What inspired Diabetes Blog Week? For those of you who haven’t participated before, Diabetes Blog Week was originally inspired by a fiber-bloggers event called Knitting and Crochet Blog Week. When I participated that first year on my knitting blog I loved the way it united the community, and I knew I wanted to try to do the same for the DOC.
What is the aim of Diabetes Blog Week? The main idea for Diabetes Blog Week is that bloggers sign up to post about a set topic each day for a week. This way, readers can jump around the DBlog Community and get a plethora of different perspectives on a single topic. The hope is that new DOC connections are made, and that our voices are raised to spread a little more diabetes awareness.
When is Diabetes Blog Week? The fifth annual Diabetes Blog Week will take place next week, from May 12th through May 18th.
Where can I find the Diabetes Blog Week topics? You can find the topics for next week on the Topics and Posts page. They’ve been posted in advance, just in case you want to start drafting your posts this week. (Remember not to publish your post until that specific day though!) Use the topics as a starting point for your post each day and see where it takes you. Write as much or as little as you like. There are no right or wrong answers - just read over the topic and start blogging! I've also included two wild card topics to choose from. If one day’s topic doesn’t inspire you, feel free to post about one of the wild card topics instead!
Who can participate in Diabetes Blog Week? DBlog Week is open to anyone who blogs about diabetes - be it Type 1, Type 2, LADA, or gestational, and it’s also for parents, spouses and caregivers to someone else with diabetes. If you blog about diabetes in any capacity, please join us! The more perspectives that are shared the more understanding we can foster. If you don’t have a blog but have thought about starting one, now is the perfect time. There are free blogging sites you can use (such as Blogger or Wordpress) and members of sites such as TuDiabetes or Diabetes Daily have a blog built right into their profile.
Can blogs done by groups, organizations and companies join? I like to make Diabetes Blog Week as inclusive as possible, so yes, group blogs and professional blogs are welcome to join. However, the posts should be written by a blogger with a diabetes connection. Also product plugs / advertising will not be allowed. Posts that do no adhere to this policy will be removed from the master link lists. (More about those lists below.)
What if I can’t write posts for all seven days? The idea for Diabetes Blog Week is that everyone who signs up to participate will post on all seven days. Although that is the goal, I absolutely understand that life sometimes gets in the way, so if you end up falling short of seven posts that’s okay. Diabetes can be stressful enough, so let’s keep DBlog Week fun and stress free!
How do I sign up? Once again, I’ve created a form to submit your information. Fill it out and you will be signed up and added to the Participant's List within 24 hours. There is a space on the form for you to let me know if you have any questions, and you can also email me at any time at DBlogWeek@bittersweetdiabetes.com.
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How about a banner or button for my blog? This year I’m so grateful to Mike Lawson (@MrMikeLawson) for donating his talent and time to the cause by coming up with fantastic DBlogWeek graphics. If you’d like to display the banner or button on your blog you’ll find the HTML Codes below - just to make things a little bit easier. Highlight the code in the box, then copy and paste it into the HTML section of your blogs sidebar or post or where ever you want to display the graphic.
What if I want to tweet or Facebook about Diabetes Blog Week? That would be awesome, you can use the hashtag #DBlogWeek. Also the generous people at Lauren's Hope have used Mike’s graphics to create beautiful cover and profile pictures that you can use on Facebook. Simply right-click on the image and save it to your computer. Then you can upload the image to your profile.
What else do I need to know? Great question. I’ve tried to cover everything, but I’m sure I missed something. So please leave any questions in the comments section below or email them to me at DBlogWeek@bittersweetdiabetes.com. I'll be sure to answer you as soon as I can.
Thank you all again for the overwhelming support during the last four Diabetes Blog Weeks, and I’m thrilled to be doing it a fifth time!