Advocacy

Nip and Tuck

As you can see, DiabetesMine.com has undergone a bit of a makeover over the weekend. No worries, it’s still “the yellow blog,” because I didn’t want to part with my sunny background, even though my designer friend suggested it. I just love the figure in the Pile ‘O Gold: pretty much sums up how I feel* about this blog (and you, too?)
Hopefully the new look is coming off “cleaner” and easier to read all-around.…

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Plagiarism Update

Thank you everyone for your support and tips on fighting back against plagiarism! Naturally, I’m flattered by a citing now and then as long as there is clear attribution, but the web site in question has actually stolen DOZENS of my posts, including the associated images (even of my kids!), and was so brazen even to lift my original category names: “Scrutinizing the Diabetes News,” “Diabetes Bulletin Board,” “Self-Disclosure” and so on. Wankers!!
Anyway, based…

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Blog Plagiarism

The editors over at Medgadget and others have been quite upset over the newly launched BlogBurst service (an opt-in syndicator that offers blog content to newspapers) along with many “aggregators” that reprint people’s blog posts without express permission. Frankly, I’ve been on the fence about the issue myself, believing that as long as there is CLEAR ATTRIBUTION and a LINK BACK to the original blog, maybe it is just another Google-type service to help readers…

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Darn Tootin’ Blogger Coming to the Diabetes OC

The editor of DiabetesNotes.com contacted me recently, looking for a new blogger with “experience, expertise, and/or passion to blog about diabetes.” Very flattering, of course, but any drop of those qualities I’ve got, I’m putting into DiabetesMine right now
Meanwhile, looks like they’ve signed up someone truly captivating: the young, hip, Renaissance-man-type Rob Rummel-Hudson. He’s an accomplished writer, and both print and photo blogger at Darn Tootin’. His quirky sense of humor includes bio statements…

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Why Blogs Are Special

So I had my first D-type “speaking engagement” at a local support group last week. Up there clicking around on the wall-projected web, trying to explain Web logs to a bunch of PWDs who barely use computers. Most of them never used the Internet to look for diabetes stuff at all. *Gasp!* Such an incredible resource…
“So this blog thing, it’s a web site?”
“Well, yes, but a special kind of web site.”
“Special? …”…

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