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Old School Blogging.

Over the weekend, I saw a post from Stephen with the meme in it and felt this moment of, “Oh hell yes.  Something fun and kind of mindless that doesn’t involve being on a soapbox.  Want.”  So I did the meme post and it felt fun.  Like I didn’t give a shit and wanted to write something for the sake of the fun and connection of it, not to say something Important.

Reminded me of old school blogging.  I started writing online in May 2005 and back then, there weren’t a lot of people reading so it was kind of a don’t-give-a-shit-free-for-all.  Write whatever you want.  Don’t even spell check it HA HA you REBEL.  (But then go back and spell check it immediately, also giving it a grammar once-over because I am a lifelong English major.  In related news, never end a sentence with a preposition because it will give you forever-hives.)  Get to know your peers without self-editing and self-imposed deadlines and self-consciousness.

I don’t know what’s happened to my voice in the last year or two, but it’s harder and harder to write some days.

“Is it writer’s block?” asked Chris.

“Kind of.  But it’s more like rehashing the same topic all the time and while there’s always something new to say because diabetes is that way, sometimes I don’t want to talk about it at all.  Keeping my head straight while managing the disease itself doesn’t always leave room for editorial.  Sometimes the best way for me to deal with some diabetes stuff is to work it out privately, you know?”

It’s hard to share things as I’ve grown older.  I stopped sharing photos of my daughter (and have never shared her name) on this website because I wanted to protect her privacy, but after a while, I realized I wanted to protect some of my own privacy, too.  I chronicled my engagement and wedding and move from RI to CT (and back again, all Hobbit-style) and pregnancy and, and, and … and now I’m not sure what I want to share, but diabetes-wise, I’m more and more inclined to share less.

Logging on to write about a wicked low blood sugar, for me, is an easier story to share because it’s encapsulated in that moment of the low.  Writing about how it feels and what I did to treat it is therapeutic.  But it’s a little more challenging to write about the aftermath of lows like that; telling the story of how fears of hypoglycemia permeate so much of what I do takes longer to tell.  Do I write about how I have trouble going to sleep for weeks after a bad low, because I think about how morning might be a stretch to reach? Do I even want my brain to take that journey?

Nope.  Sometimes that answer can be a big, fat nope.  Writing about that stuff is a complete fuckery of my mind.  While I have been grateful, at times, for the ten years of archived writing here on my website because it can be good for me to see how far I’ve come, other times I am a little bummed out that ten years of writing about diabetes could easily turn into twenty (but maybe not fifty because What If and that’s the shit that makes my head spinnish).  It’s been a really short and simultaneously loooong ten years of blogging, and the same goes for 28 years with diabetes.

I miss the old school blogging, quite a bit.  I miss the small community feel that used to be in play, where people wrote in hopes of connecting instead of being “seen.”  (I’m not sure that makes sense written out as it feels in my heart, but I’m resolved to not delete anything from this post, kind of proving a point to myself that I can write without considering consequence.)  I appreciate all of the new information being posted and the innovation and reporting that’s taking place but I miss the people themselves.  I don’t give a shit about bylines.  I care about people.  The people are still there and sharing, but there’s a lot of Agenda permeating the community and I kind of miss when it felt more organic and PERSONAL damn it and a little less structured.  I, personally, am losing a bit of my grip on what motivated me to blog in the first place.  I want to return to the real “why,” which was to find community and make the journey with diabetes suck less.

So what’s the point?  The point is that I liked writing that post this weekend.  It’s the first time I’ve written (or at least listed) without thinking too much over the past few months.  The second time I’ve written without caring for consequence is today.  I’d like to return to that kind of blogging, for at least a while, because it feels good.  Fun is also a thing, and I want more of that.  Especially here on my website, where I’m proud have built my online nest.  Better than trying to create something “perfect.”  Perfect isn’t a thing.  Reality is, and this community has forever been rooted in reality.

The reality of life, of life with diabetes, of an imperfect life with an imperfect pancreas and an imperfect mouth that curses often but please forgive me for saying fuck so often.  It’s a curse of a curse.

