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534th Friday Blog Roundup

March’s IComLeavWe list opened this morning. I didn’t want that to get lost in the shuffle since this post pushed that one down on the screen. So sign up, making a commitment to comment more for one week.  Seven measly days.  You can do it.


Life from Scratch was chosen by Amazon to be one of the monthly deals for March. It kicks off this weekend and will be on sale the whole month. I would love your help in getting word out via social media. Pretty please?


Stop procrastinating.  Go make your backups.  Don’t have regrets.

Seriously.  Stop what you’re doing for a moment.  It will take you fifteen minutes, tops.  But you will have peace of mind for days and days.  It’s the gift to yourself that keeps on giving.

As always, add any new thoughts to the Friday Backup post and peruse new comments in order to find out about methods, plug-ins, and devices that help you quickly back up your data and accounts.


And now the blogs…

But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week.  In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:

Okay, now my choices this week.

I know I just featured her, but Earth & Ink has another wonderful — and I’d add important to read — post.  It is the sort of post you bookmark and return to whenever you are having a difficult day (or really, week, month, year).  It is about rebuilding life after a loss, and how we have no clue how our continued presence on earth is needed.  But it definitely is.

Bereaved and Blessed touches on Graham Moore’s acceptance speech at the Oscars (which goes hand-in-hand with Earth & Ink’s post above) and then asks an important question.  If you had 45 minutes on a widely watched television program and could reach many people at once, what would you say?

Lastly, even though the outcome is now known, I loved Constant in the Darkness’s post about waiting earlier in the week (and I hope in featuring it that it doesn’t make dealing with the outcome harder).  When people talk about adoption, I’m certain this is not the moment they think about.  But it exists.  And it’s hard to exist in.  Sending good thoughts.

The roundup to the Roundup: New IComLeavWe list is up.  Please help me get word out about Life from Scratch.  Your weekly backup nudge.  And lots of great posts to read.  So what did you find this week?  Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between February 20th and 27th) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week?  Read the original open thread post here.


1 Northern Star { 02.27.15 at 8:52 am }

Thank you Mel! Featuring the post doesn’t make it harder – in fact, it makes it easier. We’re doing good, feeling good. You are such a support – thank you a million times over for this!

2 Geochick { 02.27.15 at 9:58 am }

*sigh* I need to do better next ICLW, thanks for the reminder to sign up! Once upon a time I was so active and then…I don’t know what happened. I’m trying to get back into reading and commenting on blogs again.

3 My Perfect Breakdown { 02.27.15 at 11:50 am }

Thanks for posting these. I love reading the posts you recommend every week!

4 earthandink { 02.27.15 at 12:11 pm }

Thank you for the shout-out. It’s wonderful to be in such company, so thank you.

5 Lori Lavender Luz { 02.27.15 at 6:20 pm }

Congrats on the Amazon pick!! I’ll be following your lead to tweet and share. WOW!

6 Lisa { 02.27.15 at 6:29 pm }

That’s awesome about being the Amazon deal. Nicely done! I appreciated what Maya from Don’t Count Your Eggs had to say about teaching friends and family how to talk about donor conception. http://dontcountyoureggs.typepad.com//blog/2015/02/teaching-our-friends-and-families-how-to-talk-about-donor-conception.html

On my own blog, I posted a video of me unboxing my shipment of IVF meds. I’m hoping it will help IVF newbies feel more comfortable with the often-intimidating meds box! http://www.amateurnester.com/2015/02/ivf-meds-unboxing.html

7 Kathy { 02.27.15 at 7:15 pm }

So awesome about Life From Scratch! I will shout it from the rooftops, but since not very many people would hear me, so I will also share it all over social media.

8 Kathy { 02.27.15 at 7:16 pm }

So awesome about Life From Scratch! I will shout it from the rooftops, but since not very many people would hear me, so I will also share it all over social media.

9 Kathy { 02.27.15 at 7:18 pm }

Sorry I posted my first paragraph in my comment twice already… 😉 Apparently your blog doesn’t like emoticons, as it truncated the rest of what I had to say. 🙂 Hopefully 3rd time is the charm! <3

So awesome about Life From Scratch! I will shout it from the rooftops, but since not very many people would hear me, so I will also share it all over social media.

And thanks so much for the mention. As you know, I am so passionate about suicide prevention and mental health education/awareness/stigma breaking, but it wouldn't have occurred to me, until I heard his speech, to use that platform and time to do and say what he did.

Also, still pondering what I would say if I had the world's stage for 45 seconds. If and when I figure it out, I will do another/follow up post.

10 Molly @ The Modern Belly { 02.27.15 at 9:38 pm }

Hi Mel – I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for being the fairy godmother of us infertility bloggers and for organizing ICLW. This month I participated in ICLW for the first time and it’s been an incredible experience. I’m hooked!

11 Patricia { 02.27.15 at 10:13 pm }

Thanks for including my post!

12 Northern Star { 02.28.15 at 11:01 am }
13 Northern Star { 02.28.15 at 11:03 am }
14 torthuil { 02.28.15 at 5:08 pm }

Thanks for another round up. Invincible Spring: risk vs. possibility

15 JustHeather { 03.02.15 at 5:49 am }

This is waht I found this week: http://unpregnantchicken.com/2015/02/micro-post-lament-to-the-children/

Congrats on Amazon spotlighting Life from Scratch.

16 loribeth { 03.02.15 at 7:23 pm }

Catwoman73 had a great post about resilience, which also marked her blogoversary:


This was non-IF related, but I loved it (and I’m not even a Trekkie):


17 noemi { 03.03.15 at 6:42 pm }

One of my weekly goals is to contribute one suggestion to the second helpings every week, because I think it’s such a great way for all of us to be exposed to new and amazing writers, or find posts that will give us something we need. Of course I don’t always manage to comment with a link, so today I’m including three, to make up for past weeks when I didn’t even do one.

A great post for anyone who has had to, or is currently, or is afraid to experience a difficult loss.

From this amazing post: “I must admit, I do not know what “healed” looks like for me, nor do I want to encage myself by defining that before I’m ready.”

I love this blogger and I think it’s incredible that she and her husband have been documenting their IF-turned-donor-embryo journey since it started and are now making a movie about it.

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