Let’s do this

It’s been a while since I’ve called for any sort of delurking here. I’m going to go ahead and ask for those of you lurking to consider delurking here on this post with the following explanation.

If you read The Modern Gal blog and feel comfortable delurking, then I would like to read your blog or Twitter as well. Even though I write mainly for myself, I like to know what’s going on in the world of the folks who feel compelled to read, so that in a sense we have a giant blog conversation going on — whether or not you feel the urge to comment here. Often times, ideas for my own blog posts are sparked by something I read on someone else’s blog, so when I write it’s like my blog is talking to your blog. That sounds silly, but I presume it makes sense?

Also, I realize it’s probably time to updated the ol’ blogroll (are blogrolls still a thing? do people look at them?), and there are quite a few defunct blogs on my ‘roll. I like for the ‘roll (and my Google reader) to accurately reflect my blog community, so I’d love for you to share your URLs.

BUT, if you feel most comfortable lurking, that’s fine too. I understand — despite being an active blogger who likes the community aspect, I lurk on some blogs and don’t feel comfortable revealing myself as a reader. Totally fine, and I’m still glad you’re here.

If you’re commenting for the first time I will have to approve your comment, so don’t fret if your comment doesn’t appear immediately. Once you’ve commented once, though, you’re in and your comments will automatically post.

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39 Responses to Let’s do this

  1. Smidge says:

    Hello, de-lurking myself. I am a long time reader, although I don’t think i’ve ever commented before. So hello. I am smidge, over at http://www.miss-smidge.co.uk or on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/miss_smidge

    • themoderngal says:

      Hello, Miss Smidge! I see you’re from Ediburgh. I visited Edinburgh once about 10 years ago and adored the city. Hopefully I’ll make it back someday. Thanks for commenting!

  2. Meredith says:

    Eeep – first delurker! I came across your blog from Halfway to Normal, so it’s sort of like having blog friends in common. And yes, I think it makes total sense that your blog talks to other blogs. It’s the Internet – anything is possible.

  3. heidi says:

    loyal reader though rare commenter. Mostly because i comment when i feel like what i have to say is of value. probably a bad attitude to have though 😉 Still i read you regularly 😀

    • themoderngal says:

      Occasional commenting is great too. When I get those, I think, ‘Oo, I must have actually written something good!’ 🙂 You’re in that elite blog-to-IRL friend, so I know where to find you.

  4. Mel says:

    Oh, I’m not TOO much of a lurker around here, but thought I’d say “hi” anyway. 😉

  5. A.B.Monk says:

    Hello! I think this is my first comment here. I’m at http://www.spiniffy.com, though I advise you not to go into the archives, lol. I’ve been keeping a blog since ’03 and there’s too much angsty drama in those old posts.

    I’ve been enjoying your blog and reading about your wedding preparations. Good luck with getting everything together!

    • themoderngal says:

      Thanks, A.B.! It’s good to have some local folks around too (and people who share my obsession with Apartment Therapy). I promise not to go delving too much into your archives, though I’m sure there’s plenty of angsty stuff to be found in mine!

  6. The Tutugirl says:

    Still around, only on twitter these days…

    • themoderngal says:

      Ah yes, I do see you on Twitter. So no blogging at the moment? I’ve got your blog bookmarked, but I know it didn’t always ping my reader.

      Also, I hope school is going well. 🙂

  7. PaintingChef says:

    Hi! I’m a fellow Knoxvillian (Knoxvill-ite?) and I can across you via the Wighop. De-lurking to say hi!

    • themoderngal says:

      Awesome! I’m so glad to know more local bloggers. I may try to organize a blogger brunch in the coming days (as suggested by The Food Hound), so that we could all get to know each other.

  8. Well, I hope I’m not considered a lurker! But I’d love to be added to your blogroll.

  9. Noelle says:

    I’m lurking around the entire internet these days. But not even, because I barely even read a percentage of what I used to, and I haven’t even been on Facebook in a few days…

    Also, I keep meaning to do something about my blog, like formally retire it, because it nags at me to have it linger out there, waiting. But like everything, I’ll get to it later.

  10. courtney says:

    I’m no lurker, but I’ll say hi anyway. Hi, MG. 🙂

  11. Megan says:

    Yep, I’m a lurker– but I’ve been meaning to be better about commenting and being an actual online community reader, rather than just consuming things. I’ve linked my blog, and I’m on Twitter, too (@sosaysmegan).

    • themoderngal says:

      Thanks! Sometimes it’s easier to comment on blogs of bloggers who comment on your blog! I think that was kind of my subconscious thinking behind this whole exercise.

  12. Julianne says:

    De-lurking! Haven’t been very active on the blog lately, but Twitter’s a good place to find me (@juliannem)

  13. sizzle says:

    I am not very lurky. 😉

  14. Tiffany says:

    Hey MG! I came across your blog on a blogroll (I still use them!). Your catchy name and your TN roots pulled me in! I feel as if I were shortchanged being born in the Northeast versus the South! In addition I have been witness to many a wedding in the past 2 years, seeing the planning from a distance is an enjoyable thing.

    • themoderngal says:

      Awesome! Since you still use them, I will be sure to update mine. As awesome as the South can be, there are still some really, really crummy things about it — backwards folks and unbearably hot summers. But I still love it. Come visit sometime!

  15. I’m not a lurker, though I LOVE the term 🙂 Just followed you on twitter! I think a bunch of local Knox-vegas bloggers need to meet up for brunch or something now that the weather is nice!

  16. Pattie says:

    Longtime reader, sometime commentor here. 🙂 Maybe I should ask delurkers to out themselves on my blog one of these days …

    • themoderngal says:

      I used to do it regularly because it seemed the thing to do and then stopped after a while because it seemed the thing to do. Lately I’ve just been curious more than anything.

  17. Heather says:

    I’ve been a reader for a while, but I’m not sure how long. I’ve been blogging since I moved to Germany in 2004 and back to Ohio in 2005, but I haven’t been blogging REGULARLY in a while. Right now it’s the kick off of my 30 before 30 quest. I hope it’ll get me back into the swing of things!

    • themoderngal says:

      You know what, I’m glad you commented! I knew you were out there, but couldn’t remember what your blog URL was and didn’t have it bookmarked.

  18. jacquelyn says:

    I’ve been a reader for at least two years (?) I think. I comment every now and then. I do check-in regularly. I am old skool and actually have your blog bookmarked.

  19. Sarah says:

    I’m not a lurker; I’ve actually never been to your blog before today, but I am pro-conversation. I think I will bookmark you though so as to maybe end up back here again so I figure there’s no pain in being open 😉

  20. Kerry says:

    Hello! I was intrigued by your screen name and comments on Pursuit of Your Boyfriend, and just followed on over here.

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