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International Blog Delurking Week 2013

It’s International Blog Delurking Week, which comes each year on the second week of January (or the first full week of the month).  It runs this year from the 6th until the 13th, so you have seven days to slither out of the reading closet and check in with an “I’m here” comment.

It is fairly easy. Leave a comment in the comment section below admitting that you’re here. You can simply raise your hand and meekly admit that you’re here with a simple, one-word “here” comment; or you can proudly raise your hand and tell us all a bit about yourself (my preferred method); or… in honour of all the Harry Potter posts lately, you can tell us which character you’re most like (see, I’m trying to make it easy for you by even providing a comment prompt).

The point is that I want to know about the people who read me, since there is a huge discrepancy between the number of readers in actuality and the number of readers I actually know are reading. Or a tongue-twister like that.

And that’s all you have to do to celebrate.

So (clears throat to nudge you along), who is here?

And just to answer my own question, I am a mix of three characters: Tonks, Mad-Eye Moody, and Narcissa.  Tonks because she’s a punk rock wizard in a pop music Ministry, Mad-Eye for the constant vigilance, and Narcissa because of the intensity she feels for her child.

But if I had to choose a book character I am really most like, it would be Bilbo Baggins: a reluctant adventurer who is happiest at home with her books and tea.

* I make a badge every year to mark the occasion, and I give you full permission to right click and grab it for your very own.

93 comments

1 Julia { 01.06.13 at 8:40 am }

I’m here. I’m so glad that you are too. :)

2 Jodifur { 01.06.13 at 9:08 am }

I don’t know if you will still be my friend but I don’t really like Harry potter. I’m sorry.

3 ANDMom { 01.06.13 at 9:16 am }

I’m here. I’ve never read Harry Potter – I’m waiting for the kids to be old enough, and then we’ll read it together.

4 Mrs. Gamgee { 01.06.13 at 9:16 am }

Oooo tough question. I’m a bit of a mix too… a bit of Hermione (the immediate need to research anything new), a bit of Neville (klutzy and trying too hard), and a bit of Molly Weasley (the fierceness of her love for her family).

And of course I think you know where I fall on fictional characters in general. :) I am a hobbit through and through!

5 FrozenOJ { 01.06.13 at 9:28 am }

My immediate thought was Luna, but then I thought maybe I’m just projecting since she’s one of my favorite characters. So I brought up the trusty google and searched for “which Harry Potter character are you” and took one of the quizzes that popped up. I got Luna/Dumbledore! “You’re dreamy and absent-minded, though you often show startling intelligence. You’re far more serious-minded than your behavior might imply.” Definitely a result I can live with. =] I don’t think I would ever pick Dumbledore for myself though because I’m too modest.

6 Sara { 01.06.13 at 9:54 am }

I am here! I have not read any of the Harry Potter books, I have seen some of the movies but not all of them so I can not identify myself as any of the characters. I love your blog, thanks!

7 Mia { 01.06.13 at 10:11 am }

I read pretty much everything you post. I found you last February after we were diagnosed with infertility and I’ve been a faithful reader ever since. I quite often participate in ICLW and I am so glad you started that because the people I have met through it have been a huge support.

8 Lucy { 01.06.13 at 10:44 am }

I’m here!

I’m Lucy, mother of Alex and currently expecting the arrival of Matteo. Both of them conceived with the help of IVF. I never comment, but I’ve written you a couple of e-mails…. I’m an avid reader of your blog. It gives me food for my thoughts! :-)

9 JustHeather { 01.06.13 at 11:42 am }

I’m here! I’ve even started reading HP!! Got it from the library and now need to find the 2nd in the series from another library. :)

I’m finally a mom of our little boy after 3 IVF attempts and 4 years 4 days of TTC. I’m also a great friend, wife and love not having to work right now.

10 Alicia { 01.06.13 at 11:50 am }

Here! (queenoftheslipstream)

11 Battynurse { 01.06.13 at 12:29 pm }

I’m here. Funny thinking of which Harry Potter character I’m most like. The first thing that came to mind (not sure if its true or accurate) is that I’m most like Snape. I’m not sure if most people really know who I am at all.

