I Think We Need a “Check-In Day”

I’ve been thinking more and more about Hannah’s comments on my post last week about the impact and significance of connecting with others in the diabetes community through our various platforms of choice and I want to try something. I’m a firm believer that comments make the world go ’round, as far as blogging is concerned. Yes, there are stat counters and analytics reports you can run, but pageviews and unique visitors don’t mean much to me when it comes to sharing personal stories and experiences. What matters to me is when someone reads something I write, and then takes the time to leave a comment.

Sometimes it’s feedback. Sometimes it’s a high five. Sometimes it’s a pickmeup. Sure, there’s a weird satisfaction in knowing that someone found value from something I share on a silly diabetes blog, but I think there’s something else going on. I think comments can be a positive reinforcement that you’re on the right path. I share, you comment, it encourages me to share (more? again? I couldn’t decide on the right word). You share, I comment, it encourages you to share.

It’s the circle of life?

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VIAL Project

“This is a social media site for people with type 1 diabetes and disordered eating, food & body concerns, and eating disorders to interact and submit creative self-expression (art, writing, anything original that reflects the experience of having diabetes and food and body issues). Please help promote it. My research depends on people registering and participating. All user-submitted content will become my data, shedding light on the experience of people with diabetes and disordered eating, and how creative expression and social media might help them.” -Lee Ann Thill

Sign up for the VIAL Project here.
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Taking Online Offline

If you’re reading this and you’re in the Des Moines area, I hope you’re planning on hanging out at the You Can Do This Project booth at TCOYD this Saturday. Kim has done incredible things with the You Can Do This Project and the stories I heard and told at Friends For Life this summer are a testament to the value of support when it comes to diabetes health and overall happiness.

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An Example For Others

“It’s always interesting to meet adults with diabetes because they look like a window into what my daughter’s life will be one day. And to see you guys all living so well with it, it’s not just hopeful, it’s heart-warming.” -Scott Benner (@ArdensDay), from Just Talking #147

Even more than two weeks after I first recorded this little portion of the podcast at Roche’s Social Media Summit, Scott’s comment is still rumbling around in my head.

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Another Example

I do my part to promote the power of support within the diabetes community. Finding those blogs three years ago and coming out of my shell to share my experiences on Twitter has done wonders for me. Knowing that this family of strangers is here for me if and when I need the extra support is a comfort I never knew I needed until I found it.

This community is incredible.

Still don’t believe me? Here’s another example.

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