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Don't Be Shy!


Hello there! I've seen you stopping by on my traffic feed or showing up in my stats, I know you're out there!  I'm glad that you've stopped by to check out what I had to say here, and maybe even stayed around a bit to read.  My blog friends can tell you that I tend to string a lot of words together into big ideas and long posts, but you've probably already noticed that! I'm sorry, I can't help it... I really love to ramble on! :-) 

I know that when I first started blogging I was hesitant to comment on other people's posts. I wasn't sure I had anything worth saying, and I didn't want to sound really dumb. I also noticed that a lot of bloggers seemed to have a close-knit group of friends who always commented, and I didn't want to horn in on their party.  So I kept quiet.  They call it "lurking", but I don't like that word much, it sounds so sinister.  I could easily be accused of lurking my way thru life.  I am often an observer, one who likes to stand back and watch the action and note what other folks are doing.  I like to learn how people think and find out what makes them tick.  You are welcome to observe!

One thing you might discover if you hang around here often, is that there is a pretty diverse group of bloggers stopping by and exchanging comments with me.  I like that! I live my life that way too, not aligning myself with one group or another, but interacting with people from all places and all walks of life.  Things are so much more interesting that way... and you learn a lot more too!  You have to open your mind to realities that are different from your own, and from the kind of life you've always known.

I just wanted to say hello, and to assure you that you are always welcome here.  If the urge strikes you, please add a comment now and then. It doesn't have to be long, or fancy. Tell me if you agree or disagree, or if you have another way of looking at it.  I am always open to new input, there are no sacred cows on my blog!  Well, with the exception of  my friends here  - don't be putting any of them down, that's one thing that gets me fired up in a hurry!  Everyone has a story and everyone has words to share, this is a place for listening and learning, caring and encouraging.  I try to carry that philosophy over in my comments on other blogs too.  You know that old saying.... "If you can't think of anything nice to say, don't say anything at all"!  There is always a way to state your opinion respectfully, and that's welcome here.  Showing respect is important when you go visiting. 

But please, don't feel like you don't belong here, or don't have anything intelligent to say. Everyone has value! Stretch yourself a little, stick your neck out and put some words down.  Don't be shy, just say "hi". I'm truly glad to have you dropping by! :-)

25 comments:

  1. Josie -- you are always so welcoming and encouraging!

    Lovely!

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    1. Thanks, Louise, though I probably appear much nicer here than I am in real life! :-)

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  2. I can say with certainty that I rarely have anything intelligent to say. I find swear words cover this fact quite nicely.

    :)

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    1. I beg to disagree, Mr. Monkey, you've often proved to be a great sounding board for my posts because you don't hesitate to call it like you see it. You know how much I admire people who are up front and real! And yes, a few well chosen swear words are like salt and pepper, gotta spice things up a little now and then to keep it interesting! :-)

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  3. I'm so pleased to be a sacred cow. *basks in a glow of happiness*

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    1. Somehow I knew you'd appreciate this reference, Lady in Red! ;-)

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  4. This post made me smile. That second paragraph is exactly how I use to feel and still do to some extent.

    I think yours and Frank's blogs were the first ones in which I felt really comfortable to comment and not feel like an intruder. (that's more my own paranoia than the fault of the blogger) But that's a testimony to the fact that you both foster a sense of community among your followers.

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    1. I feel that way on a couple of the blogs I follow too, Lily, I think they are great reads but I just don't feel like I'm part of the fan club, so I rarely comment.

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  5. Howdy there Josie!
    Have a great day! Love reading about your adventures, thoughts and feelings!

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    1. Very cool... that's EXACTLY what I'm talking about Chrissy... just saying hi! :-)

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  6. I'm not lurking, I promise! It's more like . . . sitting in the corner, no, that's not it . . . okay - it's just that I didn't take the time to comment! But I do feel comfortable to post, just need to take the time more often. Have a great weekend!

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    1. I loved this Sheila, you made me smile! That's a great contribution too! I don't always comment on every post I read, but I do try to leave something on each blog now and then, so the blogger knows I'm appreciative of their efforts. If there was nothing I could relate enough to comment on, I wouldn't be reading that blog!!

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  7. Lurking, now that is a word I haven't heard in a long time. I think all thoughtful people lurk ... we observe our surroundings, pay attention to detail, try to comprehend. Many people pass through life so quickly, they don't gain anything from it. They spend thier whole lives functioning off of their parent tape and don't even realize that growth is ongoing (or at least should be). I like that you lurk ... I lurk too. See you around out there lurking :)

    Andrea

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    1. I am definitely an observer, Andrea, and an analyst at heart. I'd much rather take notes on the action than be a part of it.

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  8. Josie,
    I have been contemplating something like this myself. I'm coming up on 200 followers (Yay!). I think I will have a giveaway when I reach 200.
    I may not lurk (*lol*), but I observe. I am a big believer in learning as much as I can about whatever I can...and I love to share. Thanks for sharing!! ~Hugs~
    McGuffy's Reader
    http://www.mcguffysreader.blogspot.com

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    1. That's awesome, Annie! I love to learn about new things too. As long as we are learning, we are not really growing old... just gaining in wisdom, right?? :-)) Sharing is my passion, that's what blogging is all about. I write, you read, we share our thoughts!

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  9. I'm an observer myself...outside of blogging that is. I could be a party and just sit in a corner and watch all night, perfectly content.

    I had to join blogger to become a blabber mouth, often revealing too much about myself.

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    1. Lol Dan. I am perfectly happy observing too, in fact I love being a people watcher. They are strange creatures and fascinate me! I think we all are far more social on blogger, it's easier with a keyboard. I don't think you reveal too much, sometimes you reveal parts of you that are very real, and I appreciate you more for that. Blog therapy among supportive friends is one of the benefits I find here. The cool thing about blogging your personal life... you don't have to see those same folks at the office the next morning and have them look at you strangely! :-)

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    2. I have a few coworkers who follow my blog, including my boss, whom I share an office with.

      I believe word of my video rant about work made its way to the plant manager! They now see me as a problem, even though I still do my job quite well!

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    3. Yikes, I remember that one, Workingdan! A good reason why I don't invite relatives or coworkers to my blog and don't link up to it on Facebook. I am kinda careful about what I write about work, or I try to do it in somewhat generic fashion, because there's always some rat out there who loves to turn it in. I'm willing to stand by what I say though, and I'm betting that you probably are too.

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  10. Awwww. This is so lovely. How could you not comment after reading that?

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    1. Hehe, begging, sweetness, guilt, pressure... whatever it takes Selma, I'll stop at nothing to get folks to pop up now and then and say hello! Some I can identify from my stats info, others love to leave me guessing, and a couple make me paranoid as hell! :-))

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  11. I'm always lurking. Bad me. You make it easy to lurk, until I check in with Google Reader and you go and stare right at me with your opening words here!

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    1. I'm glad to hear you've been dropping by, Patty, and I hope you'll continue to do so even if you do shut yours down for awhile. Keep me updated on what's happening with that, please! Not really pointing fingers with this one, just wanting folks to feel welcome to pop in and say hi! :-)

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Your comments are always appreciated... they make me smile! :-)