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  1. I miss the small community feel that used to be in play, where people wrote in hopes of connecting instead of being “seen.”

    I like that bit. Okay, I liked all of this, but that bit in particular.

    03/3/15; 1:16 pm
  2. Thanks.

    I withdrew from blogging as the pitches from companies started rolling in. I foudn it difficult to reasonably address my personal thoughts and feelings vs. product reviews etc.

    Add working for JDRF on top of that and it was just in my best interest to take that part of me and package it and keep it for a rainy day.

    Some days I just want to write everything, so I have a private journal.

    I feel myself drifting from connections, I think that’s why it’s hitting me so hard that I just can’t financially make it to conferences this year. It’s tearing me up that my job is literally to provide community to people with diabetes, but I feel distant from MY diabetes community. And my self-screened blogging was making that even worse.

    Anyyyyyway. Love your guts.

    03/3/15; 1:18 pm
  3. It felt good to me, too, to participate in that meme (especially thinking of how I probably answered the same or similar one in 2006? 2007? that is now gone and deleted).

    I know that I haven’t been blogging or connecting about diabetes much (oh hi ton of life changes in past year), but I have been blogging again for the past several weeks to work through (let’s be effing honest here) one of my worst episodes of depression (so that I can even start to think about working on diabetes care that has tanked over the past year and a half). I forgot how therapeutic it can be, and discovering some pretty incredible (if not sad) epiphanies has (have? grammar? crap) been important.

    03/3/15; 1:38 pm
  4. Martha #

    Let’s face it: diabetes can be sad and hard and sometimes you don’t want to talk about because it’s already depleted you just living with it that particular day. To the extent you are comfortable “letting it rip” here on your blog, I think that is the bravest thing ever, and extremely valuable to those who read you.

    03/3/15; 1:44 pm
  5. k2 #

    Kerri –
    Way to go with the truth bomb post – I relate to what you wrote so much & thank you so much for writing it!
    I’ve been blogging since 2007 and some nights I sit in front of my computer and start to type, then stop – for all sorts of reasons. Fear I’ve already said what I’m typing… fear that it doesn’t my words sound flat, even though the words come from my heart.
    As of late, fear that I might offend.
    And fter my mom passed away and all the dust settled after 2 years of crap, I feared that my writing was empty because my heart was broken & I felt empty.
    And with the advent of so many Agendas – I agree, it’s been hard as of late to to feel connected with our community.
    Seeing the words “Old school blogging,” and reading your heartfelt words showed me that I am not alone when it comes to burnout in all dimensions – blogging, diabetes, Agendas, perfectionism, needing and wanting more fun on the blog and off – ALL OF IT.
    Your words inspired me to “keep swimming,” and to play Marco Polo with the DOC more 😉
    Thanks, Chicklet!
    Keep writing, keep speaking from your heart and share only what you want on YOUR blog. It’s your blog, you make the rules re: posting and sharing.
    Also: “MARCO”
    Xoxo
    Kelly K~

    03/3/15; 2:09 pm
  6. Jacquie #

    I haven’t blogged on my own in over a year, and it still bugs me, but I just can’t get into it. Most of it is that I just don’t have enough time, and I feel like I can’t keep up with all the diabetes things all the time. I miss errybody, though — you especially!

    I was hanging out at my new job a few weeks ago, though, and a fellow employee came around the corner of my cube. She said she’d found my blog through LinkedIn and enjoyed it, and wanted to talk to me about a very devastating degenerative neurological condition that she has. She felt like I’d get it because of what I wrote on my blog.

    And that’s the kind of stuff that makes me want to start up again. But then I start thinking too much, and the blog stays empty . . .

    03/3/15; 2:12 pm
    • Dude, I distinctly remember the afternoon you called me to tell me you were pregnant (feels like a million years ago, doesn’t it?) and what an awesome conversation that was and how happy I was for you. THAT is the kind of shit I miss. (I’m in Orlando on the evening of March 16th – any chance you have that random night free for dinner??)

      03/3/15; 2:25 pm
    • shannon #

      word

      03/3/15; 8:23 pm
  7. mollyjade #

    As part of other blogging communities, I think this is a larger blogging problem. As it’s expanded, blogging has lost it’s personality. We’re too slick and composed these days.

