Who Are You Guys?

Last modified on October 29th, 2010

So, I’ve been meaning to ask this question for a long time. Yesterday I had a pile of traffic, thanks to a few inbound links from some massive sites. I broke into the thousands for unique visitors, which doesn’t happen that often in Duane-land. Given that only about ten people ever comment, I gotta ask, who are the rest of you guys? Nearly 50% of you are returning visitors every day, and yet you lurk in the shadows, thick as thieves I say.

The lack of comments either means:

  1. I’m really boring
  2. YOU’RE really boring

I’m pretty sure I am not boring all the time, which means it JUST MIGHT BE YOU! 🙂

So, if you swing by and read this, drop a quick comment and say hi! Tell everyone where you’re from and what you want for Christmas. Don’t be shy.

If you’ve commented before, say hi anyways and introduce yourself!

41 responses to “Who Are You Guys?”

  1. Cristina says:

    I’m not boring!!! Well…people tell me I’m not, so I go with it. And though I usually stop by and say hi, a bit….HI!!! Born in California, but I claim Bellingham, WA as home. All I want for Christmas is a plane ticket to Hamilton, ON….since I still believe in Santa, I might just get lucky.lol 🙂

  2. jenny says:

    hello duane. i’m jenny and i go to university in toronto but my home is in vancouver. i am a lurker in your flickr page too because yr photos are amazing

  3. Amber says:

    Hi Duane! I’m from Alberta, but I’ve been a British Columbian for almost 12 years now. For me there’s just no going back to the flatlands after living in such a beautiful province! What do I want for Christmas??
    Hmmmmm. I’d settle for some new perfume and a nice sweater. Sounds boring huh? 😛

  4. Yo Duane. I’m just boring. Too boring, in fact, to even answer the other questions.

  5. Jordan Ogren says:

    Found your blog just the other day…semi-randomly..tis good stuff it is.

    I am from Winona, Minnesota. I am a student at a university there and I am a photographer and system administrator for the university.

    As for what I want for christmas…a Leica M8 sure would be killer…so would 1000’s of unique visitors to my site. 🙂

  6. nocurling says:

    hi, duane.

    ok, i’m a lurker. and i’m lazy. because i pick up your blog using google reader, it’s easy just to read and not respond. i’m a canadian in a strange land – okay strange might not be the right word. i live about 2 hours south of cristina, that’s cristina the first commenter, not the lake). recently, you were less than a mile from where i used to live in kanata.

    i just like following what you’re up to, man. like the move to an iMac. (maybe someday.) and the unfortunate shit with the bacteria thing. don’t follow many personal blogs – you, derek miller, megan at “for the archives”. it’s cool to see how someone else lives….


  7. Eva says:

    Hello, Duane.
    I live in Montreal.
    Born in Red Deer (yes, the one in Alberta), but grew up in Boston.
    Still jet lagged which would explain my reading your blog at 5 in the morning. :p

  8. Dale says:

    Most of the hits are me, trying to bring you down with a DoS.

  9. Casualgrl says:

    Hey Duane,
    Live in Ottawa, work for the public service, boring- need I say more? Stumbled across your sight, don’t comment because I’m shy mostly.
    Not sure what I want for xmas, if I could make a wish and make people better I would wish for my Dad to be. That’s all!

  10. Dan says:

    I’m Dan from Toronto (more or less)…and yeah, I can be pretty boring…
    The only thing I want for Christmas it doesn’t look like I’m going to be able to have… second to that, I’ll take world peace wrapped up all nicely with a bow accompanied by a hilarious Christmas card from hallmark (or I’m taking it back out of spite!). 🙂

  11. Ariane says:

    I’m not much of a lurker, so maybe one of the not-so-boring people?

    I’m Ariane, from Vancouver (but you knew that!) I grew up in Saskatoon, but have been here for almost 9.5 years now. I am already getting what I wanted for Christmas–my folks are coming out to the coast to spend the holidays here! Although if I had to wish for something I’m not already getting…a new, more highly functioning body would be much appreciated! 🙂

  12. Ciavarro says:

    I’ll go with option 1)

    Lingerie pics. Stat.

  13. Kasia says:

    I’m one of the lucky ones that get to see Duaner every day. That is, every day he decides to come to the office. 😉 If you think Duane is fascinating on his blog, you should see his multi-faceted self in person. My favorite thing about Duane is his enthusiasm for stuff that other people secretly want to be enthusiastic about but are too shy or scared to be. As for what I want for Christmas… I already got it, I’m a lucky girl.

