Today is day one of the Health Activists Writers Month Challenge. The HAWMC is a month-long even put on by WEGO Health. Each day there is a new prompt health activist bloggers are asked to write about. Even though today is day one it is not to late to join in on the fun – its free and is a great way to get started writing a blog or reenergize your existing blog if you are like me and get
lazy distracted. You can find the link HERE to sign up and get the prompts.
Todays prompt: Why you write – tell us a little bit about why you write about your health online and what got you started. AND/Or Why HAWMC? This is our third year of the HAWMC – why did you get involved this year? Are you a newbie or a veteran?
This is my second year of HAWMC. I had only started my blog in Jan of 2012 and HAWMC was a lifesaver last year since by April I felt like I was out of things to say. Im back because HAWMC keeps me fresh and introduced me to many new friends.
The bigger question – why do I write?
My house is a black hole. Things get lost all the time, never to be found again. My sons iPod, my daughters favorite ring, my son’s cell phone, socks, my favorite sweater, and of course my sanity.
Of course we are in a new house (well new to us) having moved here from TX last August. Our last house was a black hole too so maybe it isn’t the house so much as me.
I’m not very organized. My home is often cluttered with papers, old mail, toys, books, homework, clothing. For this reason I’m not a fan of surprise visits. If I know someone is coming over I can tidy up fairly quick even if it means tossing all the odds and ends into the guest bedroom.
My brain is just as disorganized. I don’t believe it is something that can be diagnosed. I am just very scatter brained. I could try to blame diabetes. But honestly the disorganized brain was a pre-existing condition for me. Although
likely defiantly exasperated by having diabetes in the house.
FYI – in case this is your first visit to my blog – I have two kids with type 1 diabetes. Which is also the main theme of my blog.
I digressed a bit there (disorganized brain). I write because it keeps my brain a bit more focused. It provides an outlet for all my jumbled up thoughts. I write like I talk and that is also often jumbled up.
I also write to remember (note the black hole title and the fact that things in my house disappear never to be seen again). I have a difficult time remembering things. I’m not only talking about birthdays or items on a grocery list. I mean I have difficulty remembering details of past events. Why is this a problem? Because one day I’d like to share my experiences with others by speaking at conferences or even writing a book. I pity the editor that has to proofread my work (spelling is less great and I have an issue with parenthesis and crazy run-ons).
I’ve tried keeping a journal but I lost interest and then I lost it.
I don’t write on my blog as often as I’d like – life gets in the way but the thoughts I can and do share will always be here for me to find (although I have forgotten my password a number of times).
As a health activist I write about diabetes. Having two children with type 1 diabetes is
difficult frustrating saddening scary challenging exhausting hurtful stressful draining ALL ENCOMPASSING. It can also be empowering and that is where I try to focus most of my attention.
Thanks for stopping by – good luck to you if you are new to HAWMC or a veteran. Be sure to leave me a comment with your web address so I can check out your thoughts.