Lurkers, reveal yourselves!

Seeing as how it’s the new year (man, each one is coming faster and faster), I felt that it would help me out as a writer to hear some of the stories from those of you readers out there who don’t typically comment; the lurkers, as it were. So, please do chime in in the comments. I promise I won’t do this more than twice a year, so it really won’t be too much of an inconvenience for you, and as a benefit, it’ll motivate me a lot to keep writing once I meet some more of the regulars.

The reason I’ve held off so long on doing one of these delurking posts is because I was afraid of how small my audience might end up being. But it’s time to throw those worries to the wind so we can all be fully knowledgeable of where everything stands. I’m not worried about my overall visitor count at all; it’s progressed quite nicely since I started this blog a little over a year ago. But it just seems that most of my visitors are coming in through Google searches (I place quite highly in the results for some of the most bizarre search phrases). So I really want to get an idea of the size of my regular readership.

So, please, if you’re reading this, just leave some kind of a comment. It can be as simple as just your user name. Or, if you’re feeling generous with your verbiage, I’d also like to know where you come from, what kind of things you’re interested in, how you found this blog and what keeps you coming back, and anything else you’d like to get off your chest. The neatest thing about blogging as a form of communication versus everything else out there is that it is trivially easy to start a conversation with the author. Just leave a comment; I check this blog regularly for new ones and read all of them, and before you know it, information is flowing both ways. This radical paradigm shift in the relationship between writer and readers is what attracted me so much to blogging in the first place, and it’s what keeps me going as well.

So, do leave a comment. There’ll be cake.

22 Responses to “Lurkers, reveal yourselves!”

  1. Graham Says:

    I’m User:Graham87 on Wikipedia. I’m a habitual lurker. I found your blog while reading about the Chris Benoit Wikipedia article controversy.

  2. Iamunknown Says:

    I edit Wikipedia using the handle “Iamunknown” (User:Iamunknown). I’ve lurked here for a while. I think I first came to your blog via your web page. Now I burn feeds with Google Reader and check ’em out two or three times per week.

  3. Joe Anderson Says:

    User:Computerjoe subscribing through RSS. :)

  4. Fernand Pajot Says:

    Where’s the cake??

  5. Cyde Weys Says:

    The cake is a lie.

  6. Fernand Pajot Says:

    My day is ruined!

  7. arensb Says:

    Remember when the platform was sliding into the fire pit, and I said “goodbye”, and you were like “no way”, and then I was all, “we pretended we were going to murder you”? That was great.

  8. JP Manzi Says:

    *quietly enters the room*

    Name is JP, found your blog a few weeks a go and check it periodically. I am an atheist, former christian who has just recently wen through the oh so fun de-converting process!

  9. Nic Says:

    Hi, I’m User:RedWordSmith on the English Wikipedia, and I found this blog through a search on some topic or another that I don’t even remember about half a year ago — I think it was something tech related.

  10. Cyde Weys Says:

    I will admit to being a little surprised at the sheer number of Wikipedians here. I don’t know if you guys are simply more prone to commenting in a situation like this (due to the participatory nature of Wikipedia, and if you can figure out MediaWiki you can easily figure out WordPress), or the majority of my readers really are Wikipedians, but it’s making me think I should maybe write more blog posts about Wikipedia. If that’s what you guys want, anyway. I know all sorts of juicy things …

  11. Tawker Says:

    Nah, write about the other stuff too, all wiki and no play makes for a dull blog :D

  12. William Says:

    I don’t remember exactly how I got here. I don’t suppose you have logs that far back?

  13. arensb Says:

    it’s making me think I should maybe write more blog posts about Wikipedia. If that’s what you guys want

    One of the rules of writing is: write about stuff that interests you. So no, keep writing about whatever you feel like.

  14. Cyde Weys Says:

    William: Yeah, I do have all of the Apache logs for the lifetime of this site, so if you told me the first IP address you used to access this site (hopefully you have a static IP address that hasn’t changed in all this time, otherwise this might be impossible), I could search the logs and find the first page that you viewed that brought you here. I’m not going to though, because that’s a bit too much work. Sorry.

    Arensb: I am interested in Wikipedia though. It’s a balancing act between writing about what you find interesting and what others find interesting. If it turns out that many of my readers are Wikipedians, it makes sense to throw them a bone every once in awhile — assuming that’s what they actually want to read about.

  15. K.T. Says:

    This is me leaving a comment. This is me leaving a comment in New York. This is me going to sleep.

  16. Ripberger Says:

    I’m User:Ripberger on WP. You’ve written some great stuff particularly on Supreme Commander, a game I do not currently have, but one day I may.

  17. snaked Says:

    You’re not one of my RSS feeds, but I check ever once in a while. I think you know who I am. Do I count as a lurker?

  18. Shadey Says:

    A non-Wikipedian here, so figured I’d reveal myself :-) Stumbled upon your Supcom talk blog some time ago when I used to play it here and there. Believe I have also stumbled upon you in a couple of IRC networks too. Anyhow, writing this from sunny Wales, in the UK. I’m quite interested in knowing how your telescope is coming along.

  19. Coridan Says:

    A non-wikipedian as well. I also stumbled upon your Subcom talk blog, and somehow even managed to beat you in a skirmish, but it was pure luck on my part. I’ve been checking here periodically ever since, though I stopped checking Supreme Commander Talk when you handed the reigns over to other people. I am from Illinois, and I like all of your posts (vague I know, but true). Keep up the great work!

  20. Cyde Weys Says:

    Just a note to any of the less frequent lurkers who may only be stumbling upon this post now (or even later) – don’t be discouraged from chiming in! There’s no end date to this activity.

    And look at that, two more people from SupComTalk. Looks like most of my regulars either came from Wikipedia or from SupComTalk.

  21. dgb Says:

    Busted: very occasional lurker. I got here trawling for Supreme Commander infoze, stayed for, hmm, everything else.

  22. Darmok Says:

    You already know I read your blog, but hello anyway.