What a great post! I will say to would-be lurkers: you truly are missing out on opportunities to connect with amazing, intriguing people who will take the time to interact with you. I think some fear that they will put themselves out there and no one will respond, or read their work, or comment, or care. Connected MOOCs aren’t like that. Take the plunge and connect. I was afraid to my first year, and only now (after my second year) do I realize what I missed out on. Although, lurking is better than not participating at all. 🙂 I am a big proponent of reciprocity, though. If you post, please comment on others’ work.