Support - One of four blessing this holiday season -

- One of four blessing this holiday season -

Today is the fourth of four blogs that I am writing about the blessings that we share as members of The first three blessings I explored were Community, Bounty, and Friendship. Today’s blog is really the culmination of all three of the previous blogs. Support is a self-selection, self-identified practice. When people need help or advice, they seek support. They never seek it out unless it is needed and when it is needed it is needed immediately. I believe no site does support better than Support is one of our true blessings this holiday season.


Support means:


“to undergo or endure, especially with patience or submission; tolerate.
to sustain (a person, the mind, spirits, courage, etc.) under trial or affliction: They supported him throughout his ordeal” ("Support," 2013).


So how are some of the ways that we support each other? Obviously the discussion board, blogs, welcomes, and birthday wishes, and the online chat. It seems simple to ask a question and suddenly you have a dozen answers, but not about what to do, rather what worked for the responder. In chat the responses are instantaneous, in discussion they can be a bit more delayed and in a blog situation, it can be a bit longer response. Are these methods effective?


In the case of chat it is fairly easy prove its utility for support. “Chat is based on the premise that tools are integral to cognition and therefore of any form of literacy, scientific literacy included” (Vygotsky and Roth as referenced by Eijck & Roth, 2007, p. 239). Obviously this quote is directed at scientific learning but it is descriptive of how we in this community learn. And it describes how we specifically learn in chat. Someone posts an idea or question and members respond to it, again not in the form of teachers, but more importantly as people who have dealt with and found a way to live with the results of the question being asked.


The second opinion setting area of our online site is the blogosphere. Obviously I participate in that blogosphere, and I hope that what I write shapes opinion. That is what my blogs and others are meant to do. This fact is recognized by academic writers including Maratea who wrote “the emergence of the blogosphere as an Internet-based claims-making arena may profoundly affect the process of social problems construction”(Maratea, 2008, p. 139). Of course its effectiveness is so profound that commercial interests are using the blog space to directly or indirectly promote products or services. Promotion in this way proves the effectiveness of blogs. If you read our bogs, one thing you will notice is that few companies enter our blog space. The reason is our well thought out and well enforced anti-spam policies. For a blogger such as myself, that policy is blessing enough. An individual blogger cannot hope to compete with the commercial bloggers who swamp the blog space on other less well sustained communities.


Regardless of how the material is presented it is the users that make or break a web site. Your contributions, responses and questions are what keep all of our web site operating. It is your contributions that keep this site in business. Without questions, we do not have content, without content we do not have blogs and chat and discussions. It is a remarkable blessing and it is so wonderful to share it with the 31,000 other members who inhabit this space.


So the final blessing is you, the user. It is you who I share this space with that are the true blessing. I hope you continue to support, love and care for our mutual area. It is special because you make it special and that is our mutual blessing. Thank you for you the user. It is a special space.


I will not blog regularly again until after the first of the year. I have some ideas for the New Year and over the next week I will be keeping a list of blog ideas. I look forward to getting restarted after a small break. Take care celebrate safely and stay healthy.



Eijck, M. v., & Roth, W.-M. (2007). Rethinking the Role of Information Technology-Based Research Tools in Students' Development of Scientific Literacy. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 16(3), 225-238. doi: 10.2307/40186776

Maratea, R. (2008). The e-Rise and Fall of Social Problems: The Blogosphere as a Public Arena. Social Problems, 55(1), 139-160. doi: 10.1525/sp.2008.55.1.139

Support. (2013). Retrieved from website:




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Comment by Marie B on December 19, 2013 at 10:34am

I totally agree Rick. When I stumbled onto TuDiabetes about 6 years ago, I needed some serious support. I was immediately surrounded by the community. I never had any diabetes support in 40+ years, and it was almost overwhelming to me to find so many kind and intelligent folks who understood exactly what I was talking about, and could give me ideas and possible solutions to my problems. It wasn't long before I felt like one of the family, and wanted to show my gratitude by helping others here, as I was helped.

Have a nice holiday rest Rick, we love your unique perspective on things here! looking forward to many more.

Comment by Doris D on December 19, 2013 at 11:46am

the support here is great!!!
yet another good blog rick

Comment by jrtpup on December 19, 2013 at 12:48pm
Rick, yet again, right on! Thank you ;)
Comment by jrtpup on December 19, 2013 at 12:48pm
Rick, yet again, right on! Thank you ;)
Comment by shoshana27 on December 19, 2013 at 6:15pm

thank you , rick , for thanking us.
stay well, get well,
happy & healthy new year to all of us.
we are family.

Comment by Pastelpainter on December 19, 2013 at 10:37pm

I so enjoy your blog entries, you have a definite gift as a writer. Have a Happy Christmas and my best wishes for the New Year. Maureen

Comment by Mom of a Winner on December 20, 2013 at 8:27am

I always enjoy reading your posts/blogs. They are beautifully expressed and helpful. Merry CHristmas.

Comment by GinaY on December 26, 2013 at 12:17pm

Diabetes SUCKS! Rick is cool. TuD(and my dogs) KEEP ME GOING when I just want to give up.


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