Today is Day 16 of #HAWMC (WEGO’s Health Activist Writers Monthly Challenge). The prompt today is:
What advice do you have for health activists just starting out?
Share your words of wisdom for all the health activist rookies out there!
I guess my biggest piece of advice would be to just get started. Just jump in and start. I’ve been blogging for years, yet I feel like I’m just getting started. I always feel like I’m just getting started, perhaps because I do little more than blog. Recently I started my facebook page, and I’ve started being active on Twitter. I’ve searched out others who posts about Meneire’s Disease, migraines, bipolar, chronic illness and pain in general. I’m learning so much!
I can’t do a lot of the things I’d like to do as a health activist. I’d love to be able to be a voice in person, to speak, to go to conferences, to be more involved. But alas, I can’t. I may try more in the future, but I’ll admit at this point in time I’m too afraid to try much more than I’ve been doing. It has been very rewarding though to get to know so many people who not only understand what it’s like to go thorough the same things I do, but are able to put a voice to it.
My recommendation for starting out to be a good activist. Start slow. Don’t bite off more than you can chew all at once, you will get burned out way too fast. Focus on one thing at first then move on to the next. If you blog, make sure to blog on a regular basis. No mater what form of social media you like, be sure to stick with it. Post often. Make contacts. Believe in what you are doing. Care. I guess that’s the biggest thing, that’s what will keep you going, you must care.
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