|Blogs for carers|
|Tuesday, 02 September 2008 09:42|
A blog is like an online diary that anyone can read. People start them for a variety of reasons - as a forum for like-minded people to meet and share knowledge or common experiences, as a place to have a general rave about life, or to get feedback from random strangers when facing major life decisions or even, just for fun!If you start a blog you can choose to identify yourself by name and put a photo of yourself on your blog, or just use a false identity.
Other people can visit your blog and make comments about what you have written - this can be very confronting, amusing, reassuring and insightful.
Your blog can be anything you want it to be - you can post a photographic essay on it, write poetry, or just have a general rant against the world and get it all off your chest.
Other people reading it may feel inspired by what you have written, it may resonate with their own experience. Or, they may be appalled, or disgusted, or saddened. Whatever the case, be prepared for open and honest feedback out there in cyberspace.
These blogs have been written by carers and you may wish to visit their sites to have a read, add a comment or be inspired to start a blog of your own.
http://wordpress.com/tag/carers/ is a good place to start. It lists a number of blogs by carers and even teaches you how to start a blog of your own. Just scroll down to the box on the left-hand-side at the end of the page that says ‘Have your say. Start a blog.’ and you can be blogging in a few minutes.
This is one of the blogs featured on their site:
http://marshy54.wordpress.com - where you will meet ‘Marshy’ who cares for her husband of 34 years, Pete, who has an acquired brain injury. Marshy is facing challenging health problems of her own right now.
Other sites of interest:
The reluctant carer (http://reluctantcarer.blogspot.com/) Dee is caring for her husband who has Huntingdon’s disease.
Sue's Caring diary (http://suescaringdiary.blogspot.com/) Sue wrote about looking after her husband. Sadly he has since died and her blog deals with her feelings about life after caring.
Schizophrenia - A Carer's Journal (http://mindriddles.blogspot.com/) A journal by the father of a son diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Construct Yourself (http://www.constructyourself.co.uk) A carer on how he deals with the day to day practicalities of caring for his disabled wife.
If you are really interested, here is Wikipedia’s definition of a blog:
A blog (a contraction of the term "Web log") is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual, with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog)
Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (artlog), photographs (photoblog), sketches (sketchblog), videos (vlog), music (MP3 blog), audio (podcasting), which are part of a wider network of social media. Micro-blogging is another type of blogging, one which consists of blogs with very short posts.
Wikipedia says there are more than 112 million blogs out there!