12 Pepper { 01.06.13 at 1:07 pm }

I’m not exactly a lurker since I’ve commented a few times… but I have to admit that I’ve never read any of the HP books or seen any of the movies.

13 Shannon { 01.06.13 at 2:43 pm }

I’m here! Usually a lurker, occasionally (ok, rarely) a commenter.

As for which HP character I’m most like? I’d most like to be like Molly Weasley – calm mom in the midst of chaos, defender of her children and family. I like Frozen OJ, I resorted on an online quiz to decide which I am most like – I ended up taking 2, and both said Harry Potter. Huh. Who knew?

14 Kristen Daukas { 01.06.13 at 2:54 pm }

Oooh, oooh, Mr. Kotter!! I’m here! My middle daughter is the HP reader in the family but I’ve seen most of the movies. I’m the mom to 3 girls aged 9, 11 & 14. I’ve been blogging for 9 years but started really focusing on it 2 years ago. I’ve loved meeting a lot of amazing writers, you included!

15 Stimey { 01.06.13 at 2:59 pm }

I don’t know who I’d be in Harry Potter. But I do know that I liked reading those books and I like reading your blog!

16 vablondie { 01.06.13 at 3:06 pm }

I am still here, though I rarely comment. I also took a couple of online quizzes, as it has been a while since I read the books. (Maybe I will now go back and read them.) One gave me Hermione, another gave me Hagrid. I think there are aspects of both in me. I can be a little geeky and I am not afraid of book work. I love to learn. I also like to help people. And like Hagrid, I also work around scary things, as I work in the OR. (Some of our surgeons can be real beasts!)

17 Blanche { 01.06.13 at 3:08 pm }

Not really a lurker but I don’t comment as much as I could. It took 3 years, 6 IUI’s, and 3.5ish IVF cycles to finally get pregnant and now we have a sassy 2.5 year old daughter. Always thought I would have at least 2 kids, but we’ve decided not to pursue further treatments so unless we strike it lucky on our own, it looks like she’ll be an only (like me).

18 Courtney { 01.06.13 at 3:13 pm }

I’m here! =) I always enjoy your posts, but don’t always have a lot of time to comment. I don’t know why, but I feel that I’m like Ron Weasley. Again, I have no idea, but I feel that I can identify with him. =)

19 Kimberly { 01.06.13 at 3:56 pm }

Hey, I’m here!! And I have to say I’m most like Molly Weasley. As a host, I’m the come in and eat, make you a hot meal. I’m also fiercely protective of my own family and that moment in the book where she proudly gets up and says “that’s my daughter, you bitch” I totally do the fist pump every time I read it (and even did it in the movie theatre). I’m nice til my family is threatened, then people would be wise to hide from me, especially if they caused it.

20 Lisa { 01.06.13 at 4:01 pm }

here :)

21 Tireegal { 01.06.13 at 4:10 pm }

I’m a cross between a lurker and a commenter – a clurker!
Nearly always read on my phone so am a lazy commenter. Or a laclurker! I think you are a pretty awesome Bilbo. Only read the Hobbit, not TLOTR ! I’m a HP ignoramus, having only seen one movie. I loved Hermione but maybe I just think Emma Watson is cool, I don’t know. I’m going to try this de lurking lark on my blog because I have a truckload of lurkers on mine.

22 RelaxedNoMore { 01.06.13 at 4:29 pm }

I’m here :-) Right now in bed with my 10-week-old in my arms (the “result” of a very efficient IVF) hoping he’s tired enough to continue sleeping for a couple of hours. I’ll turn 40 in April (ugh), so chances of him ever getting a sibling are more than slim. And I think I have a quire a bit of Hermione in me, with acdash of Ron Weasley and a pinch of Luna Lovegood.

