The final prompt for the Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge asks us to recap our experiences blogging about our health focus for the past 30 days. I had an absolute blast. Check out the photo-essay below on my experiences blogging about lupus for #HAWMC 2012.
I finished! I wrote 30 posts in 30 days, though one was a tad late.
#HAWMC increased readership of Butterfly Lessons: Living a Fabulous Life with Lupus. In February and March, the blog received about 600 visits each month, but in April, Butterflylessons.com received app. 1,500 visits.
I was going to skip writing the #HAWMC post on the 19th, but changed my mind around 11:30 pm. By the time I posted the blog, it was already the 20th. That is why the 19th looks so sad on this calendar of my posts.
Most readers of ButterflyLessons.com are located in the United States.
According to Klout, Butterfly Lessons is a Socializer! During #HAWMC, I enjoyed "meeting" other health activists on Twitter and sharing my story with @Butterflylesson & @KRSProf followers.
I received great feedback from readers.
I received blogger love from other members of the #HAWMC family. This passage is from Rhiann, the blogger behind "My Brain Lesion and Me" - http://brainlesionandme.wordpress.com/. Reading her great #HAWMC posts reminded me that even though invisible illnesses differ, we all face many similar challenges.
The 2012 #HAWMC challenge may be over, but my lupus awareness journey continues. During May 2012, I will celebrate Lupus Awareness Month by continuing to blog and tweet about how to live a fabulous life with lupus.
Take care and stay fabulous,
Katina Rae Stapleton
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“No matter what the disease has thrown my way, I have never lost sight of my dream to have a fabulous life.” Katina Rae Stapleton
This week, I am coming into the homestretch of the Health Activists Writer’s Month Challenge. I am excited that I was able to blog every day (with the exception of a post that went live after midnight). Today’s HAWMC topic is close to my heart:
“Today you are challenged with the task of writing a tagline. This can be for your blog, your health condition or for yourself.”
Since I already have a tagline for the Butterfly Lessons blog, this assignment was super easy . . .
Living a Fabulous Life with Lupus
I picked “fabulousness” as the theme of my blog, because I hate low expectations. I refuse to believe that a lupus diagnosis must lead to a sad, dreary, lonely, painful life. I have a full life and know many fellow lupus butterflies who are overcoming obstacles to pursue their hopes and dreams. Many of them I have “met” online:
There is Christine Miserandino, who came up the idea of using spoons to describe living with lupus. Her website But You Don’t Look Sick is an oasis for spoonies who live with chronic illnesses and invisible disabilities. You can find her on Twitter as @bydls.
I am also inspired by these super fabulous “tweeps” and fellow lupus bloggers:
Before you leave Butterfly Lessons today, check out the Blogroll for links to other lupus bloggers and organizations who are trying to make life better for those of us living with lupus (one day at a time).
Take care & be fabulous,
Katina Rae Stapleton
P.S. To learn more about how the blog Butterfly Lessons: Living a Fabulous Life with Lupus came about, read “About Katina Rae Stapleton.”
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