Social Media Burnout? #DOCBurnout2015

When I first started seeing the plugs for today’s blog topic for Diabetes Social Media Burnout (#DOCburnout2015), I thought “I’m not burned out, I’m just busy …. ” But then I realized I haven’t been consistent in blogging in a really long time. Every single day amidst diaper changes or fixing breakfast/lunch, or folding laundry, or …. (I could go on and on lol) I think about things to blog about. And sometimes I even think to write down those topics, so I can write about it later. Some of the ideas are “little” day to day things that happen in regards to my diabetes. Others are bigger (like traveling internationally – I still haven’t finished THAT blog post.) But I never seem to get around to doing it. Or most of my posts stay in “Draft” mode for way too long.

Does that make me burned out? I’m not sure.

I think it means that I have other things going on right now -like being a stay at home mom to my little ones (twin toddlers require a LOT Of attention, in case you were wondering!) 😉

I always have really good intentions to blog. Or to join #DSMA on Wednesday nights. But after getting everyone bathed and in bed, I sit down to relax (or eat my own dinner) and then before I know it, I look up and it’s 9pm and DSMA is over. Before having the twins, I was on there every week. And I blogged 3-4 times a week. It was all relatively new to me. But don’t get me wrong – the DOC has still been a game changer for me. I’ve made great friends – some I’ve even been fortunate enough to meet in person.

But most importantly it’s given me the opportunity to make friends that get it. Friends that voluntarily offered to follow my Dexcom Share, and will text me from across the country, in the middle of the night, to make sure I’m ok and ask if I’m treating my low blood sugar. Friends that I know I can message and/or text and ask questions about my pump settings or troubleshoot ideas off of them.

So maybe I have been burned out on blogging, and using other diabetes social media outlets – but I’m still connected to the DOC. And I am sure I”ll come back around as often as before. I will always have things to talk about -that’s for sure! 🙂


About Shannon

I am a wife, a mommy, and a Type 1 diabetic (since '92.) I have had two successful pregnancies - one of which was with twins. I wear an insulin pump- - off and on for 17 years; currently on the Medtronic pump and CGM. I am not a medical professional, nor am I giving medical advice. I am just sharing my day to day stories of someone who lives with this disease every day. My ultimate goal is to raise awareness.
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2 Responses to Social Media Burnout? #DOCBurnout2015

  1. Karen says:

    Great point – sometimes it’s not really burnout that takes us away, it’s just other things that need our attention. That’s why it’s great to have forged those DOC connections, even if we need to step back a bit, we still have someone out there who has our back!!

    (Now that I’m done with DOC burnout, I have my Share post almost finished. Planning to publish it tomorrow!!)

  2. rickphilips says:

    I imagine that burn out is not a singular event. In 2006 I signed on to TUDiabetes and participated for a couple of years until I started my doctorate work. Then I left entirely. Then when I was finished writing my dissertation, I went back and picked right up where I had left off. Like a terrible soap opera I did not miss a beat.

    While that might sound truly awful, it was reassuring and pleasant to start again in familiar territory. I suspect someday you will have the exact same experience. In the mean time drop in when you need a recharge. After all the outlets are free.


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