After wrapping up our Health Activist Writer’s Month – we got lots of awesome feedback from you about blog challenges. You told us what you liked, didn’t like, wanted to try again, wanted to alter, and what we can do to help you enjoy (and stick with) blogging all year long. So, to keep the blog fire burning, we’re bringing back a vintage WEGO Health staple – the Health Activist Blog Carnival!
Each month we’ll post some blog ideas, prompts, and challenges for you to try on your blog. The carnival will generally focus on the monthly theme on WEGO Health (which, for example, means that this month’s HABC will be on Health Technology) but – as you did with HAWMC – feel free to interpret the prompts in any way you want. Remember that these are for you! Enjoy them, share them, and encourage others to write about them with you (either on your blog or on their own blogs). And, as Caitlin said over on Facebook, “You can write one post, or five, or ten, or 30 if you really wish. This is a carnival; it’s supposed to be fun; and like a real carnival – you decide how many rides you want to go on.” Here’s an image you can use on your blog to tell your readers that you’re participating in the Health Activist Blog Carnival (HABC) and feel free to link it here to this post or to our Facebook Image.
For June – here is what you can write about:
- How do you use technology to maintain your health? Do you use a medical device, app, email your doctor, etc? Get creative!
- Write about your favorite health app! Or download a new app, try it, and review it. Here are reviews you can use for inspiration. (If you write an app review – send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll feature your review on our page!)
- It’s the future… Write about any/all technology you’re excited about.
- Put on your inventor hat. If you could invent any device/app what would it be?
- Virtual Medicine, would you try it?
- Electronic Health Records – Do you want your data? Would you trust EHRs or EMRs? What are the pros and cons?
- Health Activist Research Project: mHealth – How is mobile health changing the world?
- …whatever else you can think of that relates to Health Activism and technology!
Once you write your Blog Carnival post be sure to share it with us either here on the blog or paste a link as a comment on this Facebook Image for the June HABC.
From one of my favorite websites, (dictionary.com):
1. to make known; reveal or uncover: to disclose a secret
2. to cause to appear; allow to be seen; lay open to view: In spring the violets disclose their fragrant petals.
The word “disclose” was first used right around the time of The Renaissance, an era of rebirth: artistic expression, intellectual transformation, and scientific advances. A time when people rose from the darkness of the past centuries and began opening themselves up to a new way of life. Now, whether this is a more romanticized version of what actually happened or not – the idea of a Renaissance from the Dark Ages fits perfectly with our March theme of Health Disclosure (and the upcoming first day of Spring!).
Once you open yourself up, share what you’re going through, and begin to connect with what’s going on around you – you are, in effect, being reborn. This, I would guess, is what many Health Activists felt the very first time they blogged about their condition, talked with fellow patients about common symptoms, or got that first “thank you, you’ve helped me so much” from a member of their communities.
For this month’s Health Activist Blog Carnival, let’s share our disclosure stories, our Health Activist Renaissance moments. Why did you first participate in a forum, support group, or blog? How did it feel to take ownership of your condition and begin to share with others? Was it a Renaissance of sorts or something less dramatic? How has your disclosure shaped your life since?
Write a post telling your disclosure story and why you would encourage others in your community to join you on the other side of disclosure. You could share how your online community helped you be more open, revealing more of yourself and your life. Or how your community has allowed a part of your to be seen, caused something to appear, or presented you open to view, perhaps? How has disclosing in your personal life influenced you?
Why not start with the completing the sentence “I disclose because…” or “I disclosed and…” see where the exercise takes you? If you’re feeling particularly like a spring violet – why not try a video entry this month? And, because we’re talking about the Renaissance so much – if you’re feeling particularly creative – you can make some form of art or poem that tells your disclosure story.
As always, once you’ve written, created, or recorded your entry – share with us! Either here in the comments section or as a link/upload in this discussion in the Health Bloggers Group. At the end of March we will highlight some of your stories and be a lot closer to our goal of creating valuable “disclosure” resources, tips, and advice for Health Activists.
Here’s our HABC graphic for you to add to your post if you’d like:
You were all so creative with February’s HABC – I can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with this month!
In honor of this month’s theme Chronic Conditions and Relationships – our February HABC is: Write a Letter to Your Condition. Sounds a little strange? It is, because you’re penning these words not to a real person, but to your disease, personified. Inspired by the old-fashion correspondence of snail mail (or, I suppose, you could be inspired by the art of email), write a letter, a note, a memo addressed to your health.
This is your chance to tell your health what you really think of it, how you really feel … and no holds are barred in this exercise.
Whether you’re writing a letter of love (which may be a challenge) or a note that describes what you’re working on in your communities to help raise awareness for your health condition – the point is to be honest and to examine your emotional ties to your physical health. This could be a great way to check-in with how you’re feeling and work on that first relationship conflict we mentioned in our theme announcement: Your Condition vs. Yourself. And, if you want to complete the correspondence – it would be really interesting to reply to yourself from the perspective of your health. What does your health think about your letter? Bonus points if you write two letters this month!
(If you need an example check out the awesome community Dear Thyroid, built around the idea of writing letters to your thyroid.)
Once you’ve written your letter, we hope you’ll share it with our community by leaving a link in this discussion in the Health Bloggers Group. We also hope you’ll post this brand new graphic in your post to show that you’re a participant in the HABC! (Because who doesn’t like a Ferris Wheel o’ Health Activism?)