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Here they are: June 2014 Best of the ‘Betes Blogs!

I’m thrilled and honored to be bringing you the June Best ‘Betes Blogs. Due to Sara’s travel itinerary and my hyping MasterLab this week, it’s taken a while to go through all of the amazing writing around the DOC last month. Sorry about that.

Now, without further ado, let me reach into my specially-constructed stainless steel vault and reveal this month’s best:
Best Use of Humor:
“You know what it means to have “bloused” before a meal, and you’ve likely done it yourself.”
Best Vlog:
“If you develop diabetes-related complications, it’s not a mark of failure.”
Best Use of Photography
I’m going to expand this category to include Best Infographic:
Has sent the Diabetes Australia Language Position Statement to approximately 345,000 journalists and health professionals
Best Advocacy
“…as far as I’m concerned, the diabetes online community made an excellent first impression.”
Best Reference to a D-Celebrity
““Me too!!!” I said with more enthusiasm than I’ve ever had in verifying that I have a broken pancreas.”
Best Story of a D-Meetup
“Here’s to cross-cultural d-adventures!”
Best non-D Related Post
“Once, when I was young I was sitting on the couch with my mom, leaning very close to her, when I suddenly burst out laughing. She was perplexed. Nothing funny had happened. When she asked, it turned out that I had been close enough that I had seen her blink. It was the first time in my life I’d seen someone blink, and the fluttering eyelid seemed hilarious to me.”
Best Post by a Type 1 (Soooo many great T1D posts this month!)
“Have been awake for almost 22 hours straight. Exhausted. It all comes crashing down. 35 years and I am scared out of my mind of diabetes.”
Best Post by a Type 2
“Maybe someday we can laugh at the idea that there used to be a thing called diabetes. Then we can lighten up.”
Best Post by a Type Awesome
The Five Stages to an unplanned set change
Best Story of a D-Mistake
“The bottle that only an hour earlier I was cursing, was now my salvation.”
Best Motivational Post
“that’s why people with diabetes are work work workin’ to contribute to the diabetes online community.”
Best Diabetes Art
“I Have always found that the most incredible things happen right in our own back yard.”
Best Comment
“Suesflash!” (from Kelly at Diabetesaliciousness)
Here is the text to use to get your button:

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While I’m at it, let me also pass along congratulations to 2 special bloggers who were nominated and had memorable headlines of their own this month:
Thank you to all those who nominated posts this month and congratulations to those who were nominated!











There were so many fantastic blog posts to read this month. Hosting was a lot more difficult than I could have imagined. Remember: If you read something that moves you, leave a comment supporting the writer. And don’t forget to nominate it for Best of the ‘Betes Blogs!

You can nominate a post in three ways:

1. Send an e-mail to bestbetesblogs[at]gmail[dot]com. Be sure to include a link to the post you’re nominating.

2. Via Twitter, send a Direct Message to @bestbetesblogs. Be sure to include a link to the post you’re nominating.

3. Go old school and complete the online form located here. Be sure to include a link to the post you’re nominating.
Sara, I hope I got everything right this time.

Thanks for reading… enjoy your weekend!

Coming to a website near you soon: Best of the ‘Betes Blogs!

Thanks to a last-minute decision, Happy-Medium.net will be hosting the June Best of the ‘Betes Blogs!

I’m super-excited to host this event, and I’m looking forward to reading the many fantastic blog posts that have sprung up from the Diabetes Online Community this month.

This being June 23rd, you have one more week to get your nominations in!

If you’ve come across a diabetes blog post that moved you this month (and I know you have), make sure you help us recognize the writer. You do not have to be a blog writer to nominate. Also: please, no self-nominations; and please, no nominations from this blog this month.

Nominate your favorite posts in these all-important 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-meetup

– 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

– Best comment(s)
You can nominate a post in three ways:

1. Send an e-mail to bestbetesblogs[at]gmail[dot]com. Be sure to include a link to the post you’re nominating.

2. Via Twitter, send a Direct Message to @bestbetesblogs. Be sure to include a link to the post you’re nominating.

3. Go old school and complete the online form located here. Be sure to include a link to the post you’re nominating.
As concerned members of the Diabetes Community, we all put ourselves out there telling our stories, informing and educating, and advocating for others every day. Let’s help recognize and reward the thought-provoking, life-hacking, inspirational blog posts that have helped make a difference this month.

Then check out this space again for the full list of the Best of the ‘Betes blogs from June. Due to travel and a couple of other things on everyone’s plates, expect to see it on or before July 7th. And in advance, let me say: Thanks for reading, and thanks for nominating your favorites!


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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