I'm still serving up drinks at the bar (as if the bar ever really closes), but I'm pausing from celebrating to muse on the string of pregnancy announcements that have come in the past week or so. You know how women who live together are supposed to get their periods around the same time because their cycles fall into sync (though I have vague, queasy memories that the study involved rubbing armpit sweat on the upper lips of the other women)? How do we explain the strange phenomenon that seems to strike the blogosphere cyclically? Pregnancy announcements and periods of loss seem to crop up not in series of threes, but in series of tens or twenties. I know others have noticed and commented on it too in the past. Sometimes it feels like the blogosphere is the saddest place on earth with failed cycles coming close on the heels of miscarriages. Weeks later, the winds shift and the blogosphere is suddenly like a giant cocktail party where we're toasting half the guests. It can't actually be in the water since we're not drinking from the same tap. But how do we explain this phenomenon, especially right now when we're firmly entrenched in the land of plenty?
Are these times harder? Happier? Do they give you more hope or make you feel more alone? Does knowing that it's a fellow stirrup queen or sperm palace jester make the announcement easier or harder? What is the best way to announce good news or bad news on a blog?
Even more curious, if you receive good news during an announcement jag, how does that influence your feelings? If you receive bad news during a period of loss, how does the timing influence your feelings? And vice versa--when the bad news comes in the midst of plenty or you need to make a pregnancy announcement when we're mourning many losses at once. When posting emotional information such as a pregnancy or a loss, what do you think about before you hit that publish key?
Feel free to go anonymous in the comments section as you weigh in (though anonymous still means kind). I'm going to state my opinion too (though you probably already can figure out my answer) but didn't want to influence the discussion by placing it here in the post. I'll weigh in below in the comments section. Perhaps even anonymously just to be mysterious...