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International Blog Delurking Week 2013

It’s International Blog Delurking Week, which comes each year on the second week of January (or the first full week of the month).  It runs this year from the 6th until the 13th, so you have seven days to slither out of the reading closet and check in with an “I’m here” comment.

It is fairly easy. Leave a comment in the comment section below admitting that you’re here. You can simply raise your hand and meekly admit that you’re here with a simple, one-word “here” comment; or you can proudly raise your hand and tell us all a bit about yourself (my preferred method); or… in honour of all the Harry Potter posts lately, you can tell us which character you’re most like (see, I’m trying to make it easy for you by even providing a comment prompt).

The point is that I want to know about the people who read me, since there is a huge discrepancy between the number of readers in actuality and the number of readers I actually know are reading. Or a tongue-twister like that.

And that’s all you have to do to celebrate.

So (clears throat to nudge you along), who is here?

And just to answer my own question, I am a mix of three characters: Tonks, Mad-Eye Moody, and Narcissa.  Tonks because she’s a punk rock wizard in a pop music Ministry, Mad-Eye for the constant vigilance, and Narcissa because of the intensity she feels for her child.

But if I had to choose a book character I am really most like, it would be Bilbo Baggins: a reluctant adventurer who is happiest at home with her books and tea.

* I make a badge every year to mark the occasion, and I give you full permission to right click and grab it for your very own.


1 Julia { 01.06.13 at 8:40 am }

I’m here. I’m so glad that you are too. 🙂

2 Jodifur { 01.06.13 at 9:08 am }

I don’t know if you will still be my friend but I don’t really like Harry potter. I’m sorry.

3 ANDMom { 01.06.13 at 9:16 am }

I’m here. I’ve never read Harry Potter – I’m waiting for the kids to be old enough, and then we’ll read it together.

4 Mrs. Gamgee { 01.06.13 at 9:16 am }

Oooo tough question. I’m a bit of a mix too… a bit of Hermione (the immediate need to research anything new), a bit of Neville (klutzy and trying too hard), and a bit of Molly Weasley (the fierceness of her love for her family).

And of course I think you know where I fall on fictional characters in general. 🙂 I am a hobbit through and through!

5 FrozenOJ { 01.06.13 at 9:28 am }

My immediate thought was Luna, but then I thought maybe I’m just projecting since she’s one of my favorite characters. So I brought up the trusty google and searched for “which Harry Potter character are you” and took one of the quizzes that popped up. I got Luna/Dumbledore! “You’re dreamy and absent-minded, though you often show startling intelligence. You’re far more serious-minded than your behavior might imply.” Definitely a result I can live with. =] I don’t think I would ever pick Dumbledore for myself though because I’m too modest.

6 Sara { 01.06.13 at 9:54 am }

I am here! I have not read any of the Harry Potter books, I have seen some of the movies but not all of them so I can not identify myself as any of the characters. I love your blog, thanks!

7 Mia { 01.06.13 at 10:11 am }

I read pretty much everything you post. I found you last February after we were diagnosed with infertility and I’ve been a faithful reader ever since. I quite often participate in ICLW and I am so glad you started that because the people I have met through it have been a huge support.

8 Lucy { 01.06.13 at 10:44 am }

I’m here!

I’m Lucy, mother of Alex and currently expecting the arrival of Matteo. Both of them conceived with the help of IVF. I never comment, but I’ve written you a couple of e-mails…. I’m an avid reader of your blog. It gives me food for my thoughts! 🙂

9 JustHeather { 01.06.13 at 11:42 am }

I’m here! I’ve even started reading HP!! Got it from the library and now need to find the 2nd in the series from another library. 🙂

I’m finally a mom of our little boy after 3 IVF attempts and 4 years 4 days of TTC. I’m also a great friend, wife and love not having to work right now.

10 Alicia { 01.06.13 at 11:50 am }

Here! (queenoftheslipstream)

11 Battynurse { 01.06.13 at 12:29 pm }

I’m here. Funny thinking of which Harry Potter character I’m most like. The first thing that came to mind (not sure if its true or accurate) is that I’m most like Snape. I’m not sure if most people really know who I am at all.

