One-Year Blogiversary

Hard to believe that exactly one year ago today my very first post went up. At the time I felt I was groping forward into the cavernous unknown. Who would find me on the Web? Who would care to come back and read more musings on “everything diabetes”? Thanks, guys…

And what a wild ride it has been! A few things that happened to me this year since starting thisChampagne blog:

* My “Dr. Suess’ Fun with Diabetes” poem was reprinted all over the country, and even in a few newsletters in New Zealand

* Me and my blog were featured in the Wall St Journal! (Hi, Mom!!)

* I attended the ADA’s Annual Scientific Sessions conference in June and learned a ton about my disease and the people who treat it

* I was invited to write a monthly column on the dLife web site, where PWDs and their loved ones regularly write to me asking all kinds of questions I can barely answer (I’m still not a doctor)

* I’ve begun writing articles for the big diabetes pubs (Diabetes Forecast & Diabetes Health), the first of which will be published next month

* I’ve started my own virtual “Who’s Who in the Diabetes Community” research campaign, in which I’ve met the most fascinating and knowledgeable people, including Dr. Bill Polonsky, Janis Roszler, Mother Love and the dLife cast, Bill King, Kelly Close, Virginia Valentine, Dr. Bill Quick and many more

* I’ve certifiably proven that using lots of links in your posts is good for your health a pain

* I’ve learned to travel well with diabetes, mostly meaning that it only takes me 15-20 minutes to pack up my essentials, versus the half-day-plus I used to spend fretting over what I might forget

* I’ve very recently signed a book deal, to help compile a handbook that will hopefully help struggling PWDs get a handle on their health (details under wraps till summer)

Wondorously, around me and my small group of compatriots blogging before has sprouted a whole new world of absolutely amazing PWDs who blog — including truly inspirational writers the likes of Kerri and Dee, and those who make life’s quirks so much fun, like Kassie and Allison. What good company I’m in!

But it’s also gotten harder — all of it. I used to be so inspired that I’d get up in the middle of the night with post ideas that couldn’t wait. I also used to run between 113-145 BG most of the time. Neither happens much anymore.

Now I’m gearing up for the Long Haul. I’ve learned that keeping a blog fresh over time is no small undertaking. Again, hats off to Kathleen, who’s been doing it several years longer than any of us!

I still do love sharing my D-discoveries, and it’s especially nice when people post comments and counter-comments. I learn a lot that way. It’s just that I was naive enough to think time would make me better at diabetes… that it would somehow get easier and more commonplace. In fact, being diabetic does feel pretty “normal” after nearly three years, but that does not make it easier. Your diabetes just keeps changing, doesn’t it? That bolus-carb ratio that worked so well last week is Old News, no?

Don’t get me wrong. I’m still Ms. Chipper. As you can see, diabetes has somehow brought many good things into my life. I’m just a little more seasoned this year. And I know I’m going to have to work my tail off to top last year’s blog fallout!

25 Responses

  1. Kirk
    Kirk February 23, 2006 at 6:49 am | | Reply

    Yes Amy there is no end to constant change, I see you’ve discovered one of the of diabetes. Some days 1+1=2 and other days 1+1=????. The real trick to living long is dealing with that ongoing flux. Keep up the good work. Rememeber all else is secondary to your health.

  2. Tekakwitha
    Tekakwitha February 23, 2006 at 6:50 am | | Reply

    Congrats Amy! You’re blog has been a pleasure to read and watch grow.

    - Tek

  3. Mary
    Mary February 23, 2006 at 9:32 am | | Reply

    thanks, Amy!
    you were the first blog I found,
    and I check in with you often!
    keep up the great work!

  4. Jamie
    Jamie February 23, 2006 at 11:22 am | | Reply

    Congrats on your one year anniversary of blogging, Amy! What you are doing here is a good thing – keeping on top of things and sharing info and Diabetes tidbits with us.

    Keep on blogging!

  5. Lyrehca
    Lyrehca February 23, 2006 at 1:34 pm | | Reply

    Indeed, you were the first diabetes blog I found, too, even before your WSJ mention. Congrats on a great year!

  6. Living With Diabetes
    Living With Diabetes February 23, 2006 at 3:54 pm | | Reply

    Congratulations

    Congratulations!Diabetes Mine: One-Year Blogiversary And one reason I can keep going as long as I have, is that I have a different goal than you do when it comes to blogging. It’s one of my major management tools….

  7. Allison
    Allison February 23, 2006 at 4:40 pm | | Reply

    Amy-

    Thanks for the honorable mention! I really appreciate it. I’ve only been blogging 6 months, and it’s been quite a ride!

    Keep up the great work. I’m looking forward to seeing what 2006 has in store for you.

    -Allison

  8. Nick
    Nick February 23, 2006 at 5:22 pm | | Reply

    Congratulations, Amy! You’re making progress. You’ve made me feel good too by posting here weekly, if not daily. I’m still alive and well, despite living 14 years with IDDM. I am still healthy. You will be too. Your blog is not the only one I have ever read. But it is the only one that I have ever read twice. And your blog, Amy, is the first one that I read. Each week, you’ve provided me
    encouragement and information. I am grateful for that. I do feel as if I know you, even though we’ve never spoken. Information is of paramount importance in dealing with diabetes mellitus. You know that. You exude information. Your pursuit of information is enthralling. It’s been an enlightening year for me as well. I converted from a normal diet of Italian, Mexican, and American foods to Dr. Bernstein’s diet for people with type 1 diabetes. I have nearly completely normalized my blood sugars. I ran my first marathon. I also switched from MDI to pumping insulin on Edelman’s untethered regimen. It has been a great year. I feel better about living with diabetes mellitus than I ever have before.
    “I have my ship, and all her flags are a-flying.
    She is all that I have left, and music is her name.”

