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May 15th, 2012

The Who’s Who of HAWMC

by Amanda

Last Friday we hosted a fast-paced interactive live chat about our Health Activists Writer’s Month. We recapped the best prompts, most challenging posts, and all of participants favorite parts. Here are the twotop take-aways from our chat about what participants liked most:

 

  1. The writing itself. You loved: the challenge of writing , the opportunity to be creative, the predetermined structure to write every day, and being able to look back and say – I accomplished this! We loved seeing how you interpreted the prompts, stretched yourselves as writers, and interacted with your readers.
  2. Meeting new bloggers. One of our hopes with HAWMC was that bloggers would be able to get to know new leaders online and be able to network and connect as writers. So we’re really psyched that this happened for many participants! Many people’s favorite part was being able to find new blogs to read, new bloggers to admire/read, and a way to connect in an easy way.

 

HAWMC is a total win-win!

Speaking of wins…

Here are our 2012 Superlatives that were announced in our chat.

Click the badge to visit the winning blogger or blog post

 



 

Thanks to everyone who participated in HAWMC and shared their work with us all month long. We encourage you to keep us in the loop when you’re doing projects in your health community by sharing on our Facebook page. It’s a great way to keep connecting with fellow Health Activists.

 

 

April 30th, 2012

Congrats on Completing #HAWMC 2012!

by Amanda

Well that’s all folks! Health Activist Writer’s Month and #HAWMC are officially over. Did you make it?

 

We had an incredible time reading all of your posts, learning more about why you’re advocates, and seeing first-hand what makes you so empassioned each and every day. In fact, by connecting with all of you – we had a much-cherished opportunity to renew our own mission to empower Health Activists help others – and affirm so clearly why we do what we do here at WEGO Health. So thank you for that! And for being yourselves no matter the challenge. It was an amazing experience.

 

Even though there are no more daily challenges – we hope you’ll take a quick moment to look back at April and reflect with us. We’ll be sharing some of our favorite posts and participants in the next couple weeks here on the blog – but we want to hear from you, too. What posts did you love writing? Which prompts made you think? Which were the hardest? Which ones did you dislike? If you were to do HAWMC again in 2013 – what would you add? What would you change? Your feedback is hugely important to us especially when we go to create more programs for Health Activists (and make HAWMC 2013 even better). If you can - take this quick survey and give us your feedback – we would really appreciate it!

 

If you decide to write a recap of your HAWMC experience – we hope you’ll tweet it to us and share a link on our Facebook wall.

 

And, as promised – Here is your blog badge for completing HAWMC! (click it, then right click “Save As”) – we’ll also share this on our Facebook page if you’d like to grab it from there. If you want, you can link all your HAWMC 2012 posts to the badge so people can check out your work.

 

 

Thanks again for joining us – and don’t be a stranger. May is going to be all about Setting The Record Straight – and we need your input so we can work together to combat myths, misconceptions, and stigma all month long. Join us here on the blog, over on our Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to partake in some of our mythbusting activities and awareness events!

 

 

 

 

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April 30th, 2012

HAWMC Day 30

by Susan

 

Word Cloud. As we mentioned back on HAWMC Day 16 (link to pinboard post), a picture is worth a thousand words.  For today’s post we’re going one further and putting your words into an image, a word cloud or tree representing YOUR health focus, interest, or passions.  Write down some of your favorite topics off the top of your head or review the tags in your blog post for some surprises.  For some examples on layout check out www.wordle.net.

Use this word cloud in your email signature or as a badge on your blog or facebook page as a unique way to identify your interests and focus.  For extra credit, weight the importance or frequency of some of the words by changing formats or colors.  Share your word cloud in your post and tell us a bit about it.

Which of the words in your cloud do you identify with most?
Which do you write about most? Which surprised you?

Participating in #HAWMC? Tweet us a link to your Day 30 post using the #HAWMC hashtag and be sure to share your post on the wall of our WEGO Health Facebook page - so others can read your posts!

It’s not too late! And even though Health Activist Writer’s Month is underway – you can still check out the prompts to use any time you may want an idea for your blog. Click here to get for all 30 prompts.

