Are you going to make me jump through this computer and kick your ass? Because here is the deal: you are a great writer. All of us are great writers. Some people write for a living and their blog reflects that. Some people write emotionally and their entries are raw. Some people write rationally and present their take on news articles. Some people chronicle a year in the life. Some people present their world in photographs.
The idea of the creme de la creme is not to put out there "the best" by someone else's definition of "best." It's to put out the entry that means the most to you: the one that sums up a moment in time you want to remember forever, the one that shows us a sliver of who you are (as Manuela pointed out today about her post titled Tattoo), the one that changed another person's point-of-view, or the one that served as a turning point in your own journey.
Everyone has a best entry from 2006. It's the one you would cry about if it was ever eaten by your computer.
Don't get hung up on the idea of blogs being "well-written" or entries being worthy of the "best" title. I promise you, if you're in my side bar (and even if you're not yet in my side bar because I haven't found your blog yet), your writing is enjoyable and emotional and I have learned a great deal from reading your words (oh, and if for some reason you're not in my side bar, let me know so I can add you).
If you've experienced infertility or pregnancy loss and written about it in your blog, you have an entry to contribute to the list. Send me your crying-on-the-bathroom-floor-after-a-negative posts. Your call from your RE with your first positive beta post. Your holy-fuck-why-didn't-they-tell-me-that-HSG-hurt-so-much post. The day you received your referral. The day you were jealous of your surrogate. The day you wanted to marry your RE. The day you thought you'd never make it to the other side of infertility. The day you really mourned that loss and felt catharsis. The day you realized you had never mourned your losses. The day you came out to everyone about your infertility. The fight with your MIL. The fight with your husband or wife. The reason your husband or wife is the best person to have with you on this journey. The frustration you felt with yourself for feeling overwhelmed after your child was born. The sadness you felt over past losses when you held your newborn child.
Any messy, wonderful entry.
Whether you're in the middle of treatments or finally pregnant or parenting your twins conceived through IVF.
Of course you can nominate others too. The entry you read that changed the way you viewed your own journey. The entry that helped you get through the day. Send them on over.
And here's the idea behind this "best of" collection: it's just another way you introduce someone to your blog. To give them a little taste of that world. This post will be on the side bar for the entire year (until we make a new list next year) and people can read down each entry, taking their time to savour all of these incredible posts. It's a monument to what a sliver of the infertile world was experiencing in 2006.
So spread the word about this list and gather entries from your favourite blogs too. I'm compiling it as links are sent either via comment or email (and just so you know, many people are sending it via email so feel free to send it directly to firstname.lastname@example.org). It will be up this Friday.
Updated at 4:58 p.m.
I moved around icons and links on the side bar to make room for the new Creme de la Creme icon and listing. The picture is currently linked to today's post, but I'll link it to the actual list come Friday.
Keep sending them in! I have about 25 already listed in Friday's post. But there are hundreds of blogs on my side bar. Spread the word and nominate links that changed the way you view the world (if it's someone else's blog) or that you loved writing (if it's your blog).