* Jacquelyn Frank: Author Override | UTC Reviews
* Skye Warren: Author Override
* Narrator Lorelei King: Interview
* Stephanie Tyler: Interview
* Carolyn Crane: Author Override | UTC Review
* J.T. Geissinger: Interview | UTC Review
* Men and Women of the Military Giveaway Hop
* Keri Arthur: Interview | UTC Reviews

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Author Override: Selena Blake

Are you a lurker? I am. For the most part. Especially when I’m on deadline.

A lurker, as defined by the web in general is someone who visits websites but rarely if ever comments or participates in any way. In the case of yahoo groups, you might read all the messages that go by but never offer your own opinion. Perhaps you read blogs but don’t comment on them. You may visit an author’s website but never sign their guestbook or send them an email.

Lurking isn’t bad, I don’t think. But I do think it’s good to occasionally exit lurkdom and step into the light.

Some are of the opinion that lurking is impolite. But I think lurkers just lead busy lives. And I’d rather readers lurked around my website, buy and enjoy my books than feel the need to comment on every blog I post.

My good friend Pam Labud chimed in. "I’m a lurker, too. I read all kinds of posts but barely comment."

If you’re like me and Pam and don’t comment too often, is it because you don’t have the time? Or perhaps you don’t feel like you have anything to add? Or is it because posting/participating can be difficult?

I have one more thought about why people might lurk. There’s nothing to comment on. Blogging "experts" encourage bloggers to ask questions at the end of their posts to generate comments. Other experts tell bloggers to hold information back to generate discussion.

Does it take a controversial topic to get you to participate? What about contests? I typically don’t like offering a prize in return for posting comments because to me…well, I’d rather people just join the conversation. But perhaps I’m not witty enough to inspire conversation.

I’ll admit that it can be frustrating for me at times. As an author, I want to connect with readers. I like knowing my readers. Talking to them. Understanding them. I feel like knowing my readers lets me write better books. When readers lurk the conversation is severely stifled.

So how about it? Care to come out of lurkdom for a day and introduce yourself? I won’t bite. Promise!

Follow the Tour!!!
For more information about tour stops visit the Tour site

About the Author
Selena Blake writes erotic paranormal and contemporary romance. First published in 2008, her series Stormy Weather has been on the best seller lists and nominated for awards. She's a fan of action movies, Diet Coke, Milky Way bars and thunderstorms, not necessarily in that order. Learn more about her online at http://www.selena-blake.com or catch her at facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorSelenaBlake or on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/SelenaBlake

We have a copy of Stranded with a Cajun Werewolf up for grabs!! Just leave a comment with your email address to be entered.


Irene Jackson said...

Hello my name is Irene and I've been mostly lurking for a couple of years now:)
I'm usually nudged out of lurking to enter contests to feed my swag habit or win a book I fancy , like yours today.
It's just laziness on my part I suppose that I maybe think about joining a discussion but then never seem to get around to it! Must try harder.

Irene Jackson said...

Must also read the post properly!Forgot to leave my email *sigh*


Mary @SweepingMe said...

I have seen good things about this book. I am in love with the cover it looks so awesome and the book sounds great.

mary_reiss @ hotmail.com

books4me said...

I am totally a lurker...mainly because the stupidest things come out in my posting...LOL! Or I don't know what to say.

books4me67 at ymail dot com

erin said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
erin said...

Thanks for a great post! I'm a lurker too... for all the reasons that you mentioned. I hate being redundant and when you check blogs at the end of the day like I do, everything's already been said. It's like being the kid that says "yeah" after everything the cool kids say. And sometimes it gets a bit awkward when blogs want you to post for giveaways b/c what can you really say other than a polite, please give me free stuff? But... I do try and make an effort to post on reviews, especially for books I've really liked or really want to read... but it does take a bit of time and I am a tad lazy :) I'm also not going to weigh in when there's drama... life's too short to get mad at someone you'll never meet in person :)

Thanks again and have a wonderful day!