23 Jen { 01.06.13 at 5:04 pm }

I’m here… and have been mulling over which HP character I am really most like. Perhaps Hermione? I always default to thinking there must be one ‘right’ way to do something and if I could find out what that is and try with all my might I would be guaranteed to succeed. I think I need to be a bit more Luna-ish sometimes.

24 Esperanza { 01.06.13 at 5:12 pm }

I’m here, you already knew that.

25 Ladyblogalot { 01.06.13 at 5:14 pm }

*hand in the air* me me me! I’m here! And I comment *and* made your creme de la creme list so you may now picture me with a smug smile. Okay so I have been TTC for two years and am just starting my first IVF cycle and quietly having a nervous breakdown over it at the mo and am struggling to leave the house at all, so quite an exciting time really. I am 30… a vegetarian… 5″8 and 132lbs… blind… and think I would have to be Harry himself as everyone seems to look at me and expect great things and I end up getting mad and wantign people to fix their own shit themselves and not look to me to be able to come through on everything. Angry Harry circa the Order of the Phoenix or with the hoarcrux around his neck, pretty much…

26 davida { 01.06.13 at 5:53 pm }

I’m here and like your writing about parenting and life in general, although I don’t really qualify directly as part of the ALI community (but a close family member is infertile). Pottermore sorted me into Hufflepuff which at first wounded me a bit, but then I realized that I do value friendship and community very highly. I think I identify most with Hermione, with a bit of Molly Weasley thrown in.

27 Jane { 01.06.13 at 6:08 pm }

I’m here :)

28 sarah { 01.06.13 at 6:12 pm }

I’m here and have been reading for about a month – right after I started my own little blog about infertility. Thanks for writing and for this community!

29 Cristy { 01.06.13 at 6:44 pm }

Here! And guilty of lurking. Thanks for the motivation to delurk.

30 HereWeGoAJen { 01.06.13 at 7:02 pm }

I’m still here, just a bit more hands full lately.

31 Amy Elaine { 01.06.13 at 7:03 pm }

Hi, Melissa! I am here because I loved your book, Life from Scratch, and really look forward to the sequel. I love love love when you tell us about your kids. They sound awesome.

32 GeekChic { 01.06.13 at 7:05 pm }

I almost always lurk as I’m child-free by choice (I read ALI blogs to help understand the pain a few of my friends are going through since they’ve either lost children or are infertile).

Like Jodifur, I also don’t care for Harry Potter. I also find Tolkien boring. Yes, yes – both heresies I know. ;)

33 Prairie { 01.06.13 at 7:06 pm }

Here. Occasional commenter from Canada. Parenting after IF & loss (fibroids & surgery).

34 Heidi { 01.06.13 at 7:55 pm }

I’m here. My IPhone sucks with letting me comment so I have been commenting less lately. But I read your blog almost daily. :)

35 Jendeis { 01.06.13 at 8:38 pm }

I’m here! Hermione, maybe? — in that I know random crap and feel the need tooncessantly tell people all about it. :)

36 Haley { 01.06.13 at 8:41 pm }

Here and a total lurker….daily lurker actually. Thanks for blogging!

37 a { 01.06.13 at 9:14 pm }

I’m hardly a lurker! Took 2 different quizzes and apparently, I am definitely Hermione…

38 Rivqah { 01.06.13 at 9:21 pm }

Longtime lurker; like Haley, pretty much daily. Childless, and starting to try to accept that “not yet” might just be “not at all.” As for the Potter character question, my husband says he knows exactly what Hermione will look like in her thirties, because he married her – I’ve got the bushy, frizzy hair and the big-ish front teeth, as well as the brains, and can be something of an “insufferable know-it-all.” And we, like you, have the requisite Platform Nine and Three Quarters photo from our last England visit a couple of years ago. :)

39 Chuck Baudelaire { 01.06.13 at 9:27 pm }

Here. :) I’d like to think I’m Bellatrix if she were only crazy and not crazy and evil.

40 Lex { 01.06.13 at 9:37 pm }

I’m here :) Lex from Crazy Lesbian Mom. I lurk quite a bit.