    03/3/15; 2:14 pm
  8. I like this post. I like it for all the reasons you talk about within it – because it’s personal and raw. I like it too because it resonates. I miss the earlier days of diabetes blogs, where it felt more personal, less – dare I say it – competitive and there were no imperatives or agendas. I guess I stopped blogging purely bout diabetes because it started to make me feel more disconnected than it did connected, although I’ve never truly put my finger on why. I also realised that I simply couldn’t keep up such a single track of writing – and I remain in awe of the sheer volume of varied, quality content that you’ve a managed to produce on the subject. I felt that I wanted to write about more of me, but it was only when I became a mother that I finally started to find my voice to do that. I guess my current blog is pretty personal and honest. Whilst I still may not have found a community where I seem to fit, and I think this is partly because there are just so many voices online these days, I’m usually happy enough to record what I have the time and inclination to do so. At the end of the day, blogging should make us happy. We should do exactly what we want to do with our online spaces. We should write what we want. And I for one still seek out and enjoy the really personal stories – curse words and all!

    03/3/15; 2:18 pm
  9. A few things:

    – When I meet bloggers (notice I didn’t say “online health advocates”) for the first time, I often ask them: Do you like writing? How does it make you feel? If it doesn’t make you feel good, find out what makes you feel good and write about that. I also love hearing someone’s story.

    – I wanted to start a blog months before I actually did it. That’s because I wanted to make sure I was doing it for the fun of it, helping where I could, and wasn’t going to be concerned with page views. I thought about that a lot before I started, and I’m glad I did.

    – I think a lot of what you’re describing can be lumped in with how the diabetes online community has changed, and is changing. I only came along a few years ago, so I’m partly responsible for those changes. The truth is, nothing ever stays the same. In fact, some other technology may come along in the next few years that makes blogging obsolete. Again, finding the joy and community you describe is what matters, regardless of the medium.

    – Becoming more involved in the diabetes community means I find it more difficult to just write when I’m spending so much time chronicling what’s going on. What’s going on is very cool, and I want to chronicle that. But this is the reality for me. I’m sure it’s that times 1,000 for you.

    – Personal secret: I’m only a high school graduate, but I am still a lifelong spelling and grammar nerd. Not because I need to be perfect, but because I spent a long time learning how to speak properly, and this is how I learned how to speak.

    Sorry for the obscene length of this comment.

    03/3/15; 2:35 pm
  10. Harry #

    Dude. SO MUCH YES. It’s unfortunate for the DOC to feel like that band you liked on their first couple of albums but then they started trying to make records to make tons of money (ahem…Kings of Leon) and you lose interest. Again, not losing interest with the people, but the content or the barriers that seem to exist. Not to jump on the blog-quitter bandwagon, but that’s a big part of why I stopped too…it became less of an outlet and more of a series of doubts: If I don’t post often enough, will people come back? Am I tweeting this link at the right time to get the people I like to notice it and comment? If I write about non-diabetes stuff will people get turned off? I just have trouble with everything having to be defined. It reminds me of things in the corporate world when we have to do profiles of what our dominant thinking styles are and how to work with people that have different profiles. What ever happened to “people are different, just don’t be an asshole”?

    Having said that, I would like to challenge you to a pun-off and will continue to harass you to come visit my fair state.

    03/3/15; 2:59 pm
    • Kings of Leon had a second album? 😉

      ALL CAPS you hit the nail on the head. Or at least one of the nails. Our kids still need to hang out.

      03/3/15; 3:23 pm
  11. Hannah #

    Kerri at my lowest in 2011 when I felt becoming a mother was becoming a distant dream. I Googled type 1 diabetes pregnancy and read your entire blog over a few evenings. In the UK at the time there was little to no online blogs of a similar nature. You were so real so raw so touchable and WOW u had a baby despite the difficulties you had an actual real life baby.
    You gave me hope when I needed it and confidence I could acheive the same and after a healthy but intensive pregnancy and pretty traumatic birth I’m the happiest Mummy to my dream boy .
    I get you no longer wish to post pics of daughter though miss seeing her cuteness but please keep doing what your doing its appreciated.

