Wednesday, January 10, 2007

all shall be revealed

If I hadn't been aimlessly surfing the internet last night I would never have known that this week is, once again, De-lurking Week in blogland. I know we did this one last year some time, but who can remember that far back?

My crystal ball, aka Site Meter, fills me in on who's reading, and I do "know" most of the people who check in on a regular basis. But there are a few of you who stop by daily and never comment. Now's your chance. Don't be afraid. I might even comment back!

Of course nothing's stopping the ol' faithfuls from commenting as well if they're feeling chatty. I need something to distract me from all these unmatched socks.

Edited to say: Thank you all so much for your comments! It's great to know who's out there reading and where they're from.

You may now resume lurking.


At January 10, 2007 9:47 a.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

Isn't that the truth, Christina, wondering who those people are who lurk but never comment! I hope the mystery is solved for you. :)

At January 10, 2007 10:11 a.m., Blogger heidikraut said...

I don't comment on many blogs unless I've got something that I want to ask (and then, a lot of the time I think that if you need to ask the question maybe the writer doesn't want you to know the answer), or if there's something that can be added to a post - I am a poor commentator. All I can add to your post is 'happy new year to you'.

At January 10, 2007 10:15 a.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Don't you just love the site meter?? I too sometimes wonder who's hiding behind certain IP addresses.

At January 10, 2007 10:31 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do I need to de-lurk? I haven't been commenting much lately, but I'm still here.

So, hi!!!!!!!!

At January 10, 2007 2:03 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm here, I'm here! But then again you probably already knew that, didn't you? ;-) I'm a biiiiiiig fan...

At January 10, 2007 2:23 p.m., Anonymous Patricia said...

Hi there! I guess I am a true lurker - sorry. I'm a Scottish-born Canadian who lived in Germany for 10 years before moving here, so I read you for my fix of things teutonic. I just discovered you a little while ago and enjoy your blog. We are moving to Budapest this summer, so I'm looking forward to some trips to Germany to see my old friends in Kassel and the Schwarzwald. All the best, Patricia

At January 10, 2007 2:24 p.m., Anonymous lillian said...

have fun with those socks:-)

At January 10, 2007 2:38 p.m., Anonymous Aiko said...

Hi! I'm one of your lurkers...I have a few German friends who I communicate with pretty frequently. We're always talking about culture differences between our respective countries (I'm in the US), so I thought it'd be fun to read about the culture in Germany from the perspective of someone from North America. I've also contemplated living in Germany for a bit as I'm working on my masters' degree in music history and would like to do research for my thesis there.

Anyway, I've enjoyed your blog! Thanks!

At January 10, 2007 2:53 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Christina...I'll de-lurk and tell you not to have the winter blahs! Just think of all of us here in North America who have no access to CurryWurst, Pommes Frites and brotchen. Just to have a brotchen would bring me out of winter blahs! ;-)Happy Winter!

At January 10, 2007 5:10 p.m., Blogger EuroTrippen said...

I'm a regular reader & semi-frequent commenter... but always a fan!

At January 10, 2007 6:28 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Mausi
I am a First-Time lurker. That's not so bad, is it? I have added a bookmark here and will come around later and lurk some more!

At January 10, 2007 8:08 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Less of the old, thank you. And more of the faithful!


At January 10, 2007 9:02 p.m., Blogger mar said...

Thanks for the reminder, I will have to steal that pic for tomorrow's post :)
I love comments so I always leave one...or say hi.
Hi!! :)

At January 10, 2007 10:09 p.m., Anonymous Regina said...

Hi Christina!
I read your blog quite reguarly (and I love it!)but I've never commented so far, sorry! I think it's basically because I'm not a blogger myself. I'm German, I also live in Northern Germany and I love to improve my English while reading your blog!

Thanks and keep going!!

At January 10, 2007 10:55 p.m., Anonymous Maribeth said...

I never lurk. I always read and I try hard to remark, although I admit that this whole puppy thing is keeping me very busy!

At January 11, 2007 12:55 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

I started as a lurker and am now a full fledged addict :)

At January 11, 2007 2:49 a.m., Anonymous gerdaomi said...

