I read a lot of diabetes blogs. A lot! That’s one of the reasons I was bummed when Google Reader shut down, because I could read them from my phone with a simple interface. But I have to admit that because I do a lot of reading using my phone or iPad, and not my actual computer, I probably don’t leave as many comments as I would like to. I will say that I favorite, or star, or bookmark a lot of posts.
Sometimes I really like a post, but I don’t feel like I have a good comment to leave. And then I feel bad because I really want to acknowledge the writer and his or her words.
Well, today that changes.
Chris Snider, who writes A Consequence of Hypoglycemia, came up with the idea of having a day that everyone who reads blogs can “check in.” So today, Monday July 22, every time you read a blog post, leave a comment. And even if you don’t have anything to add to the conversation, you can just write “check” in the comments. You don’t even have to leave your name, but you can sign in as anonymous.
I have always said that much of what I write, especially in the beginning, was for me…to get my thoughts and feelings out. But what I came to find was that my words and experiences often helped other parents coping with the same diabetes issues. And connecting online has helped me manage my child’s diabetes and my own mental health for sure. The Diabetes Online Community (DOC) is all about support and empowering others with knowledge.
And don’t for a second think that this “check in” day is about pandering for comments. Chris, who came up with the idea for says, dblogcheck is not about pageviews, it’s about building a stronger community through interaction.”
So go read blogs today. You can start by checking out my long list in the blogroll (and if your blog is not there, please fill out the form so I can add it!). And leave comments to let writers know you are here and listening.
You could even leave a comment for me. Please and thank you.
And Another Thing…
Follow the hashtag #dblogcheck on Twitter
Check out the blogroll to find other awesome d-blogs
Add your blog to the blogroll
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