 

 

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April 29th, 2012

HAWMC Day 29

by Amanda

 

Six Sentence Story. In this day of micro-blogging – brevity is a skill worth honing. Can you tell a story and make it short and sweet? What can you say in six sentences? Will you give your post a title, beginning, middle, and end – or do something different entirely? You’ve got 6 sentences: be creative, inventive, and direct; this may include being generous with punctuation. Good luck!

 

Check out some 6-sentence-posts here: http://sixsentences.blogspot.com/

 

Which is your favorite sentence of the 6 and why?

 

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April 28th, 2012

HAWMC Day 28

by Amanda

 

The First Time I… Write a post about the first time you did something. What is it? What was it like? What did you learn from it?

The first time is always scary. The first day of school, the first time you go to the doctor, the first day of a new job, the first time you tell someone about your condition, the first day of treatment….the list goes on.  But because it’s scary, we always remember, and it’s from these memories that we learn and grow.  We learn that maybe that scary thing wasn’t so bad, or if it was, we find new ways to overcome that fear.

Reflecting on what you learned not only helps you grow, but it also helps others as they go through similar experiences, be it in your condition or in other aspects of your life.  Today, write about the first time you did something, anything, and how it made you feel.

How did you feel beforehand (nervous, excited, anxious), during, and after?  What did you learn?  Was the first time the last time too? Why or why not?

Participating in #HAWMC? Tweet us a link to your Day [#] post using the #HAWMC hashtag and be sure to share your post on the wall of our WEGO Health Facebook page - so others can read your posts!

It’s not too late! And even though Health Activist Writer’s Month is underway – you can still check out the prompts to use any time you may want an idea for your blog. Click here to get for all 30 prompts.

 


 

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April 27th, 2012

HAWMC Day 27

by Susan

 

Your Top 5. For today’s post we’re making a list of our top 5’s – whether they be for your health condition or your Health Activism.  Take some time to think about your experiences and develop your top 5’s – the 5 most difficult parts of your health focus and the 5 small victories that keep you going.

The top 5 list is a great way to get started writing even when you’re feeling a little burntout or a little unfocused.  Share your top 5’s in your post and spend some time with them.  Tell us what surprised you about these items, what you expected (or didn’t expect), what excites you.

Talk to other patients and caregivers about the unexpected victories or positives
that have come out of their health experiences – how can we use those victories to spread
Health Activism and raise awareness?

Participating in #HAWMC? Tweet us a link to your Day 27 post using the #HAWMC hashtag and be sure to share your post on the wall of our WEGO Health Facebook page - so others can read your posts!

It’s not too late! And even though Health Activist Writer’s Month is underway – you can still check out the prompts to use any time you may want an idea for your blog. Click here to get for all 30 prompts.


 

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April 26th, 2012

HAWMC Day 26

by Jackie

 

Health Tagline. It’s day 26, are your hands sore from all the typing yet? Don’t worry, today’s post is meant to be short. However, it’s not promising to be an easy one, as great taglines are an art form themselves. A tagline is a clear and concise statement promoting what one has to offer. Great taglines are inspirational and thought provoking and create a first impression, which your audience will use to remember you.

Taglines can be motivational – “Just Do It.”; factual – “The quicker picker-upper.”; thought provoking – “Think different.”; show a benefit – “Reach out and touch someone.”; some can be funny – “Where’s the beef?”; and others are simply memorable – “There are some things money can’t buy. For everything else there’s MasterCard.”

Today you are challenged with the task of writing a tagline. This can be for your blog, your health condition or for yourself. Maybe you are already a pro at this, but if not here are some tips to get you started. (1) Brainstorm a list of keywords. (2) Pull out a thesaurus and expand upon those words. (3) Try combining words from your list. (4) Consider “homophones” – words that sound the same but are spelt differently. (5) Think about descriptive words of your audience. (6) Try your own name. (7) Look for alliterations, rhymes and paradoxes. Remember these tips: keep it catchy, concise and promote your message.

