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.


  1. Kelly

    January 14, 2010 8:43 am

    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 =-.

  2. Becca

    January 14, 2010 8:44 am

    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 =-.

  3. red pen mama

    January 14, 2010 8:46 am

    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.

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

  4. burghseyewife

    January 14, 2010 8:58 am

    I never comment….I should change that.

    My heart goes out to all affected by this earthquake.

  5. Maureen

    January 14, 2010 9:04 am

    I’ll delurk for this. Good for you!

  6. Lizzie

    January 14, 2010 9:09 am

    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 =-.

  7. Burgh Baby

    January 14, 2010 9:21 am

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

  8. Chelsea

    January 14, 2010 9:25 am

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

  9. Sunshine

    January 14, 2010 9:28 am

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

  10. Jane

    January 14, 2010 9:29 am

    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! =-.

  11. cassie

    January 14, 2010 9:31 am

    anything to help out Haiti!

    love the blog!

  12. C @ Kid Things

    January 14, 2010 9:31 am

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

  13. Stefanie

    January 14, 2010 9:38 am

    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. =-.

  14. Candace

    January 14, 2010 9:54 am

    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

  15. Karen

    January 14, 2010 9:55 am

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

  16. san

    January 14, 2010 10:28 am

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

  17. Ssfb

    January 14, 2010 10:43 am

    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!)

  18. the ambitious mrs

    January 14, 2010 10:49 am

    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 =-.

  19. MDY666

    January 14, 2010 10:55 am

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

  20. Mel

    January 14, 2010 11:07 am

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

  21. bluzdude

    January 14, 2010 11:24 am

    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 =-.

  22. Kim Z

    January 14, 2010 11:39 am

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

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  24. Mandy

    January 14, 2010 12:19 pm

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

  25. Sarah

    January 14, 2010 12:25 pm

    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.

  26. Kat Farmer

    January 14, 2010 12:42 pm

    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 =-.

  27. Leslie

    January 14, 2010 12:49 pm

    What a great idea!

    I lurk. I love. I read!

  28. Deanna

    January 14, 2010 12:52 pm

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

  29. Gina

    January 14, 2010 1:00 pm

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

  30. samantha jo campen

    January 14, 2010 1:12 pm

    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 =-.

  31. Laura

    January 14, 2010 1:16 pm

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

  32. Cass

    January 14, 2010 1:20 pm

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

  33. janet

    January 14, 2010 1:27 pm

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

  34. TTG

    January 14, 2010 1:29 pm

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

  35. Gina

    January 14, 2010 2:03 pm

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

  36. Amy

    January 14, 2010 2:15 pm

    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.

  37. Jayna @ Yankee Drawl

    January 14, 2010 2:25 pm

    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! =-.

  38. greedygrace

    January 14, 2010 2:38 pm

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

  39. Jennifer

    January 14, 2010 2:42 pm

    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!

  40. ssowell

    January 14, 2010 2:58 pm

    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!!!!

  41. cait

    January 14, 2010 3:04 pm

    delurking finally! awesome incentive!

  42. Kate

    January 14, 2010 3:04 pm

    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 :)

  43. Kris

    January 14, 2010 3:04 pm

    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.

  44. AR

    January 14, 2010 3:42 pm

    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.

  45. SoMi's Nilsa

    January 14, 2010 4:06 pm

    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 =-.

  46. Betsy

    January 14, 2010 4:07 pm

    Thanks for your generosity!

  47. Cheryl

    January 14, 2010 4:34 pm

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

  48. Christy

    January 14, 2010 4:41 pm

    Sounds like a great reason to “de-lurk” to me! Thank you for doing this. Oh, and hello! I had coffee for breakfast. ;-)

  49. Kim

    January 14, 2010 4:41 pm

    What a great cause!

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  51. Jessica

    January 14, 2010 4:57 pm

    Thanks so much for helping a great and very needy cause!

  52. tiff

    January 14, 2010 5:12 pm

    I’ll de-lurk for a good cause!

  53. Lea

    January 14, 2010 5:17 pm

    The whole Haiti situation breaks my heart…I too have wondered how much is enough? Those poor people – makes me so grateful for my own life!

