First, and most importantly, I want to express my gratitude to everyone who made LOL Day a tremendous success again this year. Your participation and support amaze and delight me. I truly appreciate all of the kind words directed toward me, but I'm just one of many people who make this community event possible.
The Obligatory Statistics
I'd also like to show off our latest numbers. Just look how the comment count has exploded!
We had a few blogs that I had hoped might participate this year, but didn't. Nevertheless, I think we can all be pleased with the continuing growth of Love Our Lurkers Day.
The Evolution of LOL Day
Beyond the numbers, we've witnessed other changes. LOL Day has evolved into a kind of community block party. We now celebrate not only our lurkers, but everyone in the community. I didn't envision anything so grand in the beginning, but I never argue with success. LOL Day has grown in an organic fashion such that even I can't be certain where it will go from here. But I can tell you that I look forward to finding out.
About That Word
If I had the chance to do it again, I probably wouldn't choose the word lurkers. We would have to grapple with some other unwieldy acronym (Respect Our Readers?). I liked LOL because it's short, simple, catchy, and connotes a good time.
Many people dislike the word because they believe it suggests someone vaguely sinister. Yet the definition I applied, for anyone who silently reads, was then as now, common internet parlance.
In most other situations, I refer to those who frequent blogs as readers.
I've written many times about the importance of community. Throughout the year, we celebrate triumphs and console losses. We welcome new bloggers and mourn those who disappear. As we laugh and cry together, small kindnesses build one upon another to weave the fabric of our community. On Friday, we witnessed a strong, mobilized community in action. It was a beautiful sight.