For most of my internet life, I’ve been a lurker. That makes me sound like some forty year old deadbeat perv.
Which I’m not.
I just rarely contributed anything to cyberspace.
I found answers I needed on relevant forums, browsed people’s blogs that I liked, and just plain surfed the web.
I didn’t leave comments (surely, someone else would have the same thought as me and leave a comment), didn’t have twitter (seriously, who needs to know that I just missed my bus?), and didn’t even think of starting a blog (completely unique, like every other kitschy blog out there).
But then I realized that I don’t care if my blog joins the million (or is it billion?) other blogs floating in cyberspace.
Don’t get me wrong: I want my blog to be different and unique etc., etc. My point is, if Joe can blog about pizza toppings, I can blog about what I like.
And I like stories. I like watching them, reading them, listening to them. I like to write them. I like to live them. And I especially love to share them.
And then once I started this blog, I realized that I really needed to make it more accessible. So I started a facebook page. And a twitter account. I participated in a few forums, and I left genuine comments on other people’s blogs.
I’ll tell you – it feels really good. Kind of like I’m socializing.
But it’s HARD. I’ll admit, my initial reaction is not to comment on a blog or what-have-you. But like I said, I’m working on it.
What about you? What’s your online communication like? Are you a lurker?