The Importance of Communities for People Touched By Diabetes from Tu Diabetes on Vimeo.
Earlier in 2008 we saw how new online communities such as DiabetesFriends.net and DiabetesSisters.com made their appearance. Also we saw how more established spaces like DiabetesDaily.com continued to grow and expand into broader health territory. More recently, we learned about the upcoming community venture Amy Tenderich is embarking on.
With all these events and keeping in mind comments posted by the likes of Scott Strumello and David Edelman, I have been giving careful thought to what this all means for TuDiabetes and the diabetic community at large. These are my conclusions:
As long as the driver behind the communities is a passion for helping people with diabetes connect with others living with this condition, help raise awareness about diabetes and allow diabetics to live a healthier life, I feel this is a great thing.
I believe in people like David and Elizabeth, Amy and Jens, among others (all of whom are also members of TuDiabetes.com). I believe they are passionate and driven from within. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be doing what they do because we all know running communities or large blogs is no easy task.
The corollary of (1) and (2) is that what’s happening is a great thing. The driver behind all these initiatives is (and should continue to be) offering people with diabetes the option to do things they couldn’t do before, to enhance their lives. Therefore we applaud these efforts and link to every one of them in at least one way.
Like Scott put it in an exchange we had over email, the new mantra is working together, because joining forces, with our hearts in the right place, we can win over more attention towards diabetes and bring on board to any of our communities more people with diabetes so they may no longer feel alone. That is my biggest goal and, as long as it is accomplished somehow, I don’t care if it’s not through TuDiabetes.com.
We hope 2008 continues to be a year of partnerships and joint efforts with the goals of growing the diabetes community at large (bringing more diabetics out of the diabetes closet), raising awareness about diabetes even more and helping many more people with diabetes lead a healthier life.