jumping the shark

A year ago, this blog jumped the shark. I peed on a stick and got a real second line.

All television shows do it eventually. Well, not the pee part. Though having children (think Mad About You ) often marks the decline of a good show. Or when Ross and Rachel finally got together. It’s that moment where the show loses that edge – in the case of Friends it was the chase that kept the show interesting. Sometimes it’s easy to pinpoint the moment or episode; sometimes it’s not.

For my blog, it was that Wednesday morning that I decided to run out to the grocery store and buy a box of FRERs. All of which had those previously elusive second lines by the time I was done with them. It’s sort of sad, but the angst and failure were a vital part of what kept my story interesting. The possibility of success keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting for another post; the actual success, while initially interesting, just doesn’t captivate in the same way.

Don’t think for a second that I’m going to stop blogging. There are no sponsors to make happy, so I’ll write for myself for as long as it helps me in some way. Besides, I’m always disappointed when my favorite bloggers choose to stop (not that I’m anyone’s favorite blogger). I like being able to read beyond the birth story – the birth isn’t the end, after all. I’d like to think my story gives a little hope to women out there with one or two or three or four failed cycles.

So we jumped the shark. The ratings dropped. But there’s still a story here – one that won’t end for a long time.

~ by Larisa on May 9, 2008.

13 Responses to “jumping the shark”

  1. You may have “jumped the shark” but I not only come here because of what you have BEEN through, but for the wonderful person, and writer you are. Im with ya for as long as you are around!

  2. I may not comment much, but I still like reading your posts.

    I’m glad you’ll be hanging around!

  3. Your writing is always so great–I love the humor, candor, wit, realness, etc.
    I’m glad you aren’t stopping anytime soon…

  4. i am glad you will be hanging around! i love reading your blogs and seeing babyhope and your family grow and change together!

  5. You are my favorite blogger…and I check on you EVERY DAY!

  6. I’m so glad you are still blogging. I would miss you so much! I think what your blog is experiencing is a normal part of life. Everyone is on pins and needles before each big day – getting preggers and then the birth, but tend to feel the rest is anticlimatic. However, it is just the beginning of your story. Keep it up!
    Oh, by the way – I think she is the cutest baby ever! (I have to say that before my grandson is born. Then little BabyHope will lose her status – Sorry Grandma perogative!)

  7. you’re one of my favorites… I just don’t have as much time as I used to have : )

    i’m glad you’re sticking around

  8. Thank you for continuing to share your story…you give me hope!

  9. I agree – I’ve always hated when my favorites stopped blogging. I’m glad you’re sticking around.

  10. I don’t think you jumped the shark, I think you opened a new door. I’m still reading!

  11. I was very relieved to read the end of this, it sounded very like a sign-off post.

    Looking forward to hearing more about you and BabyHope in the future.

  12. Oh, I am so glad you are not quitting! The first few paragraphs got me worried. Your words drew me in from the every first time I came to your blog, and I have no intention to stop reading. Sure, the possibility of success keeps you in the edge of the seat, but after all, this–NOW–is a much happier story, a story I wish upon all other IF bloggers.

    I love the new pictures in the slide show, BTW! She is beautiful, her eyes are so expressive!

  13. I have to say, the opening lines of this post made me laugh. I guess because jumping the shark and peeing seem so incongruous and funny! I think it’s great that you found a way to keep blogging for yourself if for no one else. And here we are…more than a year later playing Blogger Bingo! (That’s how I found you!)

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