National Infertility Awareness Week 24-30 April 2011
In just a few easy steps you can become part of the largest public education campaign that will bring bloggers from all parts of the sphere together to talk about infertility during National Infertility Awareness Week®, April 24-April 30, 2011. “Bust a Infertility Myth Blog Challenge” is brought to you by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, the largest nationwide non-profit improving the lives of people diagnosed with infertility. The goal of this challenge is to bring together bloggers from the infertility community as well as other bloggers interested in the topic to answer the question: What is the biggest infertility myth and how has it effected your life or the life of your friends and family members? Blogs can be based on your own experience with infertility, the experience of a friend or family member, or even just to explore the topic.
Here is how to participate in this challenge.
During the week of April 24th to April 30th.
Choose one “Infertility Myth to Bust” or make one of your own.
Go back to your blog and explore that “myth” in a post. Expand on the idea, tell a story, write poetry, say it with photographs–any way you want to explore that “infertility myth.” Posts can go up any time from April 24 to April 30. Please start your post by placing your chosen “infertility myth” at the top of the post.
Add a link at the bottom of your post to this url giving a basic understanding of infertility: http://www.resolve.org/infertility101 and this url giving the background of National Infertility Awareness Week® (NIAW): http://www.resolve.org/takecharge.*
Return here and fill out this survey to submit your post for award consideration. It will then appear as part of this challenge and all blogs on the list will be considered for RESOLVE’s Hope Award for Best Blog presented at the 2011 Night of Hope. RESOLVE will also be featuring a link to the blog on http://www.resolve.org/resources/infertility-2-0.html
*Your blog posts will be read by a wide range of people including possibly those in law-making positions or the media. Because they may be reading your post without a basic understanding of infertility or National Infertility Awareness Week®, we want to give everyone a quick way to read more.
You do not need to be infertile to participate. If you want to support a friend or family member and explain how you busted a infertility myth, we’d love to have you join the challenge.
If you don’t have a blog, consider starting one using Blogger and Wordpress. These are both websites that allow people (quite easily) to set up a free blog. Only blogs written by individuals (not organizations or professionals) will be considered for RESOLVE's Hope Award for Best Blog.
Promote your participation in this project on your Facebook profile or Twitter.
Tweet about your "Bust a Myth" blog submissions using #Bustamyth.
Update your Facebook profile with the link http://www.resolve.org/bustamyth to promote your blog to your friends and family.
And make sure you come back and read the Bust a Myth posts as they go up.
FAQs about the Bust a Myth Blog Challenge:
1. What is the deadline for submitting a blog post to be eligible for the Hope Award for Best Blog?
ANSWER: You must participate in the challenge between April 24-April 30, 2011 to be considered.
2. Can you enter multiple times with links to different blogs?
ANSWER: Sure, but we’d prefer that each blog entry answer a bust a different infertility myth. The goal of this project is to educate the public so a variety of topics is most appealing.
3. Who picks the nominees for the Hope Award for Best Blog?
ANSWER: Once the project wraps up on April 30, RESOLVE staff and volunteers will look at the blogs that have been entered into the challenge. We will choose the top 5 blogs that are infertility focused whose virtual initiative and mission is to foster awareness about the disease of infertility and a positive and informative manner. Once we have 5 nominees we'll ask the RESOLVE community to vote for their favorite. We'll contact the winner in July and the winner will be invited to attend RESOLVE's Night of Hope in New York City.
4. What does RESOLVE hope to accomplish with this project?
ANSWER: RESOLVE’s goal is to increase the conversation about infertility and to inform the public that:
Infertility is a disease that affects 1 in 8 couples of reproductive age
There are many ways to build a family
Help reduce the stigma by bringing attention to the details/issues/costs surrounding all ways people diagnosed with infertility can build a family.
Understand when to seek the help of a specialist
5. How do I reach someone at RESOLVE with questions?
ANSWER: Please email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org