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IComLeavWe: September 2011

Welcome back to IComLeavWe. It stands for International Comment Leaving Week, but if you say it aloud, doesn’t it sounds like “I come; [but] leave [as a] we”? And that’s sort of the point. Blogging is a conversation and comments should be honoured and encouraged. I like to say that comments are the new hug–a way of saying hello, giving comfort, leaving congratulations.

Here is the vital information, pure and simple (a more detailed set of rules follows below the list):

  • The list opens the 1st of every month. It remains open until the 21st. You can add yourself at any point. The list is open to everyone in the blogosphere — blog writers and/or blog readers.
  • Add yourself to the list by filling out this form: The list is now closed.  The October list will open on the 29th.
  • Click here to cut-and-paste this bit of code to add to your sidebar (if you have the old code from another month, remove it and replace it with this one). You need to add the icon or a link to the current list on your blog (see below) and will not be added until it’s up.
  • Commenting kicks off every month on the 21st. Please mark it somewhere (calendar, post-it note taped to your computer…), though I will be sending out an email reminder on the 20th. Commenting week runs from the 21st to the 28th. Every day, leave 5 comments and return 1 comment for a total of 6 comments. You are highly encouraged to choose the blogs you comment on from the participants list below, but this is not required.
  • I will send a second email on the 28th to remind you to remove the icon from your blog.
  • Read below if you want to find out about Iron Commenters.
  • The commenting ends on the 28th. We catch our breath and the whole thing starts again the next month on the 1st. Drop in and out according to what is happening in your life between the 21st and the 28th.
The September 2011 List
    1. Stirrup Queens (twins, books, writing)
    2. Eggs In A Row (pcos, infertility, coping)
    3. Adoption Adventures and More (adoption, infertility, endometriosis)
    4. Mommy Odyssey (rpl, ectopic pregnancy (left tube removed! I’m infertile-chic!), generally crazy)
    5. kate; uncensored (life, relationships, struggles)
    6. The Unbroken World (infertility, pregnancy, life)
    7. My Infertility Story (infertility, coping, peace)
    8. Four of a Kind (parenting, secondary infertility, loss)
    9. First Time Twins (IVF, infertility, miscarriage)
    10. Hobbit-ish Thoughts & Ramblings (parenting after losses, ttc #2, cooking)
    11. Trying for a baby (FET #2, endometriosis, IF)
    12. Wistfulgirl’s World (infertility, adoption, Dad’s death)
    13. Creating a Family (infertility, adoption, adoptive parenting)
    14. Dragondreamer’s Lair (parenting, secondary infertility, crafts)
    15. Ambition: motherhood (mfi, diui, early pregnancy)
    16. Finding My New Normal (stillbirth, donor egg, infertility)
    17. Here We Go Again (parenting, random, babyloss)
    18. Cablearms (art, life, miscarriages)
    19. Tippy & Tidy’s Tumultuous Trip To Toddlers (TTC#1, unexplained, donor eggs)
    20. Donor Diva: Mother via Egg Donation (egg donation, parenting)
    21. MissConception  (twins, IVF, PCOS)
    22. Lifeslurper (donor eggs, over forty, IVF)
    23. The Days of Our Lives (infertility, adoption, faith)
    24. Flogging the Muse (art, painting, creativity)
    25. This International Life (travel, expat life, Germany)
    26. Mommy-In-Waiting (pregnant, twins, IVF#4)
    27. The Rocky Road to Motherhood (life after IVF)
    28. EndoandBeyond  (infertility, miscarriage, food)
    29. Trying not to scream (first IVF, infertility, loss)
    30. A Miracle in the Works (autoimmune issues, infertility, ttc#1 after a loss)
    31. Where Do We Go From Here? (infertility, pcos, family)
    32. Meier Madness (pcos, iui, keeping sane-ish)
    33. Feeling Beachie (life, humor, family)
    34. Rasta Less Traveled (FET, surrogacy in India, egg donor)
    35. Unglamorous (TTC #2, toddler, musings)
    36. The 2 Week Wait (infertility, pregnancy, humor)
    37. Bring on the Babies… (ivf, recurrent pregnancy loss, miscarriage)
    38. Walking an Unknown Path (unexplained infertility, miscarriage, life)
    39. My Lady of the Lantern (neonatal loss, grief, pregnant again)
    40. Sybil and Alex (ivf#2, pcos, furbaby)
    41. Then Comes the Baby in the Baby Carriage (TTC #1, TCM, chemical pregnancy)
    42. Becoming Parents (raging undiagnosed infertile)
    43. Annoyed Army Wife (IVF #1, humor/sarcasm, army life)
    44. Living Our Miracle (embryo adoption, infertility)
    45. Searching for Serendipity (infertility, wellness, food)
    46. A Page In My Book (IF grad, family, humor)
    47. Zero Guarantees (suro, pregnant, twins)
    48. all i ever wished for… (ivf #3, 2ww, life)
    49. Trying To Conceive (pregnancy after IVF, emotions, venting)
    50. Hearts Joined, Hands Fast (pregnant, ivf, mfi)
    51. Mommy Forward (adoption, self-improvement, faith)
    52. Created Family (unexplained infertility, IUI #1, grad school)
    53. Lose to Gain (ivf, intuitive eating, thyroid)
    54. Colours of Cattiz (ivf#2, male factor, uk)
    55. The Ladies in Waiting Book Club (infertility, books, community)
    56. It’s Him, Me, and Our One Day Baby (infertility, egg donor, love)
    57. AFM (parenting after loss, miscarriage, defense life)
    58. Hoping Lightning Will Strike Twice (secondary IF, family)
    59. Yolk: A blog about eggs and sperm (pregnant, humour, infertility)
    60. IUI to Roux-en-Y (weight loss, surgery, my journey)
    61. Bohemian Transplant (infertility, pregnancy, recipes)
    62. Baby Bump Envy (infertility, endometriosis, miscarriage)
    63. Whitney & Erick (RPL, miscarriage, adoption?)
    64. Taking the Long Way (rpl; anxiety over current pregnancy; third trimester)
    65. Rainbow Making 101 (miscarriage, IUI, 2WW)
    66. Of Seeds and Thorns (recent graduate, random thoughts, recipes)
    67. Infertile in a Fertile Land (journey hope waiting)
    68. Weathering the Storm (adoption, waiting, life)
    69. I’m Just Ducky, Thanks (FET, recurrent loss, adoption)
    70. A Year On… Our New Beginning {hopefully} (stillbirth, secondary IF, IVF)
    71. A Greater Yes (embryo adoption, parenting, infertility)
    72. I’m Very Far Away  (expat, IVF, FET)
    73. The Stork Drop Zone (infertility, humor, life)
    74. The Barreness (infertility, art, insight)
    75. Too Many Fish To Fry (infertility, advocacy, joy)
    76. Miss(ed)Conception (IVF mommy)
    77. I Was Told There Would Be Pajamas (babies, marriage, b.s.)
    78. World of My Imagination (writing, inspiration, distraction)
    79. BattleFish (ttc, FET #2, life)
    80. wannabee (adoption, loss, craftiness)
    81. Thus is the life (infertility,TTC#2, faith)
    82. From IF to When (international adoption, newbie, humor)
    83. A peek into our journey (IVF #2 2ww, humor)
    84. Cinderella Wore Glass Slippers (FET, pregnant (finally!), life)
    85. Our New Plan A (high-risk UU pregnancy)
    86. Bridgit’s Beehive (twins, preemies)
    87. Fertile in God’s Timing (infertility, treatment, emotions)
    88. Searching for the Missing Piece (domestic adoption, RPL, life)
    89. Life in the White House (donor sperm, life, pregnancy)
    90. Les Terres Fertiles (unexplained infertility journey)
    91. In Due Time (life, infertility, miscarriage)
    92. Life’s Everyday Adventures (everyday life, randomness)
    93. Embracing the Rain (mthfr, dor, rpl)
    94. Holly’s Narrative Dream (secondary infertility, coping, life)
    95. Notes From The Ninth Circle (insurance, stalled, frustration)
    96. The list is now closed.  The October list will open on the 29th