41 Tiara { 01.06.13 at 9:38 pm }

I’m not a lurker but a fairly regular commenter. Still wanted to pipe in with a “here”. Haven’t read HP yet so can’t pick a character.

42 It Is What It Is { 01.06.13 at 9:50 pm }

No need for me to de-lurk…I’m always here :) You write it, I will come, and comment.

I’m such a dork, I can’t figure out how to add an image to my blog sidebar. I saved your De-lurking .png but don’t have the blogging skills to add it.

43 Wolfers { 01.06.13 at 10:10 pm }

I’m here- lurking around, the only deaf (?) childless not by choice… and I like to think myself a merge of Hermione, (always reading, knowing trivia), Harry (taking risks and sulking), and Sirius, helping people from the back.

44 Jenny F. Scientist, PhD { 01.06.13 at 10:56 pm }

I’m here! I enjoy your writing, your thoughtful commenters, and the perspective it’s provided for me as very many of my in-real-life-friends have struggled with infertility, pregnancy loss, stillbirth, and other heartbreaking child-related situations.

45 Cassie Dash { 01.06.13 at 11:17 pm }

Oh, I’m here! And I’d like to say that I’m most like Ron because he’s my favorite character, but I know my hubs would tell you I’m Hermione all the way — a brave, bossy, but very smart know-it-all! :)

46 Caryn { 01.06.13 at 11:18 pm }

I’ve been here for a long time. Brief history… Unexpected pregnant resulting in my lovely 17 year old, secondary infertility stopped trying when oldest was four, became a foster family, lost our first sibling set that we had planned to adopt, became medically fragile foster patents without intent to adopt, adopted our four girls in a very short 3 1/2 years, then topped it all off with an unexpected/”how the heck did that fix itself”pregnancy, almost ten years after accepting we wouldn’t have another bio child. Needless to say life has thrown us a few curve balls. Now I spend my days being mom to five lovely daughters (17, 9, 7, 6, 5) and a precious son (4), juggling multiple special needs and trauma issues and quilting. I continue to come here for your wonderful stories about your twins. My youngest two are only four months a part and Despite my insistence on not treating them like twins, are very twin-like in their view of theirselves. Anytime one of them is asked their name, they share their sibs name too, followed by “we’re the same”. I worried back when everything was happening that one or the other would be resentful that they are so closely spaced. They like to sing, “J***/L***’s my best friend!” at the top of their lungs when singing, so I think we’re doing okay.

Hmmm, that was a little more than a little. :)

47 Jamie { 01.07.13 at 1:47 am }

I’m here, and have been reading your blog for around 2 years now I think. I stumbled across it when I was pregnant with my first daughter (now 27 months old). I love your writing – it is thought-provoking and inspiring. Your post about the fortune teller gave me chills. Your posts about your children make me smile. I learn about Judaism, about political issues, and about things like Pottermore. I love the variety of topics you bring to this corner of the Internet :-).

A little bit about me: I have PCOS but fortunately have given birth to two daughters, 2 years and a day apart. I read your blog daily on my I-Touch, along with around a dozen other blogs. I don’t blog, but I do keep journals, and have for years. I haven’t read the HP series, although my husband did. I asked him who he thought I’m most like and he said Harry, which surprised me. His reasoning is that I’m spontaneous, independent, and make my own way. He also said that Harry wants to help others.

48 Jules { 01.07.13 at 2:11 am }

I’m here, not as often as I used to be, but I’m always thinking of you.

49 Stinky { 01.07.13 at 3:14 am }

here. Semi lurker. No idea which Potter character I would be, been ages since I read any books (and I don;’t think I share your, lets say, ‘enthusiasm’ quite as much).
Always reading here, even though I don’t always have much to say

50 Illanare { 01.07.13 at 5:07 am }

Here (though often lurking). I did a “which Harry Potter character are you?” quiz and came out as Dumbledore but I think I am actually a mix of Hermione (mad hair and most at home in a library), Prof McGonagall (slightly acerbic) and Neville (like cardigans)

51 cindy { 01.07.13 at 5:25 am }

I’m here! If you track your traffic, I’m your reader in Israel (though I am also American). I don’t read all the time, but I do drop by a handful of times a month. I’ve never read HP, only seen the movies, and I don’t think they’re adequate enough compared to the books to make an accurate personality comparison. I’m a freelance writer (mostly travel stuff in Israel), a teacher (these days, to adult African refugees) and a new mom to twin girls (three weeks this Thursday).

