Sorority Smorgasbord

Floaty, muddle-headed, dazed. That pretty well describes me today, compliments of a sinusitis, decongestants and irregular sleep. Yet, being the type-A, gotta be productive, restless kind of gal that I am, I hatched an action plan: Surf, browse and catalog. Fortunately, it requires little in the way of exertion, minimal brain function and serves a purpose both today and in the future. This won’t be exhaustive by any means but it’s a start. I give you the beginnings of the Sorority Blogger directory – many written under pseudonyms or first names.

And on that topic, like my muddled head needs anymore help being confused, I see some of you for real on Facebook, some in comments and/or related communities using one name and others using blog names. Help a girl out, please.  If you’re so inclined, and haven’t done so already, friend me on Facebook (and send me a private message with your online particulars) so I can try to align the various aliases and faces — not for publication if you prefer anonymity but for my own peace of mind.

Finally, I’d like to offer a shout-out to Lisa Manterfield who made my day with her latest post. Thanks, too, to those who commented, And now to the blogs of some seriously wonderful women:

B – thoughtful and spirited

Belette Rouge – complex and deep

Cath
– inquisitive and thought-provoking

Christina Gombar – a whip-smart societal observer and writer

Emily – warm and passionate

Jules – optimistic and pragmatic

Kathryn – healing and spiritual

Kristin (aka Msfitzita) – Certainly Not Cool Enough To Blog — oh, but she is and then some

Illanare – searching and soulful

Lily – supportive and curious

Lisa Manterfield
– edgy and fun-loving (and author of a soon to be released memoir — more on that soon)

Loribeth
– reflective and expressive

Marci – energetic and creative

Rach (aka Miss Ruby) – fearless and fresh

Soapchick – artistic and forward-looking

Sweet Pea – sassy and focused (can you be both?)

Wendy – adventuresome and driven

As I said, this directory is just the beginning. If you don’t see your blog listed here, I invoke the decongestant defense. Please add your name and your link to the comments section and I’ll update when I’m back to 100%.

Pamela Tsigdinos

Writer, blogger and, oh, yeah, infertility survivor. My memoir, Silent Sorority, tells the whole story. There's a movie in there somewhere. Given the quirkiness needed to relate it all I'm thinking Jennifer Lawrence would be a good fit.

  1. Lisa Manterfield

    I swear we were connected in a past life. On my task list for this week was: “Find 10 great blogs to add to my bloglist.”

    Check!

    Thanks for this awesome directory and for the reciprocal shout out. It’s a love fest! ;-)

  2. loribeth

    Thank you : ) — not only for including me, but for introducing me to a few more great blogs! Mel has me under “Stillbirth” on her amazing blogroll, & I keep meaning to ask her to move me over to the childfree list. Doesn’t matter how we all got here, we’re all in the same boat, & it’s sure nice to know there’s such great company. : )

  3. Lily - The Infertile Mind

    I am shocked and honored to be included on this list. I am working on my review of your book – it touched me on so many levels it’s hard to put into words or even one post! It’s the first book I gave to my mom to help understand my journey. That was beyond huge for me. She’s reading it now.

    Thank you for sharing your story and for including me here. I have been recommending your book like crazy in the meantime! I’ll let you know when my glowing review is finished. :)

    Hugs,
    Lily – The Infertile Mind

  4. Pamela

    Hey Lily: Always happy to share the love. Your blog and willingness to share, well I know it’s doing a world of good. We’re all in this together. I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts here, and I look forward to reading your review.  Warms my heart more than I can express to know that the book is helping to pave the way to greater understanding. That’s huge! 

  5. Tess

    Pamela–

    Just wanted to thank you, deeply, for all your work to put the spotlight on IF and pull together a community of strong, supportive, funny, sad, irreverent voices. Weirdly, I’m new to this world but already past some of the usual milestones…. After four years of not-too-obsessively trying and finally getting concerned enough to get checked out, we learned this summer that we’re deep in head-straight-to-IVF, do-not-pass-Go, do-not-collect-$200 territory. Our chances are quite poor anyway (have a nice glass of diminished ovarian reserve, vintage 1972), so we’ve pretty much decided to skip that merry-go-round entirely. I’ve got a heap of adoption books, no firm plans, big decisions to make, and emotional turbulence galore.

    Anyway–so, yeah, knowing this sorority is out there, and hearing from so many who’ve been here? Seeing the list of blogs linked above? Means more than I can say.

    [Note to self: Order the damn book already!]

    Thank you.

  6. Pamela

    Dear Tess,

    I’m sorry you had to get such an awful kick in the head. No one is ever fully prepared for that news. It sounds like you’re well armed to assess what’s next and I’m confident you’ll do what’s right for you. Meanwhile, you’ll always find a welcome place here.

    p.s. I admire your wry writing style … I hope you share more of it!

  7. carla

    I have recently finished your book, and am so grateful for the openness of the other women out there who are also journeying with infertility. thanks for your courage to not be silent.

  8. Michell battynurse

    So I read the posts backwards but glad your sinuses are working a bit better.
    I’m still here reading although I don’t comment much. Also already friended you on facebook. But I only have the Michell profile on facebook.

  9. Yachtcharter Griechenland

    This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I love seeing websites that understand the value of providing a quality resource for free.

  10. Sandy

    This month I relapse from childfree to childless and after a particularly bad bout of feeling alone I came here for the solace that I usually find.

    I’ve spent the last several hours reading the various blogs in awe and wonder. When one is grieving what might have been it is easy to forget that there is light. The blogs that you’ve listed offer that light. My childed sister finally asked how I could make her understand. Now I’ve a pool of resources that I can point her to.

    Thank you so much.

  11. kekis

    Just stumbled across this post and look forward to adding some new blogs to my Google Reader. As a four year vet of infertility and loss & three year blogger, I’m appreciative of others who share their journeys as well.

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