This Girl's Voice

Friday, July 18, 2003  

•• Dusting for your Fingerprints ••

In posting thoughts and musings publically, bloggers have, in effect, given permission to strangers and friends alike, to lean over their ethereal shoulder and take a look and what's on their mind.

I've certainly lurked on a regular basis around a handful of blogs that span this global village, more often than not, remaining silent whilst gaining access into a strangers' life halfway around the world. And hey -- it's all free and legal?!

Apparently, there's a name for bloggers who lurk: Blurkers.

Blurker (BLUR-kur): n. 1. One who reads many blogs but leaves no evidence of themselves such as comments behind; a silent observer of blogs. 2. One who reads many blogs but has no blog of their own; a blog-watcher or blog voyeur.

I first heard about blurkers via CrookDimwit, a blog i began frequenting some time last year created by a talented graphic designer and writer, Matt P., and i'm not sure i would have ever jumped into the CrookDimwitian fray as a commentor, had Matt not introduced "Blurker Friday" earlier this year, and invited those silent visitors out there to "step out of the shadows" and drop a comment;

Ya gotta know that i've checked my referrer logs over the past half year, and i've seen you're fingerprints all over voxpopgirl (ethereally speaking)... uh huh.... however, you've remained silent, much like i once did at Crookdimwit; and i'd be lying if i didn't tell you that i've wondered who you are....how the hell you got here...

And so with Friday upon us, i thought i'd keep it light and instead try to gently coax and nudge you out of your cozy semi-voyeuristic slumber, and invite you to say hullo.

So c'mon.... starting today and over the next few days or so, would you consider giving it a try?

It's all good.... i mean, some of you are my longtime friends but never post; others - i've only met here in the ether at your own blogs or via email, and the rest of you -- i've only caught a glimpse of your reflection in my referrer logs.

Don't think, just do. Click on the "Shout Out" link below, say hi and post answers to the following four questions:

[1] your name (first name only is cool)
[2] what city you're clicking in from
[3] what/who are you currently listening to (as in, what song, artist, band or cd?)
[4] who your favourite dictator is

Oh, and of course, don't hold back from adding whatever else you'd like to say... i promise i won't bite...

posted by voxpopgirl | 7/18/2003