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Has Reading Cancer Blogs Impacted Your Life & If So, How?

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know how much I support research efforts regarding all things cancer related. Answers will only come through research. I also support small-scale research efforts whenever I can such as the one I’m about to tell you about. Rebecca Hogue is conducting a study to determine the impact of cancer blogs on those who read them. This is a topic near and dear to me as I maintain my blog hoping to have a positive impact of one sort or another on those who choose to read it. It’s why I keep at it.

You now have an opportunity to share how reading cancer blogs has made a difference in your life, or if it has. All you need to do is click on the link and fill out a brief survey. All responses will remain anonymous. This survey is not just for blog readers who’ve had a cancer diagnosis, but anyone who reads a cancer blog. Caregivers, partners/spouses, family members, friends, medical professionals, or anyone who reads cancer blogs, is welcome to take part in this survey.

http://fluidsurveys.com/s/blogimpact/

Your feedback is important for this research project, but I care about it too. I’ve been trying to come up with a survey of my own specific to my blog and some day I’ll get that out to you, but for now, why not chime in on this survey?

And be sure to share any specific thoughts you have in the comments box of the survey. You can comment specifically on any blogs you read or keep your comments general. Your honest opinions matter. They always do.

If you’re not sure if you want to take part, no worries. Think about it. This survey is open until the end of April, so you can stop back any time this month.

Thank you for participating and as always, thank you for reading Nancy’s Point!

Why do you read Nancy’s Point and/or other cancer blogs?

What kind of impact has reading cancer blogs had on you?

What type of posts do you appreciate reading the most?

Sign up for news from Nancy’s Point here.

 

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17 thoughts on “Has Reading Cancer Blogs Impacted Your Life & If So, How?

  1. A good idea… Reading others blogs has brought me afar greater understanding if the impact of cancer… It also helps to feel less isolated with your own feelings etc …

    1. Helen, I agree that reading cancer blogs is quite enlightening and it most definitely decreases that feeling of isolation. Thank you for sharing. I hope you fill out the survey.

  2. Hi Nancy,

    Marketing is what I do for a living so I love research. I agree with you that we find a lot of “the answers” through research.

    I will try to find some time soon to participate in the survey.

    I read your blog because it is very engaging. You are an educator and that reflects through your blog. I also like your style of communication as well as the clarity in which you communicate.

    I read other blogs because I am looking to connect and find a community of people with similar interests and experiences – and perhaps similar challenges too, what we hope to find answers for. I like to explore other perspectives because it helps me cope with my own life.

    Before I was diagnosed, I felt fear when reading cancer blogs, so I would eventually stop reading them. I always had an interest about cancer because of my family history. It has become a lot easier to read other cancer blogs, regardless of the stage, because I have walked “the path.” In a strange way, I feel comfort when I read other cancer blogs. Reading about other experiences is a way for me to prepare mentally as well as not to feel alone.

    I also look for validation.

    I love to read posts about things most people wouldn’t dare post about. I enjoy controversial topics. I also appreciate truth.

    I am looking forward to learning about the results for the survey.

    Happy Easter, Nancy!

    1. Rebecca, It sounds like you and I are on the same page about a lot of things. I read blogs for some of the same reasons you gave. I find it comforting, healing and validating. Plus, fellow bloggers and blog readers are some of the most compassionate, articulate and just plain smart people I know. I learn from them every day. Like you, I also appreciate controversial topics and those who dare to speak their truths, even when it’s not easy to do so. Thank you for reading and for you kind words. Thank you for the Happy Easter wishes too. Happy Easter to you as well.

    1. Don, That would be terrific if you write a brief intro and then include a link to my posting in yours. I will have to check out your blog soon. I hope you do the survey and encourage other partners to do the same. Thank you for reading and commenting. I often wonder how many men are out there reading.

  3. What an interesting concept to research. I read blogs to feel connected, knowing I am not alone out there fussing with this messy cancer world helps me.

    1. Mandi, It is an interesting concept. I have no doubt that those who read blogs are impacted in some pretty substantial ways. As you said, a big part of it is finding those connections, which is so important because cancer is indeed very messy.

  4. Hi Nancy,

    I read others’ blogs to feel a sense of community and to learn new things. As you know, having cancer/having had cancer can feel very isolating, so it’s nice to know one is not alone. I’ll be writing a similar type post on this survey, which I took. Nice post, Nancy!

    1. Beth, I read blogs for a lot of reasons, but the main one is all about that sense of community. As Mandi said, cancer is very messy and reading blogs helps with the ‘cleaning up’. Thank you for reading. I look forward to your post.

      1. I agree with Beth completely. What I would add, and I mentioned this in the survey, is that you bloggers, by embedding others’ posts and Facebook sharing others’ posts, have introduced me to a wider community of bloggers and commenters from whom I’ve learned and gained comfort. ~ Kate

        1. Kate, Meeting and getting to know others in the wider community is a wonderful thing. I agree with you completely. Thank you for your thoughts and thank you for taking part in the survey.

  5. Certainly community, how else would I have had the pleasure to call you, and all the wonderful people I’ve met through blogs, good friends. Bittersweet sometimes, but as we cherish the memories of those friends who have died, and know there will be more heartbreak, we celebrate the incredible friendships, love and support… always. xoxo

  6. Great meeting you all here! IMHO, going through many blogs made my life easier. I’ve made many good friends, who I could share my experiences about cancer. I also look at it as a digital support group of sort. Whenever one is feeling down, the group would try to cheer someone up and send in positive vibes to counter her dark thoughts. Cheers! πŸ™‚

    1. Stacey, A digital support group – I like the way you put that. And I agree that reading blogs has made my life easier too. Thank you for sharing.

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