2011 Blog Week Topics and Posts

What was Diabetes Blog Week? Click here for an explanation.  You can also check out a list of who participated over here.


Click for the Admiring our differences-Monday 5/9 Link List.
We are all diabetes bloggers, but we come from many different perspectives.  Last year, Diabetes Blog Week opened my eyes to all of the different kinds of blogs (and bloggers) out there – Type 1s, Type 2s, LADAs, parents of kids with diabetes, spouses of adults with diabetes and so on.  Today let’s talk about how great it is to learn from the perspectives of those unlike us!  Have you learned new things from your T2 friends?  Are D-Parents your heroes?  Do LADA blogs give you insight to another diagnosis story?  Do T1s who’ve lived well with diabetes since childhood give you hope?  Pick a type of blogger who is different from you and tell us why they inspire you - why you admire them - why it’s great that we are all the same but different!!

Click for the Letter writing day-Tuesday 5/10 Link List.
In February the Wego Blog Carnival asked participants to write letters to their condition.  You can write a letter to diabetes if you’d like, but we can also take it one step further.  How about writing a letter to a fictional (or not so fictional) endocrinologist telling the doctor what you love (or not) about them.  How about a letter to a pretend (or again, not so pretend) meter or pump company telling them of the device of your dreams?  Maybe you’d like to write a letter to your child with diabetes.  Or a letter from your adult self to the d-child you were.  Whomever you choose as a recipient, today is the day to tell them what you are feeling.

Click for the Diabetes bloopers-Wednesday 5/11 Link List.
Whether you or your loved one are newly diagnosed or have been dealing with diabetes for a while, you probably realize that things can (and will) go wrong.  But sometimes the things that go wrong aren’t stressful - instead sometimes they are downright funny!  Go ahead and share your Diabetes Blooper - your “I can’t believe I did that" moment - your big “D-oh” - and let’s all have a good laugh together!!

Click for the Ten things I hate about you, Diabetes-Thursday 5/12 Link List.
Having a positive attitude is important . . . but let’s face it, diabetes isn’t all sunshine and roses (or glitter and unicorns, for that matter).  So today let’s vent by listing ten things about diabetes that we hate.  Make them funny, make them sarcastic, make them serious, make them anything you want them to be!!

Click for the Awesome things-Friday 5/13 Link List.
In February the #dsma blog carnival challenged us to write about the most awesome thing we’d done DESPITE diabetes.  Today let’s put a twist on that topic and focus on the good things diabetes has brought us.  What awesome thing have you (or your child) done BECAUSE of diabetes?  After all, like my blog header says, life with diabetes isn’t all bad!

Click for the Saturday snapshots-Saturday 5/14 Link List.
Today is the only day I’ve brought back a fun topic from last year.  Inspired by the Diabetes 365 project, let’s snap a few more d-related pictures and share them again.  Post as many or as few as you’d like.  Be creative!  Feel free to blog your thoughts on or explanations of your pictures.  Or leave out the written words and let the pictures speak for themselves.

Click for the What we’ve learned-Sunday 5/15 Link List.
Last year, Wendy of Candy Hearts made a suggestion for this year.  She commented “I think Day 7 should be a post about stuff we've learned from other blogs or the experience of coming together online...”  Today, let’s do just that!!  What have you learned from other blogs - either this week or since finding the D-OC?  What has your experience of blogging the DBlog Week topics with other participants been like?  What has finding the D-OC done for you?  If you'd like, you can even look ahead and tell us what you think the future holds!

Click for the D-Myths-Wildcard Link List.
I’m not talking about D-Myths like “people with diabetes can’t eat sugar” or “you get diabetes from being lazy” - we work to disprove those every day.  Today lets PROVE some fun d-myths like #dprom (the prom for diabetics around the world), Sprinkles (the glittery unicorn of advocacy), or Blünt Lancet (the diabetic heroes of rock)!  Choose one of these “d-myths” (or create one yourself) and take it someplace creative!  You might write about the time Sprinkles visited you to spread the advocacy love - hopefully he / she/ IT?? brought you a cupcake too!!  You could compose a new song for Blünt Lancet’s next album.  Or you might give us every details of the night you went to #dprom.  Write about any "myth" or story-line you can dream up!  Let’s bring those “myths” to life!

Click for the Step outside the box-Wildcard Link List.
Take your diabetes thoughts and instead of blogging about them as usual, push yourself to express them in a different way today.  Make a vlog.  Create a piece of D-Art.  Write a poem.  Draw a cartoon.  Post a collage.  Anything goes - as long as it is outside of your usual bloggy comfort zone!