Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Confessions of a lurker


I am a lurker.


I read forums and rarely post.


I read blogs and rarely comment.


I benefit greatly from information freely given.


I receive daily encouragement.


I pray for others' needs.


Sometimes I leave a note of thanks, condolence, or encouragement.


Those notes are few and far between because


I am a lurker.


A lurker is the internet equivalent of shy.


I have been shy all of my life.


I am never the center of attention.


I am not comfortable going up to strangers and introducing myself.


I usually won't be the first to welcome you.


It's not that I'm unfriendly.


I'm afraid of rejection, but I'm working on that.


I don't have a ton of acquaintances.


I do have a few good friends.


I am a good listener and if someone needs something, I'm there.


Once you get to know me, I'll talk you ear off.


I try to be the extrovert that I'm not.


I thought the "safety" of the internet would help,


But I'm still a lurker.


I'm trying.


I've joined some forums and communities.


I've managed to somewhat keep up a blog for half a year.


I've reached out a few times.


Sometimes someone reaches back, sometimes not.


That's the way things are.


I'll never be the bubbly one or the popular one.


I am the way God made me.


And if He likes me, that's enough.


4 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the comment on my blog. I feel special :)

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  2. I completely understand. I've written a little bit about my introvertedness (new word, I'm sure) on my other blog www.christyellis.blogspot.com. I have discovered, however, that leaving comments isn't so scary after all. I mean, nobody can see me or cut me off and make me forget what I was saying. ;)

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  3. blessedwith2angelsMay 17, 2008 at 4:50 AM

    That is a neat post. There is nothing wrong with being a lurker and praying/encouraging others from behind the scenes. You are doing a great job with your blog.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Pam

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  4. From one lurker to another - howdy! I SO relate to your post - nice to know I'm not alone :)

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