Wednesday, January 10, 2007

the great lurker expose of 2007

so, it's that time again.
you know, 'delurking week.'

what is a lurker, you ask?
well, i'll give you a hint. if you come to this blog--or any other blog--on any kind of a somewhat regular basis and read to your little heart's content and then go away without saying anything? then you, my friend, are a lurker.

so, celebrate!
it's your week!

i celebrated de-lurking week last year.
and, when i say 'celebrate,' what i mean is, i stomped my feet and insisted that anyone who was reading my blog without commenting leave me a comment.
two whole people who had never commented before decided to leave a comment that day.

so, i don't want to be too ambitious or hopeful, but i'm thinking that maybe, just maybe, more than two of you will celebrate with me this year. mainly because my sitemeter thing tells me that there are a lot more people reading my blog now than there were a year ago. oh, and speaking of my sitemeter--you know what else it does?

it tells me where you people are reading from.
how fun is that?

it's so fun, i think i'll use it to call you out.
so now, in the joyful spirit of de-lurkification, i present a list of towns/cities where mysterious people who i don't know are reading my blog. (this list is not complete--it only represents places where i'm sure i don't know anyone, and i can't figure out who these people are).

places where people read my blog in hiding:

1. danville, california. hello out there! how are you! do you know how to type? prove it!

2. lansing, michigan. happy wednesday, lansing! how's it going over there?

3. mountain view, california. what's up, yo?

4. schenectady, new york. hi! the name of your town is fun to say! it is not as fun to type.

5. moraga, california. i have never heard of this place, but hello! how's it hanging?

6. waterville, ohio. hello, mr./mrs./miss/ms. ohio! i like ohio, because usually if i'm there it means i'm on my way to key west. and that is ALWAYS a good thing.

7. livonia, michigan. this one is a bit of a misnomer, because i'm sure i do know a lot of people in livonia. i just don't know which person this is. because they don't comment. so, hello person! talk to me!

8. yonkers, new york. hello, yonkers! this is kind-of a fun name, too. what's up with new york and all the good city names? perhaps you could tell me in some kind of a comment! what a novel idea! p.s. now i keep thinking about that movie, lost in yonkers, which i've never seen. have you seen it? was it good?

9. los angeles, california. now, this COULD be my best friend from forever, jobi, who i've talked about before. but, i'd like to think that, if it were her, she WOULD HAVE SAID SOMETHING ALREADY. but, then again, it could also be my cousin, rumplebutt. i just can't be sure, BECAUSE OF THE WHOLE NOT COMMENTING THING. i'm just saying.

10. kissimmee, florida. hello, kissimmee! does disney world cease to be fun if you live right next to it? because i REALLY like disney world. i don't know, there's just something about that castle that makes me really happy. and it's WAY better than the piss-poor castle they have at disneyland. so, yeah. kissimmee pretty much rules, in my book. but, whatever.

11. fairbanks, alaska. hello, alaska person! you're new here, right? welcome!

12. upper marlboro, maryland. hi, have you seen my friend david? apparently he's recovering in a maryland hospital somewhere--after getting hit by a truck in china, which totally sucks goat balls, if you don't mind my saying so, but his mom stopped calling to give us updates and we don't know how to find him. so, if you've seen him, please let me know.

13. walnut creek, california. you're new too, huh? well, welcome to the random insanity. i hope you're having a good day.

so anyway, you should all go ahead and consider yourself served. and you'd better dance back.

seriously, people. de-lurkofy already.
even if you hate me with every atom of your being, and only ever visit my blog because it makes you happy to remind yourself that there is someone in the world dumber/meaner/uglier/whatever-er than you, you could still just say 'hi' this one time.
couldn't you?
please please please please please?

and also, please?

a big thanks to miss zoot, who not only reminded me that it was 'de-lurking week,' but also provided me with an actual history of the event. she rocks, and you should go leave a comment on her site, too, because she's donating a dollar to hurricane katrina recovery for every comment she gets this week. see? that's rocking.

just for the record, even if you're a reader who actually does leave comments sometimes, you're still encouraged to comment on this post, even though it's not directed at you.
because comments make me happy.
and happiness is a good thing, no?


Blogger Erin said...

here is a comment from L.A., where it is probably a lot sunnier and warmer than good ole Ann Arbor. i am happy that i found you're blog...