12 Pepper { 01.06.13 at 1:07 pm }

I’m not exactly a lurker since I’ve commented a few times… but I have to admit that I’ve never read any of the HP books or seen any of the movies.

13 Shannon { 01.06.13 at 2:43 pm }

I’m here! Usually a lurker, occasionally (ok, rarely) a commenter.

As for which HP character I’m most like? I’d most like to be like Molly Weasley – calm mom in the midst of chaos, defender of her children and family. I like Frozen OJ, I resorted on an online quiz to decide which I am most like – I ended up taking 2, and both said Harry Potter. Huh. Who knew?

14 Kristen Daukas { 01.06.13 at 2:54 pm }

Oooh, oooh, Mr. Kotter!! I’m here! My middle daughter is the HP reader in the family but I’ve seen most of the movies. I’m the mom to 3 girls aged 9, 11 & 14. I’ve been blogging for 9 years but started really focusing on it 2 years ago. I’ve loved meeting a lot of amazing writers, you included!

15 Stimey { 01.06.13 at 2:59 pm }

I don’t know who I’d be in Harry Potter. But I do know that I liked reading those books and I like reading your blog!

16 vablondie { 01.06.13 at 3:06 pm }

I am still here, though I rarely comment. I also took a couple of online quizzes, as it has been a while since I read the books. (Maybe I will now go back and read them.) One gave me Hermione, another gave me Hagrid. I think there are aspects of both in me. I can be a little geeky and I am not afraid of book work. I love to learn. I also like to help people. And like Hagrid, I also work around scary things, as I work in the OR. (Some of our surgeons can be real beasts!)

17 Blanche { 01.06.13 at 3:08 pm }

Not really a lurker but I don’t comment as much as I could. It took 3 years, 6 IUI’s, and 3.5ish IVF cycles to finally get pregnant and now we have a sassy 2.5 year old daughter. Always thought I would have at least 2 kids, but we’ve decided not to pursue further treatments so unless we strike it lucky on our own, it looks like she’ll be an only (like me).

18 Courtney { 01.06.13 at 3:13 pm }

I’m here! =) I always enjoy your posts, but don’t always have a lot of time to comment. I don’t know why, but I feel that I’m like Ron Weasley. Again, I have no idea, but I feel that I can identify with him. =)

19 Kimberly { 01.06.13 at 3:56 pm }

Hey, I’m here!! And I have to say I’m most like Molly Weasley. As a host, I’m the come in and eat, make you a hot meal. I’m also fiercely protective of my own family and that moment in the book where she proudly gets up and says “that’s my daughter, you bitch” I totally do the fist pump every time I read it (and even did it in the movie theatre). I’m nice til my family is threatened, then people would be wise to hide from me, especially if they caused it.

20 Lisa { 01.06.13 at 4:01 pm }

here 🙂

21 Tireegal { 01.06.13 at 4:10 pm }

I’m a cross between a lurker and a commenter – a clurker!
Nearly always read on my phone so am a lazy commenter. Or a laclurker! I think you are a pretty awesome Bilbo. Only read the Hobbit, not TLOTR ! I’m a HP ignoramus, having only seen one movie. I loved Hermione but maybe I just think Emma Watson is cool, I don’t know. I’m going to try this de lurking lark on my blog because I have a truckload of lurkers on mine.

22 RelaxedNoMore { 01.06.13 at 4:29 pm }

I’m here 🙂 Right now in bed with my 10-week-old in my arms (the “result” of a very efficient IVF) hoping he’s tired enough to continue sleeping for a couple of hours. I’ll turn 40 in April (ugh), so chances of him ever getting a sibling are more than slim. And I think I have a quire a bit of Hermione in me, with acdash of Ron Weasley and a pinch of Luna Lovegood.

