Tuesday, January 09, 2007

It's International De-Lurking Week!

I just learned about this little celebration from this blogger (apparently it was founded by this other blogger), and think that it is a fantastic idea! I am going to copy her all the way. Delurking week runs from January 8 through January 15 this year, and gives us bloggers the opportunity to find out just who - if anyone! - is reading our blogs. So what is de-lurking? Well, lurking is reading a blog but rarely or never commenting, and is, as has been said elsewhere, "a perfectly respectable thing to do!" (Except for this week, of course.) De-lurking, then, just means popping out of hiding to say, "Hi! I read this! I might even notice if you never ever post anything ever again!" You don't have to say much - your name and favorite Curious George book will suffice. :) It's a nice bit of encouragement for me to stay on top of things here. As an added incentive (and to further copy Blogger #1), I'll donate $2 to the Michigan Land Use Institute for each person who comments on this post this week. MLUI is a great organization dedicated to preserving farmland, revitalizing cities, and on the whole making Michigan a great place to live. So what are you waiting for? Delurk already! :)


Blogger Ben Wildeboer said...

I'm delurked!

Sam & I are a little jealous that Mark got to see so much more in Japan. Then again, we didn't spend quite as much time there...and we would've been really sweaty. :)

1/09/2007 07:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Sandy Weiss said...

Hi, Meika and Mike! You've found me out!!! I have been lurking on your blog, Meika. I have very much enjoyed visiting Japan through your pictures and postings. I have been so excited to watch my great niece's progress as she grows big enough to join us in the "outside" world! You are the cutest mom to be, Meika! We will be looking forward to your return to Michigan to meet baby Asparagus in person! We aren't very far away should you ever need a baby sitter. We can be at your doorstep within a half hour! Love to all three of you! Love, Aunt Sandy

1/09/2007 10:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Sandy Weiss said...

Just wanted you to know that you are a very cute dad to be, too!
Love, Aunt Sandy

1/09/2007 10:44:00 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

Really sweaty.

Count me in as an avid follower.

1/10/2007 03:14:00 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

P.S. In the spirit of encouraging you to blog, look at your posts from 2006: 399! (Then compare to your brother... 92.) ;-)

1/10/2007 03:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Meika,

I left a delurking message yesterday, but it doesn't seem to have registered. We're thinking of you as the big day grows closer. I hope you're training Mike to enter information on your blog to announce the birth of Asparagus as soon as it happens!

Aunt Mary

1/10/2007 03:56:00 PM  
Blogger Ben Wildeboer said...

In response to Sam...

Let it be noted that I often post 3 pictures per entry, Meika typically does 1 picture per entry. So... if you multiply 92 by 3...It's not too far off. Plus, I got married this year! I was busy!

1/10/2007 05:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Gail (your cousin) said...

I've delurked before -- but I know Mom (your Aunt Marcia) also checks in regularly. So I'll delurk for her too.

1/11/2007 04:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Meika --
I'm delurked too. Enjoy looking in on you and checking for baby news. Loved the baby shower pics. Looking forward to meeting baby Gussie soon and no longer having the youngest kids at gatherings! :)
Hope you're feeling well.
(Cousin) Michelle, Dale, Grace and Nathan

1/11/2007 09:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do more skulking, slinking and dawdling than lurking. For me you'll have to send your donation to the Federated Association of Pavers, Bricklayers, Concrete Haulers and Chain Saw Manufacturers.
Anonymous and Unlurked

1/12/2007 10:37:00 AM  
Blogger The Stiffs said...

Hello! My husband and I have been Christian missionaries in Japan (Osaka) for the last 1.5 years. This is my first visit to your blog, it's great to see other North Americans in Japan (we are Canadians, north and west of Michigan) I hope your labour and delivery go well. Cheers!

1/12/2007 08:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey crazy farmer--
Even I can de-lurk! So I have four weeks left, which means that you have 2 weeks left. I think of you often. I love you tons.

1/13/2007 07:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Julie said...

Yep, I delurked in person but I'll do it here too!! Can't wait to see baby Aspar...hope she comes soon!

1/16/2007 10:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I lurk!! The only reason I don't comment on people's blogs is that every time I do I seem to end up creating some useless unused blogging account! :-/ It's been SO fun to read your posts and to see your pics. I love you and I'm soexcited for you guys o be parents!!!!

Luv, Heidi

1/18/2007 07:13:00 PM  

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