I started my blog back in January (well officially November 2012 but didn’t make public until January) and I was posting articles weekly-ish but didn’t really get many readers. I had found a few D-blogs that I read, but didn’t read with any consistency. I also started a Twitter account when I started my blog but didn’t have many followers nor did I follow many people at first. I think it wasn’t until Diabetes Blog Week in May, that I really got into the Diabetes Online Community (DOC) (well I did start the DSMA Wednesday night live twitter chats in April). I’m not sure if I’m the only one that read every single blog article from that week or not, but I decided in April that I really wanted to give this blogging thing and the DOC a chance so I committed to reading every single article. It was a little overwhelming and I had a beach week right after the blog week so I kept reading when I returned from beach week to finish up reading all the articles. Now I feel truly a part of the DOC and I’ve been exposed to so many new blogs. It can be a little overwhelming to keep up with all of the blogs which is why I created my D-Blog Roll and my plan is to try and read the blog articles when they are published, but at the end of the month go back and check out some that I might have missed. As a way to push myself to do this, I’ve decided I’m going to make a list of my 5 favorite articles from the month, kind of like the “Spread the Love”. day from Diabetes Blog Week. Since this is my first time doing this, I had a hard time narrowing down to just five so I’m going to go with 6ish.
1. Victoria Cumbow: Kindness in Advocacy-Victoria addresses Bill Cosby’s infamous comments in an eloquently worded article. I admit I was angry at Bill Cosby also but she helped me to see that anger isn’t always the way to be.
2. Type ONEderful had two that I loved:
a. Diaversamitzvah-Wrote a beautiful poem for her 13th anniversary of diabetes. I think everyone should check it out, it was very touching.
b. #FirstWorldDiabetesProblems-A humorous look at problems we face on a daily basis-cute to check out.
3. The Blood Sugar Whisperer: An Evening with Dr. Richard Insel-This article was very insightful and informative on what attempts are being made for a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. I learned a lot from reading her notes about her evening with Dr. Insel.
4. Sweetly Voiced: I’m a Lumberjack and I’m Okay-Discusses how exhausting it is to have a good log for your diabetes. This really hit home with me because diabetes is so overwhelming and trying to log every single thing amplifies the issue.
5. Running on Carbs: Welland Spring Triathlon-I LOVED this article because it was so fitting for me. I just signed up for a Sprint Triathlon in August and I really have no idea what I am getting myself into. It was nice to read about her experience on her most recent triathlon.
5.a-Running on Carbs had a lot of good articles on triathlons in June. One more that I liked a lot was A Great Swim Workout for You. I plan on trying to incorporate some parts of her swim workout into mine (not that I even really have a plan).
6. Insulin and Iron: Cyborg Seminar-Ali discusses an insulin pump seminar she went to recently where she describes the three different pump options available to her. I’ve been with Medtronic for so long, it was interesting to read about the other two insulin pump.
I honestly loved all the articles I read this month. I also loved DSMA’s blog carnival topic for June: Diabetes Devices. It was great to hear about how other people chose their devices. And of course, some of my favorite things out of June (well end of May-June) were the Day of Diabetes posts!
Whether its getting great information, sharing similar frustrations, learning new techniques or recipes, it’s a great thing to be a part of the DOC!