My name is Oreneta and I am a lurker.
So glad that's out there now. There are probably more than a few of us out there in fact.
What I find particularly curious about this, in myself anyway, is that I have several layers of lurker-hood.
There are the commercial lurks, which really don't count, cause honestly...who comments on a magazine's blog.
There are the plain all-out lurks, on private blogs - as in ones not run by magazines or whatever - on which I only ever read, never comment and am perfectly happy.
Then there are the mega-blogs. What defines mega?... whatever, but if I am scrolling down through more than 25 − 30 comments, I am going to figure I won't be commenting. I wonder if anyone has ever done a study on the tipping point for the average commenter. How many comments seem sufficient. Feels faintly like dolling out Halloween candy. Sorry kid, you've gotten too big, no more comments for you! I don't read too many of these, but I those I do, I mostly lurk.
Then there is that fuzzy land which many of us are in, where we happily read away, probably most every post and only comment when especially moved to. Sort of lurking???
Then there are the blogs that I comment on most every time I read, cause I just like'm so darned much, for whatever reason. That would be my virtuous non-lurking side, no?
What I find weirdest is that when I am tired, or hurried, I lurk more, in that I read the blogs I lurk on first before the ones where I may want to comment, despite the fact that I would prefer to read those. I think it has to do with the blogreader. Back when bloglines was still alive I could mark a blog and come back to it. Greader doesn't seem to be able to do this, so I have to commit to reading and commenting, or wait till I have more time.
Not so sure I like the system, but it's where I'm at.
In what percentage of blogs that you read do you full on lurk? On how many are you a partial lurker and on how many do you rarely lurk at all?