You know, I remember when Sheryl's International De-Lurking Week was just an ember of an idea. (Last year.) Now, it's a massive conflagration blazing across the blogosphere, and thousands of readers are smelling the smoke. They're poking their furtive little snouts out from their warrens of anonymity, saying hello, and scurrying back underground. It's become a phenomenon.
(And if you're like me, you like to let the word "phenomenon" loop along recursively in your brain. "Phenomenomenomenomen..." Definitely helps bring down the old diastolic after a stressful day. Try it at home!)
Dutch and Wood over at Sweet Juniper smartly transformed DLW into a charitable event, and in the interest of blatant meme-icry, I too am in the mood to part with a pile of money.
For every unique commenter between now and the deadline (Friday at 5 p.m. EST), my wife and I will donate $1 to Heifer International. If you don't have an e-mail address or a website, I don't care. Make something up. "firstname.lastname@example.org." "email@example.com." Whatever. A first name and your home town is all I'm looking for, because it intrigues me to see just how far news of TwoBert's drooling has spread across the globe.
Thanks in advance for making this a very lucky Friday the 13th.
Update: Whoa, Nelly! After 27 hours, we've reached the end of the road. Thanks to Sheryl for the spark, to Juniper for the inspiration, and to all of you for commenting so generously. And a super-special tip of the cap to Liz and Stacey, each of whom has offered to match the Laid-Off Donation. Now if you'll excuse us, we have a menagerie to browse.