Today marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of this blog and the Life Without Baby site. A year ago today I sat outside a café with a glass of wine and a dozen oysters and posted my mission statement for the site. It was:
“To fill the silent space that exists in the motherhood discussion.
To be a voice for women who are struggling with infertility or who do not have children, whether by choice or circumstance.
To shine a light on the business of baby-making and to turn a mirror onto the craziness of baby mania.
To be a champion for the right of women to choose not to become mothers.”
Hopefully I haven’t wavered too much from that goal.
Since then I’ve written 289 posts that have been seen 28,603 pairs of eyes! One of the top posts ever is also one of my favorites. I posted The Secret Society of Childless and Childfree Women on October 22, 2010 and almost 500 people have viewed it. I’m still working on that idea for the piece of jewelry, I promise.
Here are some other reader favorites:
Silent Sorority: A (Barren) Woman Get Busy, Angry, Lost and Found
The lowest ranked post ever was this one: Prisoner applies to become first man to father child behind bars. Only one person has ever viewed this post. If you have a second, please show it some love.
It would be hard to keep coming here every day and posting if I didn’t know that people were out there reading. And they are. You are!! In the first full month of operation, this blog had 469 visitors. If you were one of them, thank you. One year later almost 6,000 people are dropping in every month. If you are one of them, thank you!!
A blog without readers is just a secret diary, after all, so thank you for all your wonderful support. I’m sending you a slice of virtual bloggiversary cake. It’s calorie-free. Enjoy!
Kate B says
Pamela Tsigdinos says
Happy blogoversary, Lisa! So glad your voice and writing talent are here to help shine a light on a topic that means so much to so many…
p.s. Thanks, too, for the shout out!
Squashy's Girl says
OMG a piece of jewelry for women like us would be so wonderful…. what a great idea. I would totally buy one, actually I would buy too. One for me and one for my best friend who is also child-free by choice. love your blog and congrats on the anniversary!
And thank you so much for the great work!!
Hello. I read about this website in Bitch Magazine. I have struggled with infertility for the past 3 years. My husband and I have talked about being child free and we are slowly embracing that it might be for us. I look forward to reading your blog 🙂
Happy blogoversary – and thank you for this blog and the website.
Happy blogoversary! And thank you!!
Congratulations! One year and so many devoted readers already! I hope you’re proud of yourself?
and your readers are from all around the world!
Happy blogoversary and a big thank you for being our voice!
kind regards from Slovenia
i’m sooo happy to have found your blog!
Happy blogoversary! Thank you, Lisa. With each post I read I feel I take another step forward towards coming to terms and being at peace with our childlessness. Your blog, book and website are much appreciated!
Thanks so much, everyone! I really appreciate all your generosity.
A year ago, I wondered what I’d find to write about every day, but it’s amazing that the topics just keep coming.
Thanks for all your support and here’s to another year! 🙂