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July 31, 2008 / jadettman

Sponges can't hold pencils

I spend a lot of time reading stuff on the internet. I’ve got a feed-reader that  tells me when updates happen on my most visited sites (which I read at least once a day). I follow links from those sites to other sites and I have four or five forums that I read (although I’m trying really hard to only visit forums on Wednesdays).

With all that reading, I don’t actually participate in the internet much. Other than this blog, and occasionally updating my wikis, I don’t add a lot of content to the internet.

I guess what I’m saying is that, at least on the internet, I’m a lurker by nature.

On forums, I don’t generally participate in conversations unless I’m on firm ground or I can provide a very specific answer to a question someone has. The reason I don’t participate is that I like to spend time thinking about the topic that is being discussed before offering my opinion. Surprisingly, in the quick-fire land of forum discussions, those topics aren’t around by the time that I’ve thought things through.

Does this say something important about me? I don’t know.

What do you think?



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  1. Britt / Jul 31 2008 3:14 pm

    So wait a minute, lurker boy, you’re all like “my thoughts are all too deep and complicated to share with the internets,” but you want ME to participate on your blog?

    Double standards much?


  2. J.A. Dettman / Jul 31 2008 5:31 pm

    Actually, I believe that I’m saying, “My thoughts are too slow for me to effectively share them on internet forums.”

    Also, I don’t recall forcing anyone to comment on my blog. : P

  3. Zach / Jul 31 2008 5:53 pm

    I post on one forum while reading tons of material from others.
    I feel the same way you do.

    I also post here because I’m obligated to.

  4. J.A. Dettman / Jul 31 2008 6:25 pm

    In what way are you obligated to post here, Zach?

    It’s not like I’m going to come to your house and give you a stern look or something.

  5. J.A. Dettman / Aug 1 2008 5:07 am

    Just to be clear:

    I do appreciate folks reading and commenting on my blog. It is a warm fuzzy.

  6. James Dobbs / Aug 1 2008 7:24 am

    I have had the same feeling. One of the few forums I participate in regularly is at tech republic because it seems to me to have a lot of people who feel the same way about slower more thought out posts.

  7. Shawn / Aug 3 2008 8:45 am

    I feel as if I am forced to post here also.

    And yes Jason, you have come over to my house and glared at me.
    I feel so… small.

  8. Zach / Aug 3 2008 4:47 pm

    Most looks I get from you Jason are Stern looks.
    If not that, then point-and-laughing at a supposed vein in my forehead or some nonsense

  9. Britt / Aug 3 2008 6:32 pm

    I’m just givin’ ya a hard time, J… It’s just funny to post about how you almost never post things, then end it with “What do you think?”, i.e. “Hey you lazy readers, post something!” 😉 <— See how I have disabled the stupid apologetic-looking winky smilie through my cunning use of a dash for the nose.

    My friends are very generous with the warm-fuzzies, so I try to get them out where appropriate.

    On your blog, though, I just leave cruel little jokes to torture you. 🙂

  10. Britt / Aug 3 2008 6:32 pm

    CRAPPPPPP! Stupid smilies. : (

  11. J.A. Dettman / Aug 3 2008 6:36 pm

    Clearly, I am a horrible, horrible person. I will completely understand if you guys want to start a support group because of me. /sarcasm

  12. Britt / Aug 4 2008 9:42 am



  13. Shawn / Aug 4 2008 8:52 pm

    Wubbie’s Anonymous.


  14. Britt / Aug 5 2008 1:22 pm

    I just can’t get enough wubbiehol.

  15. Shawn / Aug 12 2008 9:16 pm

    *stands & clears his throat*
    Hello everyone, my name is Shawn and I am a Wubbie-holic.

  16. James Dobbs / Aug 13 2008 10:33 am

    what is Wubbie? The only thing I could find after a Google search was that Wubbie was Andy Milanokis’s dog or could be “Any cocker spaniel that can fly and breathe fire.” I must confess myself confused.

  17. Britt / Aug 13 2008 7:20 pm

    Wubbie was my pet name for Jason. People used to call him Wubbie to irritate him. 🙂

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