Friday, January 11, 2013

National De-Lurking Day

Once upon a time there was a little girl who loved to write. In the fifth grade she read Harriet the Spy and just loved it that Harriet had things to write down. The little girl didn't exactly want to be a spy, but she did want to write things down, it was almost like she had to. (She even liked writing assignments in school!)



That little girl grew up and started writing some short articles for magazines and even got a poem published. It was particularly satisfying to be published--then she knew at least the editor was reading what she wrote.

After reading her children a missionary story one night she thought, "That wasn't very well written. I could do better." So she started writing a missionary story she knew about first hand (because she was also a missionary in South America). It wasn't as easy as she thought, but she finished it and got it published with cute drawings by a Missionary Kid who had become a commercial artist. She wrote to other missionaries for more ideas and wrote two more little books.

The women she worked with in South America wanted to publish a newsletter to encourage mothers and asked her to write for it. A real outlet for her urge to write! Those articles motivated her to put together some ideas into a book for moms.

The book was published in two languages--Spanish and English--and sold quite a few copies. About 10 years later, another publisher picked up the English edition and it reached many more readers.

Around that time Christian magazines went through a financial crisis and the ones which had been publishing her articles closed down. For a couple of years she had no outlet for her writing.

Then the Lord led her to start a blog to go along with the re-publishing of her book for moms. She loved it and was full of ideas and wrote faithfully.

But one thing made her sad, she didn't know if many people were enjoying and being helped by what they read. She could see that people from all over the world were opening her blog, but very few left comments to encourage her, ask her questions, or even criticize.


Are you lurking out there?

So you guessed it: The little girl writer is me and this is the blog! In the world of blogs  January 14 is "National De-Lurking Day". That means if you read this blog but don't comment, today is the day for YOU. I would love to hear from you to know you are reading my words. Please write a short comment today. You can


  • tell me a little about yourself and family
  • ask for a topic to be written about
  • criticize my ideas
  • post a link you think my other readers and I would be interested in
  • share something you do around the table with your family
  • or even just say, "I read your blog!"
ALL of your comments will encourage me! And I promise to answer every one. So please take a minute to write a comment below today.


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44 comments:

  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Looks like you have a great blog here yourself. I haven't been by before, but I'll be sure to look around!

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    1. Elizabeth, thanks for stopping by here, too. I hope you get some helpful ideas here at my blog!

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  2. Hi Sharon, pleasure to meet you. Never heard about National De-Lurking Day and I do have few spots I should come out from the covers. I understand how it feels to see stats that people are visiting but no comments.

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    1. Hi Wanda, I saw a lot of blogs with the day posted last year. I don't post on Mondays so I got a jump start, but I hope more people will make the effort to let themselves be known! It's encouraging to find out it's actually people opening my blog and not just a scamp computer search for somewhere to do mischief!

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  3. Sharon, I do enjoy reading your blog! I resonate with so much of what you write about, and it is an encouragement to me that you are making it available to others! Keep sharing, and I will keep reading!

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    1. Thanks, Karen! I think you will like today's conversation starter question, too!
      https://www.facebook.com/AroundtheTableBook

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  4. Loved your story and love the idea of a de-lurking day! Keep up the great work - I visit here now and again and enjoy what you have to say :) Blessings.

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    1. Thanks, Lizzy, and thanks for coming once in a while. If you go to the top left hand corner you can search for ideas by topic if you are looking for something specific or something you remember.

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  5. I read your blog!!!! I'm rather new here but I enjoy it! And I understand and feel your pain! Doesn't it make you really crazy when you can see that the same person -- whoever they are -- stops by often but never says anything? Who are you? Do I know you? Have we met? Great posts and I hope lots of others say hello~!

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    1. I can't see who is stopping by, but I see that I get lots of "hits"--sometimes 100 a day, but seldom any comments. Maybe that's why I started joining Linky parties--at least I get some comments! But what I pray is that I'll help families connect. I'm glad you are enjoying what I write.

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  6. ha ha ha cute post. I read the post! :) I often get alot of hits and little comments but I think people are just in such a hurry...

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  7. by the way...YOU have word verification which often times makes it close to impossible to leave a comment. Alot of bloggers won't fool with it at all. So I am fooling with it a second time to let you know if you turn it off and find a different spam protection method you will probably see many more comments :)

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    1. Hi Debra,
      I think you are right about people being in a hurry. I seldom leave a comment either.
      Re: the word verification, I have tried turning it off and I immediately get spammed comments 3-4 a day that I have to go through and delete. I use blogger and it doesn't seem to have a simpler system. I've asked my IT son if we can download a different one for the blog. Thanks for making the effort to comment.