52 Valery Valentina { 01.07.13 at 7:55 am }

I’m here.
After 5 years pregnant through DE-IVF. I’m not easily spooked by medication, treatment or procedures (or white foods for that matter) but find emotions difficult to accept.
I’ve always dreamt of twins, was over the moon at the beginning of this pregnancy, then half-heart-broken after one of them vanished.
Still can’t believe you blog this often, as it sometimes seems to burden you as well. And I’m keeping the creme-de-la-creme list for when I start my maternity leave next week.

53 Elizabeth { 01.07.13 at 8:02 am }

Long-time reader and commenter here… We just moved from Albania to Colombia with our 2yo and 4yo. These days I feel like a combination of Professor Trelawny and an unemancipated house elf….!

54 Luna { 01.07.13 at 8:22 am }

Molly Weasely because she is homey, motherly, domestic and fiercely protective and Remus Lupin because he is cautious yet brave, loyal yet fair and an outsider yet those who know him well love him.

I read regularly and comment sporadically (especially on Potter related posts, ha ha).

55 Melissa { 01.07.13 at 9:36 am }

I’m here. 39 and TTC#1 since January 2009. First pregnancy (natural) ended in mc at 12 weeks on Mother’s Day 2009. Second pregnancy (natural) ended in mc at 8 weeks in March 2010; trisomy 13. RMC testing showed nothing wrong, all my hormones are “perfect” (according to RE); SA showed 1% morphology (but RE suspects not an issue due to sky-high count and high motility). Then we couldn’t get pregnant again. 5 IUIs in 2011; the 3rd worked but ended in mc#3 at 5 weeks in August 2011. IVF/ICSI#1: eSBT of a 4BB ended in mc#4 at 5 weeks in Feb 2012. IVF/ICSI#2: eSBT of a 4BB; BFN. FET #1: two 2BB blasts transferred; BFN. IVF/ICSI#3 (new protocol): transferred a hatching 2AB and a hatching 4BC; BFN. FET#2: transferred two 2BCs and a 1BB; ended in mc #5 at 5 weeks on Dec 19, 2012.

Been in weekly counseling with an infertility therapist since March 2011, been on anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs since May 2011. Probably wouldn’t still be alive today if not for counseling and drugs.

Currently trying to pick myself up off the floor and muster the courage to schedule my WTF appt. Afraid the RE will now say DE or quit….

56 K { 01.07.13 at 9:37 am }

I’ve been here since I found out I had high FSH and only 2% chance of conceiving without assistance – in November, 2010. Since that time, we’ve become parents through egg donation to twin boys born this October. I don’t yet have a blog, but would love to start one – even if only to connect with others who have chosen egg donation to create their families and others who are parenting twins in general. I love your blog!

57 Katherine A { 01.07.13 at 9:40 am }

Lurk mostly, comment occasionally.

To answer the question: I like to think that I’m Aragorn from LOTR, equally skilled with a sword and poetry, not to mention smart, wise, and humble (oh, and handsome too). Never going to happen, but hey, it’s good to have aspirations, right? In real life, I’ve identified much more with Frodo Baggins lately – on a tough journey I didn’t expect to be on and didn’t really want to take with no idea what lies ahead and no promises of success.

As far as Harry Potter, I’m a perfectionist, so I always identified pretty heavily with Hermione, but if I had to choose a character I’m most like, it would probably be Lupin. I’ve been way more into Tolkien lately though – I love HP, but I *may* have winged one of my copies onto the floor the other day (a bad one) after the millionth mention of how amazing mothers and mother’s love are…(though that being said, it’s noteworthy that many of the great formative influences in Harry’s life are childless adults – Dumbledore, McGonagall, or Sirius, just to name a few). What can I say, I take fictional characters way too seriously :-)!

