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Yay! I'm a finalist for the Weblog Awards under best medical/health blog. Voting goes from January 5th--13th and you can vote daily by clicking here and then clicking on Stirrup Queens (two clicks; that's all I'm asking of you). Please support me and show your deep, unending love by voting daily (I will leave the link in the top permanent post for easy access and add it to the LFCA during the voting period) and passing along the link to friends and family and ask them to vote too.
Because of and not despite my prowess on the Irish penny whistle (which, apparently, according to Josh, is not the same thing as a pan flute and a quick Google image search confirmed this), I have been named a finalist for the Weblog Awards under best medical/health blog. Of course, my musical talent doesn't really factor into the whole science thing, but I do think that it shows my multifaceted nature. I can play Beyonce's "Single Ladies" on the penny whistle AND I can write about cervical fluid. That is practically the dictionary definition of a Renaissance woman.
5000 blogs were nominated across all the categories so it's a huge honour to be one of the ten on the medical slate. Over a half a million votes were cast last year. Why does it matter to me? Because the winner gets attention to their cause, introduces the greater public to their corner of the blogosphere. My corner of the blogosphere is a well-organized, highly-articulate, emotional, intelligent group of 1600+ men and women on the blogroll. We are a corner of the blogosphere that deserves attention.
So, I am asking people to vote for me. You can vote daily (I will leave the link in the top permanent post for easy access and add it to the LFCA during the voting period) and pass along the link to friends and family and ask them to vote. Turn to the person in the cubicle next to you and ask them to vote too. Post it on Facebook or Twitter it. Make an icon and slap it on your blog. And I will serenade you with the sweet, sweet notes of the Irish penny whistle. I am getting quite good. Josh is getting a migraine. But I can help him with his pains because I am a medical writer.
The Longest Version:
I was going to make you sit through a story, another song on the penny whistle (I have also gotten quite good with a somewhat off-key version of "Ki Va Moed." I felt like I needed to balance out that rendition of "Noel" on Saturday), a video of my one-woman show, Jazz Hands. But instead, I'll say this:
I am really proud to be part of this community. I don't want to be quiet about it. Just as I want to talk about my uterine lining with everyone in the food store (including the elderly men buying lettuce over in produce), I want to talk about our corner of the blogosphere with the general public. I want people to know that there is this whole world out there--at least 1600 men and women--writing about their experience and if they want to know what it is like to be infertile, all they have to do is click down the blogroll and read a few blogs. We're setting it all out there if anyone cares to learn.
Please remember that I didn't subject you to a story, "Ki Va Moed," OR Jazz Hands. As a thank you, I ask that you vote for me. You can vote daily (I will leave the link in the top permanent post for easy access and add it to the LFCA during the voting period) and pass along the link to friends and family and ask them to vote. Turn to the person in the cubicle next to you and ask them to vote too. Post it on Facebook or Twitter it. Stumble it and Kirtsy it. Make an icon and slap it on your blog.
I am asking that if you are reading this right now, that you return to your own space and help me gather votes. It is excellent advice that you can't get what you want if you don't tell people so I am doing just that.
By the way, I asked Josh before I posted this if it made me sound like a freak. He responded, "but you are a freak." Which is true, but still.
I'm a freak with a penny whistle.
And a finalist for the Weblog Awards.