  54. Elly

    January 14, 2010 5:26 pm

    I’ve been lurking ever since you ever so kindly let me know how to implement the DTR script with wordpress. You a brilliant :)
    .-= Elly’s last blog post: New Years 2010 =-.

  55. Becky

    January 14, 2010 5:28 pm

    I’ll delurk to help someone :)
    .-= Becky’s last blog post: End of story =-.

  56. Claire

    January 14, 2010 6:02 pm

    I used to comment a bit, but kind of stopped!! This is a lovely idea to help those in Haiti!

    I had poached egg and toast for Breakfast :-)

  57. Jane

    January 14, 2010 6:20 pm

    I hope everyone in the world does everything in his/her power to help the people in Haiti.

  58. andrea

    January 14, 2010 6:23 pm

    Thanks for your generosity

  59. Karen

    January 14, 2010 7:02 pm

    Awesome idea! I hope you get many more comments!
    .-= Karen’s last blog post: I’d like a big accomplishment with some drama on the side, please =-.

  60. Francine

    January 14, 2010 7:02 pm

    Thanks for reaching out to others.

  61. Amy

    January 14, 2010 7:36 pm

    I’m here. :)
    .-= Amy’s last blog post: Not-So-Hip Domestic. =-.

  62. Carley

    January 14, 2010 7:52 pm

    Great idea! Good luck~

  63. Cindy

    January 14, 2010 8:36 pm

    Yay for donating. I had Frosted Mini-Wheats for breakfast.
    .-= Cindy’s last blog post: New WordPress Site =-.

  64. Kate

    January 14, 2010 8:52 pm

    Don’t comment as often as I should! What a great way to help a good cause!

  65. shelley

    January 14, 2010 9:03 pm

    I read often, Never comment. Great cause to de-lurk!

  66. ChickLitLisa

    January 14, 2010 9:24 pm

    Hi! Thank you for doing this!

  67. Ploz

    January 14, 2010 9:28 pm

    A great reason to start reading your blog!

  68. Sarah

    January 14, 2010 9:32 pm

    I’ll de-lurk-tify myself for a good cause! I’ve donated but I am so impressed and proud of what you’ve decided to do! THANK YOU!

    Breakfast of champions, btw. Day old donut!
    .-= Sarah’s last blog post: Finally Going "There" =-.

  69. Sheila

    January 14, 2010 9:35 pm

    My name is Sheila and I’m a lurker (Hi Sheila!). I read your blog, admire your photography and enjoy your sense of humor. Keep up the good work! And thanks for donating.

  70. Ashley

    January 14, 2010 9:37 pm

    Always glad to see that you’re putting the blog to good use to help others. I’m an avid reader and seldom commentor… so Hi! And thank you for taking the time and resources to help others in this terrible time.
    .-= Ashley’s last blog post: Holiday Recap =-.

  71. Uncle Crappy

    January 14, 2010 9:39 pm

    I am officially de-lurked. (Thanks!)
    .-= Uncle Crappy’s last blog post: same old story. =-.

  72. Penny

    January 14, 2010 10:08 pm

    great idea and sorely needed

  73. Kimly

    January 14, 2010 10:52 pm

    Love the idea. Look at all the lurkers you have.

  74. Dave

    January 14, 2010 11:03 pm

    Of course I’ll comment. I wasn’t sure at first, since I’m not a lurker on your site any longer, but I’ll definitely comment.

    How wonderful to see so many people doing so much for this cause! I’m glad to see all the commenters here, even knowing that it is such a small thing for everyone to do ; every bit, in every way, helps. Thank YOU for doing this. I certainly hope the kids down there are getting SOME kind of clean water & food, and then any other supplies they need, and that they can hold on to those supplies until they can be evacuated.

    Thanks again for your contributions. You are a great person.

  75. Heather

    January 15, 2010 8:24 am

    You are doing a great thing!

  76. Jaloo Z

    January 15, 2010 11:43 am

    A referral from Kim Z’s site. Thanks for all you are doing. As a Red Cross volunteer, I know they appreciate your support and efforts on their behalf.

  77. Katie

    January 15, 2010 2:08 pm

    What a GREAT idea!!! Thanks for giving back!!