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September 22, 2010

Lurking

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I was wandering the yard the other day looking for excuses to use my camera photo subjects, when I stumbled upon this weed lurking in a corner, near the steps to door of the house that we never use.  Does everyone have one of those? (a door you never use, I mean, not lurking weeds.  Watch out Gerry, it could be triffids!)  It wasn’t a dandelion or milkweed, but it did have lovely fluff, lit up by the sun, floating in the breeze.

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These cute little lurkers, plus Kathy’s post, got me wondering about folks who may be lurking around this blog.  On a day I’ve published a new post, I’ve noticed this blog gets about 30-60 hits.  My most popular day was around 100.  The most comments I’ve ever gotten I think is around 28 – and half of those are me, responding to your comments.  A more average number of comments is around 16 or so – again with half of those being me.  (Does everyone know that I respond to your comments? Do you come back and check?)  That seems to me that maybe an average of one fourth of the folks who have some sort of look at the blog leave a comment.  That makes the rest of you lurkers!  Lurkers, any chance you would unlurk?  I’d love to know who you are,  just to say hello!  I’m really not a scary sort, so don’t be afraid.  Say hi, as long as you are not a spammer. 

I found another lurker while I was out aimlessly wandering seriously shooting adorable balls of fluff.  It was actually another fluffball

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but I suppose I can’t call Cedric a true lurker.  Although he watched the goings-on from his post in the windowsill, he’s rarely one to be without comment.

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“C’mon, Mom.  Stop spending so much time playing with that camera and come in and pay attention to me!”  Cedric will never be shy about his comments.

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14 Comments »

  1. I’m not a lurker! Not a lurker! Smiling…good luck in finding out who your lurkers might be. 🙂 I am thinking some folks just don’t feel comfortable commenting. They like to visit but don’t really want to engage. In fact they may be horrified at the engagement aspect. Also, I think when some folks see lots of comments (more than ten) they decide it feels intrusive to add a comment. Almost like they don’t know how to dive in. They don’t realize it’s “the more the merrier”. Sounds like you have some really good stats for such a young blog!

    Comment by Kathy — September 23, 2010 @ 9:21 am | Reply

    • I’m sure you are right that not everyone feels like commenting. Just my curiousity here. Are those good stats? I really have no idea about that sort of thing. I’m sure a “freshly pressed” feature must put those numbers up! I saw that you were featured when I read Robin’s blog announcing her new going outside everyday project. Look how you inspire us Kathy! 🙂

      Comment by Karma — September 23, 2010 @ 4:20 pm | Reply

  2. Our family used to have a cat who looked just like Cedric. His name was Jinxie… Your photography made the weed look like a work of art. Beautiful.

    I admit it, sometimes I lurk when I don’t feel well and am just wanting to take without giving back. Or if I’m overwhelmed and I honestly can’t think of something to say. The “Like” buttons are a great idea for those sorts of days, but not everyone has them activated. And then there’s the times when all the previous commenters have already expressed what I would have said. But I wouldn’t mind at all if someone just clicked the “Like” button on my blog, without leaving a comment, a little way to say “I was here!”

    Comment by Barbara — September 23, 2010 @ 12:16 pm | Reply

    • I know exactly what you mean, Barbara. I read a lot of blogs, but sometimes I just don’t know what to say! Another blogger friend says she never comments just to comment, but only when she has something to add to the conversation. Some people seem to like that “like” button while others aren’t so crazy about it. I don’t know what I think of it. If someone just wanted to hit the “like” to say they were here, that’d be ok with me too!

      Comment by Karma — September 23, 2010 @ 4:22 pm | Reply

  3. I have a lot of lurkers too. One day I may get up the courage to ask them to speak up. 🙂

    Cedric is a beauty. You made the fluffy weed look beautiful, too. I’ve been wondering what those are. We have them around here, too.

    Comment by Robin — September 23, 2010 @ 4:19 pm | Reply

    • Thanks! Before it was fluffy, I think it had a bunch of those tiny white flowers with yellow centers.

      Comment by Karma — September 23, 2010 @ 7:31 pm | Reply

  4. Haha, good luck, getting the lurkers to come out of hiding! I have several “regulars” and would love it if they just said hi, but they never do, I tried several times to get them to comment, but failed 😛
    Sometimes I do come back and see if you replied to my comments, but often I just don’t get the chance. But I try.

    Weeds are fun, aren’t they? A lot of times the weeds are the only “flowers” to photograph in my yard.
    I like the last one of Cedric, too.

    Comment by thedailyclick — September 23, 2010 @ 5:01 pm | Reply

    • So far no lurkers have unlurked! Oh well, it was worth a shot.
      It’s nice to know I’m not talking to myself out here.

      Comment by Karma — September 23, 2010 @ 7:34 pm | Reply

  5. What a beautiful cat! I do try to get back to see your replies. I wish that there was an option to check for follow up emails to your post only.

    http://cggrlogan.wordpress.com/

    Comment by Becky Sue — September 23, 2010 @ 8:58 pm | Reply

    • There’s actually a check box under the “leave a comment” box that does exactly that… The “Notify me of follow-up comments via email”… but it will notify you of ALL comments left after yours on the specific post your checked, but you can “uncheck” it…

      Comment by FS Photography — September 26, 2010 @ 5:02 am | Reply

  6. Would the RSS feed do that, Becky? I really don’t know what that is all about. I’d need a more experienced blogger to explain.

    Comment by Karma — September 23, 2010 @ 10:33 pm | Reply

  7. Haha.. Yes we have a door that we never use.. We also have one IN the house that we never use too… And I am so with you on the “lurkers” thing, as my views / comments ratio pretty much mimics yours… You can count me twice though at least, as I always come back to check the responses… Love the “serious” images too btw… we all need those committed outings… lol..

    Comment by FS Photography — September 26, 2010 @ 4:59 am | Reply

    • You can count me twice too – I always have a peek to see if there is a response to a comment. Is it strange that I wander my yard looking for reasons to click the shutter? 😉

      Comment by Karma — September 26, 2010 @ 9:02 am | Reply

  8. Looks like the lurkers are still lurking. I have these same strange fluffy wildflower/weeds in my garden…probably some form of hawksbeard. I got a great shot of these fluffballs last year and tried this year but they just looked messy.

    Funny, our front door is the least used door! We always use the side entrance.

    Cedric is a cutie patootie! 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — September 29, 2010 @ 5:29 pm | Reply


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