I feel I keep sending out these little teaser posts every so often, that end up in the same way: long gaps between hearing from me. I’m still here, though! I’m receiving emails from you all still and want to stress that that’s my greatest interest from all of this. I created this site to start a conversation, to connect with other people in a similar position as myself, or to even help people that have zero experience with herpes understand what it’s like living with it. Especially as a woman in her mid-twenties, because at the time I felt there weren’t as many people around me in my age range that could relate.

I think I spent a lot of time spouting off my experiences in posts. I also tried building weekly posts that featured reader’s stories, because their experiences and perspectives were often very eye opening to myself and others. It was far more interesting bringing in diverse points of view, than feeling like I was preaching my version of events nonstop. We all have a similar situation, yet we all experience it differently. I think there’s much to be learned from each other.

I also think I’m at a time in my life where…..I just don’t have much to say. As I get older I do realize that herpes simply doesn’t affect my life deeply. It could also be because I date more cautiously since being diagnosed, so I don’t have as many examples of mistakes I’ve made along the way. Although I’m positive that will change at some point.

What I mostly wanted to say was keep up the emails and know that I’m still on the other end regardless of how long it’s been since I’ve published a new post. The personal experiences we all have living with herpes and the conversations that follow are what I’m most interested in, and that’s what I want to continue being involved in. If that means things are more active via private emails, with personal questions being asked, or if that means more people will choose to use this site to converse, I’m fine with either. This is still a dear project to me, that I hope I’ll have more time to devote to soon. I also hope there are still people finding this site, and finding some positive use from it.