339th Friday Blog Roundup (with Pre-Anniversary Idea)
Much more exciting than that Sunday-holiday-which-shall-not-be-named is Saturday’s Free Comic Book Day. It has been on my calendar for several months now, and we planned the day around a trip to my favourite comic book store.
I know — Josh likes to say that I’m a 12-year-old boy trapped in a woman’s body.
I’m not that excited about any of the ones they’re giving away, but that’s sort of not the point since I obviously have the means to buy whatever $2.99 comic books I want. The day is a celebration of the almighty comic book. It’s to get new readers to think about graphic novels. It’s to bring back readers who have been away for a long time.
So we’ll be there since I wanted to pick up the rest of the Daytripper series (Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon are my favourite artists — not just because they’re twins — their drawings/inking work is gorgeous). And to show you just how cool comic books can be, here is a video of Moon inking a drawing.
Instead of ComOnNaPro, I want to try something new this week and if people like it, will figure out how to keep it going indefinitely. In other words, add your feedback about this idea in general in your comment so I can gauge interest.
We are approaching the 5th anniversary of the Friday Blog Roundup (I know, freakin’ crazy). And in honour of this fact, I’d like to kick off the next five years with an idea I introduced over at BlogHer in my new section (are you reading my new Blogging & Social Media section? Because you should. You can even subscribe to it so you only get the posts in my section: http://www.blogher.com/topicrss/10/10/feed as well as follow me on Twitter at @BlogHerBlogging).
This is how the new idea would work:
Every Friday Blog Roundup would continue to look as normal — my blatherings at the top and a roundup of a few posts that I read this week that stuck with me (I get asked this a lot, so I’ll just answer it here — the posts that I feature are simply posts that I read and was still thinking about after I walked away from the screen. That’s my only criteria for choosing them) — but the comment section would become an open thread of the best posts you read this week.
So it would be more of a conversation of great posts — a big Stone Soup approach to sharing must-read posts, focused entirely on posts WITHIN our community (in other words, anything ALI-related which is the only guideline I use for constructing the Roundup. If the blog fits somewhere on the blogroll, their posts can fit in the Roundup). BUT the second part is that each week, I’d gather up all the posts left in the thread and post them a second time in the body of the next Roundup under a section called “second helpings.” So you’d see the posts a few times — in the comment section during the week and again in the “second helping” section of the next Roundup. So really good posts have an extra two week lifespan.
So if you want to participate, here’s what you should do:
- Read posts and bookmark anything that really strikes you during the week (this week, for instance, runs April 29–May 6).
- Once I post the weekly Roundup, leave a comment with a link to the blog post you want people to read as well as a brief explanation. Please include the brief explanation. My blurbs are not only to entice you, but to give you a heads up before you click over since not every person is in a mental space to read every post.
- Yes, you can leave more than one post, but please curate thoughtfully. In other words, ask yourself if this is something you think everyone needs to read because it really resonated with you or you’re really proud of it.
- Yes, you can nominate one of your own posts. You can highlight someone else’s post or you can highlight your own. Be proud of your words and stand by them — you did the work, you thought the thoughts, own it and shout it.
- Come back and read the thread throughout the week. The thread remains open from Friday until the following Wednesday. Any comments added after Wednesday evening will not be included in the “second helping” section, though feel free to still leave comments since people may be checking the old threads in the future.
- I will scoop up all posts left and run the links (though not the explanations due to length) in the next Roundup in a special new section titled “second helpings.” This next Roundup will also look the same as usual (with the additional new section), and a new open thread will start again.
Makes sense? So get started this week. Posts must be published between April 29th and May 6th to be included. Anything that doesn’t fit that guideline or that isn’t part of the ALI-community will not be included. And as you read this week, bookmark so you’ll be prepared for the next open thread.
And for this first time, please give me feedback on what you think of this idea. No one has to participate, no one has to read it, but it’s there to highlight more posts. Think of it like our own, private, ALI-StumbleUpon. I still want to point out the great stuff I read during the week, but this gives you a chance to point out the great stuff you read during the week, all in one, succinct space. And people bored, looking for good posts, can always come to the thread and find one. And frankly, I think it can be eye-opening to see which posts that you wrote resonated with another person enough for them to add it to the list. As well as for other readers to see which posts you are most proud of that you added to the list.
And now, the blogs…
I’m not sure how one can read Mrs. Spit’s post “How to Live Forever” and not cry. In a note to her son, she explains how another blogger walked to raise money for March of Dimes in his name, though prior to the event, the blogger lost her own son. I bawled reading: “You are remembered. Your memories as close as our breath. You have entirely outlived your tiny bodies, and your presence reminds us of the need for mercy and goodness. You are not here, but you are not gone.” Absolutely gorgeous.
Kate, Uncensored has a post musing about whether she would undo her experience with infertility if this were possible. She explains, “I’ve often said that I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy. Yet, I wouldn’t wish it away for myself. I have learned so much about myself throughout the process and since.” I love her list — what would you add to yours?
Fertility Challenged in Florida unpacks the idea of having a second child. Namely, why they will never put themselves back on the trying-to-conceive roller coaster but how they may build their family a different way. It was a very interesting read.
Lastly, The Long Way Around has a post about other people’s baby announcements. Namely, the joy she is expected to feel upon hearing someone’s news. She writes, “I think people assume that just because you are now trying to conceive and have babies on the brain, that any baby news is going to bring you joy. What they don’t realize is that after you have suffered a miscarriage, others’ baby news is the last thing you want to hear about.” She gives a great breakdown, separating the news from the expectation. Go weigh in on her question.
The roundup to the Roundup: It’s Free Comic Book Day! What do you think of the open thread idea to carry forth the Roundup into the next 5 years (I sort of want it up and running before the anniversary in a few weeks)? And lots of great posts to read. In fact, there could be more great posts to read: add them into the comment section below and then come back later to see what other posts have been added (and please read the posts).