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  8. Hello! I ditto Debra's comment about turning off the word verification thing. I don't use it and rarely have a problem. You can use the comment moderation if you are concerned about the comments that are left. But I have to tell you, most won't leave a comment...link ups are the best way to get them I have found. That and an awesome bunch of Grandma bloggers for friends ;)! Glad to have you each week, thanks for linking with me!

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    1. Connie, Thanks for stopping by and for having the linky party. Unfortunately whenever I turn off the verification and turn on the moderation I'm having to delete spam posts several times a day. I'll get my son who works in IT to see if there's something else we can do.

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  9. I've been enjoying reading your blog and hearing about your family for the last few months. Our family used to always have supper together around the table, but in the last few years as the kids have grown up, that's become difficult. I'm working on making it happen more often than not and really appreciate your posts.

    I saw a cute cartoon the other day that said that if you think no one is reading your blog, just misspell or use poor grammar and you will quickly learn it is being read!

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    1. Susan, so glad to hear that I've been encouraging and inspiring to you. It's true that it's harder as they get older. At one point Jim and I ate our meals in courses--we had a salad with our son who had an evening college class to get to and the main part with our daughter who worked till 7! You have to be creative and think outside the box, I guess!

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    2. P.S. I got a smile out of that cartoon! I'm sure that would get comments!

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  10. I usually do leave comments where ever I travel but having been blogging for 5 years, I know just what you mean :) Even if you have fewer controls, you may still not get a lot of comments. I use Akismet on SandwichINK which does a great job but don't think that's an option on Blogger (my main site is a self-hosted Wordpress.org blog via BlueHost) You have more control but more work too and it's not free like Blogger. Pros and cons to everything. :)

    By the way, speaking of blogging and internet, there is a major cyber alert from Homeland Security - I have a link to an article about it at SandwichINK or you can go to a search engine and type in Java AND Homeland Security. It's very important for everyone using the internet to read up on this and make the necessary changes. Just heard that a friend's grandmother got stung in this! Stay safe, y'all :)

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    1. Kaye, thanks for stopping by and for your your input on the whole thing. I didn't understand the Java thing, but again have referred it to my techy son!

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  11. Hello! I am Diana. Creative & crafty Midwestern mom of 3. Very nice to meet you. I am now following via GFC & Twitter!

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    1. Diana, thanks for following me! I live in the Midwest, too, we must be neighbors! :-)

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  12. Hi! I have only been blogging since September and I truly realize how important it is to comment on other's blogs. I seem to be able to comment more since I got my I Pad. Makes it easier for me.

    Judy

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    1. Hi Judy,
      Glad you enjoy your iPad. My husband loves his, too. Funny, usually the posts that make me want to comment the most are the ones that everyone else comments on too!

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  13. Oh found you on Raising Imperfection Link-up and just so happy I did. I loved your story about yourself as a little girl and your blog, as well. Happy to read, comment and follow, too!!

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    1. Janine, thank you for your cheerful remarks! Made me smile! Glad you are following as well!

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    1. I'm waving back! Can you see me! :-)

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  15. Wonderful post and how awesome that you have been published. That is a dream of mine one day.

    Thanks for linking up to Raising Imperfection each week.
    Leslie
    www.violetimperfection.com

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    1. Leslie, I hope you reach your dream--keep moving toward it! Thanks for hosting your link up!

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  16. I am new here - I just found you through the blog hop...but I can say already that I know how you feel! Sometimes a lack of feedback can be so discouraging. Loving your blog so far and will be back for more. :)

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    1. Amy, so glad you liked the blog today. Hope you'll be back to see more of what we're about.

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  17. Sharon I really liked the way that you came up with the story and told it in a fun manner...
    Congrats on your book and your blog! Truly amazing!

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured! :)
    Good luck.

    xoxo
    Lanaya
    www.raising-reagan.com

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    1. Thanks, Lanaya, for the encouragement! I appreciate you hosting the blog hop!

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  18. "I read your blog"! haha! ;-)
    Found you through the hop and am your newest follower,
    -Jamie
    http://chatterblossom.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Jamie
      Is that past tense or continuing present?? :-)
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  19. Well I definitely have the best mother in the world :). Nice article and happy day of lurking!

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    1. Thanks! You are the best older daughter in the world, too!

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  20. LOL I always wish more people commented on my blog. I mean 300 views and only 3 comments? Am I really that boring :) Great post!

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    1. Rachel, If you are getting that many views, I'm sure you aren't boring! Thanks for stopping by my blog AND for commenting!

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  21. Didn't know about that, but do know that many come visit & few comment. I love comments & always try to write a short hello if nothing else before moving on. Glad you found blogging. I have a little illustrated story I am hoping to finish this year. Following my dreams no matter how long it takes ;)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Theresa. I hope you get your story published. Are you doing the illustrations too?

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  22. Looks like you got some comment love now :)

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    1. Definitely have comments now! Such fun to hear from people! Thanks for adding your two cents!

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