Mystify Me Week continues here at Les Singes. (les singes is the plural form of monkey in French in case you don’t speak the language). The last post I asked about some social behavior. Now I’d like to learn more about some virtual behaviors which confound me.
As many of you know, I might read a blog or two during the day. While reading the blogs I can see certain patterns developing. Some days everyone rips Tom Cruise a new one, some days you see the same "meme" on eighteen different blogs, and some days you might see dangling genitalia. Okay so the genitals thing is scarce, but I got your attention. The other day I ran into three posts chatting about about delurking.
For those of you unfamiliar with delurking, allow me to explain. Apparently there are people out there who read blogs and don’t comment. Some bloggers take exception to these so called "lurkers". Here’s where I’m confused though. Aren’t blogs public? Why are these blog authors attempting to lure these "lurkers" to comment on their blog? Is there something wrong with reading a blog and not leaving a comment?
I’ve attended many public gatherings, company meetings, etc. where not everyone speaks. Think about your last town hall meeting, company meeting, or even our elections. Should everyone in attendance be forced to say something? I think not. Are we paranoid somebody is reading our public blog that shouldn’t be?
I know I’m going to take a lot of heat on this one because many of my beloved readers do this "delurk" thing. So I’m asking why. Why does it bother you to have someone read your blog and not leave a comment? I will admit I don’t comment on many blog posts I read. Maybe I can’t relate to the topic, maybe I just want to remain anonymous. Perhaps the lurker doesn’t have a blog and wants to continue to read without being guilted into blogging. What’s the point of flushing out the "lurkers"?