Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Diabetes Blogging Chicken and Community

Today is #dblogcheck day... you know, the one where you leave a comment on all the diabetes blog posts you're reading. Thanks to Christopher Snider for getting the ball moving on this check-in effort, btw.

**(Oh, and hat-tip to Kerri for clearing up on Twitter recently that this wasn't #dblogcheckin, since that sounds too much like #dblogchicken... with a chicken in the crockpot last evening, I had to jump on that.




Yes, the D-blogging chicken did get to pose for a #bgnow Tweet. But sadly, the chicken is no longer online post-dinner. I must say, he did go well with some white wine and rice at dinner last night. So, props to you, DOC Chicken.)**

OK, silliness aside.

Honestly, I wasn't going to post anything today. There's a lot of diabetes news happening and I'm caught up in that, so really I was just going to read a small handful of D-blogs, comment on those, and go about the day's business.

And coffee... because, well... of course. How can there not be coffee?!

Anyhow, reading a post by Stephen a bit earlier changed my mind. He wrote about the power of comments and why he and others write blog posts at all. And then he delved into a bit on why he likes to comment.

I can't say it as well as he has, so I'll let you read his post to see for yourself... but the point: I'm on the same page as Stephen on why I comment. It's therapeutic, and it often helps me figure out what my thoughts are on any given topic. The same goes for writing. It's a way to process what's rambling around in my head, and that allows me to put it down on paper (or virtually) and figure out what I actually think.

Looking back through the years, I've loved all the comments and have truly been enriched by all of them. By everyone in this community. The people in this D-Community are awesome... just look at the latest happenings, with all the #ShowMeYourPump activity going on. It's great.

Oh, and here's me the other day showing off my pump, btw:



Looking back, I got curious about those initial D-blogging days and those first comments. I took a look at my first "diabetes" blog post in March 2007, when this wasn't the D-Corner Booth but only the Corner Booth. That post was about complications, for the most part. And there were only a small number of comments, but these were even more special (even now looking back) because they were my first. Of course, my mom commented. Because she's my mom. And she's a fellow Type 1 who's been at this much longer than I have, so there's that added bonus.

Then there was George! Yes, it turns out the Ninjabetic was my first comment aside from my mom, and what's even more awesome is that a couple years after that debut comment, George left another one that actually let me know about the DOC on Twitter. And that got me onto that social media channel, for the first time....

As they say, the rest is pretty much history!

There are so many diabetes blogs out there and so many great comments you can read through on all of them -- that's the best part of how this Diabetes Online Community (DOC) has grown. It comes down to the simple mantra: You Are Not Alone. I Am Not Alone.

Together, we're telling our diabetes stories. We're connecting with others, on whatever the D-topic may be. Meetups in real life are happening, and it's just about finding people who "get it" and make you feel better when it comes to diabetes. Whether it be something serious... or as light-hearted and humorous as taking pics of your Dexcom next to a crockpot chicken, all in the name of D-Community fun.

Thanks to everyone for reading, writing, commenting -- now, in the past and down the road.

You all rock.



27 comments:

Kerri. said...

#dblogchicken AND Bill Murray? Best blog post of the day, right here.

pavedsilverroads.com said...

#dblogchicken looks delicious! :D

Alanna said...

Check :)

I also want chicken now.

RenzaS said...

I think your #dblogchicken pic wins #dblogcheck.

Karen said...

Great great post!!! And now I feel the strong need to look back at my blogs early days and see who the first people I connected with were. :)

#dblogcheck

Kim said...

Chicken! Check!

Kristin said...

I agree...posting and commenting helps to unjumble all of the thoughts in our heads. Even when written, they may not make the most sense but comments by others help our thoughts become clearer.

Scott E said...

Great discussion...and you're right: comments are incredibly meaningful, and I get giddy with excitement every time I get one. They remind me that a blog, and the community as a whole, is about two-way discussion and not just giving speaches from a pulpit (the blog). I haven't read Stephen's post yet, but I'm headed there now...

livingwithdandcd.com said...

The new mascot of #dblogcheck day! Love it!

Laddie said...

I had to go to Twitter to figure out the #dblogchicken reference and looks like it started with Kerri? I think the DOC will never let the raw chicken in the pan be forgotten as the #dblogcheck mascot. Great photo and post, Mike. Check!

Kristina said...

Chicken Checkin Check!

#dblogcheck

k2 said...

Chick, chick, chicken check!!!

Jenn said...

You're so right, those first comments received were the perfect, "I hear ya."

Cait Patterson said...

Hi from your favorite intern!

Kate Cornell said...

What Karen said! I'm heading back to see who my first commenter was too. #ChickenCheck!

Judi said...

Here I am, the mom, and I still read your writing every day.

Cassie Thompson said...

#dblogchicken - hilarious!!!!
I read so many blogs and I'm trying to get better about commenting. Days like today help :)

Kelley said...

Dblogchicken, yummy! I was also touched by Stephen's post so I'm glad to see you continuing to expand on it :)

Mike Durbin said...

Great post, Mike! It's interesting you mention first blog comments coming from George and meetups. If I recall correctly, our meetup in April 2010 was among the first for both of us. And when I got introduced to the awesome D-Ninja Dolls. Good times.

Here's the recap from that day.
http://www.mydiabeticheart.com/2010/04/12/d-meetup-replay/

michelle said...

Check!

Leighann of D-Mom Blog said...

Back in my early days of d-blogging I really needed the support I got through comments (both the ones I left and those I received). The conversation helped to form some great and long lasting relationships.

Stacey D. said...

For some reason, your first picture made me chuckle! :) #dblogcheck

StephenS said...

So amazingly awesome! I love this post. So well written, as usual. Thanks for being such a great friend.

Wendy Rose said...

I remember the first time an adult with T1 commented on my blog -- it felt like the coach had just put me in the game!

Thanks for always being willing to share the experiences of parents...and for sharing our journey.

Great post.

More chicken, please :)

Sue Rericha said...

Kerri at sixuntilme.com was the first comment I received only a day after my first blog post. I have no idea how she found me, but I'm glad she did. She now knows that she was what inspired me too become an active blogger. Of course now I want chicken!

Sue Rericha said...

Forgot to add: #dblogcheck. ;-)

Ilana Lucas said...

Check! I appreciate your dblogchicken. It's much better than playing Diabetes Chicken, which I have dubbed the practice of trying to get through the day with only a few units of insulin left in your pump and no backup on you.