Posts from ‘Blogging’
Are you familiar with WEGO Health? It’s a network which connects more than 100,000 health activists who advocate, educate and share their health stories with their online communities. Many of them have illnesses themselves, while others are caregivers.
I was honored to be asked to lead a seminar for the WEGO Health Activist Awards week. I shared some inspirational stories of how blogging can make a difference and 10 content ideas to help inspire the writers themselves to keep going. The session was recorded and I’m excited to share it with you here if you’d like to watch.
Thank you to the WEGO Health team for inviting me to share.
Disclosure: This blog post outlines details from a Mylan Blogger Summit I attended in May 2015. Mylan (the pharma company that makes EpiPens) paid for my travel expenses and for my Disneyland Resort park ticket in exchange for my evaluation and feedback on information presented during the meeting. All comments made by me about EpiPen (epinephrine injection) Auto-Injector, Mylan, and/or the Mylan Blogger Summit are at my own discretion and based on my own opinions.
As a food allergy parent and advocate (see food allergy posts here), I occasionally have the opportunity to partner with various companies to help increase awareness of food allergies and anaphylaxis. Those of you who know me understand that I’m very cautious about these types of relationships and am very careful to make sure that the relationships are mutually beneficial. By this, I mean that I’m not willing to simply be a “mouthpiece” for a company in exchange for a free meal or, in this case, a free trip. There needs to be something compelling that will either help me to be a better parent/manage my daughter’s food allergies and/or allows me to help other families as an advocate.
I’ve been invited to attend multiple blogger events hosted by Mylan over the past few years. I’ve been able to attend one a few years ago in New York and, most recently, one in California last month. They definitely make these events worth my while because they give me the ability to:
We started the event because we saw a need (at the time): to help bloggers from different walks of life, who blog about different topics, come together and learn from each other. And, to be honest, just to network and get to know one another.
With the help of many, many people, we’ve pulled off four #mnblogcon’s plus a couple of mini-blogcons and happy hours. And it’s been wonderful and fun, but also exhausting… as you can imagine, even with the best of teams, it takes a ton of time and energy.
And so, our run has come to an end–well, for now, at least.
I don’t write for this blog as much as I used to or as much as I want to… but I do write blog posts in my mind. I can even take pictures with my mind, too… There are times, when I’m just going along my day and I find myself writing headlines… or photo captions for blog posts I’m creating entirely in my mind. Poignant prose. It’s a shame they don’t automatically publish to my blog.
After writing this blog for so many years, thinking like a writer comes naturally to me. Whether I want to or not. There was a time I had more free time to write and this blog was my creative outlet. Now my free time is much more scarce and I’m creative all the time, so I no longer feel the need to fill a void on a regular basis. Instead, this blog simply exists to give me a space… a virtual place… to write when I’m motivated and when the urge to write is too strong to live solely in my head.
Here is the “first day of school” picture from last week. I’d like to say they were really this happy and excited to start school – but the fact is they were tired and a bit nervous. I worked pretty hard to get them to smile so sweetly for this shot. 🙂