Hello Christina,
OK I'm a lurker. I came to your page by way of bakerina. Found out we have a lot in common. Austrian heritage, we call our daughter mausi etc.
Of all the blogs I read, I like yours the best. You are such a positive upbeat person. Your cooking, baking and gardening are sooooooooo great. You have become part of my day.

At January 11, 2007 3:03 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello there, I've been here once or twice and find your blog interesting. I'm a UK expat living in the USA. I'll be back.

At January 11, 2007 4:07 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi There, I'm not a lurker, but I haven't had time to visit very often, let alone comment. A Happy belated new year for you, fellow expat!

At January 11, 2007 5:43 a.m., Blogger LouLou said...

Hi, I'm an Australian married to a German. I've lived in Germany and travel there frequently. I enjoy reading you blog.

At January 11, 2007 6:05 a.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

hi - too tired to write but I usually write to ya. ;-)

At January 11, 2007 7:53 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I have a REALLY faithful reader in Indianapolis... and I have NO clue who it is!! I think I need to post a "please comment" post!


At January 11, 2007 9:32 a.m., Blogger vailian said...

OK OK you caught me! I promise wil not always lurk in silence..
I enjoy your take on life in Germany because we have a lot in common-- love brought us to these shores from home along the 49th Parallel (me near Winnipeg) and we are now more or less stuck here, we have bilingual children, we share a yearning for Vancouver Island, we realize that living in Germany has both advantages and disadvantages.

At January 11, 2007 12:46 p.m., Anonymous matthias said...

Hi there!
I am German and follow your blog regularly. Came here by coincidence and enjoy your blog for three reasons. 1) Learning about expats' observations in Germany is some sort of mirror, you know? Makes you think about the things a German takes for granted, but which may be perceived quite differently by another person. 2) This way I can improve my English. 3) Each post is a funny read, I am perfectly entertained! Thanks so much and keep going.

At January 11, 2007 1:34 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think I'm a regular, but maybe so... I love reading about your cooking adventures and great recipes. Secretly I'm jealous of your presentation... a presentation that I lack in Europe, because all of my "cool stuff" is still in the US. Anyway... I ramble.

At January 11, 2007 2:27 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Ginnie - Maybe they're just shy. I read plenty of blogs that I've never commented on and they probably wonder who the heck I am. :-)

heidikraut - Yeah, sometimes it's hard to think of something to say. Doesn't matter, I can still see you reading from Schaffhausen. :-)

CanSwiss - Site Meter is great. I always like to know where the readers are from and how they got to my site. The search thingies are good too.

Elemm - I know you're still there. I've been such a bad commenter lately as well. So many blogs, so little time!

Betsy - Hi!

Patricia - Hello! Hopefully when you move to Budapest you'll start a blog and let us in on your adventures.

lillian - I am! They're so cozy.

aiko - Excellent! You're the lurker from Surprise(!), Arizona. I've been wondering about that for a long time. Thanks for commenting!

Thimbleanna - Hi there! Funny what people miss about Germany. I could easily forgo those three things and never look back. :-)

Eurotrippen - I know you're there, B! I should comment more on your blog, it's so funny.

runaway rubber ducky - Thanks for commenting! I'm enjoying checking out your blogs. Very creative!

ms mac - But of course, Stella, eternally youthful one. ;-)

Mar - Hi! Thanks for stopping by.

Regina - Nice to meet you! Now I'm finally tracking down those mysterious people in Germany who read my blog. I'm glad you like it.

Maribeth - My kids (and I!) are enjoying your puppy pictures so much. I bet you're just way too busy to do anything else.

hexe - Gosh, I'm flattered. :-)

gerdoami - So nice of you to check in! Sounds like we do have a lot in common. I guess my blog is kind of my alter-ego - I'm not always so positive and upbeat in real life, but I do try.

emmak - Thanks for dropping by, Emma!

Lilian - Happy New Year to you too!

loulou - Ah, the Australian Connection. Thanks for reading!

Expat - That's OK, I always know you're out there somewhere.:-)

Carol - Makes you wonder how people found your blog and why they keep coming back, doesn't it? Hope you get lots of replies.

vailian - Hey, I know you, you're not a lurker. But I know how it is sometimes. Not enough time or energy to read and comment everywhere.

matthias - Hi and thank you for the compliment! Yes, I think reading about your own culture from a foreigners point of view can be a real eye-opener. I like to read what foreigners think of my country as well.

