Well, well. I had quite a turnout, more than I was expecting! Go the lurkers!!
Hi Jo, I'll delurk to say hello from England. I've only just found your blog so am hopping around your archives at the moment. I found you from the FJ website. I am a 35 year old Christian, married to my husband of 15 years and have a 9 year old daughter. I look forward to reading more about you.
Welcome Kaje. Glad to see some FJians hanging around. You sound like you have a lovely family!! Feel free to poke around however much you want, and to openly disagree if there is something you feel led to disagree on!
Yo. From New York. Back to lurking. A creature comfort.
Anon: Yes lurking does rock doesn't it?!?! I am, at heart, a lurker too. Glad to see you're here!
Sometimes when we don't respond to comments, people believe that the poster doesn't care for what's being said. It's my experience that engaging people in dialogue creates relationship, which is what people are looking for on-line: a substitute for human contact.
An interesting perspective. I for one, don't see this online world as a substitute, but just as another avenue of communication (an important one at that). And I do care, enough to often return to the commenter's blog to respond. I agree that there are bloggers out there whom don't respond to comments as often and in depth as they should.
I'm lurking :-)
And I am damned glad you do. Love, love, love your blog. I am very sorry for all the crap life has thrown your way.
Delurking here from CA. I've been following you for a while now, but I totally suck at commenting. I'm not even sure how I found you exactly, but I am glad I did. Hugs!
I do believe I commented on your blog aeons ago, perhaps from a Creme? I frequent many of the blogs you do so....the possibilities are endless!! I am glad you do follow along!!
Hello Jo! I really enjoy your blog; I keep you bookmarked and check in every few days. You have a wonderful voice and it makes a difference in my life to read about your stories and your experience. Oh, I'm in Boston, MA, 37, female, work in publishing. Back to the shadows from whence I lurked...
Wow! Thanks Colleenish. I am delighted that you find something positive and helpful here. There is something deliciously shadowy and naughty about lurking land isn't there?
Emily from Michigan! 28 years old.
:running back to hide in lurkdom:
I'm glad you are getting delurkers. :) Comments are nice, even if they aren't the only reason we blog. :) BTW, so nice to meet you, I'm glad we ended up both commenting on Laura's facebook this morning. :)
I am loving the delurking concept myself. Yes, comments are nice! I am so glad we met too! Let us take over Laura's status! Divide and conquer.
Hello! I'm a lurker from Tennessee. I am having issues with my religion (or lack there of I guess), so I always enjoy reading blogs of people who I can relate to. Keep up the great blogging!
Once again, I am glad you are finding something useful about this blog. The path of questioning something like religion is never smooth or easy. I hope you can come to a conclusion that makes you feel happy and satisfied.
Wow! I really do have blog readers from all corners of the world!!! Many thanks guys for popping your head out and speaking up!!!
I am glad that all of you have found something to interest you here. I hope this blog continues to draw interest, and perhaps more importantly, draw debate and opposing points of view: create thought instead of suffocating it.
Have fun in 2010 all!!