Oh hai, everyone! LOOOOOOOOONG time no talk to. This thing still on?
So, as ever, I’ve been trying to figure out just what the hell to do with this space that I created eight — yes, eight — years ago. It’s been through so many iterations, I’ve lost count. I went through infertility for four years before my son was born and folks — it hasn’t been for lack of caring that I haven’t kept this place up to date. It’s kind of crazy just how much time this whole “parenting” thing takes up. Especially once your kid starts forming independent thoughts of his or her own. And like, getting into your stash of Sharpie markers and thinking the trim on the door frame needs a splash of orange.
You guys, I’m a mom now. What in the actual fudge. Still can’t keep a plant alive for more than like, a week, but Judah’s going to turn 4 this year, so hey — can’t be doing all that bad. I say this not to rub it in, but as much as infertility shaped so much of my life previously, motherhood absolutely shapes my life now. But I’m not just any mom — I’m a mom after infertility. I’ve been right where you are. I have the literal scars to prove it. More importantly, I haven’t forgotten you or this community, even though my absence from here would say otherwise.
No more mea culpas. I am unapologetically a mom. I’m going to work very hard to keep parenting talk to an absolute minimum when I post, because I remember how hard it can be to read. So, what am I going to write about here?
First and foremost, I’ve ditched the whole magazine idea. As a one-woman show writing three days a week for Romper, plus running my own digital storytelling consultancy, I just don’t have the time. So, this is no longer The Infertility Voice the online magazine. Nor is it strictly going back to The Infertility Voice the blog. Right now, I see it as The Infertility Voice — An online hub for the infertility community. I’ma post when I post. No more schedules. Just when I need to.
But I haven’t renamed this place My Infertility Voice. It’s still THE Infertility Voice — which means I want to share and amplify your stories, too — which means yes, please send me your guest posts! No more regular contributor stuff; it’s just too much for me to manage by myself. Wanna send me one post? Great. Wanna send me a post a week? Awesome. It’s all fair game, but know that I will be editing and yes, sometimes even rejecting. Gotta keep the content up to snuff.
I know I have a HUGE backlog of guest posts. My plan is to work through them one by one the rest of January. You’ve been incredibly patient, so just wait a lil longer if you sent me something in the last year and never heard back.
So, that’s it for this update at the mo. More to come. Until then, subscribe, would ya? Going to try to actual send out emails once in a while. Oh, and follow me on Facebook. I’m doing live videos now! I ramble and sometimes wear makeup. It’s a good time.
Peace out, scouts.