Do you feel like you have sneaked Into someone's room and discovered their diary laying open on the desk, and you just could not resist a wee peek? Do you feel naughty, like you shouldn't really be reading it at all? Do you read it quietly so no one knows you're there?
OR, do you feel like the blogger is talking directly to you? When a blogger asks a question is it directed at you? Or is it that person behind you, the one reading over your shoulder?
I read a lot of blogs, a lot invite discussion, yet I, myself, barely ever seem to take part. Why? Are they talking to me? Are they really interested in my input? Can I be bothered to type out a reply? I think it's a little bit of all of those.
There has been the odd occasion that I have made the effort to reply and once or twice I have scrolled down to comment to find there's a whole load of comments already there, so I don't bother. I don't know why I do this, perhaps I don't want to intrude on the conversation.
Then a giveaway pops up and I really want to add my name to the ever growing list, but I can't, because I feel it would be most rude to lurk then just pop up, waving my hand wildly in the air, shouting 'me, me, me'.
It's a different ball game of course when you personally know the blogger, you feel comfortable commenting on the post without the fear of the blogger wondering who on earth the stranger is that's just written something under their piece.
I personally appreciate every single comment I get (well, except the spam ones of course) I get a buzz when my notification pops up to tell me there's a new one, and I scurry off to see what someone has written. I have a few regular commenters and their input is very much appreciated. Based on that I'm a bit ashamed to be a lurker, I really must comment more on other people's blogs.
Oh, and if you are a lurker too, I really don't mind if you want to add your name to a giveaway post. :)
As long as there are readers, I'll keep on blogging......... or (insert horrible thought) am I just rabbiting away to myself?!
It has been known :)