TuDiabetes played a key role in a major transition I went through just over three years ago. Based on reading many contentious low-carb threads here and faced with a new diabetes complication diagnosis, I decided to radically change my way of eating. I also started a daily exercise program. Ideas from the TuD flatliner's club and the Taggers United group enabled me to make breakthrough gains.
Over the last three years I've learned that my experience is not always helpful to others. I realise that reading about successful tactics can look like an emotional desert to some readers and technical/math complication to others. I know we are not all alike. I am excited about the technical and math does not turn me off.
I've made a deliberate effort over this time to try to provide more of the emotional, pat on the back, cheering on like a coach support. But my bias to my particular personal perspective probably comes out quickly in anything I post. I do not apologize for this. Part of participating in a community is the exposure to different facets of the truth. I try to really understand where others are coming from and resist pushing back only for the sake of argument.
On the other hand, if this site turned into a confict free zone, I would not like it. Respectful disagreement can sometimes teach and illuminate in ways not otherwise available.
I'm on this site almost everyday. I don't always comment but I read many of the threads. If I'm irritated by a comment, I try to let some time pass before responding. I've written many reponses that I simply deleted before posting.
Written communication is a medium with both strong and weak aspects. The beauty of it is that no one interrupts you. You may carefully consider your words and edit until it at least gets closer to your intent. I think people could become better writers if they just slowed down and thought about their words before hitting the reply button. I know writing is an art and none of us has perected it. But I see so many key descriptive details left out and sometimes these details are incorrectly filled in by the reader and needless conflict ensues.
I don't really like the short form twitter and text style writing because I think short form done well actually takes more time than a longer form of writing. I know there is a niche for twitter but it reminds me sometimes of conversations in a loud pick-up bar when I was in my early 20s. Short, clipped, and witty rejoinders were the most successful. That doesn't play to my strengths.
I've rambled on for a while. I just wanted to cover some things about human psychology that will not change as we try to restore some of what we lost. I'd be happy to participate in many of the suggestions made to evolve into TuD 2.0.