2:25 PM  
Blogger Pete said...

I met Miss Ohio. she was pretty i guess. she had a really huge engagement ring because her insecure fiancee thought it would scare people off.

anyway, when is your world tour to visit all the people that post on your blog.

3:34 PM  
Anonymous elyse said...

Tiff! I'm sorry to say that I have been slacking in both reading and commenting on your blogs, but I am officially caught up!'s my comment! And...I pretty much miss and love you a whole lot

3:57 PM  
Blogger boobala said...

HI Tiff you know that I read all the time I just hate the fact that I have to sign in everytime I want to say something. Well here it is. Hi, hope all is well and I miss and love ya!
P.S why do I have to type in some silly ass letters to verify who the hell I am if I am signing in too. It makes me crazy.

7:23 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

oh dear lord, i just realized i made the uber spelling mistake that drives me insane... oh my goodness. i meant "your blog". that's it, they're gonna come take away my diploma for that one.

ooooh, look, another comment!

8:32 PM  
Anonymous Lady S said...

I don't actually remember if I have commented or not, I think I have.

I am here in Southern Vermont. I love reading you, you are so funny.

I need to encourage my lurkers to come out.

9:58 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Lansing, Michigan is me, Ashley. You commented on my blog a while ago so I started reading yours. And it's quite entertaining!
I thought I commented before but maybe not. Anyway, "hi!"

10:05 PM  
Blogger Just Another Girl said...

Okay, okay. In an effort to brighten your day - since you always manage to make MINE a little more bearable - I will delurkify. Is that even a word? BTW, here via PWT.

10:45 PM  
Anonymous BJ said...

love you sister..i read your blog every time you write something...and never comment. so sorry bunnie..

3:07 AM  
Blogger Missy said...

lord knows i comment even when i have nothing to say. so... here i am, saying nothing! except... hi!

5:38 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

LOL. sweet. My state wasn't up there, cuz I leave comments.


10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a fantastic idea! I love it!

Hope all is well with you, and good luck on your trip to Hawaii.

(it won't let me sign in)


2:33 PM  
Blogger Aimee's Walk said...

Aimee again...not a lurker but I happened by and so I made certain not to lurk.
Does your tracker thing say "Village of Manchester Michigan???" I just think that's funny for some reason.

9:36 PM  
Blogger zorak163 said...

This is my first visit but it won't be my last... so here's a comment to keep me from being a lurker :)

12:25 AM  
Blogger star8278 said...

Thanks for the clarification of what lurking is. I know I am guilty of it with other blogs. I will tell you I just discovered your today after joining WHATTHEBLOG. So here's my first hello! And I promise to make a good faith effort to NOT lurk. Though its hard, I barely get time to read during the workday, and leaving comments just takes that much more time. Happy bloggin!

1:12 PM  
Blogger jessica said...

do i count as a lurker if you have me listed in your links? i'm not in kissimmee, but i know who is. i am in florida, and no, disney has not yet gotten old for me even though it is right down the road. it still feels magical. of course, i have the mentality of your average six year old, so there is that. thanks for the blog love. blove?

2:06 PM  
Blogger D.B. Echo said...

So do I count as a lurker if I only found your blog because I followed the link backwards from Ashley's Sitemeter? But now I've commented, so I'm not a lurker, even though I wasn't really a lurker, or at least not until three minutes ago. This is all very confusing. Read my blog. (See how I cleverly slip in a plug for my own blog,

11:21 PM  
Blogger Mikala said...

Sorry I missed this...I'm always in the right places at the wrong time! :0)
And, I can't wait til you get your new computer.

3:30 PM  
Blogger Mad Scientist said...

This is my first time visiting, but I wanted to leave a comment so that in the future you will not accuse me of lurking. :P

I like your blog; you make me giggle.

Do you know Zorak, by chance?


1:37 AM  
Blogger k_sra said...

Aw, what the heck. Delurking from Cleveland, Ohio (it's on your way to Key West). First time reader, first time commenter. Found you via the Jinx.

Happy deLurker week to you too! : )

12:56 PM  
Blogger amandaladi said...

am i too late???

did i miss teh delurk day????

can i still comment????


oh come one!!!!

it's cold...
can we move???

12:46 PM  

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