an offer of a free high resolution spanking photograph from a never-before-seen set if I get at least dozen comments. We're halfway there already - please, if you'd like to join in, please do pop over and say hello there as well! I'm open to suggestions about what sort of image you'd like to see, but you only get a vote if you speak up :)