Monday, 7 November 2011

DSMA November Blog Carnival - Poke or Tweet?

Over the past few years social media has pretty much taken over almost everything. Helping people re-connect, make new friends, promote/sell stuff and much more. Lots of people criticise it for various things, however it is brilliant for bringing people together.

Without social media I wouldn't have met so many wonderful people from around the world suffering from the same condition as me. I'd have continued struggling with D 24/7 feeling incredibly alone and isolated, no-one to say 'Yeah I know exactly how you're feeling!'. I've read some incredibly powerful and emotional stories about D from parents, and other Type 1's which has helped me learn a lot more about D and inspired me to set up my blog.

If someone was new to the whole social media thing, my tips/advice would be:

┣▇▇▇═─ Start off by reading a few blogs/forum posts. People will always have different opinions on things but it will help you form your own ideas :)

┣▇▇▇═─ Join Twitter! The DOC will be there for you at any time of the night or day. Whether you're celebrating a good result or having a nightmare with your sugars and just need to vent.

┣▇▇▇═─ It all starts with a Tweet or a poke! Whether its a question or a comment if you reach out to someone, they will be sure to reach back :)

┣▇▇▇═─ When you feel ready (and if you're in the right time zone :P) you can participate in things like #dsma chat every week!

┣▇▇▇═─ Humour is one of the best ways to cope with D, and people from the DOC have THE best sense of humour. Lots of glitter, unicorns and cupcakes included :D

┣▇▇▇═─ Be prepared to get addicted. One you start you won't look back.

This post is my November entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival. If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information at


Karen G said...

What a great guide to getting started with social media - I love the syringe graphics too!! I had no idea just how addicted I'd get to the DOC, but I'm glad it happened. :)

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