It's Friday Readers. And for your information, it's not just any Friday, but a 'holiday' of sorts. Yes today, January the 14th, 2011 is Delurking Day.
Why do this? Well, because, and I will try to explain this to all of you non bloggers out there in the simplest terms, because once in a while we need that ego boost to keep us from hitting the big red 'DELETE' button on our blog and going on with our lives - as normally functioning individuals.
This is actually the 3rd year I have posted on Delurking Day. Sadly, the first year I didn't receive a single comment from a lurker. Last year, I had several comments, but most were from my regular readers, and not from lurkers such as my parents - who I have, at this point, given up all hope of their ever commenting. But they are readers, so I appreciate that.
If I hadn't installed Google Analytics on the blog a couple years ago, I might even think that I only have 50 or so readers. But no, Analytics actually tells me that I have nearly 1000 unique readers a month. Compare that with the comments that I get from approximately 40-50 different readers (mostly other bloggers) and that leaves nearly 950 of you who theoretically should leave a comment on this post.
Okay, so perhaps a few of those unique visitors are merely serious Star Wars geeks who were brought here by google, and who leave almost immediately when they realize that it is not the REAL Anakin Skywalker authoring this blog, but rather some latte sipping dude who calls himself 'SeattleDad'.
But hey, that still leaves at least 20 or 30 of you who must read on a regular basis....and have never left a comment. Well friends, now is your chance. Do it for the thrill. Do it for my sanity. Do it for my ego. I don't care what you do it for. Just do it.
The cash will be in the bushes tomorrow. Scouts honor.*
*Disclaimer: I was never actually a Scout. I grew up toiling on a dairy farm. This left no time for frivolous pursuits. Sadly , I never got to take that Archery class I sooooooo badly wanted to take. But no, I'm not bitter.