Heisui’s Thoughts: To all the lurkers
YES, I MEAN YOU. (featured image: Zhen Hua, lurking)
So I got this idea around 1 AM in the morning, because for some strange reason I get good ideas late at night. Or I guess you could say, early in the morning. Haha. So here I am, writing this post in the wee hours of the morning. If I sound a bit off in this post, that might be why.
A lurker is basically a silent reader who doesn’t comment on a blog (in terms of blogging sites, the definition of a lurker would be different for other types of sites I suppose). In other words, a lurker is a ninja whose only trace is a +1 pageview on my blog stats. How do I know you all exist? Well like I said it is obvious through pageview stats. If you can’t see a blog’s stats it may be less obvious, but to me it is clear that the number of pageviews on a post largely outweighs the number of comments. Also I’ve been a lurker before myself so I have ~personal experience~.
What makes people into silent readers? I think lurking all depends on what blog/site you are on. For me, sometimes I’ll lurk on one blog but I will comment on another. Sometimes I won’t have much to say for one post but I will comment on a different post. Or maybe I will be too shy to comment on a brilliant post since I don’t have much to add to it. This is just my personal experience, but back in the day I used to ALWAYS be a lurker. Until one day I realized how much I valued getting favorites/comments (not on a blog, it was on a different site back in the day), so I figured I might as well make more of an effort to comment as well.
^Irie-mama, Kotoko, & Naoki’s little bro, lurking
Well anyways I got this idea for this post after receiving a very kind comment from a lurker who very rarely comments on my blog. I’m not gonna quote the comment or anything but I felt very touched and flattered by it. Occasionally I get these kinds of comments from a lurker, and they always make me feel so touched. :'( Usually they will say something along the lines of “I always read your blog but I never comment”. Also it seems like they tend to suddenly comment when it is about an episode/drama that they really have to talk about. Anyways I don’t know why I always feel so touched and almost grateful for those lurker comments, but I guess it kinda connects to my previous ‘Heisui’s Thoughts’ post in which I said that I always wonder who is behind the pageviews. I wonder who the lurkers are, so when I finally hear from them it is like I can connect the pageviews to an actual reader and not just a statistic. Also it makes me feel like I suddenly have this unseen support come out of thin air…it’s hard to describe but I guess it feels like someone I never knew was there is actually here, supporting my blog. The pageviews are there, for sure, but when I actually hear from a lurker it makes it more real.
^San Niang, not exactly a ninja but she is worth including
Well anyways it’s late so I should wrap up this post. Uhh I kinda made this sound more like a lurker-commenting post but…..I guess what I’m trying to say is, I am grateful to the lurkers for your silent support, whether you comment or whether you remain HIDDEN IN THE SHADOWS FOREVER. (<<LOL OVERLY DRAMATIC MUCH?) I am touched when I just think about how there is some lurker out there, reading my blog. So thank you. *W* Uh…………yeah….