What tagline did you create?

Participating in #HAWMC? Tweet us a link to your Day 26 post using the #HAWMC hashtag and be sure to share your post on the wall of our WEGO Health Facebook page - so others can read your posts!

It’s not too late! And even though Health Activist Writer’s Month is underway – you can still check out the prompts to use any time you may want an idea for your blog. Click here to get for all 30 prompts.

 

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April 25th, 2012

HAWMC Day 25

by Amanda

 

Third person post. Today is an exercise in stepping out of our typical blog-voice of first person or second person. As bloggers in the health community – one of our strengths is speaking from our experiences and drawing from our own perspectives. It’s what makes our blogs so treasured by our readers – and so cathartic for us. But for the sake of experimentation and trying something new – let’s step away from that today.

 

Think of a memory you have – and write to recreate it. But, inside of going into it as yourself, go into the story as a narrator. Describe your memory using the third person as if you were a character in the story instead of the one telling it. As you write, use as many sensory images (sights, sounds, textures, etc) as you can. Don’t use “I” or “me” unless you include dialogue in your memory.

 

What effect does having some distance from your memory give your writing? Did you find it challenging? Could you use the third person in your blog from time to time? Where would it be effective?

 

Read back over your post – pay close attention to all of the sensory images you included. How does utilizing sensory descriptions enrich the depiction of your memory? Did you find it difficult to write this way? What does it add? What does it subtract from your usual style?

 

Participating in #HAWMC? Tweet us a link to your Day 25 post using the #HAWMC hashtag and be sure to share your post on the wall of our WEGO Health Facebook page - so others can read your posts!

It’s not too late! And even though Health Activist Writer’s Month is underway – you can still check out the prompts to use any time you may want an idea for your blog. Click here to get for all 30 prompts.


 

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April 24th, 2012

HAWMC Day 24

by Natalia

 

Health Mascot. As a Health Activist, your voice is prominent within your specific health community. A mascot is associated with a distinct group or team. Branding your voice with a mascot can be an imaginative and gratifying activity. Here, you can pay tribute to your favorite mascot or you can create an original character. Ensure, whichever you decide to go with is related to your Health Activism. So for today’s prompt – give yourself, your condition, or your health focus a mascot. Is it a real person? Fictional? Mythical being? Describe them. Bonus points if you provide a visual!

We have a tendency to focus primarily on the words in our blog posts. Our words and the choice of words are key. Equally as important is the aesthetics of our blogs. We should incorporate visual appeal. It showcases creative talent and allows your readers to experience something different on your blog. That’s where an idea like adding a mascot fits in. Creating a mascot is also a way of branding – coming up with a definite identity so when people see your work they know it’s yours, unmistakably. Effective branding of your blog – whether it is through a mascot, logo, etc. will give it a unique look and feel.

Do you think the creation of a mascot will enhance your blog and your writing? Did it help you to visualize your role as a Health Activist better?

Participating in #HAWMC? Tweet us a link to your Day 24 post using the #HAWMC hashtag and be sure to share your post on the wall of our WEGO Health Facebook page - so others can read your posts!

It’s not too late! And even though Health Activist Writer’s Month is underway – you can still check out the prompts to use any time you may want an idea for your blog. Click here to get for all 30 prompts.

 

 

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April 23rd, 2012

HAWMC Day 23

by Caitlin


Health Activist Choice Day 2! Write about whatever you like.

Take today to write about whatever your heart desires.  We hope that all these prompts have your creative juices flowing and that you’re full of new blog post ideas. If not, you’re in luck because we have some extras for just this situation, and even luckier that there’s still a week’s worth of HAWMC posts to come!

Make sure to share your prompt with others!

Participating in #HAWMC? Tweet us a link to your Day [#] post using the #HAWMC hashtag and be sure to share your post on the wall of our WEGO Health Facebook page - so others can read your posts!

It’s not too late! And even though Health Activist Writer’s Month is underway – you can still check out the prompts to use any time you may want an idea for your blog. Click here to get for all 30 prompts.

 

 

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