Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Blogging Besties

I use Google Reader to keep track of all my favorite blogs. I have “Trying” “Preggers” “Parents” and “Etc” categories (Etc encompasses blogs about interests of mine other than TTC, which believe it or not I do have).

Lately I have felt a bit disconnected from the blog world. This is odd because I have more followers and am getting more comments than ever before. Then I realized why.

I started getting heavy into the blogging in January when we were starting our first IUI. At that time, I mainly made friends with bloggers who were doing IVF. There are an infinite amount of TTC blogs, as you know, and I spent hours (*cough* at work) combing through them all and finding women who had voices like mine (or way better, in most cases), whom I could identify with, and who elicited empathy and didn’t annoy me. I am easily annoyed so that last one was more important than you might think.

Now, all of these carefully selected blogging friends are pregnant. Hooray! Oh how I rejoiced when they got their BFPs.

And now there is a new wave of blogging friends. My cycle sisters are women I haven’t known as long. Don’t get me wrong, I love getting to know new bloggers. The more virtual friends, the better. But all my “best bloggy buddies” are in my preggers column now…and I hope someday to catch up with them.

So if you are interested in reading some ART success stories, here are my tried and true (and pregnant) blog friends. Let me know if I got your info wrong, ladies.

-          Drevas at The Fertile Hurdle, pregnant (twins) after FET
-          Roccie at Roccie Road, pregnant after FET w/DE
-          Marissa at Eggs in a Basketcase, pregnant (twins) after IVF
-          Mare at Just Beginning, pregnant after IUI
-          Jay at The Two Week Wait, pregnant after IVF
-          Still a Guest Room, pregnant (twins) after IVF
-          Alex at Alex’s Adventures, pregnant after FET
-          The Infertile Gynecologist, pregnant after IVF

And here are just a few of the blogs I’ve been getting to know recently

-          Unfertilized
-          MoJo Working
-          Better Full than Empty
-          Tortoise Baby
-          Still Dreaming
-          The World Needs More Nerds
-          The Annoyed Army Wife
-          Our Fertility Adventure

Disclaimer: This is just a sample of the blogs I follow. There are a lot more and I love them all equally. So sorry if I left you off my list. I’ll do this again soon : )


annoyed army wife said...

Oh, thanks for the nod. And for the list of new (to me) blogs for my reader.

The World Needs More Nerds said...

Thanks so much for the shout out and for a bunch of new blogs to check out! I love how supportive the whole IF community is. It's nice to not feel so alone :)

thirtiesgirl said...

Thanks for reading my blog! I'm going to check out some of the others you've listed.

Still A Guest Room said...

I can't wait to celebrate your BFP with you in the future!

Marissa said...

Would I be totally annoying if I said, "Hang in there, it'll happen, one way or the other"? I would, wouldn't I.

I hate infertility. It's such an awful, awful road. And the worst part, for me, was the NOT KNOWING. If I had *known* that IVF would eventually work for me, my failures wouldn't have been so devastating. I wouldn't have hated everyone. Which--how on earth can you follow that many pregnant bloggers??? I stopped reading left and right, let me tell you.

I don't know what I'm trying to say here. I love you (in a totally platonic, bloggy sort of way) and I'm extremely pissed off and heartbroken, on your behalf, that things HAVE NOT YET WORKED. I really hope they do. There's not much else I can offer, I guess, except to say that, while infertility sucks the fun out of just about everything, at least we live in a world with ART and internets.

Chickenpig said...

I feel honored to be one of the blogs you read :) I've enjoyed reading yours as well. I'm going to keep reading until you get that BFP, and beyond :)

LC said...

Awww thanks for including me! I love my blogging buddies. I really would not be sane with out you all. I'm really looking forward to following you and getting to see you experience your BFP - because YOU WILL! Thanks so much for reading my blog..I do feel honored. :)

Megan said...

Thank you for the list! I only have a few on my reader, and am excited to find more people that I can share stories with!

Roccie said...

Good bye Friday night! Looks like I have a lot of reading to go enjoy. Doesnt it always amaze you when you find another new blog to devour....

You have been through a rough ride - you share it well and sometimes it sounds familiar. You help me understand some of the same things I went though, you know?

Thanks for reading me and my foul fucking mouth.

Jen said...

Thanks for this post. I started my blog back in January after my 4th IUI, and feel like I'm in a similar boat. Most of the blogs I started reading back then have also moved to my "Preggers" column. And yes, I use the same word! It's a challenge to find new blogs to read, because I feel like so often, I'm coming up on them right at the end of what's about to be a successful cycle, and it's just not enough time for me to get invested in the story. I've had a lot luck lately though, with cyclesista, which is, I think, how I found you. I'll have to check out some of the others on your list that I haven't discovered yet.