  14. Duane Storey says:

    Awww 🙂

    I’m coming to work soon don’t worry, just doing some oh-so-fun data analysis from the comforts of home, and of course charging a million batteries for tonight’s festivities!

  15. Cage says:

    Hi Duane,
    K.J. Coulton from Philly. Having Christmas in Syracuse, NY with my parents and brother and more than anything I would just like to have a relaxing time with all of them.

    Were having our work holiday party tomorrow. Should be a good time. Hoping I win one of the fabulous door prizes I helped hand pick.

    Out of the two of us, I’m the boring one :-).

  16. John says:

    Name: John B (the other John B that is)
    From: Born in Ottawa, grew up in Kelowna & Kitchener and settled in Vancouver about 20 years ago
    Duane: definitely not boring
    Xmas: A stack of flyers to figure out what I’ll get on Boxing Day – the REAL Christmas day for geeks

  17. Amber says:

    Hey Duane,
    I’ve delurked once…so u may remember me. I’m pretty sure I’m not boring – just shy. I’m from the Wack like you, but joined the hoards migrating east to Calgary. I visit your site for a break in the monotony of my work day, for the sincerity with which you write and for the amazing pictures of home. All I want for Christmas is my Moms to come and visit….and for Westjet to stop doubling their prices at peak season.

  18. Hey Duane,

    James in Kelowna but soon to be back in Vancouver (thank god!) I had the exact same thought regarding my blog…..I know I’m boring sometimes but not all the time. Someone out there reads it….Hmmm but who?


  19. Hesty says:

    Sorry Duaner, it’s my botnet. And yes, I’m boring. 🙂

  20. Tawcan says:

    I comment from time to time. 🙂

  21. Mendhi says:

    I came to your blog by way of MG’s site, mostly because I find the posts you write interesting and figured all the really good stuff was here. I also recalled that you are a photographer and I was looking for stuff you may have written about lenses. Lensi? I like Lensi. It seems more formal.

    Santa better bring me a Tesla Roadster this year. It is my dream gift. DO YOU HEAR THAT SANTA? *shakes fist*

    I’m Canadian, currently living in Edmonton (snow rocks).

  22. Jennifer says:

    I’m Jen from Vancouver…sometime commenter and fan of Duane’s blog and amazing photos. All I want for Christmas is a Canon PowerShot…I’m no brilliant photographer but I figure that a new (and better) camera can’t hurt! 🙂

  23. Eva says:

    Mmm… Nikon! 😉 Found me that nice 18-200mm VR lens in Hong Kong for about $150 less than what it’s priced here! Throw in the GST and PST then the difference is even greater! A heaver lens, but covers a really nice range if you don’t want to shlep around too much.

    Okay, nuff photog talk. I still need to sort through my shots. :p

  24. Boris Mann says:

    Hi, I’m Boris, from the Vangroovy. I like that you’re actually a personal blogger, which I used to be somewhere at the dawn of time, but now just write boring tech stuff that people say things like “I read your blog, and sometimes I don’t understand what the hell you’re talking about”.

    I like photos. You take good ones, I just take a lot of them 😛

    Hmmm…what do I want for Christmas? Good food, good cheer, and good friends, and I think I’m just going to make that happen. A nice bottle of port would be good, too.

  25. Well… I do comment here from time to time… But, just for you Duane, since you asked nicely, I’ll comment on this entry 😉

    What do I want for Christmas? A yummy, eligible guy under my tree, that’s what. Not too much, huh?

  26. ps: Ciavarro always kills me.

  27. Dave Smith says:

    Hey it’s Dave, I’m in Ottawa… 🙂 We’ve had very little interaction you and I, though, I did send a gal to pick you up and drive you to Rob’s wedding this summer, and you borrowed my cell to order the Limo for your storied trip to Montreal (and on to the Dominican).

    What do I want for Christmas? Nothing really, my present is arriving next Friday in the form of my finance who has been away volunteering for UNICEF in Bolivia all year long. She’ll be home more or less ‘permanently’ now.

    Cheers and Merry Christmas to you Duane 😀

  28. Rebecca says:

    Hi. I’m the one who comments on all the posts no one else touches 😛

  29. Tara says:

    Hi, I’m Tara. I’m from Arkansas. I found your blog by way of Flickr & Matthew Good’s website.
    Merry Christmas!

  30. Scott says:

    Just picked up on your blog recently. I’m a southern American living in Tokyo, and um, that’s all 😛

    Oh, except for that I like your blogy!

  31. Doralita says:

    DUANE! I think I occasionally comment, but it’s usually pretty boring. Well I’m in Vancouver, been here for 5 years, and South Dakota before that. I also have the joy of knowing this awesome guy.