58 loribeth { 01.07.13 at 11:01 am }

I’m here. : ) (Aren’t I always??) And while I haven’t read the entire Potter series, I definitely find Hermione to be a kindred spirit. ; )

59 KeAnne { 01.07.13 at 11:40 am }

Waves hi. I read everything and comment as much as I can. Parenting a 3.5 year old boy who came to us via gestational surrogacy. Hrm. I’m rather like Hermione, and I want to become a member of the Weasley family. My husband identifies w/ the elves in LOTR.

60 Liz { 01.07.13 at 12:13 pm }

I’ve been reading for the past couple of week so I’m pretty new to your blog but I enjoy it very much. I found you because I just started an FET cycle using adopted embryos and a a fellow embryo adoption blogger recommended your site.

61 Pie { 01.07.13 at 1:44 pm }

Here, present, and accounted for! And don’t hate/judge me Mel, but I’ve never read Harry Potter. Or sat through an entire movie. Maybe when my daughter’s older? So every time you write in Potter-ese, I have no clue at all what you are talking about! That whole sorting post? No clue. Something about living in a house? No idea what was going on there. But I love to read you anyway, even when its over my head! :)

62 Turia { 01.07.13 at 2:10 pm }

I am here. I mostly lurk, sometimes comment, and usually read, although I do have to skim some days. I do really enjoy your blog, although I find it super frustrating that I can’t get the entire entry to show up in my google reader feed (I just get the first two lines and then I have to click over).

I have read all the Harry Potter books multiple times and seen the movies multiple times and I suspect I am about to get sucked into Pottermore from your posts about it. I have honestly never thought much about what character I most resemble, probably because I see so much of myself in Hermione (especially the annoying know-it-all teacher’s pet- that was me to a ‘T’ in school).

63 jjiraffe { 01.07.13 at 3:46 pm }

Love this question. I think I’m most like Neville. I’m pretty shy and kind of awkward but I like to think that I can make a difference in my smallest of ways, like Neville did.

64 Aly @ Breathe Gently { 01.07.13 at 3:51 pm }

I’m here! :)

I love your blog, and your ability to connect TTC/IVF/Pregnancy blogs together with grace. :) I’m 25 weeks pregnant with my first baby, an IVF little girl, due in April. And I live in Sydney, Australia. :)

Oh, and I’d say I’m most like Ginny. The quiet one who eventually comes into her own.

I’m

65 Lori Lavender Luz { 01.07.13 at 4:37 pm }

Poking my head out because I hardly ever comment here.

I like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain. I’m not much into yoga. I.am.in.to.champagne.

66 Amy { 01.07.13 at 6:17 pm }

I’m here! I’m terrible at commenting on blogs, but I enjoy reading them! After battling infertility for over 2 1/2 years, we’re moving on to adoption!

My stepsons told me that I was Hermione when they were playing Harry Potter. But that’s probably because I was the only girl in the house at the time.

67 Mali { 01.07.13 at 6:23 pm }

Here (but you knew that!). My blog name says it all really. No kidding in NZ.

(PS. LOL at Lori!)

68 Sara { 01.07.13 at 6:33 pm }

I’m here! I’m 1) Hermione with a smidge of 2) Luna because while 1) I’m a good solver and a fountain of random facts, I’m also a bit of an annoying know-it-all ;-) and 2) People tend to look very startled at some of my comments, which I think means that they seem to come completely out of left field.

69 Anna { 01.07.13 at 7:38 pm }

Here! And a total Hermione. Such a know-it-all teacher’s pet, it makes me sick. :)

70 Charlotte { 01.07.13 at 8:21 pm }

I am Charlotte, a 34 year old mom of 3. We have been trying for a 4th for 5 years now. One chemical pregnancy, one early miscarriage. Spent time on webmd years ago, think I heard of you then, but found you last year from another blogger from webmd days. Never been diagnosed with IF, but also never had any testing. Hopefully my 3rd is not my last, still naturally trying. Get much.xomfort from your blog, even though I never comment.

