There are no lurkers at my site. None. If you are reading this without commenting, you are not a lurker. You are simply not commenting on this particular post.
The word "lurker" just sounds so not-nice. If I am reading a site, I may not comment for a number of reasons - no time, my computer is slow today, not wanting to add a 45th comment that says, "Cute idea. Thanks for posting," need to get back to school...dishes...laundry....but I'm not stalking anyone. I'm not a Peeping Tom. I'm just not commenting right now.
You are welcome to read without commenting! You are not obligated to give me feedback. Now, doesn't that take the pressure off? I might ask your opinion, hoping for some feedback, but I will never beg lurkers to come forward and leave a comment. Why? Because there are no lurkers on my site! There are folks who read, some of whom comment in this format.
That said, I love comments. I love to know someone has read a post and feels like saying so. I have not had much of any problem with bad comments or spam, so I don't feel I have to add a "Type this word" feature (at least, not yet), and I allow anonymous commenting so that it is easy - you don't even have to log in to anything. In fact, my very own husband comments occasionally, using "Amonymous," though he does sign his comments "PB" for Pluto Boy. So, feel free to comment. And feel free to not comment.
6 years ago