Landry Breaux said...

I would love to win a book about a Cajun werewolf! I have been away from my cajun roots for 25 years now and I miss south Louisiana. It has the perfect atmosphere for these kinds of stories.

Kaylyn D. said...

I lurked for a while before I started commenting. I started out small commenting on eye candy and now I comment tons.

lavendersbluegreen said...

Oftentimes what lures me out is a contest. Sometimes, that is just not enough though... I like weird requests or questions. Or subjects that I just cannot help myself. I still lurk more than I comment.
- lavendersbluegreen(at)yahoo(dot)com

*yadkny* said...

I was a huge lurker when I first started really visiting blogs... I was just too shy to throw myself out there with a comment. Later I saw how much fun it could be especially with topics that everyone mostly has opinion about, so when I finally did 'step into the light' I was glad to have finally come out, but I still find myself reading more than commenting.


Lisa Cox said...

I'm a huge lurker. My name is Lisa. I actually just found blogs this last December. I know, I live under a rock. LOL It takes a very interesting topic or something I may know about before I tend to jump in and comment. Plus the fact that my stupid internet seems to have lots of trouble allowing web pages to fully load. I am getting better about commenting, but I am still a lurker on quite a few blogs.

Netty68 said...

I hate to say it but I'm a lurker as well, I often read a blog & think I'd love to comment, but I just don't know what to wright, but I'll try to in the future :-)

Email annettecourt@bigpond.com

Timitra said...

I'm a lurker too, well on the yahoo groups I'm a member of but on the blogs I follow I'm not a lurker I comment on most posts.

Timitra said...

Ooops forgot my email addy

Karen Wapinski said...

Lol i think everyone's got a little lurker inside them...
usually I look for giveaways, author interviews, or reviews/discussions about a book I love or hate
Thanks for the giveaway ^_^

karen.wapinski at gmail dot com

Linda said...

I´m a lurker trying to comment more, =) often it´s just a "Great! *thumbs up* but at least that´s showing i´m here too and i like it. Oh, and i do almost anything for a giveaway or competition =)

best wishes, Linda xo
fr_larsson at hotmail dot com

sienny said...

i think i'm also a lurker :p though i usually stay quiet, i do comment on giveaway that catch my eyes and open to international :))

smile_1773 at yahoo dot com

dusty katt said...

Looking forward to reading this. Thanks.

Kelsey Summer said...

I lurked for a long time, but I'm trying to post more now. I love the cover of this book.

kesummer69 at yahoo dot com

Mel Bourn said...

Lurker here!!! I try to comment when it is something I have an interest in or can contribute something to the conversation. Usually I feel like the kid in back that says, "Yeah...what she said."
bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

VanillaOrchids said...

I used to be a big time lurker but I've gotten better. Sometimes I'll go so far as to type up a reply but then change my mind about posting it. LOL Not sure why really.

Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!


julie beasley said...

im terrible, i cant help myself i comment on everything, and love it, i started out on the mancandy and covers, now im glad i do, i have the most amazing, to daft conversations with all different people all over the world, sitting in my livingroom. liked the post, thanks for the giveaway

Tina B said...

My name is Tina, I am a stay at home mom and I am a lurker, at least 50% of the time. I am not a fast reader, so it takes me a while to read an excerpt or post. There are so many great bloggers and authors, that for me, it is just to much to comment on everything. I try to comment at least a few times a week on most. I also feel like I am always saying the same thing, like great post, wonderful interview, etc. even though I mean them. I am so NOT a writer and am not witty at all. :)
Do they have a school or class that I can take for learning how to talk to people on blogs? Lol. I need it!
trb0917 at gmail.com

Escapism Fanatic said...

I'm afraid I'm a lurker too. I visit posts and then just can't be bother to type up my name and what not to comment. What can I say I'm simply lazy.