23 Jen { 01.06.13 at 5:04 pm }

I’m here… and have been mulling over which HP character I am really most like. Perhaps Hermione? I always default to thinking there must be one ‘right’ way to do something and if I could find out what that is and try with all my might I would be guaranteed to succeed. I think I need to be a bit more Luna-ish sometimes.

24 Esperanza { 01.06.13 at 5:12 pm }

I’m here, you already knew that.

25 Ladyblogalot { 01.06.13 at 5:14 pm }

*hand in the air* me me me! I’m here! And I comment *and* made your creme de la creme list so you may now picture me with a smug smile. Okay so I have been TTC for two years and am just starting my first IVF cycle and quietly having a nervous breakdown over it at the mo and am struggling to leave the house at all, so quite an exciting time really. I am 30… a vegetarian… 5″8 and 132lbs… blind… and think I would have to be Harry himself as everyone seems to look at me and expect great things and I end up getting mad and wantign people to fix their own shit themselves and not look to me to be able to come through on everything. Angry Harry circa the Order of the Phoenix or with the hoarcrux around his neck, pretty much…

26 davida { 01.06.13 at 5:53 pm }

I’m here and like your writing about parenting and life in general, although I don’t really qualify directly as part of the ALI community (but a close family member is infertile). Pottermore sorted me into Hufflepuff which at first wounded me a bit, but then I realized that I do value friendship and community very highly. I think I identify most with Hermione, with a bit of Molly Weasley thrown in.

27 Jane { 01.06.13 at 6:08 pm }

I’m here 🙂

28 sarah { 01.06.13 at 6:12 pm }

I’m here and have been reading for about a month – right after I started my own little blog about infertility. Thanks for writing and for this community!

29 Cristy { 01.06.13 at 6:44 pm }

Here! And guilty of lurking. Thanks for the motivation to delurk.

30 HereWeGoAJen { 01.06.13 at 7:02 pm }

I’m still here, just a bit more hands full lately.

31 Amy Elaine { 01.06.13 at 7:03 pm }

Hi, Melissa! I am here because I loved your book, Life from Scratch, and really look forward to the sequel. I love love love when you tell us about your kids. They sound awesome.

32 GeekChic { 01.06.13 at 7:05 pm }

I almost always lurk as I’m child-free by choice (I read ALI blogs to help understand the pain a few of my friends are going through since they’ve either lost children or are infertile).

Like Jodifur, I also don’t care for Harry Potter. I also find Tolkien boring. Yes, yes – both heresies I know. 😉

33 Prairie { 01.06.13 at 7:06 pm }

Here. Occasional commenter from Canada. Parenting after IF & loss (fibroids & surgery).

34 Heidi { 01.06.13 at 7:55 pm }

I’m here. My IPhone sucks with letting me comment so I have been commenting less lately. But I read your blog almost daily. 🙂

35 Jendeis { 01.06.13 at 8:38 pm }

I’m here! Hermione, maybe? — in that I know random crap and feel the need tooncessantly tell people all about it. 🙂

36 Haley { 01.06.13 at 8:41 pm }

Here and a total lurker….daily lurker actually. Thanks for blogging!

37 a { 01.06.13 at 9:14 pm }

I’m hardly a lurker! Took 2 different quizzes and apparently, I am definitely Hermione…

38 Rivqah { 01.06.13 at 9:21 pm }

Longtime lurker; like Haley, pretty much daily. Childless, and starting to try to accept that “not yet” might just be “not at all.” As for the Potter character question, my husband says he knows exactly what Hermione will look like in her thirties, because he married her – I’ve got the bushy, frizzy hair and the big-ish front teeth, as well as the brains, and can be something of an “insufferable know-it-all.” And we, like you, have the requisite Platform Nine and Three Quarters photo from our last England visit a couple of years ago. 🙂

39 Chuck Baudelaire { 01.06.13 at 9:27 pm }

Here. 🙂 I’d like to think I’m Bellatrix if she were only crazy and not crazy and evil.

40 Lex { 01.06.13 at 9:37 pm }

I’m here 🙂 Lex from Crazy Lesbian Mom. I lurk quite a bit.

