As I sit here on the eve of yet another Great Cloth Diaper Hunt, I am remembering back just 18 months ago. The Nov. 2007 Hunt marked the launch of Cloth Diaper News. It was an exciting time for me and I was busy making preparations for the first real wave of traffic to this new cloth diapering resource. My plan for Cloth Diaper News was to offer a showcase for all things related to cloth diapering and also connect cloth-diapering enthusiasts with those of us “in the business”.
Since opening Wee Willie Winks and becoming a retailer in 2005, I have always been pleasantly surprised by the genuine caring and support that exists among retailers, wholesalers, pattern makers and WAHM’s. I wonder if clients actually know how many ISO’s (in search of) and shipping from states across the nation takes place to get one family’s diaper order just perfect for their new arrival. Cloth diaper retailers help each other out in a pinch. Can you imagine Wal-Mart calling up Target and asking them to send over a certain vacuum in orange and blue for a client who loves the Florida Gators? No, neither can I but it happens all the time in the cloth diaper world. In business these individuals are competitors but yet still true friends behind the scenes. I wanted Cloth Diaper News to become an extension of this environment, to be a place to come together and share what we’ve learned.
To my great satisfaction, Cloth Diaper News has evolved into just that. Over the past year and a half we’ve enjoyed articles from across the globe offering perspectives on every aspect of cloth diaper design, production, selling and use. Our writers have covered many topics and I cannot wait to see what comes next.
Thank you to our wonderful writers, contributors and you our readers. Thanks for making these past 18 months so much fun!
For those of you who are involved in the business, please join us on our sister site Cloth Diaper Business. It is a new support community just for us “in the biz”. If you have a passion for cloth diapers and would like to share your experience, we are always looking for new writers and a fresh perspective. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a wonderful Hunt and happy parenting!
<—Hunters, this is not the icon you’re hunting for. :o)
Kristy deGregory, Owner/Web Editor