Today’s question: why do you lurk?
It’s going to be fascinating to see how your reasons match up with my own!
I’ve been thinking about the blogs and forums that I read. In some of them I’m an active participant, in others I’ve only ever silently read what other people post.
There are several reasons for this:
– The subject matter is something I know little about and I’m using the blog/website to change that.
– I’m planning to join in the conversation eventually but want to learn about how people interact there first.
– The site makes it difficult to give feedback by not allowing comments or requiring you to sign up (and maybe even pay for!) an account first.
– I have nothing useful to add to the conversation.
Some of the sites on my lurk-list espouse ideas with which I strongly disagree. I read what they have to say in order to better understand why they believe certain things. This isn’t at all about trying to poke holes in their logic or figuring out what to say to get them to convert to my One True Way ™ ( 😉 ), I’m simply ferociously curious about how minds work.
What makes perfect sense to one person is nonsense to another. For some of us the bright red line between sense and nonsense has shifted or is shifting. Why is this?
I’m also wondering about On the Other Hand’s lurkers. Why do you read without participating in the conversation?