One of the benefits of completely immersing yourself in a pursuit is that you learn so much about it. As a matter of fact, you can learn so much that you might start to think of yourself as somewhat of an expert. An authority, even. You might get the idea to spread the word about said pursuit, and while writing an article about it you might do a little research in order to locate studies to backup your claims and opinions.
This is where we pause to discuss the ramifications of this step.
My "intro to sewing cloth diapers" article has exploded into an eight page and counting thesis.
My instructions for sewing a basic fitted diaper now have a bazillion options for turning the pattern into a contour, an AIO, a stay-dry, a pocket diaper. Turn and topstitch, serger edges, FOE binding.
The section on washing diapers now has info on detergents, pH, additives, pure soap (and why it's baaad), and how to take care of "problems."
The section on cloth diaper benefits now includes a "myth buster" section to dispel all the nasty rumors you've heard about cloth, and all the dark secrets disposable diaper manufacturers don't want you to know.
Now I have realistic figures to show how much money one can save by cloth diapering vs. disposable diapering, even factoring in the cost of the diapers, the utilities, and detergent for washing them.
Not all of this information will fit into my article. Much of it will remain as a supplement online either here on my blog or on a website I'll be launching shortly (don't worry, there'll be a big huge link to it from my blog). It's hard to decide what important information to cut, but when it comes right down to it, I have to keep in mind my original aim: an article to make cloth diaper sewing and using accessible to EVERYone. Not just people with sergers. Not just people who can order hard to find fabrics on the internet. Not just people who live a few miles away from the perfect stocks-everything-you-need fabric store.
I know you're dying for more info, too, so rather than tease, check out some of these great links:
I just can't believe how much information there is "out there" about cloth diapering. Many of these I've seen before, but some of them I'm just discovering.
Check out Real Diaper Association, a non-profit cloth diaper advocacy group.