How many lurkers do you think you have that read your blog, but never comment? Have you ever been successful at getting them to say hello? Do you mind the lurking?
I’m always surprised to get any kind of comment from someone I didn’t know was there. I don’t track hits at all, and I haven’t since I gave up the D’land gold, which never told me much.
I love getting comments, but don’t get many. I don’t check my tracker. I just enjoy the idea that there are people out there who read. (And I need to get back to writing regularly.)
I am shocked to know that I have about 200 readers on my Blogger blog and more than 500 on the original journal (which is identical to the Blogger one). I get almost no comments, but every once in awhile, some lurker steps out of the woodwork and says hello. I don’t mind lurkers at all. I just heard from a woman who says she has been reading me for many years and was making her very first comment.
Do you get lurkers on TMA?
Bev, I think there are a few lurkers for sure.
Quite a few. I know all of my mother’s sisters read it, but have never commented. I get occasional emails from them regarding things I’ve posted. I also get some weird hits from different places in the world, so I know there are a few regular readers, but I have no idea who they are. I wish they’d say hi because I’m curious, but it doesn’t bother me that they don’t.
When I cared about stats and used to check them, I found a hit from Estonia and jokingly I wrote an entry “to all my Estonian readers.” Years later I actually got a comment from someone in Estonia…and then I visited the country as well. Strange world blogging opens up for you!
I do think that it’s harder to get a good feel for how many lurkers you have because of Google Reader, you can’t really tell how many people visit through a rss reader of some sort.
I love it when someone comments on my blog. I don’t expect every one who reads my blog to comment. I know I have touch something in that person when they comment. I like to answer people who take their time to say something about my blog.
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