Wednesday, January 14, 2009

De Lurking Day under the Arctic Rainbow!

The 'blogosphere' has a tradition that rolls around once a year. Starting a few years ago, that tradition is called De-Lurking Day/Week and it is traditionally in the second week in January. So, I reckon that today, the 14th January, is the last day possible in 2009, to run this blog!

So WHAT is a LURK and how to DE-LURK?

Online Urban dictionaries quote the following as:


I. On a messageboard or anything similar, to browse the board very often, but without ever posting anything.

II. A person who, though standing with a group of "friends," fails to make conversation or say anything of interest. Commonly used as a derogatory term for someone quiet or untalkative.

III. To read without commenting or contributing, therefore effectively invisible to the rest of the group or community. Generally recommended for joining any forum so that you can observe rules, attitudes and prominent personalities without jumping in and breaking a rule, making an ass of yourself, or asking a question about something obvious that you would have learned for yourself if you’d paid attention in the first place.

Delurk or De-Lurk

I. Slang for coming out of online "lurking mode", usually motivated by an irresistible need to flame about something. For example, "I just had to delurk and add my two penneth worth to that conversation about global warming!"

II. Entering an online discussion after a time spent lurking, esp. if suddenly prompted to do so.

So do YOU lurk?

I know you are out there - I see the viewing stats!
So DO drop in and DELURK yourself!

Even if it is just a simple Hello.. I want YOU want to participate on THIS blog! If you read, but do not comment, it's now time to make your presence known! Tell me WHO you are, WHERE in the world you are from, WHY you’re here or just say ‘Hi’.

If you are one of those who regularly leave me a comment - please keep doing it!

I love to hear from you!

So, to all you Lurkios out there... (and to remember a wonderful old comedy sketch from the brilliant, late, great, Frankie Howerd)....

'Lurkio, Oh Lurkio, Wherefore art thou Lurkio?'

OK, OK, Lurcio's name was really spelt with a c and not a k - but it's NOT spelling day......