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Hi! I’m William “Lee” Dubois (called either Wil or Lee, depending what part of the internet you’re on). I’m a diabetes columnist and the author of four books about diabetes that have collectively won 16 national and international book awards. (Hey, if you can’t brag about yourself on your own blog, where can you??) I have the great good fortune to pen the edgy Dear Abby-style advice column every Saturday at Diabetes Mine; write the Diabetes Simplified column for dLife; and am one of the ShareCare diabetes experts. My work also appears in Diabetic Living and Diabetes Self-Management magazines. In addition to writing, I’ve spent the last half-dozen years running the diabetes education program for a rural non-profit clinic in the mountains of New Mexico. Don’t worry, I’ll get some rest after the cure. LifeAfterDx is my personal home base, where I get to say what and how I feel about diabetes and… you know… life, free from the red pens of editors (all of whom I adore, of course!).

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Input needed from fellow bloggers

OK, I admit it. I'm a blogging virgin. There are about a half dozen blogs that I check everyday; I love them and I feel that I really know some of these cyber-friends even though I've never spoken or written to most of them. In the past I haven't usually left comments. Now that I'm blogging, however, I may have to change that. I LOVE reading the comments. It is so nice to know that I'm not writing in the dark! It's nice to know that the posts aren't too long after all! (A worry I had, someone told me that blog entries are supposed to be short...)

Anyway, here is my problem. I need advice on Blog Etiquette. I see that sometimes readers ask me questions on the comments. How do I respond? Do I post an answer in the same comments section? If I do, do the readers know to check back for an answer? Is there any way to get the blog software to alert me when there is comment posted, or do I just need to check?

Last question, probably one with no real answer....what is the "normal" visitor count for a typical blog?

8 Comments:

Blogger Karen said...

Hi,

I have no answers for you since I hardly ever comment, but I do read many blogs as well and I have sent your blog out to many people to follow your life on the Guardian.

I have been diabetic for 39 years and pumping for 2.5 and so would love to know my bgs at all times, it would help me so much as I drop quickly with a little bit of exercise and also have hypoglycemic unawareness. Keep the blogs coming. :)

Karen

4:59 PM  
Blogger Ron said...

Good job on the blog. I haven't had a chance to read it until tonight. Yes it is 4 am for me, BG is 44 and when that happens I can't get back to sleep for a couple of hours.

Don't worry about how to use the blog, i.e., length of blogs, etc., it is your blog and will take on your personality.

As far as comments, I believe that most of the blogs that I read are answered in the comments section.

Keep it up, your bud from DTF, Ron.

2:45 AM  
Blogger peterp6 said...

Hi Wil,

I did a Technorati search (http://www.technorati.com/) earlier this week on "Medtronic" (I'm a Medtronic employee, but not closely connected to our diabetes business unit) just to see what others are saying about us in the blogosphere.

A lot of the search results came from news and medical organizations. Important, but fairly dry stuff.

Then I started reading your engaging entries. What a gem of a blog you've got! Your humor and candor have been so valuable in helping me to understand the fears, frustrations, expectations and hopes that you and other diabetics face daily (even hourly!).

I wish I could offer you some blogging advice, but 1) I don't think you need any, and 2) I've only been blogging for (almost) two weeks myself!

Paul

9:11 AM  
Blogger Kerri. said...

Hey Printcrafter. Here's what I've got for you.

You can respond to questions in your comments right in the comments section, if you want. Or, if a query hits you particularly, write a whole post about your answer. Readers probably return to read your answers. That's what I do.

There is an option in Blogger in the dashboard section. Go to the "settings" tab, click the "comments" link and scroll down to "comment notification address." By putting an email address here, you will receive an email notification every time someone leaves a comment. It's a nice option.

And I have no idea what the normal visitor count is for a blog. But I do know that there are a lot more readers than there are commenters, so don't assume "0 comments" means 0 readers.

Keep up the admirable work, PC.

-- Kerri.

10:06 AM  
Blogger David said...

William, I've been blogging for about a year now and have picked up some great strategies for this type of thing.

1. Be active in your own comments! This is your online home so don't be shy.

2. If someone posts something that would benefit your wider audience, then you can write a new post, quote the comment, and give your response. For example:

"I wrote about the [link]annoying beep[/link] yesterday. John D. responded with a great suggestion: 'You know, Wil, that beep saved your ass so learn to love it!' Good point."

3. Make sure you refer readers to the older post so they can follow along! You can also add a comment to the old post pointing them to the new one.

4. A third option is to just edit your post and add something to the top like this:

UPDATE: John pointed out this great site in the comments.

5. There really is no right or wrong way. You have really engaging and helpful commentary, so I'd give you an A+.

6. As far as traffic goes, there's really no right or wrong answer. If you have good subject matter (and you do), people will link to you. Eventually those links will increase your recognition in search engines and you'll get a flood of traffic to specific entries. It can take 1-8 months to get fully listed in Google, so be patient.

7. Your best traffic is those from other blogs and news sites. Keep building online relationships and you'll find it increases day by day. Be active in the D.O.C. (diabetes online community) and you'll be rewarded with links galore.

Meanwhile, stop by and visit Elizabeth and I at diabetesdaily.com. We're dedicated LifeAfterDx readers!

10:13 AM  
Blogger David said...

P.S. For a new blog, averaging 100 visitors a day is really awesome.

The biggest blog on the internet, DailyKos, gets 500,000 visitors a day. BUT, if you had 2,500 a day, you'd be in the top 250. So 100 is a great start. :)

You can see traffic figures for political blogs here:
http://www.truthlaidbear.com/TrafficRanking.php?start=1

10:19 AM  
Blogger Diabetic Mom said...

Hi Printcrafter,
I too have been reading your posts daily... In fact I can't wait to hear how each day goes...every little detail is important and I thank you so very much for your sharing and wonderful story telling! Keep up the good work!!

5:52 PM  
Blogger ZeroBeta said...

Hello,

Well i must say I dont normaly blog or respond to any but your blog has pulled me in. Sounds like you have accomplished my thought out plan to get a guardian. Although being a low incomed 24 year old Im sure you can understand why i have decided to wait a bit. Pump supplies on top of guardian supplies tells me I am
a ways from the experience. But the ability to read the detail and explanation of a everyday users problems have definatly helped me relaxe a little. Not to say i wouldnt take the far and few probs or even double the amount for the bloodsugar knowledge you seem to have gained from its persistance.
I am what my highly trained doctors call a brittle diabetic, better known to me as a lack of ability to explain poor glucos control. I range on a daily bases from 35 to 600. Better known as the rollercoaster effect. whats wierd is living in the hospital doesnt change the range of sugars that much. Keeping in mind that I.V is a big helper in controlling diabetes. A steady flow of water is good for any diabetic I have ever heard of. Makes me a little thirsty thinking about it. HHMMM. Nothing like a 322 blood sugar. Well I am sorry for the leangth of this its my first responce and I think I turned it into a full on outpoor, wish i burned some sugar typing this. Well just wanted to say thnks for the words they do more then you could ever no keep it up pls. I am a new parent to a beutiful boy and since he was born I feel like control is the most important thing I can do for him and myself. Your story of the trip to the musseum though a little scary is encouraging.

2:25 AM  

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