I may be late to the party, but I just learned about the term “Delurking” which basically means getting up the courage to comment on blogs or in online groups —  not only reading but participating.

I just started two days ago with the Comment Challenge that was featured on the blogs,  Mother Reader and  I’m Here.  I’m Queer.  What the Hell do I read?

The challenge is to comment at least five times a day on different kid lit blogs through Jan 28th.  I am so out of shape in that department that I failed to do it yesterday, caught up in the busy-ness of the work world.  When I was a kid,  I always thought that in the future you should be able to talk back to your television and yell at the author of the story that you were reading… and now my wish has come true.

But do I do it?  Do I vote on American Idol?  Do I directly tweet Neil Gaiman?

It’s not that I don’t want to have my say, but sometimes in not commenting I hope to eliminate some of the other chatter that is going on in cyberspace.  Too many followers and followings and friends and yahoo folks, have led me to want to have an online “garage sale” of sorts.  Not to leave the web completely but to streamline the flow of information and filter out the grounds of distraction that keep me from writing the kid lit tales I have to tell.

Oddly, now that I have declared this resolution, I feel compelled to leave this blog now and go a-commenting.  So I will grab my picnic basket, don my hood, and off to Grandma’s house I go — throwing  bread crumbs to the bloggers so I can find my way home.