41 Tiara { 01.06.13 at 9:38 pm }

I’m not a lurker but a fairly regular commenter. Still wanted to pipe in with a “here”. Haven’t read HP yet so can’t pick a character.

42 It Is What It Is { 01.06.13 at 9:50 pm }

No need for me to de-lurk…I’m always here 🙂 You write it, I will come, and comment.

I’m such a dork, I can’t figure out how to add an image to my blog sidebar. I saved your De-lurking .png but don’t have the blogging skills to add it.

43 Wolfers { 01.06.13 at 10:10 pm }

I’m here- lurking around, the only deaf (?) childless not by choice… and I like to think myself a merge of Hermione, (always reading, knowing trivia), Harry (taking risks and sulking), and Sirius, helping people from the back.

44 Jenny F. Scientist, PhD { 01.06.13 at 10:56 pm }

I’m here! I enjoy your writing, your thoughtful commenters, and the perspective it’s provided for me as very many of my in-real-life-friends have struggled with infertility, pregnancy loss, stillbirth, and other heartbreaking child-related situations.

45 Cassie Dash { 01.06.13 at 11:17 pm }

Oh, I’m here! And I’d like to say that I’m most like Ron because he’s my favorite character, but I know my hubs would tell you I’m Hermione all the way — a brave, bossy, but very smart know-it-all! 🙂

46 Caryn { 01.06.13 at 11:18 pm }

I’ve been here for a long time. Brief history… Unexpected pregnant resulting in my lovely 17 year old, secondary infertility stopped trying when oldest was four, became a foster family, lost our first sibling set that we had planned to adopt, became medically fragile foster patents without intent to adopt, adopted our four girls in a very short 3 1/2 years, then topped it all off with an unexpected/”how the heck did that fix itself”pregnancy, almost ten years after accepting we wouldn’t have another bio child. Needless to say life has thrown us a few curve balls. Now I spend my days being mom to five lovely daughters (17, 9, 7, 6, 5) and a precious son (4), juggling multiple special needs and trauma issues and quilting. I continue to come here for your wonderful stories about your twins. My youngest two are only four months a part and Despite my insistence on not treating them like twins, are very twin-like in their view of theirselves. Anytime one of them is asked their name, they share their sibs name too, followed by “we’re the same”. I worried back when everything was happening that one or the other would be resentful that they are so closely spaced. They like to sing, “J***/L***’s my best friend!” at the top of their lungs when singing, so I think we’re doing okay.

Hmmm, that was a little more than a little. 🙂

47 Jamie { 01.07.13 at 1:47 am }

I’m here, and have been reading your blog for around 2 years now I think. I stumbled across it when I was pregnant with my first daughter (now 27 months old). I love your writing – it is thought-provoking and inspiring. Your post about the fortune teller gave me chills. Your posts about your children make me smile. I learn about Judaism, about political issues, and about things like Pottermore. I love the variety of topics you bring to this corner of the Internet :-).

A little bit about me: I have PCOS but fortunately have given birth to two daughters, 2 years and a day apart. I read your blog daily on my I-Touch, along with around a dozen other blogs. I don’t blog, but I do keep journals, and have for years. I haven’t read the HP series, although my husband did. I asked him who he thought I’m most like and he said Harry, which surprised me. His reasoning is that I’m spontaneous, independent, and make my own way. He also said that Harry wants to help others.

48 Jules { 01.07.13 at 2:11 am }

I’m here, not as often as I used to be, but I’m always thinking of you.

49 Stinky { 01.07.13 at 3:14 am }

here. Semi lurker. No idea which Potter character I would be, been ages since I read any books (and I don;’t think I share your, lets say, ‘enthusiasm’ quite as much).
Always reading here, even though I don’t always have much to say

50 Illanare { 01.07.13 at 5:07 am }

Here (though often lurking). I did a “which Harry Potter character are you?” quiz and came out as Dumbledore but I think I am actually a mix of Hermione (mad hair and most at home in a library), Prof McGonagall (slightly acerbic) and Neville (like cardigans)

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