You know how a quilt pulls together all these unrelated pieces of fabric and combines them to produce a single object--a blanket? Well...a blilt would be the same idea. There are all these unrelated blogs that go off on their separate stories. But they could be tied together to create a source of warmth and comfort.
Maybe this is something that needs more of a visual explanation than paragraphs of analogies.
Okay, so as of writing this, no one has submitted a link about receiving an infertility diagnosis for the emoblopedia. So this is my idea: everyone will submit how they felt when they received their diagnosis in ten words or less. Just think back to the moment when you received whatever test results began to point towards a problem or the moment when you realized that you wanted to be pregnant but would need assistance to do so. Whichever word(s) come to mind--anywhere from a single word to a ten-word phrase (pick one sentiment)--put them in the comments section or email them to me at email@example.com.
I will then take these and weave them into a clickable, virtual quilt of blogs. It will look something like this:
But instead of blog names, the words inside the squares will be the emotions felt when you received a diagnosis and the link will take the person back to your blog. The general idea: that you might find a like-minded person in clicking on the squares of the quilt that speak to your own experience. For instance, if I just received my own diagnosis and I was feeling as if I had just been punched in the gut, if someone had a square that said "punched in the gut," I could click over and read their journey. At the same time, the blilt stands as a testament to the wide range of emotions one feels in these common infertility situations--receiving a diagnosis, receiving a BFN, experiencing a miscarriage, seeing two lines.
I'm playing with graphics to try to make something that looks a little more quilty (quilty in the quilt-like sense and not in the Lolita sense). But regardless, send your words (or short phrases) either by leaving a comment or sending an email. It would speed things along if you also included your blog address. And I will have this clickable quilt up and running in that section of the emoblopedia later in the week. Send your thoughts between now and midnight on April 11th (Wednesday night). I'll start constructing the next blilt for a new subject after this first one goes up.
Just thought of this as I started laying out the first pieces of the blilt: you don't need to have a blog in order to participate. We can have squares that aren't linked outside the blilt that still convey how someone felt in the moment. And we can link words to an email address if you're open to having someone write you out of the blue to talk about their own diagnosis (a la the peer counselors list). I just didn't want anyone's words left off simply because they didn't have a blog.
Here is the beginnings of the Diagnosis Blilt (I'll put up the full blilt when it's ready on Thursday or Friday):
I think it's gorgeous to see such diversity in thought. Need to go weave my own words into the blilt as well...