In the spirit of the wrap up posts making their way around the blogging community, here is the list of the Best of the ‘Betes Blogs for 2014.
Each month, posts are nominated by anyone in the diabetes online community through email, twitter direct messages, and/or an online form. The host of the list for that month selects his or her favorite posts from among the nominated posts. Then at the end of the year, all the monthly favorites are compiled into one list for members of the diabetes online community to vote for their favorites. The voting period ended at 11:59 on December 31, 2014.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the process. This isn’t a list of MY favorite posts (in fact, most of my favorites did not receive the most amount of votes) but is hopefully a reflection of all the different aspects of the community.
Note: One of the categories is not listed below; there were some voting irregularities in that category so the best solution was to not include anything at all.
With no further explanation, I present some of the favorite posts from 2014.
Best Use of Humor
In February, there was Moira with “Those questions we all get: Helpful answers for the most common ones. A guide.”
Melissa entertained us (and raised money) with her parody videos, using some of our favorite songs with a diabetes twist (during September alone she posted I’m still here, Normals, 365, So High Today, For the First Time in Forever, and Treat More Moderately)
April brought Lindsay’s “Bacon Wrapped Ghee and Garlic Chicken”
In the midst of the viral videos in August, Moira (posting on A Sweet Life) wondered if the diabetes community needed something similar and asked “Does Diabetes Need An Ice Bucket Challenge?”
Best Reference to a D-Celebrity
As a member of the Nightscout/CGM in the Cloud community I certainly appreciate the post from July on Kerri’s blog that profiled an increasingly popular celebrity – “We Are Not Waiting: CGM in the Cloud (Part 1).”
Best Story of a D Meet-up
I didn’t end up in any of the pictures, but I was nearby in July when Briley was “Kicking Off 25”.
Best non-D Related Post
The two best non-D related posts both reminded us that there are other aspects of our health apart from diabetes that can also take our focus. First, Tina reminded us that sometime when facing other health concerns it is possible to have “Diabetes Anxieties Where There Should Be None”. Then in August, we celebrated with Marie as SHE celebrated “16 Years Cancer Free”.
Best Post by a Type 1
Part of me absolutely loves that there were FOUR different posts that received the same amount of votes in this category. I enjoy the different perspectives and purposes behind each of the posts. In March, George perfectly describes the battle and the comparable dangers of highs and lows with “The Dragon and the Cliff”. June and October brought diaversary themed posts from Alecia and Kelly. Alecia’s post came first in June sharing how she felt after “35?” years and then in October, Kelly shared how she felt on her “Diaversary: THIRTY-SEVEN Years Of Living With Diabetes ~”. Finally, in August, Renza recounts her transition to being described as “Brittle” to finding health care professionals who helped her find other ways to manage her diabetes.
Best Post by a LADA/Type 1.5/Not otherwise specified
I had the chance to meet and work with Barbara in the DHF booth at AADE in August of 2013 and then sadly in January of 2014, Manny described the lessons he learned in her unexpected loss – “If You Love Someone Call Them Today”.
Best Post by a Type 2
Last week, there was a post in a Facebook group I am a part of where a young girl (with T1D) posted about chocolate bars and getting diabetes. She thought it was funny and didn’t understand why other people in the group (also with various types of diabetes) didn’t agree with her joke. In June, Kate offered an important message about those types of jokes and “Why it isn’t funny”.
Best Post by a Type Awesome
When people on insulin pumps have a high blood sugar, why is the set change the last thing we (or maybe just me) finally attempt to bring the number down? In June, Meri explained “The five stages to an unplanned set change”.
Best Story of a D-mistake
It’s not exactly a diabetes mistake. It sounds like the decisions that I am forced to make every day and every night and the consequences of those decisions. Renza told the story of the way that she was able to explain those decisions and their repercussions to a group of health care practitioners in honor of World Diabetes Day in November and, in turn answering the question in the title of her post – “Do We Need World Diabetes Day”.
Best Motivational Post
Everyone can use a little extra motivation, so it is fitting that there was (another) tie in this category. Alecia reminded us in March that sometimes we need to put ourselves out there and reach out to other people, especially when “Captain, Tenille and Dora the Explorer Take the Subway”. Then during Diabetes Blog Week, Ilana shared the mantras that have helped guide her life in the post, “D-Blog Week Day 4: Mantras and More (Telling Stories)”. Finally, in November, Renza shared her perspective on living with diabetes and the outlook she chooses to focus on with “My glass is half…”.
Best Diabetes Art
I don’t know if I should apologize for laughing at Meri’s post from April, but if you’ve ever taken a spill while trying to be extra quiet and careful after bedtime (I had an encounter with a Lego set just last night!), you will appreciate “The Fall: In Drawings”.
I think I am supposed to call it a “Suesflash” that Kelly’s comment in June on a post on Test, Guess, and Go was voted the favorite comment of the year!
Whew! What a great summary of posts from 2014. Thank you again to everyone involved.
I really, really, really need help to keep this going in 2015. If you would like to host one of the monthly lists this year, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. I will send you the directions all you have to do is help share on social media that you are hosting that month. I organize the list of nominations and then you get to pick your favorites!