I recently found this community for support for my miscarriage and infertility woes. Courtney of Bodegabliss led me to to it a few weeks ago.
Blogger, Stirrup Queens initiated this community and describes it as such:
ICLW: It stands for International Comment Leaving Week, but if you say it aloud, doesn’t it sounds (sic) like “I come; [but] leave [as a] we”? And that’s sort of the point. Blogging is a conversation and comments should be honoured and encouraged. I like to say that comments are the new hug–a way of saying hello, giving comfort, leaving congratulations.
It’s a little bit daunting to get through the website at first as all the categories are laid out in a seemingly perfunctory fashion. But when one gets their bearings, it is actually set out in a very organized manner, with her navigation page and this Library of Congress-like list of blogs to peruse very helpful. Stirrup Queens’ website is like a database, indexed and labeled according to the categories to assist and steer the audience towards the infinitely confusing world of infertility. SQ had laid it out so that there’s something for everybody with the IF conundrum, written in lay terms and have real people help add information according to their varied experiences. Even before the intended ICLW week, I’ve actually started corresponding with some of the awesome and supporttive bloggers already, mainly: Bodegabliss, EggsinaRow, Endo&Beyond and MommyOdyssey. I will have to amend my Blog Love page in a few days. Being a newbie to this initiative, I’m not exactly sure whether I’m keeping par with the commenting I’m supposed to do this week. I started off a day late, numbering my comments and then just completely forgot how many comments I’ve already left. It’s a good thing I’m not being graded for this because this is a massive, epic fail on my part. I think I was supposed to have a post that introduces me to the ICLW world at the beginning of the week but I was so affected by Jack Layton’s passing that that post ended up as my introduction. Possibly not all that relevant to the ICLW posse, but it was an important event that I needed to talk about; and this goes for the whole modus operandi of my writing here: life, love, art, travel, politics, pop culture and my roller coaster-like pursuit of motherhood plus whatever else comes to mind.
Anyway…I’m rambling – there, I just lost the 2 people referred by the link.
To the ICLW community, let me introduce myself to you here. Please consider yourself warned with the rants and ramblings of a self-deprecating, irrreverent, sometimes brooding, at times bitter and often times potty-mouthed nutbar. Welcome and thank you very much Melissa, the Stirrups Queen, for your educating and supportive place on the internet.