    What do I want for Christmas? A quiet home. No dogs chasing balls over-head, no high heels clomping around through our ceiling, no music rattling windows, no 20year old girls banging on walls, just peace and quiet to come home to every single day… IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK, SANTA BABY!?!?!

  32. Skick says:

    Hi Duane,
    I am that crazy Californian you met in Seattle about a year ago. 😀

  33. Hi Duane
    Not sure if you remember me. I came across your site when I fell upon your ‘Crossroads’ project. I now use it on my site and have made some improvements (you may or may not remember some emails being flung between us). I read pretty much all your posts and love looking at your photos, particularly HDR, however as a student of Chinese currently on my year abroad in Beijing, China, I have very little time on my hands and a pathetically slow internet connection so I get few opportunities to chime into your posts. Anyway, keep up the blog, its actually really interesting!

  34. Dee Montie says:


    I talked to you for about ten minutes at our high school reunion. I remember you saying you had an interest in photography, but I just checked out your photos ten minutes ago, and they’re really, really great. You’ve got that ‘eye’ everyone talks about. I take a lot of photos myself, but portraits aren’t easy for me. You either have a knack with folks in front of your lens, or you ALWAYS have your camera and you ALWAYS take pictures and your friends are just used to it now. Don’t answer that.

    As for how I came across this fun and honest blog… well, I see some of your updates on Facebook when I login (which isn’t often), and today is the first day I’ve clicked on one of your links. Glad I did.

    Dee Montie

  35. Jenn H says:

    Hi there!

    I’m from Sask initially but have been living in BC for almost 8 years now. I found your site through Jenn at WorldWideWaterCooler, and entered your little “I’ll print one of my pictures for you” contest, and haven’t been able to stop following this site since. All I want for Christmas is for someone to scour Winners in Van for me and let me know if they have my perfume (VS by Versace). Long story short, I bought it for the first time many years ago, and shortly after they discontinued it. Winners had it in Vancouver when I was there for a Retrograde show in the summer, and somehow I got home without the bottle. The hotel staff swears they didn’t take it. It was a 4 years dry spell since I’d seen it in a store, and I haven’t seen it since. *sigh*

  36. Sherry says:

    Hi Duane, I’m a lurker too… I found your blog through my friend Jill (of “a jill story” fame) in Winnipeg. I’m in Wpg too (well on the outskirts anyway). I enjoy your humour and your general outlook on life (I will confess I skip over any “tech” type entries though… sorry!) I also really love your photos, especially the cityscapes. They are incredible.

    I don’t really read a lot of blogs… I think yours is the only one I read where I don’t personally know the writer. Sometimes I check in every couple of days, other times I forget about it for a month. So I guess I’m an inconsistent lurker.

    My ultimate Christmas gift would be a magical cure for procrastination… so I could do things like wrap presents, write cards and do laundry, instead of reading blogs like I am right now!

  37. Jill says:

    Hi Duane and Duane-atics. I’m the above mentioned Jill, also from Winnipeg. I first found this post of Duane’s http://www.migratorynerd.com/2006/10/17/why-not-to-microwave-eggs/ about 11 months ago and have been reading ever since. I think of Duane every time I see a CFL bulb since he issued the CFL bulb challenge in March.

    I was just saying to my mom last night that all I want for Christmas is for someone to wash my truck (because everytime I think of it it’s either melty or way too cold) and load up my freezer with homemade food. A book or two and some music would be great too.


  38. Stewart says:

    Live in Vancouver, but from the UK originally.

    I lurk as I do on many blogs. You are into all this home cinema stuff which I’m not, so I read your blog to introduce a bit of balance. You are into photography which is cool, although the Hi dooda wotsit ones you take are not really my bag.

    As Boris said – you are a personal blogger and that is interesting enough.

    I’ll try and comment in future, honest.

    For christmas I’d like the days to get longer faster.

  39. maurar says:

    Hi Duane, we’ve met, talked and I linked to your blog before on launchpartyhq but I don’t have a personal blog of my own – yet. 🙂

    I am from Boston and moved here from Silicon Valley, CA. This is my home now and I love it.

    What do I want for Christmas – maybe a plate of your nachos (ha ha) AND my closet organized with shelves and drawers. Sounds boring but I swear I am not. When you hit the gym at 6 am and realize you are wearing 2 different runners, I think it’s a sign that something has to change…. What do you want?

    Happy Holidays.

  40. Duane Storey says:

    Well, I’ve lived in my apartment for a few years now, and I don’t have a dresser. So, I actually pile a chunk of my clothes on the floor in the corner. Stupid I know. So, a dresser is near the top of my list!

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