First things first, I am a member of the Type 1 Diabetes Network (T1DN) management committee, most famously known for the Reality Check forum that provides Australians, and others, a platform to share experiences relating to type 1 diabetes.
Given the number of members on the forum and the significant expertise and experiences of these people, I recently started the Reality Check diabetes blog thread to:
- encourage Reality Checkers share their diabetes blogs on the forum;
- inform Reality Checkers that there are Australian diabetes bloggers out there; and
- hopefully encourage Reality Checkers to start their own blogs.
As a recent diabetes-blog-starter-up-erer myself, inspired by folks like Renza and Jo, I think the more people involved in the Australian diabetes blogging community, the better. To quote Renza – “while the number of Australian blogs may be thin on the ground, the quality of the ones out there are terrific.”
Therefore, if you are a Reality Check poster and a diabetes blogger, make sure you take the opportunity to post a link to your blog on the thread. Or start a blog up and then post it. Already the blogs by Kim, Ash, Maya and Nice Diabetes have been mentioned in the thread. I didn’t know about two of those blogs before I started the thread, so in my mind, the system works!
And if the system works, the diabetes online community in Australia continues to flourish!
Note: The content of this post does not reflect the views of the Type 1 Diabetes Network or the moderators of the Reality Check forum (who do a sterling job!).