As you can see, I’ve decided to participate in the 30 day blog challenge, and the first challenge is to write a little about myself, or why I started this blog. The reason I started this blog was ultimately personal. I have been going through a very traumatic time in my life, cervical dysplasia, and when I looked to the internet to find information, I was very disappointed by what I found. People were fear mongering, or posting unrealistic ways to cure dysplasia, and not much else. In October 2013 I began a social media course, and one of the units was about blogging, so I decided to create a blog about cervical dysplasia and HPV. It’s been really beneficial to me, as writing a blog or journal is a great way to relieve stress, which I desperately need right now. The reason I am not writing in a paper journal is simple, it’s never worked for me in the past, and I thought an online one would keep me more accountable. I want my blog to become a place where people can find information, and openly discuss their issues…and maybe one day it could grow to be so much more. I also want people to become more comfortable with discussing “delicate” issues, and not to feel uncomfortable when a friend speaks openly about things like cervical cancer.
I honestly hope to connect with anyone and everyone, not just women. I know a lot of guys that might be searching for information on how to support their partner, or how they can participate in halting the spread of HPV, and I would like to help them in that regard. Ultimately though, I do want to connect with women who are going through some scarey times and show them a realistic view of one woman’s journey through dysplasia. I am fully aware that my responses to treatment are mine alone, so that is why I would love to have other people contribute content, or reply with their own story. I really enjoy connecting with people (even though I am extremely introverted) and discussing any topic, so I would love to have people reply to my posts.
I’m making my hopes for this blog realistic for now, and it’s partly so that I don’t disappoint myself and become discouraged, as I always expect too much from myself. I know I am rusty at writing, and that these things take time, but quite often I still end up feeling a failure when I compare myself to others. For now I will be happy if I by December 2014 I have doubled my followers, and I have people replying to my posts, instead of just reading them. A few people I know say they have enjoyed my work, but they aren’t leaving comments, so that doesn’t help me on the promotion side. Some of my other ideas like creating a forum, or polls, need more followers or they will fall flat, so this definitely is a slow work in progress.
There is one website that I have found that briefly discusses cervical cancer, and that’s HysterSisters. They can be found at:http://www.hystersisters.com/
I’ve also discovered two other woman blogging about cervical dysplasia: marinasedna.wordpress.com and http://blogeocompanionpiece.wordpress.com/ . Please check them out