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Free eBook! How to Start Your Own Diabetes Blog

I wrote this for those of you who want to blog about your diabetes but need a little jumpstart.

Inside I cover these topics:

  • Why Start a Diabetes Blog?
  • What Kind of Blog do you Want?
  • What to Name Your Blog
  • Deciding Whether or Not to Self Host
  • Your Web Hosting Provider
  • Theme Selection
  • Web Analytics
  • How to Hire Help
  • Your First Blog Post and Content
  • Growing Your Blog
  • Beginner SEO Tips
  • and more!

To download this free eBook just click here:

How to Start Your Own Diabetes Blog

Lessons from the DOC

 
 
Thanks to Michael Marcol for the photo

Thanks to Michael Marcol for the photo

 

Last Day of Diabetes Blog Week

What we’ve learned – Sunday 5/15: Last year, Wendy of Candy Hearts made a suggestion for this year. She commented “I think Day 7 should be a post about stuff we’ve learned from other blogs or the experience of coming together online…” Today, let’s do just that!! What have you learned from other blogs – either this week or since finding the D-OC? What has your experience of blogging the DBlog Week topics with other participants been like? What has finding the D-OC done for you? If you’d like, you can even look ahead and tell us what you think the future holds!

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Through reading many blogs about diabetes I’ve learned the deep and dark feelings many people touched by diabetes endure.  And so I’ve learned I’m not the only one-not even close.  There is a sense of comfort in knowing I’m not alone. 

I’ve learned that because diabetes is complicated it manifests it’s side effects in a multitude of ways.  I’ve learned the human body is complicated and functions and reacts in a multitude of ways.  Therefore we cannot assume that what works for one diabetic works for another or that what happens to one diabetic will happen to another.  This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t look at data it just means there are exceptions for EVERYTHING.

Most of all I’ve learned that everyone in the DOC has their joys, passions, moments of excellence, loves of their lives, dreams, etc…and this doesn’t mean they don’t have a desperate need for support, approval, patience, kindness, hope, and a listening ear.  And perhaps this is why the DOC is one of the largest and most close knit communities out there.  We need each other.  We need each other to help celebrate the good times and to support one another through the bad times. 

And I say this despite being the lonely loner I am.  I’m happy to have found you all.  Thanks for sharing and thanks for reading :)

XOXO

#HAWMC Yahoo Answers Post

Courtesy of Photographic1980
Courtesy of Photographic1980

 

The prompt for today is to pretend you are writing a question about your condition and then answer it yourself.  It can be as silly or humorous as you want.  Here goes…ahahaha!

Q:  Where is diabetes from?

A:  Well, diabetes comes from Outer Space.  Millions-and I mean millions of years ago, Martians came over from, you know…Mars.  They came in search of dinosaur bones from which they would make their homes.  You could call it a construction material acquisition quest (CMAQ).  They found the bones they wanted but left behind the dust from their planet on OURS!  This dust over time sort of mixed in with the soil.  It wasn’t until animals and Humans came along that this dust started to “activate”.  Something about it mixing with a live being caused it to charge and wreak havoc inside a warm body.  Humans began suffering from this diabetes long ago because they lived on the land amongst the dust.  Diabetes cases increased over time because the dust requires heat to activate.  Over time, the planet has become warmer and warmer (thanks to global warming) and the world’s population has grown and grown (with the exception of Europe) and that is why this diabetes thing has simply exploded!

So as far as where this diabetes is from in the first place?  Like I said, blame it on the Martians.

What “The Girl’s Guide to Diabetes” Means

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The title of my blog/website probably lends itself to confusion and debate.  So I’d like to disclose what exactly I intend for it to mean.

First of all, I came up with the title “The Girl’s Guide to Diabetes” about 8 years ago.  I was daydreaming about finding a book about diabetes that I would find helpful but also enjoyable.  I love “girl’s guide” books because they are written by women specifically for women (and tend to be fun to read).  At some point  I made a list of topics I would like to read about in a resourceful, fun, and soulful diabetes book.

I couldn’t find such a book and on a whim decided I’d write the darn thing.  I wrote several chapters but kept getting stuck because I didn’t feel ready.  I was still in a dark place regarding my life with diabetes.  I still had high A1c’s and I couldn’t discipline myself to even get out of bed most days.  I dropped out of college since all I did there was suffer anxiety attacks.  I couldn’t even test twice a day.  Twice a day was too hard.  I cried all the time and was filled with negative self-talk.  How was I going to encourage others when I couldn’t even encourage myself?

