Monday, May 14, 2012

D-Blog Week Day #1: Find a Friend

Yay Diabetes Blog Week! Today's prompt:

It seems the most popular thing about Diabetes Blog Week is that it helps us find blogs we weren’t reading yet and connect with some new blog friends. With that in mind, let’s kick off Diabetes Blog Week by making some new connections. Think about the d-blogs you read that you think we may not know about and introduce us to one that you love!! Let’s all find a new friend today!

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Oh, man. Could Karen G. have chosen a harder first topic for Diabetes Blog Week?! I have forty-eight different diabetes blogs I subscribe to in Google Reader. Forty-eight! So very many that I rarely get to zero unread posts...and yet I feel like I'm only ever skimming the top of the d-blogs out there. It seems as though every time I manage to check in for a #DSMA night I get another couple blogs to add to my feed. 

For better or worse, the majority of my book publishing career has involved professionally reading. From manuscripts to catalog copy and book proposals to TI sheets, I've been paid to look at writing with a critical eye. But rest assured this doesn't mean I'm (too) judgy or that I'm a (rigid) stickler for grammar. It just means that I have very little time for leisure reading, and those things I do choose to read on my own time had better be worth it. The blogs that live in my Reader, for some reason or another, have a voice that resonates with me as a diabetic, as a mom, as a New Yorker, as a book nerd, as a whatever. So how could I choose just one of these? They all satisfy different purposes. I don't read just one blog, so I'm going to recommend a handful instead:

Like many other PWDs out there, the first d-blog I came across was Kerri's. It's still the first one I recommend to people who aren't familiar with the DOC, who are recently diagnosed, who need a solid "OMG there's someone out there like me!" to get them over whatever slump they're in.

When I need a laugh, I head on over to visit Jacquie at Typical Type 1

If I want a jolt of "I Can Do This!" excitement, a shot of ridiculously cute pups, or an affirmation of my love for the JDRF, I waggle my mouse at Kim's Texting My Pancreas

Cherise is all over the place, but she reigns supreme as the Queen of Blue and manages to inspire SO many people to raise diabetes awareness.

If I were a CWD, I would want Lorraine/This is Caleb, Leighann/D-Mom Blog, Scott/Arden's Day, and Sherry/Jenna's Pet Monkey to be my d-parents. Their actual CWDs are so very lucky to have them!

My inner New Yorker always wants to hug Stacey/The Girl with the Portable Pancreas, and not just because she's always on top of all the d-tech that's out there. I love her BG comparison series.

A little love for the T2s in my reader: Rachel/TalesofRachel and Sir Bob/TMinusTwo

For my diabetes journalism - all the d-news that's fit to print, natch - I click on over to Amy, Allison, and Mike at DiabetesMine. I also look forward to my e-newsletter from diaTribe, which is an insane wealth of information that every diabetic should get in their inbox.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg! I just started following I Run on Insulin and Sweetly Voiced, and I'm sure I'll have a jillion more by the end of D-Blog Week. Do you have a blog I should add to my Reader?


  1. You can waggle your mouse at me anytime! ::wink::

    But, less creepily, thank you for the shout out. :)

  2. From the mom of one cute pixie to the mom of the other cute pixie, I thank you for the mention!! :)

  3. You can hug me anytime you want K :). I appreciate the mention!

  4. Awesome awesome Find a Friend post!! I loved your descriptions and groupings . . . . if I didn't already read them all, you bet I would start after reading your recommendations.