Monday, June 15, 2009
Successful World Blog Surf Day!
Wow...World Blog Surf Day, second edition, was a great success! Thanks to Hospitalera, who organized the first edition! Hospitalera gave me the information from the last WBSD--so that gave me some guidelines to work with for setting up WBSD 2, she also offered some advice when I asked for it!
Thanks to Anastasia Ashman (Thandelike) who did a wonderful job as our Twitter reporter. Having Anastasia tweeting added fun and a live dimension to WBSD and helped to get the word out to a broader audience.
And finally, I would like to thank all of our participating bloggers--without you there would have been no World Blog Surf Day! Each post was unique and very interesting. It was fun to see how bloggers who were in the same country still had very different posts. The whole experience was so much fun!
Watching from the beginning to the end how all the blogs came online live was so exciting! And I honestly have to admit that I did get hungry reading all your food posts. I had to reach for the rice cakes in order to avoid eating higher calorie food/snacks. I'm not usually made hungry when reading about food...this was a first for me!
Hospitalera and I are cooking up some new things for the next World Blog Surf Day! We'll have that news out in a few days, so stay posted! I'm very excited and can't wait for the next one and the surprises we have in store! I will say that the third edition of WBSD will be sometime in Sept/Oct! Come back to hear more about the exciting surprises in store for World Blog Surf Day 3!
Next, I would like to let my Entrecard friends know that I've gotten caught up with dropping this morning! I've been busy with WBSD and didn't have time to drop, but now things are up-to-date. Thanks for all of you who continued to drop while I was involved with WBSD.
Last, I struggled with talking about my allergies in the WBSD post. I want to be sure to tell you that I don't write about my allergies and asthma to gain sympathy. I have severe allergies and asthma that make me have to mostly live and work at home--in a "bubble," so-to-speak. Everyone has issues and conditions in their lives that are not perfect and cause much suffering, etc. I'm not unique because of my allergies/asthma. And I wasn't trying to say "look at me...look what I've done!" by talking about how I've attempted to manage this challenging aspect of my life. Rather, I want to reach out to others who are like me (or worse) and let them know that it is possible to have a good life, even with chronic conditions.
Being diagnosed with a chronic condition is devastating. You feel like there is no Life left for you. It's hard to envision a new life that can be as good and satisfying as the one you had before diagnosis. So, these are the people I try to reach out to when talking about my situation. And I would tell them--don't give up! Try to find new ways to be and do...to find a good life, in spite of your chronic conditions. It can be done with lots of trial and error, working with your doctors and other medical professionals, researching, etc. I'm living proof it can be done--and I'm one of those who does not make changes easily! If I can do it, so can you!
If you missed the second edition of World Blog Surf Day, here is the link to all the posts! Be forewarned--eat something before you begin the trip, or have some low-cal snack on hand--you will get hungry reading all these great posts! You can also do a Twitter search for tweets made about WBSD by using #wbsd as the seach term.
Thanks, again, everyone for making World Blog Surf Day, 2nd edition, such a fun and exciting event!
You all have a great day!
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