Eventually a series of findings (all of which are chronicled on this site) helped get me back on track and my entire life changed for the better.

Since part of what I want to include in the book is inspiration, I feel like I need to reveal all of my diabetes past.  I want to show how someone could go from very depressed and overweight with unmanaged diabetes to a much happier, healthier person with great blood sugar management. I want to share my journey in case it gives hope to those who find themselves feeling how I once did.  I just want to say, “You can do it.  Your path will be your own but you can improve.”  Because it’s not even about reaching some diabetes success summit.  It’s about getting to a better place than you are now.  Anyway,  I’m now back to work on that book. 

I have invited my sister Ana Morales, also a type 1 diabetic, to contribute to the blog whenever she wants for different reasons.  Firstly, she and I are very different.  She is a role model for me in humility and in the way she “lives and lets live”.  Ana is also about 8 years younger and in a different stage of life.  She is a great creative writer and artist and is following her dreams in studio art at James Madison University and thus offers a fresh perspective on life with diabetes.  Plus, I’m hoping she’ll contribute to and illustrate the book!

More than anything…

I just want to say that where the title of this blog says “guide” I do not mean for you to “do as I do” or to “think as I think”.  I am not trying to give the impression that I’m the diabetic “to follow” or someone with all the answers.  By no means.  I’m writing the book and I just so happened to think matching the title of the book with the blog was a good idea.  And on this website I am doing my best in trying to help our cause and welcome any contributions to that in the form of emails or comments.

What I do…

  • I try to post about topics I find worth mentioning. 
  • I advocate for diabetics everywhere by putting up my most brave and vulnerable thoughts so diabetics can relate and not feel so alone and so non-diabetics will be moved to help our cause or at the very least, understand us better.
  • I post comments every day on as many fellow diabetic blogs as I can in hopes that they will continue feeling supported to keep doing their fantastic writing and sharing and advocating. 
  • I post about issues in dire need of awareness because although my site traffic is not that of a huge website, I still figure it helps to do my small part in spreading word about important diabetes initiatives such as The Big Blue Test, for example. 
  • I interview diabetics who inspire me in hopes they’ll inspire those who read my site. 
  • I constantly try to make it clear when I’m not sure about something or when I’m just testing something out and I don’t have problems with differing opinions. 
  • I advocate strongly for every diabetic (every human being) taking responsibility for their actions.  I am insistent on this because only through taking responsibility for MY actions have I managed to come to a much better place in health and in life. 
  • I am moved easily and feel a great deal of empathy.  This makes me worry about everyone out there but also helps keep me motivated.  I feel at home with advocating for diabetics and I have boundless energy and enthusiasm for it.

 

So in closing…

If my website helps spread diabetes awareness, great.  If my blogging about a helpful initiative gets that cause more support, fantastic.  Most of all, my wish is that this site…

  • inspires you to learn more about your diabetes,
  • encourages you to take responsibility for your actions, and
  • motivates you to follow through with the right actions to reach your goals.

 

I’m learning a great deal through this website and it’s all because of you.

Thanks for reading.

~Sysy

How to Start a Diabetes Blog Series

 

There are hundreds of personal diabetes blogs out there.  I think it’s fantastic.  The more voices we have, the better.  I’m suspecting some of you diabetes blog readers have a growing itch inside you to start your own personal blog about your life or experience with diabetes.  Honestly, it’s a wonderful outlet for a diabetic.  I have personally found it to be such a positive experience- and empowering, too. 

So for those interested, I’ve decided to help you start your own diabetes blog.  I’ll do this by posting a series of posts aimed at getting you started.  Why am I going to help?  Well, because I’d hate for you to be intimidated by the “how to” of starting a blog and let that stop you from doing it if you really want to.   

I’m not at all technically inclined and my blog took many, many hours of online research to put up.  The trial and error method I used doesn’t have to be yours.  Hopefully my small amount of help and guidance  will help you start a blog (if you’re someone who wants to).  A blog is a wonderful way to chronicle your diabetes experience for a small community or the world to see.  You’ll be surprised how much you learn about yourself, too.

So stay tuned.  The posts will be coming early in the new year.

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