To say I have been crazy busy these past few months is an understatement.
I wrapped up writing and production of my book Kids First, Diabetes Second: tips for parenting a child with type 1 diabetes. It is now available from major booksellers including Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, and IndieBound booksellers and can be downloaded as an eBook to just about any device you might have. So now the marketing and publicity begins as my publisher and I try to get the word out about this resource that I hope will be a gem for parents of newly or recently diagnosed children.
Veterans at dealing with D may learn a thing or two as well as they read the many sidebars written by some of the most fabulous members of the DOC I know.
As Q flipped through the advance reader when it came in the mail, she gave the following review:
“You know, if I was somebody else and you were somebody else this book would be really useful.”
I have received wonderful feedback from parents and PWD’s (people with diabetes) who have read excerpts or the entire book. (You can read more reviews on the book page. I’m trying to add in reviews as I see them.)
If you do read Kids First, Diabetes Second, which I really hope you do, please take a few minutes to leave a review on any of the online retailers. I would greatly appreciate you sharing your thoughts!
I feel in some ways a new chapter is beginning for my family and my blog moving forward from this point. Don’t worry, D-Mom Blog will continue to be what I hope is a great resource for parents, but I am reshaping some of the content that I will present to you.
And this all started with a little blog redesign that I worked on over the summer. If you are reading this by e-mail or in a feed reader, pop over. It’s a little more sleek and I hope easy to navigate.
On Mondays I will share information on Diabetes Management, whether it’s an obstacle we’re facing, a new way we’re doing things, or tools of the trade that we are using. Diabetes at School is another issue we have to contend with.
I regret that I feel like I have to stop my Type 1 Tuesday posts. It’s an incredible amount of work to include posts and videos and link up to them. But I absolutely believe in promoting my peers in the DOC and I will be sharing more and more links to news articles, blog posts, and YouTube videos on my Facebook page. If you haven’t already “liked” it, what are you waiting for?
Wednesdays will be my time for sharing “Our Story” chronicling our family’s life with diabetes.
Thursdays I will continue featuring posts from the Archives. We have been dealing with diabetes for over four years now and some of my earlier writing still holds true, especially for families who are newer to this. You can always read the archives.
As Q gets older, she is able to share with me her thoughts and feelings about diabetes. She also gets even more funny! On alternating Fridays I will have posts called “In Q’s Words” in which she shares her artwork and thoughts and I share anecdotes.
On Fridays I’ll also talk about Food. I get a lot of questions asking about counting carbs and snack suggestions.
Of course this is a fluid writing schedule and I may throw in posts here or there on other topics as they strike my fancy. (And, yes, I’m totally OCD and have a writing schedule. I have to keep all the thoughts swirling around in my brain in order somehow.)
And I’m introducing a new feature called “It’s My D-Bag, Baby!” In the first post I shared how we schlep around our d-supplies everywhere we go. I’m always on the hunt for the perfect bag or pouch. That’s where you come in. I want to feature photos from readers showing how they carry all of their d-stuff. If you are interested, please fill out this form. I am not sure if this will be a monthly feature or more often, but I think it will be fun!
If a particular post speaks to you, I have made it even easier to share with your friends and community. On the left there are social media sharing buttons that will quickly let you share on Twitter, Facebook, and Google +.
I also have an exciting new gig to share with you soon. So stay tuned!
I hope you find the new layout to be easy to navigate. Please let me know your thoughts or if you can’t seem to find one of your favorite resources. You can always use the contact form to share your thoughts about this or anything else.
I learn so much from others in the online community and I appreciate everyone who comes to D-Mom Blog each day.