As I've posted here before, while I was TTC AJ, I wrote for a blog on the website Countdown To Pregnancy. From time to time, I still get comments on my posts. Sometimes the comments are thanking me for sharing a particular story or experience, sometimes they are wishing me well, and sometimes they are asking questions. Even though I don't post actively anymore (since I'm not TTC), I still always pop over there and thank them for the comment or respond to their question. I even wrote a follow up post a few months ago, to thank visitors for reading and let them know that my pregnancy progressed and I delivered a healthy baby. Today I got a notification email from the site, telling me I had a new comment on a very early post. I went to the site, read the comment, which was a question from a reader, and respond, both in comment form and by email, checking a few facts as I wrote so I was sure I was giving her the right information.
I always get a little rush when I get one of these comments. My infertility story wasn't SO dramatic, really. 19 months off ttc, unexplained secondary infertility, an early loss and with the help of fertility medications, a successful pregnancy and delivery of a healthy baby. In terms of infertility, I was one of the "luckier" ones. So for people to find my story inspiring or for them to appreciate me sharing it or for them to want to ask for my advice...well it truly amazes me. I love to share what I know about infertility. I love to advice others about it, to encourage them. I may not have had to suffer nearly as much as others, but I have read a lot about all forms of infertility. I don't consider myself an expert, but it's definitely nagged on me for awhile that I would love to do more, be more involved.
Of course, if you've read here long, you know I've been toying with the idea of writing a book. That's still something I'm considering and something I have started, but it's definitely in it's infancy right now and in no way a sure thing. So I got to wondering if there was something else I could try.
So I've decided I'm taking the plunge. And I created this:
Ask An Infertile
Maybe I'm crazy. I know there are TONS of websites, blogs, blogs, forums, etc that deal with this stuff. But there is never enough, is there? My goal is to gather a team of contributors, specifically woman who have experienced a variety of issues with infertility, ttc, and pregnancy loss, and have them tell their stories and share their wisdom. Eventually hopefully it will build up to also including answer the questions of readers (researched answers, not just from personal experience). It will have links and resources and offer advise.
Yikes. I hope this doesn't completely flop. I don't have a history of a lot of readers. I think I have about 25 followers...Hopefully some of you still read! Spread the word! And if you or anyone you know would like to contribute, contact me! Leave a comment here or on the other blog or email me at askaninfertile dot yahoo dot com.
Here I go! Join me!?