Stickiness

For some reason, there’s been a lot of activity on My Diabetes Secret over the past few days. Actually, I should specify, there’s been a lot more activity than normal on My Diabetes Secret.

I keep an eye on the likes and reblogs to make sure I’m doing everything I can to ensure this blog reaches the people who need it most. Yet, for reasons I can’t decipher, the number of new followers has increased at a significant rate. I wish I knew what made this stuff “stick” with the diabetes community on Tumblr. I wish I knew what drives people to share, reblog, engage, and interact. I wish I could figure out why this entire experiment actually, kinda works.

My hope is that every single reblog represents a “me too”, and every single like represents a “I hear ya”. My Diabetes Secret isn’t a place to try and one-up the struggles of others, but the shared emotions are clearly connecting.

I’m so scared I’m not gonna be able to do what I want to do in my life like traveling aimlessly because of diabetes.” “I feel so alone. I’m queer. I’m female. It’s just that I have no one to talk to about it and I feel so so alone in this.” “I’m diabetic, and I’m so insecure about it. I get scared to open up about it because I don’t think people understand.” “I’m diabetic and it’s so depressing.” “I always feel so uncomfortable and insecure. ”

I want to help all of these people.

2 thoughts on “Stickiness

  1. Chris, I want to help them too. Because I don’t want them to go twenty plus years before finding the support and encouragement and community that I have.

    I think you’ll find out why you’re seeing this spike in due time, even if you don’t know why right now. For now, I’m just glad this exists, and I’m glad you’re so connected to it.

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  2. I think I know the answer to your puzzle, “I wish I knew what drives people to share, reblog, engage, and interact. I wish I could figure out why this entire experiment actually, kinda works.” As with all of your public diabetes projects–the blog(s) and the podcast–My Diabetes Secret is cared for by an active, passionate advocate who puts a lot of time into making it great and building community around it. Sometimes stickiness is the result of a really strong glue, and I think that’s you, my friend!

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