Since the beginning of our adoption process I have kept an adoption journal as I hoped one day I would turn the entries into a book. I desired to share our story as I felt as though at the time there was a limited amount of literature on people’s experiences of fertility issues and adoption. I wanted to be able to comfort others who were going through similar issues to us and to break the taboo that can often be found lurking around this personal subject.
However, the thought of writing a book overwhelmed me and I did not have a clue where or when to start. One day I was browsing the Internet when I came across an author and publisher in America who has an interest in infertility and helping unknown authors move forward in their journeys. I felt like it was too good an opportunity to miss so I emailed her asking where does one start when wanting to write a book? I couldn’t believe it when she emailed me back the same day with some helpful tips and advice. Her main piece of advice was to begin by writing a blog, to get my story out there and see what the response was. Until that point, writing a blog was not something I had given any consideration.
So, later that week, I began to put my first blog together. Although at the time of starting the blog we had been placed with our daughters, it seemed appropriate for me to begin the blog from the start of our journey. I am not a writer and have never been very good at grammar or ordering my thoughts on paper, but with the support of my husband, and a desire to share our story, I pressed on.
After pressing ‘publish’ on my first blog, the next question I had was ‘how am I going to encourage people to read my blog?’ I continued with my research and came across an online adoption community. I was welcomed by some of the experienced bloggers and quickly became to enjoy being part of the Weekly Adoption Shout Out on the Adoption Social site. I joined in with conversations through Twitter (still learning how to use this) and Facebook was a good way to build relationships with other adopters.
Whilst writing my blog it has been good to not only share our story with people we have never met, but also to help our family and friends to gain a better understanding of our journey, the highs and the lows.
I am thankful to my husband for allowing me to share our story, to family and friends who have been supportive and to all those who have taken the time to read and comment on my blogs, your encouragement keeps this journey alive.
My hope for the blog is that, as well as helping others, my three beautiful daughters will read these entries one day and be able to see the journey we have all undertaken.
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