Q: What if I miss a day?

A: Catch up the next day by doubling your comments – 12 comments instead of 6.

Q: What if I have two blogs? Can I sign up twice, listing both blogs?

A: Yes, but you also need to double your comments. If you have two blogs listed, you should be leaving 12 comments per day.

Q: What is an Iron Commenter?

A: Not for the faint-of-heart. People who wish to be an Iron Commenter and be entered on the Iron Commenter honour roll need to leave a comment on every blog on the participants list (exceptions are blogs that require you to have a special log-in, such as some LiveJournal accounts or other similar situations). You can spread out this commenting any way you wish over the whole week, but the final comment needs to be left by midnight on the 28th (EST). Reaching Iron Commenter status is done on an honour system. Please email me if you earn Iron Commenter status so I can add you to the wall of honour.

Q: Why do I have to add that bit of code to my sidebar?

A: The code is the latest icon (the icon changes colour every month so you know that you’re on the right list). This month, the icon is red, the next month it will be yellow, etc. The reason is two-fold: (1) it enables more people to find out about IComLeavWe and (2) it gives you easy access to the current list once the commenting week actually begins and better ensures that you’ll use it. Too many times, people sign up and forget to actually do IComLeavWe and this icon gives you a daily reminder (with the dates on it) every time you open your own blog. The icon is linked back to the current list. On the 28th, remove the icon from your blog. A new one will be created for the next month.

Q: It’s the 23rd and I just saw this for the first time on my friend’s blog! I want to join the list–why can’t I?

A: Because IComLeavWe happens every month, once the list is closed, it’s closed. If you’re finding out about this on the 23rd, you can’t join the current month. But leave yourself a note to check back in a week on the 1st and you can sign up for the next month.

Q: You said the list closes on the 21st. Well, it’s still the 21st where I am. Why aren’t you moving my information onto the list?

A: All dates and times are U.S. Eastern Standard Time (UTC/GMT -5 hours). The list closes around 11 p.m. EST on the 21st.

Q: What if no one comments on my blog and I have no comments to return?

A: Well, that really doesn’t happen for the most part, but in that case, simply choose another blog and add an additional comment. The goal is to hit 6 comments daily as a minimum. Going over that is fantastic and encouraged.

Q: Mel, my question wasn’t covered at all. What do I do?

A: Email me; I’m quite friendly. It helps to place “IComLeavWe” in the subject line. You could also check this post which contains the history of IComLeavWe and see if you can glean anything there.

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