I did it. 170 blogs (3 went down since the list went up). 170 comments in 7 days. I made my first Iron Commenter! I have found so many new blogs to follow- check my right sidebar to who I’ve added. I’ve found a ton of adoption blogs- check out my left sidebar just to see all the adoption bloggers I’m following. But most of all, I’ve met and made connections with so many people. The experience of making these connections is just amazing. Iron Commenter is indeed not for the faint of heart, but it is worth it, so worth it.
Like the post title says, ICLW may be over at midnight tonight, but that doesn’t mean the comments have to stop. This has definitely kicked my butt into being a better active partipant in the ALI blogosphere. The sheer value in the connections I’ve made will only last if I keep up my end: reading, commenting, sharing stories.
Just because ICLW is over doesn’t mean that NIAW is even close to being done! There’s a lot happening on Capitol Hill right now. Melissa Ford of Stirrup Queens has posted her remarks she gave this morning at the infertility briefing on the Hill. They are powerful and inspiring. They remind me of why it is that I’m out and outspoken about my IF: because we need the government to act! She’s there today with the executive leadership of RESOLVE. I hope they’re making waves.
What else can you do to raise awareness? You can tweet about it, Facebook it, blog about it… make sure you Stumbleupon and Kirtsy and Digg and Reddit your links too! You can be out and outspoken about your infertility. Like Iron Commenter, it’s not for the faint of heart, but damn if it doesn’t feel good. “But what IF I’m too nervous about outing myself?” you ask? Well, here, let me do it for you. Use me as your stand-in, and share my What IF? A Portrait of Infertility video. Just spread it with words like “Because 1 in 8 is someone you know. This video is about a very important cause.” And then leave it at that. *wipes hands* See? Infertility activism and advocacy is easy.
Other ways to raise awareness? Check out all of the blogs participating in #ProjectIF. Retweet @resolveorg or follow them on Twitter. Use hashtag #infertility in your tweets. Link to other bloggers on your blog, or even better yet- on your Facebook.
There’s still 4 days left, including today, to raise awareness for National Infertility Awareness Week. Take just a few minutes each day and keep the awareness going!