Two years ago today, the Lost and Found started as a single post on this blog which was erased and rewritten daily. A week later, the Lost and Found moved to its current location in order to enable old posts to stick around and be searchable.
When the LFCA first began, it was to serve as a central meeting space so that when someone closed their blog or started their blog, they could communicate with the blogosphere at large. It was a place to ask questions and get them answered. There was space for miscellaneous news and loss, pregnancy, birth/adoption announcements. The whole idea was to utilize the googleability of the Web so that people would know when they were missed.
And then it moved and grew and grew, with spaces added for support request, remembrance announcements, bedrest aid, and birthdays/anniversaries. And I'm sure it will continue to grow, with new categories added and tweaked as the years go on.
Two years ago, the news was submitted by the Clickers. While there are still a few active Clickers, for the most part, news is semi-anonymously (it's not anonymous on my end, but I never tell who submitted a blurb and change all first-person submission to third-person) posted by blog readers or the person via the LFCA form. The LFCA form, how I love you. You made the LFCA so much easier. I now can cut-and-paste the whole post in a matter of minutes.
I'm proposing three ways to celebrate the second anniversary of the Lost and Found:
(1) Submit your news. Everyone has news and if you've read the LFCA, you know that news runs the gamut. Or submit someone else's news. Don't worry that someone else may have already submitted it. When I get two or more copies of the same news, I use one and delete the others. I'd rather get the same news three times than not-at-all. So send in your news via the form and make a quick link to the form on your computer so you can submit news as you read.
(2) Set aside one day a week to randomly choose five links off the LFCA and leave a comment. This came in an email the other day from Kate at Maybe Baby?: "Someone posted my sad news on Lost and Found. The outpouring of love and support I got from the IF community overwhelmed me and felt like a big hug, a hug from people who would never tell me 'it happened for a reason,' 'it's meant to be,' or 'it's for the best.' Hugs and comfort from people who don't need me to explain who know exactly how I feel." And that is why it's important to comment. Even when you don't regularly read their blog. Because they simply want comfort from people who get it.
(3) Participate in a letter exchange. In the book, I give a general letter that people can carry with them and touch whenever they need a reminder that someone out there has their back. But it would be better if each person could have a note that is specifically personalized for them. For the same reason as #2, having a note to carry in your pocket to difficult appointments or baby-centered social events from someone who gets it makes a difference. Just a simple note to cheer you on and commiserate. So make a commitment with another blogger this week to exchange notes with one another so each person has that portable support. If you feel shy asking another person for a note, but would like to do this as a formal project, I'm happy to set up an exchange. Let me know if there is interest in the comment section below.
Happy anniversary, little LFCA. And tell your own story about the LFCA and a time you've connected with another person in the blogosphere.