10 Health Blogging Lessons I Learned in 2012

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6) Personal experience can enhance the stories of life and death. Cindy Huber can tell a story like no one else. How I can laugh at her stories that include dying and cry at her stories of life is beyond me. The personal aspect of what she writes about brings to life universal experiences that we all can relate to. She connects because of the authenticity of her caring and her genuine emotional reactions and side commentary. Also, I think it is cool that she is a DJ!

7) Family life, whether traditional or not, is at the heart of what keeps many of us connected and grounded. Motherofnine9 shares her real-life rearing of nine great kids on a farm in northern Ontario. Her reality teaches lessons while bringing joy to the reader. She generously relates the good, bad, ugly, and scary of life with energetic and smart children. Sometimes they fall, both figuratively and literally, but they all seem to get up and support each other while they are doing it. Along with stories about the kids in wellness and in sickness come animal tales that make a life with just one dog and cat seem tame.

8) Poetry in words can bring peace, tranquility and thoughtful contemplation – all beautifully relaxing while still being though provoking. Thank you, Isabel Anders, for the peace I have experienced through your writings. I feel like my breathing slows and my body relaxes because I sometimes take the time to treat myself to your writing. Wish there was a way I could offer the feeling to others feeling the stress of a daily existence with lots of responsibilities and time constraints. When I have coffee or tea in the afternoon, I drink out of my yellow Weaving Gold cup as a reminder.

9) Joy of life is contagious and healthy. Who but the beautiful zombie lover alienbody can make me laugh with her outrageous ruminations of her daily life? A hearty laugh is bound to happen if you hang with her. I sometimes shake my head, but I am smiling the whole time. Making people laugh is a gift of a healthy moment and results in a more joyous spirit.

10) “People who need people are the happiest (and healthiest) people in the world.” I totally believe that and thank the wonderful writers who have nurtured my spirit throughout the year. For me, connections help sustain my being. I want to thank: Kraken, Darcie, isthisthemiddle, Red Dirt Kelly, JourneyofLife, and my wonderful Gina, amongst others, for opening my mind to experiences and viewpoints beyond where I was. You have helped enhance my understanding of the human spirit and brought joy and insights beyond what I had imagined. Also, to my first BlogHer meet and great friend, Karen Ballum, the book club facilitator extraordinaire, as a gift to myself, I will get back to the Book Club section regularly. Your recommendations have been great. Lastly, to Denise, who befriended me on Facebook as well as on BlogHer, you are always there to answer questions, offer insights, and to bring the realities of an issue to light. I appreciate your direct (and sometimes saucy) approach and your sense of humor. And, glad to know of your expertise in the health realm, as that aspect of your being is also greatly appreciated.

Thank you also to those I find and read when I can and to those who offered a one-time experience. I appreciate you all and am glad our paths have crossed.

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