Dear Crissy

De-lurk Friday

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You’re here — reading these words, on this white page, in this digital space.

Maybe you are a regular reader of my blog, maybe you stop by on occasion, or perhaps this is the first time you’ve been here.

Whatever the scenario, I would like to invite you to take a moment to make yourself known. Even if you have never commented on my blog in the past and even if you never comment on blogs period.

I would love it if just this one time you took a moment to de-lurk, say hello, and tell me who you are.

I’ve felt really disconnected from the heart of my readership for a long time now. I really feel like I had a good thing going here before becoming pregnant with Kara last year, but after months of a difficult pregnancy and being absent from my blog for weeks at a time, I know that I lost touch.

I want to get back into that rhythm I had before. I want to make time to reply to comments, and explore all of your great blogs, but before I can do that I have to know who you are. I could have put up a linky, but really, I’d rather meet you through a good old fashioned comment.

It may take me all day, or even all weekend, but I will make time to visit each of your blogs and/or reply to every person who takes the time to say hi.

So — tap tap, is this thing on? Beuller? It’s De-lurk Friday, what are you waiting for?

Like this idea? Feel free to swipe it and host a De-lurk Friday today on your blog (of course, I’d love a link back)!

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266 Comments

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  1. Mary Beth Elderton — May 18, 2012 @ 7:12 am (#)

    Hi. My name is Beth, and I’m a lurker :) I do way more reading than commenting. I bookmark recipes and try them out. I look for new products in the stores and online. I follow blogger’s family stories–it makes me feel connected to real people. Why don’t I comment more? Maybe I just think my comments are kind of lame. On a bigger blog like yours, I sort of feel like an anonymous person in the crowd, so I follow along without really putting myself in the front row.

    So, Hello!

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    • Crissy — May 18th, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

      Mary Beth, thank you so much for taking a minute to introduce yourself! I am fascinated that you feel like you feel like my blog is too “big” to comment on.

      Please don’t feel that way! As Twitter and FB have began to rule the scene online, I miss comments so much, and each one matters to me.

      I’m going to try to post more recipes (it is a goal), so I hope you’ll comment on those posts, or any other you feel inclined to do so on! :) Nice to meet you.

      Now, go get a Gravatar so you have a picture by your name!

    • Crissy — May 18th, 2012 @ 10:23 pm

      You got a gravatar, awesome!!

    • Mary Beth Elderton — May 18th, 2012 @ 10:26 pm

      I did get an avatar! The instant I read your suggestion :)

  2. Rose Powell — May 18, 2012 @ 7:26 am (#)

    Hello & Good Morning Crissy!

    My name is Rose and I am the proud owner of Immutable Ramblings (http://rapowell.blogspot.com), I’ve been blogging for about a year now, give or take. Your blog was one of the first blogs I’ve ever followed, and one of the few blogs that I continue to keep up with and not just because you host giveaways, but because you provide posts that are informative or posts that I can relate to, or just posts that I can connect with, I’ve always appreciated that about your blog, but also your photographs, you’ve got quite the knack! Don’t let that go, get back into it.

    I’ve been allowing life take me away from the few pleasures I have all for myself, my blog being one of them, sometimes to reconnect, I’ll post about it, but most times, I avoid it all together, but there is nothing better than creating an exquisitely juicy blog post that makes me beam from ear to ear. I hope that one day I’ll get back to that. In the meantime. Thank you for a great idea. I have a hard time grabbing and maintaining active readership, its actually rather disappointing. I have 100 followers and I have roughly 5 people who comment. I’m going to be using this idea ;-)

    Hope you have a fabulous weekend :)

    ~*Rose*~

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    • Crissy — May 18th, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

      Hi Rose, thanks so much for stopping by. I love the little note on the Pringle on your blog. That’s a Pringle, right? What did your kid write the message on there with? LOL

      Gaining an active readership is hard. I am really lucky to have great readers, but there are still days when I write posts that I feel are AMAZING and it’s total crickets with no comments.