  9. PrintCrafter
    PrintCrafter February 23, 2006 at 5:56 pm | | Reply

    What?! Only a year??? But…but…but…I’ve been reading you all my life…Haven’t I?

    Well, it probably seems longer to you too.

    Some people start thier days with a newspaper. I start mine with you.

    I always tell folks that you are the New York Times of Diabetes!

    Thanks from the bottom of my heart, and here’s to another year!

    Wil “PrintCrafter”
    Previously of ‘LifeAfterDx’

  10. Scott K. Johnson
    Scott K. Johnson February 23, 2006 at 6:58 pm | | Reply

    Congratulations Amy!!

    What a year it has been! Yours is truly a great blog, and you have been a wonderful resource for many many people. Changing lives for the better, one blog entry at a time!

    Diabetes is something that is so individual. For some, the management is easy, for others (me), it’s a real pain in the ass most of the time. It’s mostly a mental game, and finding a good balance mentally can be the hardest thing. You are helping people do that, and I believe just by blogging and opening that dialogue are doing that for yourself as well.

    Keep on keepin’ on! Here’s to another fun filled year!

    Signed,

    Your ever faithful reader
    Scott K. Johnson

  11. Kerri
    Kerri February 23, 2006 at 9:11 pm | | Reply

    Congratulations on a very successful year, Ms. AmyT. You, Kathleen, Violet and Tek were my first blogging solaces and I am honored to be in the company of you all.

    Cheers to a successful 2006 and to a spectacular career ahead.

    Oh yeah, and an A1c of 5%. (Ah, us diabetics and our ridiculous senses of humor.)

    Kerri.

  12. Jo
    Jo February 24, 2006 at 4:09 am | | Reply

    Congrats! woohoo!

  13. Kassie
    Kassie February 24, 2006 at 7:49 am | | Reply

    Kudos, congrats, and thanks for the shout out!

  14. Nick
    Nick February 24, 2006 at 8:58 am | | Reply

    What is a PWD ?

  15. AmyT
    AmyT February 24, 2006 at 11:08 am | | Reply

    Thanks again, y’all :)

    And come on, Nick, that would be a Person With Diabetes (PWD) — seeing as “diabetic” is no longer PC. Right?

  16. Johnboy
    Johnboy February 24, 2006 at 11:59 am | | Reply

    Happy blogiversary, Amy. Blog on!

  17. Jo's Cafe
    Jo's Cafe February 25, 2006 at 4:25 am | | Reply

    Weekend Specials 2/25 – 2/26

    -> Weekend Specials will be updated throughout the weekend.

    Peace, Love & Genocide from Cox & Forkum

    Happy One-Year Blogiversary Diabetes Mine

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  18. Jo's Cafe
    Jo's Cafe February 25, 2006 at 4:25 am | | Reply

    Weekend Specials 2/25 – 2/26

    -> Weekend Specials will be updated throughout the weekend.

    Peace, Love & Genocide from Cox & Forkum

    Happy One-Year Blogiversary Diabetes Mine

    Katrina Report Blames Shortage of Bureaucrats

  19. Jo's Cafe
    Jo's Cafe February 25, 2006 at 4:25 am | | Reply

    Weekend Specials 2/25 – 2/26

    -> Weekend Specials will be updated throughout the weekend.

    Peace, Love & Genocide from Cox & Forkum

    Happy One-Year Blogiversary Diabetes Mine

    Katrina Report Blames Shortage of Bureaucrats

  20. John
    John February 26, 2006 at 4:50 am | | Reply

    Congratulations! I just found your blog and I think it is great!

  21. Sally
    Sally February 26, 2006 at 4:55 am | | Reply

    Super Dooper Job! You are an inspiration – I’m sure you know – but I thought I would mention it! :-)

  22. sweetsnomo
    sweetsnomo February 26, 2006 at 7:05 am | | Reply

    Congrats on your one-year. I’ve was diagnosed one year ago and have been learning A LOT from your journal. You are at the top of my blog list. I’ve just starting blogging myself…

  23. AmyT
    AmyT February 26, 2006 at 2:37 pm | | Reply

    Hi Sweetsnomo,
    Thanks very much.

    I’ve tried to comment on your blog before, but it is currently only open to “Blogger” software users. You also don’t have an email posted. Please make a change so the rest of us can interact with you :)

  24. Jim Daly
    Jim Daly February 26, 2006 at 3:10 pm | | Reply

    Amy,

    Congratulations! Your blog is wonderful! (and witty) Even though it has been 22 years for me as a PWD – I found your site in my moment of need. I am forever grateful. I am also a frequent reader now as I find a great deal of information and also inspiration here.

  25. Paula Ford-Martin
    Paula Ford-Martin February 27, 2006 at 12:02 pm | | Reply

    Happy Blogiversary, Amy. Here’s to many more. :-)

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