A few weeks ago I went to considerable effort to let everyone know that my blog www.DealingwithCOPD.wordpress.com had been recognized by Healthline.com as one of “The Best COPD Blogs of the Year.” I would not have known my blog had received this recognition had it not been for a friend at the Daily Strength Emphysema & COPD Support Group. I was extremely honored and had to brag about the recognition and you’ll got it pushed on you LOL.
For those that know me and are used to me, know I stumbled pretty bad at accepting praise. For the first year or so if someone said something nice about my BLOG I went to pretty big lengths to down play whatever kind words that were said. Then early this year I had the light bulb turned on in my head. Huntmode had her fingers on the switch and turned it to the on position. In that moment of clarity I came to realize how I had been insulting the folks that had been going out of their way to express their appreciation for my efforts. I can’t thank them enough for their patience and support, and forgiving my knuckle-headness.
Now that I have completed my normally long opening remarks on to the meat of the matter. Apparently my friend over at DS wasn’t the only person looking at that list of best blogs. One of the web producers for remedyhealthmedia.com who is also an editor for HealthCentral found my BLOG because of the recognition it got as being one of the best COPD Blogs. Then I got the below from that editor.
“Hi Bill, I’m an editor for HealthCentral.com looking for COPD bloggers. I came across your wonderful blog and would love to talk with you about writing for our site. If you’re interested, please email me at XXXXXXXXX@remedyhealthmedia.com. I hope to hear from you soon.”
I did in fact contact the editor, and we talked a couple of times. I explained that I wasn’t a doctor or nurse or someone with any medical knowledge. I was assured they weren’t looking to me for any medical information. They wanted a blogger that wrote from the personal perspective, without drama or non-sense, and with a positive mental attitude, which pretty much sums up my blog.
They have an expectation that I will provide at least one acceptable post a month, but would gladly accept 2 posts per month. I will write about topics that both I and the editor agree too, but the kicker is that the posts can’t be longer than 700 words no few than 500 (or there abouts). As you’ll know I can hardly say hello in less than 700 words. So I am sure the 500 word minimum will be met without issue.
After careful consideration I have agreed to the terms as offered by HealthCentral, and I am completing the required paperwork. I have no idea when or what the 1st post will be, we haven’t got that far. To top it off, smiling, I will be compensated for each accepted post.
So folks I am tooting my own horn, but please understand without you, your friendship, your support, your help, and your praise I wouldn’t be anywhere near this. Thank you, thank you so very much.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask. Concerns and comments are always appreciated. Take care, Bill