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delurking day!

Today is National De-lurking Day. A day when you’re supposed to come out of the woodwork at your daily blog reads and leave some comment love! (I am a notorious blog lurker. Bad commenter, BAD!)

Yesterday, we all undoubtedly spent time slack-jawed in front of the computer or television, watching the horrific aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. (Related: if anyone in the Burgh can help out these amazing women and the kids at their orphanage, PLEASE DO. The babies need to get home.) I often find myself at a loss with what to do during catastrophic events. I’m just a mom, a wife, living my life here, thousands of miles away, how on earth can I even HELP?

I can donate money. But… how much? No amount seems enough. $20? $100? $200?

So, this year for De-lurking Day, I’m going to do something a little different. YOU, my dear readers, will determine how much I will donate. I’m taking a tip from AndreAnna and I pledge to give $1 for every de-lurking comment I receive on this post to the Red Cross (with a minimum of $25, in case nobody plays along. heh)

So! Leave me a note saying hello! Or telling me what you had for breakfast. Or whatever. Just comment, baby.

82 Comments


  1. Today I’m hunting down our local contact with Engineers Without Borders. The crumbled buildings break my heart as much as the death toll because those who survived won’t for long without homes, hospitals, roads, clean water…
    .-= Kelly’s last blog post: This One =-.

    Jan 14 8:43 am


  2. Becca
    @beccasanborn

    Well, I don’t comment as much as I should, so here goes!

    ANYTHING to help out, kudos to you Jen!
    .-= Becca’s last blog post: Project 365 update and more nursing school =-.

    Jan 14 8:44 am


  3. red pen mama
    @redpenmamapgh

    Um, can I steal this idea? I’ve been struggling with what to do for people in Haiti.

    I think I have more than 25 readers… I hope they decide to say hi!

    I had Kashi Autumn Wheat for breakfast. I’m sure you were just dying to know that.

    rpm
    .-= red pen mama’s last blog post: What I Am: Reading, Watching This Week =-.

    Jan 14 8:46 am


  4. burghseyewife

    I never comment….I should change that.

    My heart goes out to all affected by this earthquake.

    Jan 14 8:58 am


  5. Maureen

    I’ll delurk for this. Good for you!

    Jan 14 9:04 am


  6. I’ll definitely comment – what a good cause :D I had porridge for breakfast if that’s any use? lol!
    .-= Lizzie’s last blog post: The definitive answer =-.

    Jan 14 9:09 am


  7. You are pretty amazing, you know that?
    .-= Burgh Baby’s last blog post: I Want to Fix the World with You =-.

    Jan 14 9:21 am


  8. A very good reason to delurk. And I had oatmeal.

    Jan 14 9:25 am


  9. Sunshine
    @littlemisssun

    What a great idea. And, I went to HS w/ Jamie McMutrie which brings it even a little closer to home.

    Jan 14 9:28 am


  10. Jane
    @seejane

    Good incentive on the de-lurking! Great cause!

    P.S. if you didn’t know, I read your blog whenever it shows up in my reader…
    .-= Jane’s last blog post: Luke is 3! =-.

    Jan 14 9:29 am


  11. cassie

    anything to help out Haiti!

    love the blog!

    Jan 14 9:31 am


  12. C @ Kid Things
    @kidthingsnet

    I’m not really a lurker, but I’m commenting anyway. Hello!
    .-= C @ Kid Things’s last blog post: Morning, Afternoon, Evening =-.

    Jan 14 9:31 am


  13. What a great idea!

    I had coco pebbles (How old am I? Eight?) and a kiwi for breakfast.
    .-= Stefanie’s last blog post: When you realize you miss someone. =-.

    Jan 14 9:38 am


  14. Candace
    @girlhaq

    Hey!! Awesome idea. I would do this but I think I’m better off just donating a big chunk of change because I think I have maybe 4 readers lol

    Jan 14 9:54 am


  15. Thank you for reaching out.
    .-= Karen’s last blog post: The Biggest Question I’ve Ever Asked Myself =-.

    Jan 14 9:55 am


  16. san

    Combining de-lurking day with a good cause is great!
    .-= san’s last blog post: On some home improvements =-.

    Jan 14 10:28 am


  17. I’m delurking! I read daily and have you on my feed! (clearly a bad commentor though. I love your recipes and am making taco chicken soup tonight!)

    Jan 14 10:43 am


  18. I always read about Maggie because she’s so much like my own little Lily!
    .-= the ambitious mrs’s last blog post: Decade In Review =-.

    Jan 14 10:49 am


  19. MDY666

    You go girl!!! Love your blog!!!

    Jan 14 10:55 am


  20. Mel
    @overdramaticmel

    I don’t comment near as often as I visit. :) HI! :D *waves*
    .-= Mel’s last blog post: Delurk, you! =-.

    Jan 14 11:07 am


  21. Well done.

    Jan 14 11:12 am


  22. Great idea! Delurking + Haiti Fundraising = Compelling.

    I had a breakfast bar this morning, but really wanted a Pop Tart.
    .-= bluzdude’s last blog post: Sugar Shock and Awe =-.