    03/3/15; 3:51 pm
  12. Laddie #

    As a 2-year blogger and someone old enough to be your mother, my only advice is that change is OK even if it rimmed with a touch of sadness. There is no doubt that those of you who were the early bloggers had a closeness that probably won’t be seen in the DOC again.

    I remember when you published your book, I either read or heard you indicate that someday you’d like to write about something other than diabetes. You should and you will. And you should do it with joy and without guilt. Would I miss reading Six Until Me every day? Absolutely. But is my diabetes life better for having had glimpses of your life? Absolutely.

    I definitely think that there are some illustrated cat books in your future….

    ps. I loved doing the meme also.

    I hope in your lifetime

    03/3/15; 5:17 pm
  13. I’ve actually been rehearsing a blog in my mind over the past few days on exactly the same topic – and with the same reasons . Now I can’t do it, because it would seem like I’m copying. (Also, between taking care of kids and shoveling snow, who the hell has time to write?)

    But even moreso, I keep being reminded of what someone on TuDiabetes said to me when I pondered starting a blog. He said that he didn’t like blogs because it seemed more like people standing at a pulpit and preaching (very one-directional) rather than having a two-way conversation. It took three years, but I’m starting to think that this person (who’s name, unfortunately, I can’t remember) may have been right.

    03/3/15; 5:40 pm
    • I should clarify what I said above — I was referring to your paragraph about blogging, at times, becoming more about the byline and the agenda than the conversation. I do miss the (relatively) small community we had, but I think now we are experiencing more of a “changing of the guard” than an explosive growth. It’s a new generation in the DOC.

      03/3/15; 9:50 pm
  14. Nothing better, or typically more pure, than writing from the heart in the moment.I often do miss those early days of blogging, even before I was blogging, and was just lurking and reading the handful of bloggers putting themselves out there. it was smaller, more organic, and you got so much more personality in what was written. Now, so much feels… the same. Even those that aren’t. And there’s so much great writing and advocacy, so much goodness happening. but it’s just not the same. And with the quick Twitter chats and even FB posts, the personality and insight into someone’s world and mind isn’t the same. I have been feeling “writer’s fatigue” so much for awhile, in large part because it’s all D all the time. Thanks for writing this, Kerri.

    03/3/15; 6:21 pm
  15. shannon #

    oh boy I just wrote this long soul-baring comment and my computer ate it. OH WELL THEMS THE BREAKS.

    short version: thanks for continuing to be so honest. I feel you on this and feel certain many more do as well.

    03/3/15; 8:31 pm
  16. Anonymous #

    Amazing insights to read from you, Kerri, and from the people who have commented, most of whom I recognize as DOC veterans. I am sure you are all correct, but let me offer a parallel theory: though doubtless the community is changing, so are each of your perspectives, the longer you are a part of this community. So perhaps you are going through some personal developmental changes regarding your relationship to blogging. My work has led me to read a lot of blogs lately, and I am constantly reading comments from others, especially adults who have been recently diagnosed or parents of children recently diagnosed, or D-veterans who are just discovering blogs and the DOC, who say that any particular blog has been a lifesaver for them. They are newer to the DOC and newer to blogging, and it is in these ways to them what you all describe from your earlier days. Maybe you don’t need that the same way anymore, or not as much as you used to, but to them it’s fresh, welcome, and needed. Thank you for all that you have done and all that you continue to do, however long that may be.

    03/3/15; 9:08 pm
  17. Brenda #

    I am not a writer but I value what writers write! I rarely post comments because I fear the judgement of my post. I value the DOC bloggers for your varied views and opinions and how that helps me rethink or validate what was on my mind. I am a mom of a grownup T1 so what you write sometimes gives me a glimpse into his world but often I hear you describing life and its twist and turns and that is useful to me too. Thanks, just thanks.

