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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The 58th Circle Time: The Show and Tell Weekly Thread

Show and Tell is wasted on elementary schoolers. Join several dozen bloggers weekly to show off an item, tell a story, and get the attention of the class. In other words, this is Show and Tell 2.0. Everyone is welcome to join, even if you have never posted before and just found out about Show and Tell for the first time today. So yank out a photo of the worst bridesmaid's dress you ever wore and tell us the story; show off the homemade soup you cooked last night; or tell us all about the scarf you made for your first knitting project. Details on how to participate are located at the bottom of this post.

Let's begin.

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?

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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:

1. The Road Less Travelled
2. Tubeless in Seattle
3. Weebles Wobblog
4. Our Family Beginnings
5. Unproductively So
6. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Pampers
7. Becoming Whole
8. Parenthood for Me
9. Dragondreamer's Lair
10. Baby, Borneo or Bust...
11. Delenn
12. Baby Making Journey
13. Hobbit- ish Thoughts & Ramblings
14. Fractured Rainbows
15. Babies Everywhere... But None That Call Me Mama
16. So this is " adulthood"...
17. Emmy
18. Vintage Mommy
19. A Little Hope
20. In Due Time
21. Nicole
22. not a fertile myrtle
23. The Infertile Sushi- loving Princess
24. Beautiful Mess
25. Once Upon a Time
26. Alana- isms
27. Kymberli
28. Half of a Duo, Raising a Duo
29. Here We Are.... Now What?
30. Baby Wanted: Apply Within
31. memomuse's blog (posting " Egg 393")
32. Miss MVK

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.


loribeth said...

I just put up a new post & then read yours & realized, "Hey, this could be my Show & Tell." It's a long ramble, though, so be forewarned.

Happy blogoversay (again) -- & thank you, Mel. Have a great day tomorrow with Resolve -- I know you will kick some serious butt on Capitol Hill. ; )

Paz said...

I can't think of a better way to celebrate your blogoversary than to be with Resolve on the Hill.


Lori Lavender Luz said...

The new thingamajig is wonderful. Kudos to you and MLO!

Toasting your anniversary-eve. And knowing that there is no better face/voice for this community than yours.

Carrie said...

Happy Blogoversary Eve!! I am so glad you built this space. I fortuitously stumbled over to your wonderful community and now, truly, cannot imagine life without all of you.

Thank you and Congrats! Have fun on the Hill, and thank you for speaking up for all of us!

Anonymous said...

ooooh, I love the new badge, and I will definitely be putting it on my blog.

Happy blogoversary to a woman who has impacted so many lives. Thanks so much, Mel.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you, Mel. You are an inspiration. Thank you for being there tomorrow and speaking what we all want to be there to say.

Anonymous said...

love the new button, looks great! happy blogoversary mel!

Elizabeth said...

Very cool linky icon thing! Way to go MLO! And way to go you for this kick-ass blog!!!

Kristin said...

Huge congrats on your blogoversary and thank you for heading up to the Hill with Resolve!

The new badge is most excellent!

Queenie. . . said...

Happy, Happy, Happy Blogoversary!!! I'm so glad you started. Thank goodness Josh suggested it.

And I totally love the new badge. It's sleek and cool.

Unknown said...

How I wish I could be with you tomorrow at the Resolve meeting. I have so much I want to say. I know I'm not alone in this at all!!! Thank you for going and speaking on our behalf!!! You are a BRAVE chicka!!!

ME! said...

You rock! MLO Rocks also! The new badge is awesome!!!! Happy Blogoversary Eve girl. I am so happy you started this Land of IF for all us. I would be out to see with just one paddle....going in circles. Thank you for tossing me a rope and all my new friends pulling in!!!!


areyoukiddingme said...

Are you, like, celebrating something or something? I'm starting to get the idea there's an anniversary of some sort coming up.

Good luck tomorrow! Get those senators and representatives whipped into shape and recognizing what's important!

Anonymous said...

Good luck with Resolve tomorrow :)

Vintage Mommy said...

I would have given anything to have this community when I was living in IF hell.

Now I just want to say THANK YOU for including Adoption in your new icon and for creating this wonderful place.

Beautiful Mess said...

Once again...HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY! I'm so happy to be sitting in your living room WITH full fat ice cream! Love the new badge, it's beautiful. Have SO much fun tomorrow. I can't wait to follow along your journey via Twitter and your blog.

battynurse said...

That's very cool. said...

Happy Blogoversary, Mel! And I am so happy that you do everything you so well do!

Rebecca said...

Happy Blogoversary!

Great new badge too! I'm totally snaggin' it!

Good luck on Capitol Hill!!!
(I keep singing the song from Schoolhouse Rock in my head...I'm just a bill...sitting here on Capitol Hill! Hee hee hee!)

'Murgdan' said...

LOVE the badge. Very cute. :-)
Happy blogoversary! What an awesome way to spend it!

Nicole said...

I have joined the show n' tell cirle for the first time...I hope it provides some comic relief for some of you. I know I laugh every time I think about it!

Happy Blogoversary Mel! You rock!!

Care said...

Happy Blogoversary Mel!

HereWeGoAJen said...

Happy blogoversary to you! You rock.

E's Mama said...

Congrats Mel! You have created quite the community---and I am glad to read your funny posts and hear about your successes both in the blog world and in your book in when our paths cross with Tequila Cinco.

Hope advocacy day was great!

Io said...

Happy blogoversary to the best damn IF den mother we could ask for!

Emmy said...

I love the badge!! Happy blogoversary!

Once Upon A Time said...

LOVE the badge, happy blogoversary and wish I could be on Capitol Hill with you today!

JW Moxie said...

That badge is badass. It's YOUR blogoversary, yet you're giving *us* gifts. Happy blogoversary. The Internet is a much better place to be with you in it.

kate said...


Billy said...

Very cool!

Jamie said...

I can't tell you how happy I am Josh asked you to talk to other people about your feelings! I can't imagine everything the ALI community would have missed out on.

Happy Blogoversary!