Most of you who read here are probably aware of the fact that our mother hen of the ALI blogosphere is a finalist for the Weblog Awards. I'm joining in on the campaign to urge you to vote everyday between now and January 13. Click on the button to place your vote for Mel. Everyday. You can even vote more than once per day if you use different computers or different IP addresses. Didja know that?
Almost a year ago when I started this blog, I had no idea that there was such a vast, organized network of infertility blogs. I don't remember exactly how I stumbled upon Mel's place, but I can clearly remember the thought that crossed my mind as I immersed myself in Stirrup Queens – I am home. Finally, I felt like there was a place for me. Before that moment, I always felt misplaced. Rather, I felt noplaced. I didn't feel exactly right in typical pregnancy and parenting communities. I had participated in such virtual environments before, but never felt like the infertile thoughts that ran through my mind would be understood. Though internally I had more in common with and felt more comfortable in infertility communities, I didn't feel exactly right in those areas, either. After all, eventually, I went on to have two, then three, then four kids. On Clomid. On the infertility spectrum, I got off easy (not bragging here, just stating a fact). So I went through the years feeling stuck in this nowhere land between one extreme and the other.
Until I found Stirrup Queens. In this community she pulled together, I could wear my scarlet letter and not have to hide it. I could also be a mother and not have to hide that, either. I could share my surrogacy. I could be all shades of me and there would be people there who welcomed, who understood, who encouraged.
I don't know how Mel keeps up with everything that she does, but I for one, am eternally grateful for it. Show your gratitude by voting for Mel and by encouraging others to post about voting on their blogs. It's the least that we can do for her.
By the way, have you pre-ordered Mel's book yet? Run, don't walk to order your copy of Navigating the Land of IF: Understanding Infertility and Exploring Your Options. The release date is June 1, and it's the first book on my summer reading list.