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I read blog post yesterday by Christopher Snider. Chris is hoping that on Monday, July 22nd people like you will take the time to comment on every diabetes blog that they read. Chris thinks 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.". I couldn't agree with Chirs more and I am hoping that you to read his blog about the topic.

You already know what some of your favorite diabetes blogs means to you, but did you ever wonder what they are for the writer? Or how your participation completes the connection between the two of you and the other people reading? Diabetes blogs aren't like a tech or news blog, I'm not a guy reporting on a story, I'm a person sharing deeply personal thoughts and feelings in the hopes that my sharing will strike a cord of commonality with you. My only goal is to make your day a little easier, better, happier, lighter, more informed. My personal hope is that my sharing will, in some way, help you to not worry, panic, feel alone. I just want to help because I know how it feels to be in your position and no one deserves to feel that alone, scared and helpless - because we really aren't... but sometimes it takes finding others living the same life to realize that is true, at least it did for me. 

What you may not know is the act of writing on this blog is how I find peace with type I diabetes. My calm comes when I can see people like you reading. I tell myself that it doesn't matter if you leave a comment, that I can tell that you are getting something from the experience when you return the next day. I think what Chris is saying is that he believes blog comments perpetuate more blogs. He may be correct, I don't know. I'm not sure how seeing more comments would effect my writing frequency but I do like his idea for Monday.

Anyway, Chris's blog made me want to tell you that I have faith that you are out there and that sometimes I write stuff that you find valuable. But if I'm being honest, some days it is really nice to hear a voice come back from within the abyss.

I hope you have a second to read about what Chris is calling, #dblogcheck - Have a great weekend!

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Thanks for spreading the word. I hope this works!

July 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I saw you on your interview with Emily Coles the other day. You're a funny guy! I enjoyed getting to meet Arden and your dog. I love hearing about life with T1d from others, the "regular stuff" and the "hard stuff". I'm a Dexcom user (Yay Dex!) and soon to be Omnipod user (the box is here, waiting for training). It was nice to meet you in a DOC kind of way... as I'm from a land far, far away... far west Texas, that is....

July 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBettyAnn

Betty Ann!

So nice of you to stop by and say hello! I had a great time with that interview, glad to hear that you liked it too. I couldn't agree more, nothing better than talking to others in the DOC.Great luck with the OmniPod, I think that you'll love it. Let me know what you think.

Best from far away NJ,

July 20, 2013 | Registered CommenterScott Benner

Hi Scott, I am a stat at home mom of a newly diagnosed type 1, Isaac, he is 4 years old. Reading about Arden has really helped me. Somedays I feel so alone. This post seems like the right time to tell you Thank You! Your posts are real, informational and I feel as though I am listening to a friend! We do not have a pump or meter but are planning to venture in that direction, I sm interested in the OmniPod & Dexcom. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your stories!
Rana, across the states in Idaho

July 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRana

Me again.....I just HAD to jump back on here and apologize for my typos!!

July 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRana

Rana - I can't tell you how happy it made me to read your message. I'm touched that AD is a respite for you and overwhelmed to hear how much you enjoy it.

Please let me know how you like the D-gadgets when you start using them.


Pleas dont worry Abiuot the typos!

July 26, 2013 | Registered CommenterScott Benner

I read this post carefully. I feel very glad to visit this informative post.

Type 1 Diabetes
Type 2 Diabetes

August 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAiden Campbell

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