Saturday, March 20, 2010

Introducing sleeQo

I see that I posted my last post without any sort of introduction or explanation... So here goes. This blog & its companion site - FertilityStories were one of my "babies" that came along a little over 5 years ago, shortly after I lost my job as a user interface consultant. Looking for something to do to pass the time, I set up an Israeli infertility site (http://www.poriut.com) and then moved on to try to get a bigger audience by starting a site in English too. I've worked on FertilityStories continually since then, making it (by far) the largest online collection of stories about infertility, which is read by tens of thousands of people monthly.

In 2005, our daughter, Abigail was born. In 2006, we welcomed Nomi & in 2008, little Yirmi came along. Each of them was home with me until the age of 18 months (which meant a 5-1/2 month overlap for Abigail & Nomi).

Job offers for consulting work started to come in & for the past few years, I've also gone back to user interface consulting (something I'm told I'm fairly good at and I enjoy too). And there's the degree I never finished, so I took a few university courses here and there... and, with that and my three older kids and my three younger kids, I've had a lot of trouble keeping this blog going (in case you haven't noticed). But I want to keep it alive for several reasons, most importantly, I want to be able to report on newsworthy information (e.g., new research) quickly - and then link to it from FertilityStories as soon as I get a chance... and to keep it alive, I've got to keep adding content on a regular basis.

I think it was right around the time that Yirmi was born that I approached my brothers Ben & Sam with the idea of creating a service for bloggers that would provide a weekly trigger for creating new content for their blogs. I did the design & Ben started to develop it, but then some changes in his life (i.e., getting a real job) came up and things got put on the back burner. More recently, Ben's found the time to complete the development. We named the service "sleeQo" (pronounced sleeko) & I want to welcome everyone to try it out. You can use sleeQo without registering, but you can only get a subscription once you register (it's free, of course).

sleeQo won't only help you if you don't have an idea of what to blog about, it can also just help you quickly get up some real, personal content without investing a lot of time or effort.

Feedback is welcome :-)

2 comments:

Bea said...

Good to hear a bit of back story there! You definitely like to get stuck in and do things, don't you?

Bea

Krista said...

Can't wait to check it out.

And thanks for you comment. I love the pictures too. And since that was my last pregnancy (likely) I cherish them even more!