    Jan 14 11:24 am


  23. Former Pittsburgh delurker here. And I linked to you from my blog, so you may get a few of my humble followers as well!

    Jan 14 11:39 am


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  25. Ok, ok… I’m a lurker. But that’s cool because I’ve kind of known you my whole life, right?

    Jan 14 12:19 pm


  26. Sarah

    I’m delurking! I read your blog daily as I relate to you on so many levels. I have a toddler addicted to the binky and fear the day we take it away! Anyhow…I enjoy your recipes and photos.

    Good work with the fundraising efforts.

    Jan 14 12:25 pm


  27. Wow, what a great way to serve. I commend you for your efforts to help those in need in Haiti. Blessings to you!
    .-= Kat Farmer’s last blog post: Conference Necessities – Being Prepared for Your First Conference =-.

    Jan 14 12:42 pm


  28. Leslie

    What a great idea!

    I lurk. I love. I read!

    Jan 14 12:49 pm


  29. Deanna

    Definitely worth leaving a comment. I too went to highschool with Jamie.

    Jan 14 12:52 pm


  30. I’ve been reading since your muted.com days, I guess I really should comment more! You are doing something great today!
    .-= Gina’s last blog post: Why Hello 2010 =-.

    Jan 14 1:00 pm


  31. samantha jo campen
    @samanthajcampen

    I had a nasty microwave egg and cheese biscuit for breakfast. With a side of Toddler.
    .-= samantha jo campen’s last blog post: Kicking 2009 to the CURB =-.

    Jan 14 1:12 pm


  32. Hi! Great idea!!

    Jan 14 1:13 pm


  33. Awesome.
    .-= Laura’s last blog post: a boy who is two =-.

    Jan 14 1:16 pm


  34. Andy


  35. I had Rye toast. I’m not technically delurking as I’ve never lurked but I will be adding you to my reader :-)

    Jan 14 1:20 pm


  36. janet
    @loveisblonde

    Yay! I need to give some $$ too. Gonna do that today!
    .-= janet’s last blog post: goodbye triple bed, hello daybed =-.

    Jan 14 1:27 pm


  37. TTG

    Keep up the Good Work!
    .-= TTG’s last blog post: Make….The…Twitching…Stop! =-.

    Jan 14 1:29 pm


  38. You rock. And I had nothing for breakfast. Unless you count Mucinex.
    .-= Gina’s last blog post: =-.

    Jan 14 2:03 pm


  39. Amy

    I had nothing. For breakfast, I mean. I did have a chicken salad sandwich and fruit for lunch.

    On a semi-related note: When I read this blog post, I was also just watching the news and they were talking about help haiti scams. That’s really sad that people would use others suffering to put money in their own pockets. Good for you to donating to a well-known organization like the red cross.

    Jan 14 2:15 pm


  40. I love this idea for donating. Yay for you and everyone else matching today.

    I’m sending my measely few readers on over :-)

    And, as far as breakfast . . . I had half a chocolate orange. Score one for nutrition!
    .-= Jayna @ Yankee Drawl’s last blog post: Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are! =-.

    Jan 14 2:25 pm


  41. You are awesome. Thanks for giving back!
    .-= greedygrace’s last blog post: Writer’s Workshop: Say My Name, Say My Name =-.

    Jan 14 2:38 pm


  42. Jennifer
    @3weasels

    I’m so happy that Maggie is adjusting so well to the pacifier loss and big girl bed – what a great little girl she is!

    Jan 14 2:42 pm


  43. ssowell

    i never, EVER comment on your stuff. our girls are the same age- i love reading about your kid & laughing that my kid does the same stuff. good luck giving!!!!

    Jan 14 2:58 pm


  44. cait

    delurking finally! awesome incentive!

    Jan 14 3:04 pm


  45. Kate
    @katekono

    I’ve been reading here for awhile and have been following this story since you posted it on Twitter yesterday – it just breaks my heart. What you are doing is really, really wonderful!

    Oh, I had oatmeal for breakfast :)

    Jan 14 3:04 pm


  46. Kris

    worthy cause… so, while I’m not really a lurker (hey come on, I do comment, even if I couldn’t keep up my own blog), here would be my commenting.

    how did the painting turn out?

    And… I had cereal for breakfast… but I have forgotten what kind. Stupid pg brain.

    Jan 14 3:04 pm


  47. AR

    ok, i’ll bite.

    I found your blog randomly like…10 years ago. i think i must have lost the link or you switched urls because i didn’t see it for awhile, then someone else linked to you a few years ago and i started reading again. and i feel borderline creepy for admitting that since in all this time, i think maybe i’ve commented once?!!

    but hey, i’ve always liked your writing and this is a great cause.

    Jan 14 3:42 pm


  48. Delurking for a cause? I love it. Even though I’m not delurking, I am all for a good cause.
    .-= SoMi’s Nilsa’s last blog post: Department =-.

    Jan 14 4:06 pm


  49. Betsy

    Thanks for your generosity!

    Jan 14 4:07 pm


  50. Cheryl

    I love what you are doing. …I grabbed a Special K Bar for breakfast, wish I had time to sit down and eat!

    Jan 14 4:34 pm