    03/3/15; 9:09 pm
  18. Ellen #

    Your writing still helps me just as much today as when I first found you 10 years ago by googling “What is life like for adults with type 1 diabetes?”. That was days after Lauren’s diagnosis, and I was desperate to envision what life would be like for my four year old baby girl. (My unspoken thoughts were -“Would she even get to adulthood?”) I had no idea what all of this meant, and you were so full of life and spirit (and curse words!)! I went back and read every single post, and was so reassured that we could handle what we had been dealt.

    So just the other day, I read your post about the stupid fucking insurance company needing you to prove that you had diabetes, after 30 years of dealing with this stupid disease. And low and behold we are tackling the same thing so Lauren can get a new pump. So, even though it was totally stupid and completely asinine to be at that dumb lab, at least we aren’t alone in this stupidity. So I think the community is still there, maybe just a little bit harder to find.

    03/3/15; 9:28 pm
  19. Jacqui #

    Kerri – I have to tell you . You have been an inspiration to me. About 3 or 4 years ago when I found you I was so depressed and fed up with my Diabetes. I am a type 2. I had never had insurance so I didn’t know much about treatments for diabetes other than shots and drugs. I had never heard of an insulin pump or a CGM. You introduced me to those. When I first found you my A1C’s were regularly between 9.0 and 10.5. Way too high. reading about your struggles and determination, frustrations, disappointments, and victories gave me the courage to jump back into the battle and learn as much as I could about how to control my diabetes. Now with the encouragement and knowledge you have helped me with I have taken back my life from diabetes. It’s a daily battle and many days I loose but not as many as before I found your blog. I have also had the courage to fight for the things I think will help me with my diabetes so now I have an insulin pump (T-Slim) and just last week I started on a Dexcom (still learning it). With what I have learned and the encouragement I have received from your blog I have managed to keep my A1C under 7.2 for 1 1/2 yrs.
    I have started to write you several times but I always chicken out because I know there will be errors in my comments. I read these at night and that is when I have my worst time. You see, besides fighting the diabetes monster I am also fighting the MS monster. Anyway, I promised myself I wouldn’t proofread this and I wouldn’t try to rewrite it to be more organized because then I wouldn’t send it.
    I love reading your blog. I love hearing about your life and the things you think about even when they are not diabetes related. It let’s me know there is life after diabetes/with diabetes.
    Hopefully this isn’t too confusing to read. I had better post it now because the urge to go back and change things is nearly too strong to resist.
    Thanks for all you do for the DOC.

    03/3/15; 11:19 pm
  20. Thanks for your so honest post. I have only this year started following you, and this is one of your best IMO.
    I’ve only started blogging this year, partly to chronicle my diabetes, partly to chronicle my bipolar, mostly (almost totally) to share my journey from sadness to happiness and just a part of my life with a few friends. I try to be me, open and honest.
    Thanks for being you.

    03/4/15; 2:42 am
  21. Keri #

    Kerri,
    Awesome name btw 😉 I’m personally glad you blog since I was just diagnosed type 1 6 months ago at 30. I found you by googling type 1 and pregnancy like someone above noted and it kind-of helped slow my brain down a little bit. So, while I’m sure you get tired of the same ole same ole, you help lots! Also, I would be just as happy for you to blog random crap about your dog. Anyone who says fuck a lot is fine by me!

