Years ago I belonged to a group of university-aged youth who read and contributed to electronic bulletin boards, the 1980s equivalent of web-based forums. We had an annual award ceremony and twice I won the "Lurker of the Year" award. Not something to be proud of, but see how far I've come? I don't just read blogs anymore. I comment on them and I write one. I don't just read and watch, but I actually participate. I'm so proud of my progress.
My lurker abilities still shine at Bible studies and prayer groups. Maybe in twenty years I'll be over that too. I have a slow learning curve.
It's not all about me though. There are lurkers here and I want to know who some of the non-family blog visitors are. The way other bloggers to do this is to offer a contest, and I promised to do that once my ad income reached $10.
Guess what? Someone has been clicking occassionally on the ads and after only 8 months I've reached the goal. (Trust me, this is not a money-making venture! Nor was it meant to be.)
I can guarantee it won't be anything spectacular. No KitchenAid mixers or Nikon cameras, trips to our guest home or a $500 gift certificate to anywhere. I can't afford that, but I do have $10 that I didn't have before.
What should I give away? Alice says "POPCORN! EVERYONE LOVES POPCORN" It won't be popcorn, but I'll give it some thought and try to attract more than three comments that day.