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Friday, November 17, 2017

LOL-Day

Several blogs will be celebrating "Love Our Lurkers" today and tomorrow and I have nothing but praise for their doubly generous natures, in that these folks not only devote their time to maintaining great blogs, but also have the charity of heart to "love" their lurkers. I wish I felt that compassionate.

According to an online dictionary, this is the definition of lurking:

lurk
lərk
verb
gerund or present participle: lurking

(of a person or animal) be or remain hidden so as to wait in ambush for someone or something.
"a ruthless killer still lurked in the darkness"
synonyms: skulk, loiter, lie in wait, lie low, hide, conceal oneself, take cover, keep out of sight
"is someone lurking in the bushes?"

(of an unpleasant quality) be present in a latent or barely discernible state, although still presenting a threat.
"fear lurks beneath the surface"

informal

read the postings on an Internet message board or in a chat room without making any contribution oneself.

You have to admit it's not very flattering. I'd be embarrassed to have such a description connected to me.....but then again I grew up with a sense of pride versus shame. I thought there was an even more concise definition for the internet aspect of the word: 'online freeloader'.

Over the years I've been doing "Collected Submissions" I have posted several blurbs on my frustration over how difficult it is to get comments. And although I've bemoaned this issue before, one particular incident has really left me cold, and that was the disheartening lack of comments from all but my most loyal of visitors when Ana posed for the Halloween foot photos. I guess I could handle my own lack of feedback better than when it reflected on someone I care about. I know I can be controversial and snarky, but who couldn't appreciate the charm of those cute little scenes? Obviously most of you.

In their defense I have heard lurkers explain, "but I have nothing to add."  That can be true at times. Not everything is going to trigger a response. But if you come here regularly, you must be finding the blog to be of some interest. And since the blog is clearly intended for "thinking deviants", you have ample opportunity to demonstate that you fit that criterion.

I have even seriously considered making this a private blog with access for select people only. (Of course those people would be the ones who participate even if only occasionally. After all, I'm not complaining about frequency, but about lack of any input at all.) The only thing that has kept me from doing this is a naive hope that by leaving the blog open, I may yet attract some additional insightful participants. 

And so today rather than love my lurkers, I want to express my gratitude first to my "regulars" (you know who you are) and say that without YOU......I probably would have given up long ago. So thanks! Sincerely and gratefully. 

Next to those who have left even a single comment: thank you as well. I hope you find a topic in the future to prompt you to participate again. And if there is a reason that you don't comment anymore.....let me know, either on the blog or by e-mail. 

And so, without any disrespect to those celebrating "Love Our Lurkers", may I end with my version:

Because everyone else is just like Red Skelton's  famous "Freddie" ........

.....though perhaps not quite as amusing.

I realize a post like this may offend some visitors enough that they decide not to return......but you know what the irony of that is? If a person is a devout lurker and instead of stepping up and joining in, they decide to never visit again............I won't even be able to tell.




17 comments:

  1. No disrespect to Ana's feet meant by my own lack of comment. Rather, I don't get your foot thing at all! Does absolutely nothing for me. I wouldn't care if they were the feet of Charlize Theron, Angelina Jolie, or any other women I've had passionate crushes on. Just not a foot guy, except perhaps when ensconced in stiletto heels.

    You and I share a lot of similar views, but the desire for participation by others really is not one of them. I too have thought about taking my blog private, but for precisely the opposite reason. I also feel absolutely no desire to bring anyone else in on my lifestyle in any kind of personal way. Now, to a large extent that is because I am a true introvert, and left to my own devices in a crowded bar I'll sit in a corner and read a book and nothing annoys me more than hanging out with crowds of strangers. So, you keep your blog open in the hopes other people will show up, while I keep mine open because there are a handful of people I would miss if I closed it down.

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    1. Neither Ana nor I took any offence at your lack of commentary for that post. I know you and I have paths that intersect and others that diverge. That's as it should be. And you comment almost ALL of the time......so there is no way I would ever accuse you of being a "freeloader". But I don't believe out of the hundreds of visitors to this blog, that none but those few who did comment appreciate a cute set of toes. The odds are against it. So I am convinced it was just a lack of manners for those who probably did enjoy the shots ......and said nothing.

      And yes, we have discussed the difference we share on commenting.......but today is "Love Our Lurkers" day and I thought it would be a good time to once again express my feelings regarding participation.

      And ......Dan = introvert/ KDP = extrovert? Um, yeah. I guess I'm fine with that. ;-)

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  2. I can't speak for all lurkers, but just because we may not overload your "inbox" with a million rambling e-mails everyday, it doesn't mean your work isn't appreciated, because IT IS! May you continue your blog, & enjoy it as much as I do. Sincerely, Dave.

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    1. Thank you for that, Dave. I am not greedy. I don't need a million comments......I'd settle for 3 -5 more than I'm currently getting.

      Hey, if you like what I'm doing here......maybe you could be one of those 5!

      (And just for the record, while compliments are always nice, it's not compliments I'm fishing for. I'm just hoping people enjoy the topics enough to join in with an opinion.....even an opposing one! For me it's about good discussion, not just praise.....unless it's really well-deserved praise. ;-) LOL.)

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  3. Hi kdpierre,
    I've seen your comments on a post here or there but I'm finally stopping by! Happy LOL day.
    Amy

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    1. Welcome, Amy. I'm glad you came for a visit. There is a wide variety of topics here......something for everyone. The key feature is we try to be a fun and stimulating place for people of kink to interact about everything from adult topics to politics.....and more. So take a look around and join in wherever you find an interest.

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  4. HI i'm kinda new-ish to your blog. i may have landed here a few times before thru random link clicking. But i'll be sure to visit (and comment) a little more.

    Happy LOL days!

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    1. Thank you, Fondles....and welcome. (love your name, BTW) I'll be looking forward to reading your thoughts!

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  5. I ❤️ you too! I would miss you if you stopped doing this, so please don't get too discouraged.

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    1. Merry.......my rock-solid and most dedicated contributor. Even if I ever do go "private", you'd be the first to get an invitation and password to the secure blog.

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  6. I understand what you're saying, though I've only popped over once before. Will try to be back soon though!

    --Baker

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    1. Welcome, Baker, and please take a good look around. Past posts have covered so many different things, you're bound to find at least one thing to titillate, one to make you think, one to make you laugh, and one that might even make you angry. LOL. We don't shy away from anything here at Collected Submissions! Looking forward to your input!

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  7. I am a dedicated follower of your blog but don't comment as it would get boringly repetitious for me to say every time...yes, I agree. I love your stories and all the fun parties you host. So I will still be here even if I don't pop up to say hello.

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    1. Hmmmm. I guess if you agree with everything, commenting could get boring. Tell you what.......let me see if I can come up with a post that EVERYONE objects to. ;-)

      I am glad you enjoy coming here though.

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  8. I appreciate the considerable effort you put into writing these posts that do make me think. I know how difficult it is to take the time to write anything. My blog of five years is just my own sex diary, but even that gets to be tiring to keep up with after a while when there is no response at all.
    Thank you for sticking with it, I do enjoy your writing.

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    1. Thanks, Bill. I know you have left comments before and so I would not count you among the 'freeloaders'. But I was not aware you had a blog. I just went there quickly and it looked pretty cool. If you'd like I am willing to do a mutual blog link? Maybe it could be of benefit for us both? Just let me know.

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