    03/4/15; 7:52 am
  22. Julie #

    Keri,

    Something about reading your post today made me realize I needed to let you know how much I appreciate your blog. Your daily emails have been the first thing I’ve read in my cluttered email inbox for the last 3 years, for one simple reason. It helps me better understand what my daughter is dealing with on a daily basis. My daughter was diagnosed at age 5 while in kindergarten. As parents, we were clueless, which was a huge blessing as we didn’t realize at first how precarious her situation was.
    The short version of our story is that my daughter started getting sick on a Sunday night. We took her to the pediatrician on Monday and were told it was the flu. Early Tuesday we rushed her to the ER where she was admitted to with a BG of 2160 (they had to run the #’s 3x because no one had seen them that high- ever – and not had the person in a diabetic coma) and spent a week in PICU.
    A dear friend referred me to your blog and it was a lifesaver. Having a daughter so young, she couldn’t articulate what she was feeling, but you did. And I began to understand what she might be feeling or going through when she was high or low, although those took a while to reach. I learned of the depth and caring of this vast community and ways I could reach out to others. I took comfort in your humor on days when I felt overwhelmed and was afraid I was doing everything wrong. Your post on SWAG was the first time I was truly able to take a deep breath and realize “ok, I can do this”. Seeing you live life, live with this crazy, unpredictable, maddening disease for 28 years gave me hope for a future for my daughter. It’s been 3 years, 1 Animas pump & 2 replacements, and 2 meters (one was ran over by a van during a sleepover. Nothing like getting a phone call at 11pm from a corn maze birthday party on your daughter’s second ever sleepover. From the father who’s a pastor. While you’ve been celebrating with friends at your house enjoying a rare ‘diabetes-free’ night. But that’s a story for another day!). And she’s doing amazing. And my fears have been pushed back. And you were a big part of that.
    So thank you. Even though we’ve never met & I’ve never comment before, you’re a big part of my life. Thank you for being open, honest, vulnerable, serious, humorous, and basically doing what you do. It is sincerely appreciated.

    Julie

    03/4/15; 9:54 am
  23. Liz #

    Kerri,
    I completely understand how you feel and have felt distant from the DOC. I felt it was becoming more like advocacy for the manufacturers of everything relating to diabetes. What drew me to these blogs some eight years ago, when I was diagnosed T1, were all the personal stories about the daily struggles. Raw feelings that I could relate to.

    Your blog was the first one that I began reading (and continue to read) and I can honestly say that my “I can do this” attitude came directly from you! You were there when there wasn’t anyone who understood what I was going through. I learned more from your blog about diabetes than I did from all of the doctors, endos, diabetes experts,etc. You were the “real” voice. You were the honest voice.

    I went on the journey with you, becoming a wife, mother and advocate. I rented your husband’s movie the day it became available. Bought your book the day Amazon began selling it. I enjoyed all the pictures and loved all the stories. What I loved most was YOU. Not only because of the diabetes connection but who you are as a person. You are honest, funny, raw, hysterical at times, well versed, humble, straight shooter…..the list goes on! What ever you write about, I feel.

    Write what ever you want to, when ever you want to! If it’s only once in a while, that’s ok too. I’ve enjoyed all of it. I’m just glad to have had the privilege to go on the journey with you through your blog!

    Thank you!!!!!!

    03/4/15; 1:13 pm
  24. Tim Steinert #

    When blogging stops you from being who you are or puts too much focus on one thing–when everyone is about so much more–it’s right to want to find your joy.

    For instance, I am a professional (but underemployed) Bass Trombone player. I have spent thousands of hours practicing and rehearsing just to get to that 60-180 of performance. But when I get to do that with a group of musicians, I forget all the work it took and I just am. Pure bliss.

    03/4/15; 1:16 pm
  25. Heather Culbreath #

    Thank you for saying it Kerri, Your blog was the first one that I found when my daughter was diagnosed a little over 6 years ago, you were my way of seeing that my girl will be OK and we can do this as a family! You were my comfort you made me feel confident in my care for her! I have loved sharing your stories with my daughter as well! Back when you were preggo my daughter would ask all the time about how you were doing!
    Happy to hear you will be going back to your old school blogging!

    Thanks

    Heather

    03/4/15; 1:22 pm
  26. I always thought that I was an inflexible, unadaptable freak for deeply missing the “warm fuzzy” period of the early DOC. Everyone else seemed to be moving ahead with resiliency and adaptability, and I wanted things to stay the same.
    But, in most of life, that’s not how it goes.
    “Don’t cry because it’s over – smile because it happened.”

    03/4/15; 3:32 pm
    • Yes, yes, yes. I agree with this post and I agree with everything Minnesota Nice said. I mean, I’m glad the DOC is out there changing things, but I definitely miss the warm and fuzzy and the feeling of personal connections. Because for me, that’s what puts the Community in the Diabetes Online Community.

