Just a short one, I promise. Tomorrow, The Great Spousal Unit, The Live-In Niece, and myself are heading to sunny Sanibel Island, Florida for a week of swimming, bike riding, eating, drinking, and bolusing, probably until almost 8 o’clock every night.

Actually, I’ll probably be staying up late watching the baseball playoffs, because God knows I won’t be staying up past midnight watching once I go back to work.

Before I go, I want to say thank you to whoever nominated me for Best Advocacy in the Best of the ‘Betes Blogs in September. It’s one of those things that instantly feels really nice. Then in the next minute, you start thinking, “Wow, now I’ve got to go out and prove that I deserved it”. Well, I’ll be trying to do that, as soon as I come back.

Let me say this, however: I really enjoy reading what my fellow Type (insert your type here)’s are writing about. The stories of your lives, your experiences, your joys, your sorrows, your successes, your failures, are all very important to me. I care more about reading your blogs, hearing your podcasts, seeing your tweets, than I care to admit to the average person.

There are two take-aways for you here:

First, if you’re out there reading something via social media, be supportive. It takes guts to tell your story, warts and all. Just the effort that’s involved in that is worth your appreciation. And when you read something that moves you… let it move you, and make a comment, send an e-mail, or support a cause that’s worth fighting for.

Second, if you’re thinking about telling your story, and you haven’t yet: consider doing so. It’s actually very easy to get started, and like Sara has said before, I guarantee there is someone out there waiting to hear you and connect with what you have to say.

Finally, don’t forget to nominate early and often in the October Best of the ‘Betes Blogs categories:
– Best Use of Humor
– Best Vlog
– Best Recipe
– Best Use of Photography
– Best Advocacy
– Best Reference to a D-Celebrity
– Best Story of a D Meet-up
– Best non-D Related Post
– Best Post by a Type 1
– Best Post by a Type 2
– Best Post by a Type Awesome
– Best Post by a LADA/ Type 1.5/ Not otherwise specified
– Best story of a D-mistake
– Best Motivational Post
– Best Diabetes Art

Any posts written during the month of October are eligible (please no self-nominations). Email a nomination(s) to bestbetesblogs@gmail.com. Or send a Direct Message (don’t make my mistake and send a Tweet To The World) with your nomination(s) to the Best of the ‘Betes Blogs twitter account– @bestbetesblogs.

Time to get off of my soap box and get packing. Have a great week!

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  • Scott E  On October 5, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Don’t send a nomination via a Tweet To The World. Hehe, I’ve done that before too.

    I’m glad you wrote this. Sometimes it’s nice to read a comment saying “I enjoyed reading this”, even when the comment doesn’t actually contribute to the story. It makes the writer feel good.


    • StephenS  On October 5, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      Scott, thanks so much! I always enjoy reading your blog. You always keep me thinking.


  • Scott K. Johnson  On October 9, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Have a great time!

    I’m glad you posted about how it takes guts to tell your story – that’s very true! Thank you for encouraging others to share.


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