Maria - Must be hard to find any free time now with your little one demanding attention. He's so cute!

At January 11, 2007 5:51 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

I usually comment on your blog, lots of people come to visit my blogs and don't comment. I don't take it personally, I figure they have nothing to add to my comments or don't like my blog. Either way, doesn't matter, I do it for myself. ciao :)

At January 11, 2007 7:18 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well you know I leave a comment now and then but I thought I'd "de-lurk" on this post anyway. And just think of all the people who are lurking reading you on a feed reader and don't even show up on site meters!

At January 12, 2007 3:11 a.m., Blogger Cathy said...

I rarely lurk. I would almost be afraid to do this on my site for fear of who or what I might shake out of the bushes !
(just kidding) (kind of ;)

At January 12, 2007 6:11 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Delurking and reporting in from NZ!

At January 12, 2007 1:40 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Howdy, Love those socks below!

At January 12, 2007 9:10 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks! And demand might be an understatement. How my husband sleeps through his crying, I have yet to figure out! :)

At January 13, 2007 12:28 a.m., Blogger RennyBA said...

Here from Ginnie and hope your having a great time together!
So now you know I'm here - sitting in Norway - and enjoy visiting both your blogs:-)
Wishing you both a wonderful weekend!

At January 13, 2007 7:39 a.m., Blogger Andrea said...

mememe!!!! I am here!!!!!

and ya my site meter freaks me out cause I dont know who they are - it is really freaky when you are talking to people you barely know and they go "oh ya I read your blog!"

At January 13, 2007 7:07 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arg! I completely missed delurking week! Anyways, you know I'm a reader and I'm (clearly) behind on my reading!

At January 14, 2007 4:53 p.m., Blogger woman wandering said...

It's me but you know me ... we're going to Spain this year :)

Hey, I borrowed your delurk badge but thanked you which surely makes such an action entirely forgivable?


At January 14, 2007 11:13 p.m., Blogger christina said...

rositta - I know, I don't really mind if people don't comment, but it's kind of fun to find out who they are.

swissmiss - I never thought of the feed reader thing. You just never know who's out there, do you?

cathy - You'd probably get hundreds of comments. But I remember you having a bit of trouble once or twice with strange people?

Kay - Thanks for dropping by!

meredith - Hi there! Those socks are keeping my feet toasty warm.

Maria- Apparently the male ear is just not good at hearing high-pitched ear-piercing sounds. Lucky them, eh?

Rennyba - Hi right back to Norway. I believe you've commented here a couple of times before and I "know" you from Ginnie's blog :-)

Andrea - Hi! I haven't met any real life "strangerS" yet who read my blog, but there have been a few hits from people who live where I do and it does kind of freak me out.

Christina - Well, you've been pre-occupied with other important things. :-) I'm waaaay behind on my reading too.

wandering woman - Oh yes, I know you, you're the one who's going to drive the VW bus on the other (not the wrong, just the other) side of the road, right?

At January 15, 2007 6:29 a.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

why does delurking always have to occur when I don't have time to blog.. hehe Looks like you've got a great set of comments!

At January 15, 2007 11:32 a.m., Blogger illahee said...

delurking to say i usually read your blog on bloglines. and i haven't commented here in ages. if i ever have. i can't remember now. i'll resume lurking now...

At September 19, 2007 6:18 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found your site and have been lurking for a few days, catching up on how life in Germany is. My mother is from Bavaria, as is my father's father, so I have fond memories of visiting there during my childhood summers. Your true honesty about forming a life in another country is why I keep on coming back. Many of your comments remind me of my mother's thoughts and constant longing to go back home, so to speak, which never happened. Now that her parents are no longer alive, I think she doesn't feel the urgency and drive. To her, Germany was more about the people in her life than the place (and perhaps I should write "Place."). When I read your blog, I can't help but feel your love of BC is not only for its people, but also the landscape. BC's beauty is impressive, yes, but you are incredibly lucky to have three great guys in northern Germany.

I look forward to reading your blog everyday as it looks like I will be heading down your road. I am moving with my wife and child, and while we are only going 1000 miles away, I am also in love with the landscape of where I was born and currently live. I find inspiration and hope in your writing. Thanks.


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