Confession – I check SiteMeter and Feedburner at least once or twice a day (sometimes more) to see who’s been by to read. I can’t be the only nut out there who high fives herself (or himself) and does a little get jiggy dance whenever more people have subscribed to their feed. It’s not about popularity, but it is about the gratification that comes from knowing your words aren’t falling on deaf ears (blind eyes, in this case?). That gratification is furthered when people like what you have to say enough that they take the time to leave a few words for you. Those words motivate you to keep sharing and help you feel more connected to others who have some commonality with you. In turn, that helps you feel not so alone.
For the record, I’m up to 30 subscribers, which probably pales in comparison to the amount of subscribers other bloggers have, but this is six more than I had on Monday so you can only just imagine the rumpshakin’ going on here behind my desk when I checked Feedburner this morning. But I wonder who these 30 are, because I have maybe ten or so regular commenters (hi, ya’ll!). Is it YOU? Are YOU the one who reads and runs? I wondered the same thing a couple of months ago in my post It’s National Coming Out Week. An excerpt:
This week, I challenge all the lurkers to come out and say hi. Not just on my blog, but on any blog that you normally read but never comment on. I don’t get loads of traffic yet (and I might not ever), but I do like to take several peeks at SiteMeter and Feedburner to see who’s been dropping by each day. I’m always thrilled when repeat visitors or someone from a different country has found their way here and stayed to read about my dumbassishness for a while. Hey, New Orleans – how’s it going down there? You from Paris – voulez vous leave me a comment just to say hello, okay? Cuyahoga Falls, what’s crackin’? G’day to the two who stop in from Australian locales. Livingston, UK – how do you do? I always wonder about the people on the other end of the digital distance. […] So, when you read your favorite bloggers this week, come out of lurkdom long enough to drop ’em a quick line.
After I posted this, Paris, New Orleans, Cuyahoga Falls, Australia x 2, and UK came out to give a little whassup. I’ve picked up some new lurkers since then, and now I wonder about the people who visit from Wetumpka, Cambridge, Culpeper, Sioux Falls, and the other people who have subscribed to my blog from a feed reader.
I’ve also been a read-n’-runner from time to time, which is one of the reasons why I signed up for NaComLeavMo. Firstly, I’ll be exposed to some new bloggers and secondly, it’ll slow me down enough to comment and let ’em know I was there. So, let me know you were here. Join NaComLeavMo and let others know you were there, too.