Today is the first, so say hello to November, aka national Diabetes Awareness Month. So many diabetics, so much to do!
In addition to the FDA/FTC crackdown on phoney diabetes web ads, plus all sorts of creative fund-raising initiatives like the JDRF's campaign with the Build-A-Bear Workshop, the Diabetes Online Community (O.C.) is launching two new initiatives:
1) A new navigation system to make finding blogs about living with diabetes easier. The OC website will introduce a new directory that lists D-blogs in four categories: type of diabetes, location, gender, and type of treatment. So you'll now be able to search for blogs based on these key criteria. For example, a mother of a child with Type 1 diabetes who lives in the Northeast can find other blogs by parents in her area by going to the category "Parents of Children with Diabetes" and clicking "Northeast." If her child wears an insulin pump, the mother can go to the same category and click "Insulin Pump," which will list all blogs written by parents of children using pumps. How cool is that?!
2) The 2nd Annual Diabetes O.C. Blog Choice Awards (!), an opportunity for O.C. members and readers to honor people who are making an extraordinary difference in the diabetes community through their blogs. The program will honor bloggers in eight catagories: Best Diabetes Blog, Best Female Blogger, Best Male Blogger, Best Adult with Type 1 Blog, Best Adult with Type 2 Blog, Best Parent Blog, Best Professional News Blog, and Best Non-Blog Diabetes Resource.
You can start making your nominations today (!) through Nov. 30. The nominees will then be announced on Dec. 1, when voting will start, and run until Dec. 31. Both nominating and voting takes place on the Diabetes O.C. Web site.
Winners will be announced on Jan. 4, and will receive... an icon to place on their blog or Web site!! That is, these awards aren't about money or fancy prizes (or any prizes, really), but rather a chance to pat each other on the back for our efforts here online. Lots of us are knocking ourselves out to share, empathize, and inform. (Of course, I'm hoping you'll think of me when you nominate and vote :)
And here's another reason to celebrate this month with the Official Diabetes O.C. Web site: that spot is now the hub for a network of more than 140 blogs about living with diabetes. More than 140!! There were 5 when I started DiabetesMine.com...