500th Anniversary Roundup Extravaganza
To celebrate 500 Friday Blog Roundups (yes, yes, yes, ignore the fact that we’re currently on the 601st Roundup since numbering got messed up at some point), I returned to the archives and yanked out posts from Roundups past — from the first, 100th, 200th, 300th, 400th, and 500th Roundups. Or, as close enough as I could get to those dates.
It’s interesting to see the same themes pop up year after year — remember this goes back 10 years — as well as which bloggers are still writing. I went with posts that are still up on the Internet, as well as my thoughts about the post at the time.
So enjoy looking back at 10 years of the ALI community.
From the first Roundup (and the first post I ever highlighted!):
First off, Dead Bug had a great post on Monday about Beginning Day, the transfer day for her daughter who she conceived on her second IVF. It’s the thin silver lining of IF–the ability to know the conception date of your child. Would I rather not know the date AND not have had to jab myself in my stomach with sub-cue needles? Sure. But I do love having the family holiday of Conception Day (which will, from now on, be known as Beginning Day–I love that).
From the 100th Roundup:
I think when you read this post by Bio Girl it will become incredibly clear why I loved it so much. I agree wholeheartedly with the whole post. And it’s an important thing to note: the cushions that exist all around you to fall against. Lucky indeed. I love our community.
From the 200th Roundup:
My Infertility Woes has a post about how she has returned (after a brief hiatus) to liking kids. I love the distinction she makes as well as her ability to take care of herself and take the time she needs. It is not an either/all situation–it is merely a response to the moment.
From the 300th Roundup:
Mrs. Spit has a post of wonders. It is a heart-stopping post, to read what is traveling through her brain in that moment. And I couldn’t do it justice to describe it. You need to click over and read it in full.
From the 400th Roundup:
If You Don’t Stand for Something has a moving post marking the 5th year of trying to build her family. She writes, “5 years. It should get easier. Or more tolerable. Or you hope that you just become desensitized to it all. Anything to help cope with it. But instead, after five years, I still come home crying and breaking down.” It’s a raw post that lays bare the reality of infertility.
From the 500th Roundup:
Um… like someone could write about Lord of the Rings and not have me mention it? I love Inconceivable’s deconstruction of the ending of Return of the King and how that truth applies to our own personal walks through Mordor. Grief changes us. Stressful situations change us. We can never go back and find things exactly the same. Sometimes we need to keep fighting so our new future fits our needs. It’s a gorgeous post.
Here’s to 500 more. I would love it if you’d share a link to a Roundup post from the past that got under your skin.