Why I Blog Meme

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1.  How long have you been blogging?
It will be 3 years in June.  How time flies!

2.  Why did you start blogging?
I was eager to tell others what I had learned the hard way about diabetes and what was working well for me.  I was eager to share that I’d just learned that even after a decade of high blood sugars, a person could still have healthy children with diabetes!  I was so excited to proclaim this to the world that I started my blog right after my twins were born (during the most busy time of my life).  I also wanted to blog because my hospital experience with the twins and a c-section and preeclampsia and type 1 diabetes was so horrific I felt like I needed to bring awareness on the issue.  Supposedly, close to a million deaths a year occur from hospital mistakes in the US and thanks to my experiences, I believe it.

3.  What have you found to be the benefits of blogging?

The connections with others.  The learning.  There is so much to be learned when reading other blogs and articles.  If you enjoy writing, as I do, then blogging is fun whether anyone reads your words or not.

4.  How many times a week do you post an entry?

3 times a week.  I was posting every day but with being in school, taking care of the house and twins, and other side work, I had to cut back.

5.  How many different blogs do you read on a regular basis?
I vary the blogs so I get around to more people but I probably read about 20 a day.

6.  Do you comment on other people’s blogs?
I used to comment more but now I’m more pressed for time.  I still comment at least once a day though.  Comments mean a lot to me so I assume they mean a lot to others.

7.  Do you keep track of how many visitors you have?  If so, are you satisfied with your numbers?
I check every now and then to see what topics are the most of interest to people.  I’m definitely satisfied with the numbers.  I’m actually quite humbled and honored that so many people would read my blog each day.  I don’t know how really big bloggers handle their thousands of views a day, there must be a bit of intimidating pressure there!  I suppose that’s a good thing though :)

8.  Do you ever regret a post that you wrote?
No, just the wording of it.  The message I’m always trying to portray is something I never have felt like taking back.  Problem is…if something isn’t worded carefully, the message gets skewed!

9.  Do you think your audience has a true sense of who you are based on your blog?

Yes and no.  I think there is a some of me that’s missing.  When I read my posts I feel like I come off really serious, outspoken, nerdy, and “know-it-all” and that is very much a part of me (I must admit lol).  But there is the other part that is really sensitive, goofy, and introverted.  I think I come off as someone who’d love to live in a city where there are museums and tons of great food options, theaters, and cultural events-and that’s true.  But, there is a part of me that’s very at home in nature, in a rural setting, wearing jeans, watching the sunset, being without any technology (for short spurts of course!).  I’m also very girly but also very tomboyish.  Yes, I think a girl can be both and I hope that comes through because only one side coming through is just not the real me.

10.  Do you blog under your real name?
I do.

11.  Are there topics that you would never blog about?
Well, I could write about just about any topic imaginable.  I have opinions on just about everything (which I’m still learning how to control).  But this is a diabetes blog and so I stay out of religion and politics and stuff that isn’t health or blogging related.  I must admit I’m really tempted though!  If I had all the time in the world I’d also have a politics blog, a religion blog, a foodie blog, a fashion blog, an adventure and travel blog…I mean it’s all so fun and interesting! eeek!  It’s good I don’t have all that time because others do it better than I ever could.

12.  What is the theme/topic of your blog?
Obviously diabetes.  And I write about type 1 a lot because that’s what I have.  But I definitely throw in a lot of discussions about nutrition and general wellness and self love and positive thinking.

13.  Do you have more than one blog?  If so, why?

I don’t but I’m supposed to.  I have a health coach website now and I need to blog for it.  I need to take it all easy though because my children are my priority and I’m running the risk of not giving them enough of my time lately.  Patience, Sysy, patience.

Why do YOU blog?  I’m always interested in knowing!

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Do you know what I love about your blog? Well, besides the honesty, thought provoking insight, humor and the fact that it’s educational… I love that your posts aren’t too long. Sounds dumb, but I sit down to the computer with a very limited amount of time in the middle of the day and I’m usually looking for something that will make me laugh, or think. Something that’s not about children, the dishes, the mysteriously stinky area of the carpet….but I usually only have a minute. Your posts get to the point quickly and they are just great to read! If you do write about your children and home, I like that too, just as long as it’s not about MY children and MY dishes!!

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