Monday, May 5, 2014

Fifth Annual Diabetes Blog Week

Five!!!!  I can’t believe we are at the milestone of Diabetes Blog Week number FIVE!  I remember that first year when I wasn’t even sure anyone would be interested in participating.  Oh but you were, and then you wanted to do it again.  So the second year  DBlog Week grew, and it continued to grow over the third year and fourth year.  And now here we are at five!  I'm so grateful for all of the enthusiasm and support Diabetes Blog Week has received year after year from the D.O.C.  I’m thrilled to do this each year and thankful for all the help I’ve received to make Diabetes Blog Week happen again and again.  So, are you ready?  Here we go!

 

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.

Fill out my online form.
Will there be a master list of posts for each day?  There sure will!  I’ve included daily Link Lists on the Diabetes Blog Week topics page.  Once you’ve published your post each day, be sure to add it to the that day’s list by entering your blog name and the url of that day's post.  This way we’ll have all posts linked in one central location, which makes it easier for people to hop around and read all of the posts.

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.

Grab the Banner
Diabetes Blog Week
 
Grab the Button
Diabetes Blog Week

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.

DBlogWeek-FBCover
DBlogWeek-FBProfile

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!

5 comments:

  1. Hello, we've recently formed a latin american Spanish speaking blogger community (you can check it out at #diabetesLA in twitter). Can we also participate inspite of the language "issue"?

    I bet some of us would join gladly!!

    Best regards :)

    Mariana.

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    1. Hi Mariana, Yes absolutely, blog in any language are welcome to participate!! We already have a Brazilian blogger signed up this year, and have had Spanish bloggers participate in past years. Please do join in!

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  2. I can't seem to sign up. It won't let me submit. Says only one submission per blog, but I have not submitted yet..any suggestions?

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    1. Sorry the form is giving you a problem - 99% of the time it works great but it does throw a few glitches here and there. I will go ahead and add you from the admin panel. Thanks!

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  3. D-Blog Week is back in 2014; Goal is to connect, share our hopes, and change the Diabetes World http://wp.me/p26tai-c0

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