Here we go again. Seems like just yesterday I was blogging everyday for WEGO Health. Well, it is a new year and a new challenge. So, without further adieu, let’s jump right into it.
Why HAWMC? This is our third year of the Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge – why did you get involved this year? Are you a newbie to #HAWMC or a veteran?
I have to say I was torn on whether to do this or not. Last year I got burned out from writing every day and it kind of turned me off of blogging for a bit. When I got the email for the challenge I didn’t know if I wanted to participate. Now I read this question, and I know why I am doing this.
I got involved this year because when I blog, it isn’t always about me. What I write is more to inform and help others. I am doing what I do so others can learn and know that they aren’t alone with their disease. Yes, the stories are about me and my experience but I don’t tell them to be vain or brag. I tell my stories to inform others. I share my experience with LDN and Gluten Free so anyone thinking about them can see what it is like. I don’t even write to get recognition. I just want to help.
To answer the second question..I don’t view myself as a newbie but not quite a veteran either. I have been blogging for a little over a year now. I have gone from not knowing anyone online to being part of a great community. I have met so many great people and have even been told how my blog has helped them. Since I have been blogging almost every month since starting and already doing a Writer’s Month Challenge, I can’t say I am a newbie. For me this is now sort of repetitious. But I do it for you, the reader.
Now that you have read this, and if you read my blog often, I want to ask you a question. Why aren’t you participating? Well, for some of you, maybe you are. But for the ones that aren’t why not. Why not start blogging yourselves. I can say it is definitely therapeutic and helps in releasing stress. It is a great way to meet others in the same situation. And it is a great way to help others. If you do have a blog, leave me a message telling me what your site is. Share it with everyone. Let’s make our great community even bigger.
I have a blog where I blog about my Crohn’s disease. It is Jessthecrohnie.tumblr.com. I enjoy reading your posts, they are very informative and entertaining.
I had a tough time deciding whether or not to join in this year as well as I attempted this last year (and the blog month in November) and posting every day is definitely challenging – especially when you factor in chronic illness – but like you, I knew that there was more about this campaign than just me. I want to take every chance I get to help share awareness, education, and support for others with illness and their caregivers! I blog over at anewkindofnormal.com about life with endometriosis, fibromyaliga, & celiac disease! I look forward to reading your posts this month!
I have a blog about dystonia. I suffer writer’s cramp since my childhood. See: divanicio.wordpress.com