71 Ann { 01.07.13 at 9:29 pm }

Lurker for years; your blog got me through the darkest times of our IF. Now a mom to my surprise toddler, I still look forward to reading your words on an almost daily basis. And I pass along your website to everyone I know who is struggling with IF. You are the den mother of our dysfunctional scout troop. Thank you for what you do. Oh yeah, and totally Hermione. Even married a Ginger.

72 Risa { 01.07.13 at 10:26 pm }

I’m here! New to the IF blogging community, but here! TTC for almost four years, with no pregnancy. Starting the IUI process right now.

73 Jane { 01.07.13 at 11:33 pm }

I’m here. This is my first time commenting on any blog (although I am a faithful reader of many). I am grateful for your writing as we embark on our 3rd IVF adventure. Your words are so often comforting and inspiring.

74 StacieT { 01.08.13 at 2:06 am }

I’m here. :) I took a quiz, which said I am most like Hermione. That surprises me as I would have said one of the offbeat characters like Neville or Luna, but I suppose I can see some Hermione in me.

75 Pepibebe { 01.08.13 at 2:13 am }

Hello, I’m certainly still here. I don’t know which HP character I’m most like, but my favourite is Luna. My wife just introduced me to the Harry Potter movies this year and I’ve loved them.
As for me… I just started blogging in Oct about our journey TTC our first child after 2 MC’s. I am enjoying it greatly. My highlights have been meeting the wonderful community of bloggers out there, plus you Ms Stirrup Queen, writing in your summary of my favorite post (for the Creme de la Creme 2012), that you ‘loved’ my post :-)

76 Collette { 01.08.13 at 10:27 am }

I’m here. I rarely comment but look forward to reading your posts whenever you pop up in my reader.

I don’t know what character I’d be. I haven’t read books 5-7. I’m not sure why. I have a habit of “saving” things I really like for just the right time–books, new clothes, etc. But really, this is kind of ridiculous. Maybe I’ll finish them soon.

77 Jeanna { 01.08.13 at 11:51 am }

I’m here. Very occassional commenter, but your blog was one of the reasons I started blogging. I’m a Hermoine, minus some of her bravery. I guess I’d be part Hermoine and part Neville :)

78 Juanita { 01.08.13 at 12:11 pm }

I’m here!

As far as characters probably Hermione – “You’re book smart, moral and cool under pressure. You love learning and showing others what you know. You’re way more mature than those around you, and you always seem to know what’s best.” – And have really wild and frizzy hair!

79 Krystal { 01.08.13 at 1:41 pm }

Hello! I am here. At least once a day :)
We have been TTC #1 since May 2010 with 6week m/c Oct 2010. We have just begun our testing, currently awaiting our appointment for cd3 bloodwork and SA results.
Thanks so much for all that you do for this community, this site is AMAZING!

80 Anne { 01.08.13 at 7:32 pm }

I haven’t read Harry Potter, but I am reading Life From Scratch (and enjoying it very much)

that is all.

81 Jo { 01.08.13 at 7:54 pm }

I’m still here. Still reading, though it posting or commenting very much. Just nothing new to report, ya know?

82 Lala { 01.08.13 at 10:56 pm }

I’d have to say I’m a bit of Luna and a bit of Neville with some Draco in there somewhere… (An oddball snot that is pretty klutzy). :)

Oh and a really horrible commenter, but faithful lurker.

83 Michaela { 01.09.13 at 9:46 am }

Hi!

I am a semi-lurker! I comment sometimes.

I am embarrassed to admit it but I have only seen the 1st two Harry Potter movies and I have’t read the books…maybe that is something I will do when I become a mother and I will share that with my child…we can read and discover them together.

So I will get back to you at a later point in time on which character fits me!