      That’s hard for anyone to take! You just have to keep chugging along and the engagement will come!

  3. Colleen @ Mommy Panda — May 18, 2012 @ 7:27 am (#)

    Hi! Occasional stopper-by!

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    • Crissy — May 18th, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

      Hi Colleen! Hope you’ll continue to occasionally stop by! :)

  4. Peggy — May 18, 2012 @ 7:33 am (#)

    Hello….I’m a regular reader of your blog! Love the pictures you take, so professional and beautiful. Love the giveaways posted, hoping to win once at least, hasn’t happened yet but soon I hope!! Happy Friday to you! enjoy the weekend

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    • Crissy — May 18th, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

      Hi Peggy, thanks for commenting! I’m glad to hear you find the giveaways fun, and I have my fingers crossed for you on a win!

  5. Jessi — May 18, 2012 @ 7:38 am (#)

    Hi! I am your newest fan! I am really looking forward to reading your blog. We seem like we would be friends outside of the computer. ;)
    I am a working mom whose contract ended at the end of March. I have been wanting to start a blog for a few years now. Since I have some extra time while I job hunt, I finally took the leap & started my blog. I would love for it to be my career, but I know that will take awhile.
    So for now, I am trying to learn as much as I can to have a successful blog.
    Very nice to meet you.
    Jessi

    Reply

    • Crissy — May 18th, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

      Hi Jessi! Thanks so much for de-lurking today. Starting a blog really can feel like a LEAP, but getting right into the mix and learning/networking as much as you can is the way to make things happen. I was on your blog last night, very cute!

      Have a great weekend!

  6. Lindsay — May 18, 2012 @ 7:42 am (#)

    Howdy! I’ve been a reader for a few weeks now – knew about you for awhile, but finally decided to check you out…liked what I read and stuck around. I blog over at http://www.lindsayblogs.com. Feel free to drop by anytime :)

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    • Crissy — May 18th, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

      Hi Lindsay, I’ve noticed that you’ve been popping on here recently! I’ve been to your blog several times in the past! :)

      Have a great weekend, hope you’ll continue to swing by when you have something to say!

  7. Lisa | Mama.ie — May 18, 2012 @ 7:44 am (#)

    Shall I go first then? I’m relatively new around here. Found your blog through a link on twitter (I think) a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve been following along via email since. Hello! :)

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    • Lisa | Mama.ie — May 18th, 2012 @ 7:46 am

      Oops – that doesn’t really tell you who I am does it. I am lots of things – wife, mother, blogger, technical writer, trainer, iPhone addict, boardgame lover, bookworm, failing wannabe domestic goddess…and more…

      • Crissy — May 18th, 2012 @ 2:43 pm

        All good things – I too am a major failure at the whole domestic goddess thing!

    • Crissy — May 18th, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

      Hi Lisa! Please @ me on Twitter so I know who you are there too! Thanks so much for taking a moment to leave me a comment today, I really appreciate it.

  8. Jo-Ann Brightman — May 18, 2012 @ 8:02 am (#)

    Hi. Good morning. I’m a relatively new subscriber to your blog. I love your giveaways. I’m way past the age of child-bearing , but I hope to have a grandchild within the next five years.

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    • Crissy — May 18th, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

      Jo-Ann, you will love being a grandparent, I know my mother sure does. She had to wait a while on one from me, but it was worth it. :) So glad you took a moment to comment, and hope to see you again.

  9. Anastasia @ eco-babyz — May 18, 2012 @ 8:13 am (#)

    I always comment :) But this is exactly what I felt like doing on my blog (and probably will soon), I feel like my readership has grown but people comment less or at least in less meaningful ways. I’m always reading your blog, looking at your photos. Stop by Eco-Babyz!

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    • Crissy — May 18th, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

      Anastasia, you are an awesome reader, I always love seeing your smiling face on my comments. I’ve been to your blog before, of course, but need to swing by today and see what’s up!

      You are so right about people commenting in less meaningful ways. With so much communicating going on via Twitter, FB, Pinterest etc, the blog comment has lost some of it’s value. Sad.

