Diabetes Blog Awards ((Hug))

Today, a brief note of THANKS to all the wonderful people in the Diabetes OC for investing theirBlogomania_1 precious time and effort into blogging, so that we can all share in each other’s experiences.  I wish I had time to keep up on every one of the 140-some-odd D-blogs that now exist.  Whew! 

And a huge hug of Thank You to Allison Blass for creating the OC website, maintaining the bloggers’ roster, and going the extra mile by establishing the Annual Diabetes Blog Awards program.  The 2nd annual awards are upon us (polls are now open!) and I am flattered to find myself nominated in two categories again this year. 

If we added another category — for the person who spends the most ridiculous amount of time working on their blog — I’d be a shoo-in.  Honestly, if my poor husband has to call up the stairs one more time, “Are you coming down? … Honey, are you blogging again?!” I’m not sure what is going to happen around here.  You too may have noticed that I’ve spent a *little time* researching a variety of D-related topics, interviewing luminaries, and just generally sounding off here.  It’s become such an obsession that I found myself telling another mother, curious about my diabetes, the other day, “If I just had the diabetes, and didn’t have my blog, now THAT would be a real drag.”  Weird, I know…

I wanted to add that just because I won a fancy-sounding award from a pharma company a few months back doesn’t mean that I’ve lost my bearings.  It was very nice being singled out that way, of course, but those folks aren’t my online D-family.  Knowing that the people with diabetes who “live on the web” like myself appreciate DiabetesMine.com and all the blood, sweat, and tears that go into it is what makes this endangered heart leap. 

What I really wanted to hail here was the fact that there are so many, many amazing D-bloggers on the web these days.  Have you visited the likes of Scott, Rachel, Kevin, Lori, and Ruppert?  I’m so thankful for them all.  And it’s brilliant that we have this chance to recognize/honor each other’s efforts.  You do not have to be a blogger yourself to participate.  So make sure you take 3 minutes to cast your vote this year!

A few lucky winners will get trophy icons to display on their blogs; the virtual ((hugs)) are for everyone.   

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8 Responses

  1. CB
    CB December 6, 2006 at 8:59 am | | Reply

    Amy. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that your D blog has changed both my perspective and practices for managing my D life – for the better. So in the spirit of the holidays, imagine my big present under your tree because of all the hard work, hours, and insights you’ve devoted to your MVB (most valuable blog)for us. Thanks.

  2. Kevin
    Kevin December 6, 2006 at 12:09 pm | | Reply

    Thanks for the shout-out!

    It goes without saying (though it would be criminal not to say it), but we are certainly equally as thankful for all the reporting and sharing you do too!

    Thanks again!

  3. Scott K. Johnson
    Scott K. Johnson December 6, 2006 at 1:05 pm | | Reply

    Thank you Amy.

    I’ve expressed my appreciation and your dedication many times Amy. I’m sure you know they are genuine feelings.

    You rock!

  4. Rachel
    Rachel December 6, 2006 at 7:25 pm | | Reply

    Thanks for the shout-out!

  5. Allison Blass
    Allison Blass December 6, 2006 at 10:24 pm | | Reply

    Thank you, Ms. Amy. Congrats on the nominations. You put in much more work into this website than I do on the O.C. website (and this is the one and ONLY time I’ll ever admit it…j/k) and it shows!

    Marvelous! Simply marvelous! :-)

  6. Lori Rode
    Lori Rode December 7, 2006 at 9:05 am | | Reply

    Thanks for the mention. You’re right: Alison’s work is fabulous. The OC is so much help. And blogging is terrific, and I can’t imagine my diabetes without my blog anymore.

    Hugs all around!

  7. birdie
    birdie December 10, 2006 at 6:04 pm | | Reply

    Hi there (maybe again),
    I don’t know if my original comment got sent because my beloved husband closed the window when I left the room momentarily. Apologies if this is message #2.

    Thanks for your kind words and for including me in such a wonderful group of blogs. And many thanks to you for your amazing blog. It’s made a real difference in my life, knowing that smart, funny, positive and realistic people with diabetes are out there. I definitely feel less alone! – Birdie (Rup)

  8. John Mack
    John Mack December 12, 2006 at 5:52 pm | | Reply

    Amy,

    Congrats on the award from Lilly.

    I learned of your blog while participating on a panel at The Health Care Blogging Summit in Washington, DC, during which Fard Johnmar named your blog the #1 HC blog (he gave my blog – Pharma Marketing Blog, which can be found at http://pharmamkting.blogspot.com/ – 3rd place).

    I thought your readers might be interested in a blog about pharmaceutical marketing, which may occassionally concern products in the diabetes area. Unfortunately, I am not likely to win any awards from the pharmaceutical industry.

    Keep up the great work!

    John Mack

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