So, it's the eve of my blogoversary. The night before. Three years ago tomorrow, I started this blog because Josh told me it would be a good idea to talk to other people about my feelings instead of just telling him about my anxiety starting at 11 p.m. every night. I knew I wanted to write a book and that the story needed to be more than my own. So I turned to the Web and created the space I wanted to have when I was first diagnosed with infertility. With a categorized blogroll so I could find new stories as my information changed (from dumb-ass ovaries to dumb-ass ovaries and clotting disorders) and a peer counselor email list and support and support and support.
And once I built it, others said, "hey, I wanted this too" and look--we're all hanging out in my virtual living room. Kicking back with some high fat ice cream (since, you know, milk fat can overcome even having no fallopian tubes or sperm. It is the panacea for infertility). And the little blog has grown.
I love this place. And I love all of you. I am filled with love and gratitude today.
To celebrate the milestone, MLO did the coding on this new badge I made myself (and she can do it for you too). It contains the top community projects that we use daily or weekly. There were others I wanted to include, but they were harder to link to--Creme de la Creme has a new link each year and Operation Heads Up is more sidebar than individual post.
If you move your mouse over the image, you'll see that it links to the main post for all these projects. Isn't that cool?
If you would like this badge, you can get the code here. Feel free to take it for your own blog if you want quick access to the main projects. I am so proud of all the stuff we've accomplished as a community.
Tomorrow is not only my blogoversary, but also Resolve's Advocacy Day. And I will be there, speaking at the offices of senators and representatives, asking them to support Resolve's efforts with health care reform and the adoption tax credit. As technology will allow, I'll be Twittering all day (click over if you want to follow) and then blogging it afterward. I'll have my camera and such. Trotting around as much technology as my little back can carry.
What are you showing today?
Click here or scroll down to the bottom of this post if this is your first time joining along (hint: link to the permalink for the post, not the main url for your blog and use your blog's name, not your name). The list is open from now until late Tuesday night and a new one is posted every week.
Other People Standing at the Head of the Class:
Want to bring something to Show and Tell?
- If you would like to join circle time and show something to the class, simply post each Saturday night (or earlier in the week or on Monday if you can't do the weekend), hopefully including a picture if possible, and telling us about your item. It can be anything--a photo from a trip, a picture of the dress you bought this week, a random image from an old yearbook showing a person you miss. It doesn't need to contain a picture if you can't get a picture--you can simply tell a story about a single item. The list opens every Saturday night and closes on Tuesday night.
- You must mention Show and Tell and include a link back to this post in your post so people can find the rest of the class. This spreads new readership around through the list. This is now required.
- Label your post "Show and Tell" each week and then come back here and add the permalink for the post via the Mr. Linky feature (not your blog's main url--use the permalink for your specific Show and Tell post).
- Oh, and then the point is that you click through all of your classmates and see what they are showing this week. And everyone loves a good "ooooh" and "aaaah" and to be queen (or king) of the playground for five minutes so leave them a comment if you can.
- Did you post a link and now it's missing?: I reserve the right to delete any links that are not leading to a Show and Tell post or are the blogging equivalent of a spitball.