Last year I participated in my first Diabetes Blog Week. I'd only created Diabetic Dais a week or so beforehand and, at the time, I was pretty nervous about taking part. As it turned out I loved everything about it! I enjoyed writing my posts, being able to be as creative as I liked and finding my own writing style. Still, the thing that made last years D-Blog Week so special for me was being able to connect with other diabetics by reading their fantastic blogs.
I was so pleased when I read the prompt for today's post and saw that we were to share some of our favourite D-Blogs. Although I love putting time and effort into my own blog, for me, the thing that helps me the most with managing my own diabetes is being a part of such a supportive and diverse online community.
Olly Double writes for Diabetes UK's blog site and is a father of two teenage type 1 (there's some alliteration for you!) diabetic sons. I love his writing style. He never fails to find the right balance between the seriousness of diabetes and having fun. If you can read one of his posts without laughing, or at least smiling, I'd be surprised!
I came across Pamela Curtis' blog during last month's #HAWMC. No, she doesn't write about diabetes, but her consistently optimistic approach to her rare chronic illness is incredible and inspirational to say the least. Reading 'Make This Look Awesome' really makes me want to take a leaf out of her book (or take a post out of her blog?!) in my way of looking at diabetes. Super star!
Vicki Gibbs is a friend of mine; a friend who I was introduced to via the Diabetic Online Community. I always thoroughly enjoy reading her 'notebook' and I love her no-fuss, honest approach to taking care of diabetes. Along with being one of the founders of Student Diabetics UK, she puts a lot of time into educating people about diabetes and is so passionate about doing so. Vicki is such a great girl and her blog is equally as wonderful as she is.