Monday, July 11, 2011

Have we met?

I love how Edgy Inspirational Romance is growing, but I'm sad the days of knowing all my readers individually are slipping away.

I used to track my followers in Google Friend Connect, and each time I noticed a new one I would visit her blog to say hello. Somehow that practice fell by the wayside, but today I want to resurrect some old fashioned networking.

Today I'm talking to you!

Yes, YOU! The lurker, the one reading my blog over her cornflakes this morning.

Maybe you haven't commented because you don't feel like you have anything to add to the discussion. Maybe you haven't commented because we don't really "know" each other online. Maybe you just find leaving comments a pain in the patootie.

It's so easy for bloggers to fall into little cliques and chat with the same people all the time. I want to break out of my comfort zone and meet new friends. So de-lurk for a moment and introduce yourself. Who are you? Are you a writer? A reader? Both?

If you leave me a link, I'll come visit your place.

Have we connected on Twitter yet (@joytamsindavid)? What about Goodreads? Facebook?

C'mon now, don't leave me hanging. Somebody introduce yourself...


And in case you only ever see my blog through your feeds, this is what I look like:

It's what I looked like last summer anyway.

I'm too embarrassed vain to post a recent photo because I gained a few pounds this winter. And by a few, I mean a lot.

Yes, I know vanity is an ugly trait, but if we're going to be friends, it's best I tell you this upfront.


  1. Hi Joy! I wanted to stop by and thank you for adding me as a friend on goodreads, and for following blog. I appreciate it! : )

    It's great to meet you, and get to know you. I've seen you around the blogging world over the past year or so, but it's so nice to finally "connect."

    Happy Monday to you!

  2. Joy this was a hilarious post. I know exactly how you feel. I have a lot of traffic but not enough comments for my liking. I enjoy the comments. You can count on me.

  3. Forgot to tell you I will be joining the book club next month. Can't wait.

  4. Great post, Joy! And what a nice way to extend the 'hello' and friendship to all those lurkers. LOL Happy Monday! ☺

    PS...Pretty snapshot of you. ☺ I can see how you got your name. Happiness is in your infectious smile.

  5. Yes Michelle, Casey tagged you and I had to check out your site! I'm glad we've connected too!

    Hi Patricia! I am so excited you're joining our book club next month! We've been looking to increase our numbers. It's been great getting to know you! :)

    Larri! I am so happy I met you this year, you are such an encouraging blogger. If you ladies get a chance, follow Larri back to her blog, you will be blessed.

  6. Joy, I know just how you feel! Between following so many blogs, answering my followers, and keeping up with my life there is very little time to visit friends... I miss visiting with you!
    You're blog is awesome & I love reading!

  7. I love your blog! Great post! I can relate! I think you are the only one that comments on a regular basis. Are you my only lurker? I love your term "de-lurk" I have enjoyed reading your blog and swapping books with you!

    Julie @ My Only Vice

  8. Actually I guess if you comment then you aren't truly lurking! You let me know you are there! Thanks!!

  9. I'll admit, I'm a lurker! But I do really enjoy reading your blog :)
    Liz @ Roving Reads

  10. Hi Gina! You're one of my favs too! I know even if I don't see you over here we connect on twitter and goodreads, so we're in touch.

    Julie! Your blog is like the web's best kept secret. I think more people definitely need to get over there to visit you.

    Hey Liz! Don't be a stanger! I look forward to getting to know you better. I'm going to head over and check out your blog now. And thanks for finding me on Goodreads.

  11. I prefer to lurk of a bowl of Frosted Mini Wheats! :) Nah, I comment when I feel like I can add to the conversation or when a book looks really good. I love your blog!

  12. LOL! Oh Joy you always make me smile. What a great post idea! I love it!! Have a great day. ;-)

  13. Sara, I have to confess to lurking at your blog too. I've been enjoying your recent Disney vacation photos. Love that place. I'm going to delurk today.

    Hi Casey! Love the new profile picture! Happy writing today!

  14. LOL- Joy you crack me up!! Im still trying to lose weight from my last baby...shes starting Kindergarden this fall, so no more using her as an excuse..haha...

    Ive been struggling for 3 years to shed this last 30 pounds its killing me....K.I.L.L.I.N.G me but Im using My Fitness pal online and seems to be helping me keep track of calories..;)

  15. Hey you! I found you on FB, followed you on Twitter, and friended you on Goodreads :) Thanks for sharing all the links!

    I have gained weight as well, and i HATE IT!! I would NEVER not be friends with someone due to weight! You are precious in Gods eyes and our as well :)

  16. Hi Tina- Last year I was really good about cutting out sugar and this winter I fell off the wagon.

    Loren- Thanks for finding me! You know I was kinda warning people about my vanity, not so much my weight (LOL) but you are a sweet friend. :)

  17. You go girl! Get those lurkers.
    *high five*
    GREAT networking post.

  18. Great Love all ur post

  19. I'm not sure if you really know me sooo.... here we go :)

    I'm Ariel! I'm an aspiring librarian, an avid reader and blogger, and a sort-of writer :P (As in I'm writing a story, but it's more for me rather than for publishing!) I have a couple of blogs so I'm on Blogger ALL. THE. TIME.

    I love reading your posts! :)

  20. @Ariel- Yes! I know you, I just wasn't famiiar with your blog. I'm following you now! Thanks for delurking!

    @Juju- You're back! How'd the move go?

    @Seshe and Julie- :)


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