      03/5/15; 11:56 am
  27. Vicki #

    Kerri,
    I found you and SUM when I met my PWD 7+ years ago. I was searching for answers, insight, and information. Your blog has brought me laughs, tears, hope, and understanding. It has taught me how to relate to my PWD. He is a boy, okay, grown man, 43 years type 1. He does NOT talk about his diabetes the way you do. I have learned so much from you. Seriously! There are pumps and CGM’s in our house thanks to you. Sometimes I read your posts outloud to him, so he knows he is not alone in his frustrations. It is good for him to know these things! For example, the other day in the kitchen, I read to him the one about your doctors call. We seriously laughed, because we experience similar things at his appointments. It would break my heart to not see your blog when I log on first thing in the morning. It is the first place I go for my daily dose.
    Write what you want, how you want, there are those of us who just need to hear your voice. You might not know this, but you are one of my angels. Yes, little wings and all!
    Thanks for everything.

    03/4/15; 6:04 pm
  28. Excellent post!

    It’s funny, you and I have been blogging the same amount of time. 10 years ago everybody and their cat had a blog. It’s how we did community in 2005. It’s a big component of how some of us still do community. It’s part advice column, part editorial, part graffiti, part police blotter, part drunken-shouting-during-the-wee-hours-of-the-morning, part classified ad, part homily, … It’s not the only way of doing community, of course, but I still think regular people “just talking” about stuff is the biggest part of community. And blogs–especially good ones like yours–are still a great way to achieve that.

    I think blogging really should be about our needs right now, which are always changing. I started my site because I wanted to share my trip to India, and then I got back and thought, “Well, what now?” I didn’t really start writing about health and diabetes until five years later when I realized I needed a diabetes community. Now, diabetes is mostly in the background. And, that’s fine. It’s all fine. All of it.

    Let’s continue on this Hobbit-esque journey. The road goes ever on and on….

    03/4/15; 7:48 pm
  29. ria #

    SUM has showed me that first we are human, second, we are diabetic. Don’t stop writing.
    have a great weekend

    03/6/15; 9:19 am
  30. Avery #

    Hi Kerri,

    I just wanted to write and say (like many people above) how important your blog is to me!! I was diagnosed in July and in December I found your blog while googling “CGM insertion does it hurt?”…it was a BIG game changer for me! I am still working towards finding diabetic friends in real life but, as a relatively late entry into the game (I’m 25), your blog has served as an amazing starting point for me. I have learned so much from lurking on your blog, and I really appreciate it. I am sure that much has changed in the DOC, just as much has changed in the online community in general, but I just wanted to be clear about how important what you’re doing is, and how much it means. I hope you do feel free to write about whatever you want–I bought your book and I think you have an awesome voice 🙂

    03/6/15; 7:41 pm
  31. Doug #

    This blog is so important in my life. I read it all the time. I just read this one aloud to my wife. We both were very moved. I think you are amazing, Kerri. How you put the things into words, the things that all of us with diabetes are struggling with, is so inspiring.

    03/8/15; 11:21 am
  32. Love this. I’ve told you this before, but your blog was the first one I found over 3 yrs ago. I’ve been T1 for 22+ years but just started blogging once I found yours, and then a few others. I’d lived SO many years without knowing people “like me” and I would sit at work (shhhh don’t tell! At least I don’t work there anymore lol) and at home in the evenings reading post after post. It was almost obsessive. And then I got to the point where a friend (parent of a T1) asked me why I didn’t start my own blog .. I thought no way could I write as well as all these other bloggers. Then I realized it wasn’t about writing well, it was about just telling my story. As you know, I have had 2 very successful pregnancies (one of which with TWINS) after being told at my dx that I’d never had children… and I’ve had so many people reach out to me saying how encouraged they were to read my story. THAT is why I blog. I admittedly have not had as much time the last year or so to blog .. but I am trying to get back into the swing of it. It’s therapeutic for me and if it helps even one person that might be going through the same thing ..then it’s totally worth the time I carved out of my day to type it out. 🙂

    03/9/15; 2:23 pm
  33. I had to pause my blog because finding and keeping a paying job — to support my family and pay the f’ing type 1 supplies — became all consuming. Hope to rejoin some clinical trials in 2015. Maybe write again and share something. For my sanity.

    Thx for your efforts.

    03/31/15; 11:32 pm

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