Thursday, 25 April 2013

Join the Movement: Don't preach to the converted

This week, during NIAW, it would be easy for me to post here.  It would seem natural, and right.  After all, this blog is called No Kidding, and its entire focus is on infertility, or more especially, life after infertility.  And I could do this, but I know that the majority of my readers don't need to be exhorted to think, to spread the word.  They're already doing that.  In fact, I realised that to post here, when I have the option to post elsewhere, would be cowardly.

So I posted on A Separate Life.  I talk about infertility there only rarely.  Regular readers know most of my story, and know that I am living a "no kidding" life.  But there are newer readers there too, younger readers, readers who I know through other walks of life.  And so I knew that if I was going to "walk the walk" I needed to post there, not here, about infertility. So I did.  Briefly.  I don't ever want to turn that blog into a vehicle that I use to promote one issue.  For the same reason I don't politicise my posts there, I don't want to use it as a pulpit to educate my readers on infertility.  But, one post does not turn it into a pulpit.  And it was worth doing.  Because if even one of my readers there takes to heart the simple message that there are people they know who have suffered from infertility, and if just one person takes some time to think before they talk, or ask prying questions, then it will have been worth it.


5 comments:

  1. Great thinking here! I hope posting on your other blog has prompted some new thinking among your readers. Well done.

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  2. You're ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!!! I still haven't written anything about NIAW other than the fact that I changed my FB timeline photo into one of Keiko's NIAW designs.

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  3. Yup- that's why I hadn't written about NIAW on the blog...I do my part speaking up on Facebook; although I know it's up to folks who'd go and read the info that is shared. I do a bit here and there at work like sending out an general email on how infertility can be considered for grief (apparently some responded saying that it never entered their minds about how infertility affects emotional aspects)..so :)

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  4. Good point, Mali -- it does seem like preaching to the converted sometimes. But once in awhile someone does come across our blogs in search of information that will help them deal with a family member, & they have one of those "light bulb" moments.

    I didnt' get anything written for NIAW this year... but I am glad to see you, Pamela & others have made a contribution from this corner of the community! :)

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  5. You're absolutely right, of course. I just knew that for me I needed to post elsewhere.

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