Lemonade Life

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Sassy But Sucky

I tried writing how I'm feeling right now but the words are coming to me without sounding really pathetic.

I was supposed to work on a PowerPoint presentation that I left to the last minute, then ended up not being able to do because I didn't think we had PowerPoint, and another teammate got annoyed so now she's doing it and I feel awful because we actually do have PowerPoint, it's just on a different part of the computer.

And the voting on the Design and Dazzle contest is a nightmare because people are voting like 60 times when they can only vote once so Heather (my wonderful webmaster) is spending all her time today deleting duplicate votes.

She's mad. My classmates are mad. I'm the one responsible for both of them.

Oh, and if you want to know my true feeling about the DiabetesBlogNetwork, I'm ignoring them until they go away. I've worked countless hours on the O.C. website and they swoop in saying they're going to be the next hub of action for a diabetes community. Well fine.

I'm a bitter, angry girl right now. And I haven't even had breakfast yet.

Nice way to kick of my Wednesday morning.

At least my blood sugar is 116 mg/dl.


At November 29, 2006 12:46 PM , Blogger Kevin said...

Sounds like you could use a glass of lemonade.

I have a hard time believing that folks here would abandon the O.C. for the posers over at the DiabetesBlogNetwork. I know, at least, that I won't.

At November 29, 2006 2:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, hey, at least your blood sugar is perfect, right?

At November 29, 2006 2:52 PM , Blogger Allison said...

Kevin, I know nobody will abandon the O.C. I'm just sensitive...

Sarah, that was pretty much the only good thing from this morning. If I had been 260 mg/dl, I think I would have gone over the edge.

At November 29, 2006 5:20 PM , Blogger Kassie said...

The Diabetes OC website - often imitated, never equaled. That poser site does nothing for me.

Hang tight sister.

At November 29, 2006 7:52 PM , Blogger Jen said...

I'll keep with the O.C!
After your post, i had to check out the diabetesblognetwork. It looks flashy, but not as easy to use, I didn't think.
I'm sorry the voting is going so insane. I don't get what's going on with it. It seems like everytime I check there are really different percentages. It's too bad people are taking advantage of it.

At November 29, 2006 7:57 PM , Blogger Allison said...

Jen, part of the problem is that people are checking over and over again, and that means they are voting over and over again. Since only count one vote per IP address, that means we delete a lot of them. We deleted more than 1,000 votes this morning because they were duplicates. Saturday will be the real day when we clean house and figure out who won! No one will really know until then because a lot of the votes won't be counted, so there's almost no point in checking at this point.

At November 29, 2006 8:44 PM , Blogger Kerri. said...

Every site that is created to raises awareness about diabetes is good. Every blog that is added to diabetes blogroll is inspiring. They raise awareness and build community. And that’s what we want – to educate the masses about diabetes and to make strides towards a cure. It’s not a competition or a rivalry or a matter of “who has the best site.” Isn’t it about raising awareness?

One doesn’t replace the other- a new blogger doesn’t replace an older one. A new resource doesn’t replace an older one. We’re too strong a community for that. We grow together.

To say that you just want to wait until they go away is strange because you should want 300 more resource sites. 1,000 more blogs. The more voices added to our cause raises awareness and brings us that much closer to a cure, or at least an understanding. A bigger network of sites doesn’t detract from the OC site or your hard work. It adds to it. There is strength in our numbers.

We’re all in this together.

At November 29, 2006 8:55 PM , Blogger Allison said...

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At November 30, 2006 6:16 AM , Blogger Kassie said...

Kerri is, of course, right in that diabetes sites proliferating is a good thing (or at least harmless). I will confess, though, that I am much more drawn to a site with personality - like the OC - than the outreach/education arm of a public relations firm (which is what diabetesblognetwork is - it's a projet of Ignite Health. Kudos to them for throwing their resources behind a site that aims to educate and inform, but it pales in comparison to the passion of an actual diabetes blogger).

No, it's not a competition. But Allison, I totally understand where you are coming from. I've put my heart and soul into many projects and then heard others say that they're going to do it better, faster, cheaper. Sometimes they are right, sometimes they are wrong, sometimes it just doesn't matter... but it's a frustrating feeling.

It's a pretty list of diabetes blogs with very little information. I don't think it brings much to the table, but perhaps it will grow.

This is your personal blog, so you should feel free to express your emotions and opinions. As a leader in the diabetes blogging/online community you probably also know that doing so can sometimes get a reaction. It's part of this thing we're all in together :)

At November 30, 2006 6:52 AM , Blogger Johnboy said...

Hey, chin up, girl.

As Kerri and Kassie said, no one is replacing anything. I take that new site as just a sign that this whole d-blogging thing is continuing to grow.

We appreciate all your hard work on the O.C.! Remember, "We'll always have the OC. We didn't have, we...we lost it until you came...." ;-)

At November 30, 2006 8:58 AM , Blogger Allison said...

I'm okay, really. I know it isn't nearly as big of a deal as I made it sound. I know nobody is going to abandon the O.C. and move over the new network. I know it isn't a competition, but when you see a website doing the exact same (or very, very close) to what you are trying to do, I think it was just instinct to get uncomfortable with the whole thing. But after hearing from all of you, I don't feel they are a threat anymore.

Okay. Moving on. :-)


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