      I hope you’ll keep joining the conversation on my blog – have a great day!

    • Lorette Lavine — May 18th, 2012 @ 4:16 pm

      I just attended MOM 2.0 and one of the speakers talked about the drop in comments for just the reasons you mention. I too try to comment as well…it is important to keep this tradition alive in the blogging network.

    • Anastasia B — May 18th, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

      Wow, that’s a lot of comments so far! I think I’ve been reading Dear Crissy for about two years, but I’m not sure, maybe longer. Totally going to do a de-lurk post :) Thank you for the idea!

  10. Donna Yost — May 18, 2012 @ 8:15 am (#)

    LOL I admit it.. I do lurk.. but I read most of your pages.. I hope you are having a wonderful day!

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    • Crissy — May 18th, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

      Donna, I lurk too! :) I’m glad you said hi today, and I hope you will continue to join the conversation. I love it when people chime in, makes it all worth it for me!

  11. Stacie — May 18, 2012 @ 8:23 am (#)

    Hi!! I’m here. But you already know me :)

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    • Crissy — May 18th, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

      Hi Stacie!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Lorette Lavine — May 18, 2012 @ 8:30 am (#)

    Dear Crissy,
    I am a subscriber, grandmother and parenting blogger. I too enjoy photography. I love reading blogs by moms to experience some of the highlights of their lives in 2012 as opposed to what I remember as my young mom life in the 80’s.
    I am also looking to increase my blog writing skills, comments, and readership…I would love to do some branding from a mom/grandmother perspective. Frequently I take care of a three year old little girl and am amazed everyday how the basics of parenting remain the same but the world is certainly very different from 1980.
    My blog is slowly growing but I recently had a redesign and am self-hosting so I have lost some followers…
    Another fact about me is that I am a maternal child nurse and a clinical social worker.
    MOM 2.0 Summit in Key Biscayne was the highlight of May…it was wonderful to meet bloggers like you and actually make virtual friends real ones.
    I hope all is going better with you and that you keep writing and sharing pictures. Thanks for asking about your readers…it was so nice to be encouraged to share something about myself with you.

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    • Crissy — May 18th, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

      Lorette, I really love the fonts used in your blog header – so attractive.

      Your post titles are right up my alley, as you know, I’m also interested in parenting topics!

      Speaking of soothing babies, my Kara is one who has been colicky and doesnt respond to the 5 S’s much at all. She doesn’t even like riding in the car. Figure that one out for me!

  13. Lisa Brown — May 18, 2012 @ 8:36 am (#)

    Great idea! I’m Lisa, and I blog over at it Keeps Getting Better – http://lisabrowndesign.blogspot.com. I love being a SAHM to a 10-month-old girl and a 3-year-old boy. :)

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    • Crissy — May 18th, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

      Hi Lisa, always happy to see your smiling Gravatar on my blog. :) You are one of my regulars, and I appreciate each and every comment!

  14. Adelina Priddis — May 18, 2012 @ 8:55 am (#)

    This is a great idea, and I may just go try to delurk my readers today :)
    Hi Crissy! I’m Adelina, and I comment periodically. I’m a mom to 3 girls and 1 boy. Baby boy is 1 month old, and the best baby I’ve ever had. I love coming to browse your photography!

    Reply

    • Crissy — May 18th, 2012 @ 3:21 pm

      Hi Adelina! Best baby ever huh? Do you have one of those mythical “good” babies who sleeps at night? LUCKY! :)

  15. Rosey — May 18, 2012 @ 8:59 am (#)

    I think you have one of the best connections out there…the readers feel a part of your blog. I was surprised to hear you think you’ve lost touch. I think you’re doing a wonderful job!

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    • Crissy — May 18th, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

      Rosey, that means a lot to me, I’m glad you feel that way and I hope you’ll continue to stick around.

      You need to register a Gravatar so I can see your smiling face next to your comments! :)

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you are beautiful. hope to see you soon!