84 Flmgodog { 01.09.13 at 12:04 pm }

I am still hanging around. I have never been into Harry Potter but I still like you.

85 LN { 01.09.13 at 2:40 pm }

It is pathetic how much time I have spent considering your question, but I still don’t have a satisfactory answer. When I read the books the first (of many many many times), I thought I was most like Harry because, as you point out, we experience the story through his perspective. He has the most depth, self-doubt, anxiety, fear, disappointment, etc. However, MANY other people have though I was most like Hermione (I even have a friend who calls me Hermione, and has for years now). Truthfully, there are bits of most of the characters that are like me, Luna, Ron, Neville, Snape, Lily, Molly, Dobby. As much as Ron frustrates me in the books, his faults are often my faults. He isn’t my favorite character though, so I prefer to think of myself as Harry. The end of the book especially, when Harry says goodbye to his middle son, Albus. He loves him so much and knows that their relationship will never be the same. Harry loved Hogwarts because it was his first real home, but Albus has always been loved. Harry knows though that when Albus comes home for Christmas, he’ll be his own person, with his own house, friends, classes, private jokes, and secret adventures. He’ll always love his parents, but never need them in exactly the same way. Just typing it breaks my heart. In that way, I feel like Harry too.
For some reason, there are a few characters whom I never identify with, Ginny and Sirrius come to mind.

86 missohkay { 01.09.13 at 3:32 pm }

I’m here and can’t decide which Harry Potter character I’d be, but I would definitely want/expect to be sorted into Ravenclaw.

87 Mirren { 01.09.13 at 3:37 pm }

I am new here, loving your blog. I am Hermione, 99.9%, with a dash of Luna in me. I do admire Narcissa’s hair and wish I could tame it like she can.

88 Anat { 01.09.13 at 5:25 pm }

I’m here!

89 Jen { 01.09.13 at 6:34 pm }

Present! I’ve been lurking for about 6 months now. Hermione rocks.

90 california { 01.10.13 at 8:34 pm }

I’m here but always read while nursing so commenting is awkward, not least because I have everything I ever wanted, reproductively, having been pregnant or nursing or both for years and years, but that sentence doesn;t show the work and hurt to get the ball rolling with kid 1

91 Cherish { 01.10.13 at 11:32 pm }

I’m here, but not a HP fan so I don’t know characters well enough to pick. I’m really just a casual reader / lurker these days, because I’m getting divorced and my stress about IF is somewhat on hold…although I stress about dealing with it when the next husband comes along. I don’t want to forget the community that has supported me for 4 1/2 years, so I keep reading. And I like your blog. :-)

92 Jamie { 01.13.13 at 11:59 pm }

A friend recommended your blog to me in 2008 while trying to cope with infertility. Life has changed a lot for me since then–no longer in the relationship where IF invaded our lives. I have been rebuilding in many areas of my life while trying to figure out where I belong. In some ways IF is behind me, but it will always be part of who I am. I dream of finding a man to share a life while holding onto hope that maybe I will have the opportunity to be a mother. It is not a requirement for happiness, but I am not ready to give up on that dream just yet. Kind of identify myself as “childless for now.”

Luna Lovegood for sure. :)

Thank you for your blog and continued writing on the topics and issues surrounding IF. I hope that more support, understanding and compassion results in the work that you and others do in the ALI community.

93 Jamie { 01.14.13 at 12:01 am }

A friend recommended your blog to me in 2008 while trying to cope with infertility. Life has changed a lot for me since then–no longer in the relationship where IF invaded our lives. I have been rebuilding in many areas of my life while trying to figure out where I belong. In some ways IF is behind me, but it will always be part of who I am. I dream of finding a man to share a life while holding onto hope that maybe I will have the opportunity to be a mother. It is not a requirement for happiness, but I am not ready to give up on that dream just yet. Kind of identify myself as “childless for now.”

Luna Lovegood for sure. :)

Thank you for your blog and continued writing on the topics and issues surrounding IF. I hope that more support, understanding and compassion results in the work that you and others do in the AIL community.

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