Blogging: an antidote for dementia

Loneliness-quote-by-mother-teresaOn Wednesday 28 May, 2014, my blog had it’s highest daily activity with 2,438 views and 1919 visitors. The stats page breaks it down further, saying it had 1.27 views per visitor. I’m not sure I know what the difference is between views and visitors, or what that last figure means either, but does that even matter?! The blog that day was titled 17 Things not to do or say to a person with dementia and evolved into an updated list of 20 things not to do or say to a person with dementia.

I’ve been blogging almost daily since 2 September 2011 having published 1,131 blogs, and for a year it was  twice daily with a kitchen chat and recipe in 2012. That chat evolved into a new blog In The Kitchen where I now add a new recipe most weekends. Blogging is definitely a creative activity, and makes me think and use my brain a lot, works on neuroplasticity, it has become my memory bank, and a sometimes very busy chat between others. Thanks to Julie and Julia, my niece Nicole and Sally Parnis for leading me to blogging!

Blogging has also increased my sense of being wanted and my well being and it is something I now love to do, so thanks to you the three above for inspiring me to start blogging, and to all of my readers who inspire me to keep going! It is truly a wonderful antidote for living with dementia, and as more people with dementia start blogging around the world, we also get to have our voices heard and in our own ways, help to change our own futures.

16 thoughts on “Blogging: an antidote for dementia

  1. Kate – thank YOU for having a place for us to come onlline and read some thoughts of someone else with a ‘diagnosis’. It’s important for those of us that have become rather housebound – it’s a way for us to be connected to others.

    You said (above)

    “On Wednesday 28 May, 2014, my blog had it’s highest daily activity with 2,438 views and 1919 visitors. The stats page breaks it down further, saying it had 1.27 views per visitor. I’m not sure I know what the difference is between views and visitors, or what that last figure means either, but does that even matter?!”

    What it means is that some of the people that visited that day read through more than 1 page of your site. So, for example, they read your latest blog post and then wwent to other page(s) on your site. Not everyone did this, and some might have gone to more than 2 pages, but altogether, you had 2,438 page views over the space of 1,919 visitors. Know what I mean? 🙂

  2. Hi Kate,
    been following your blog for some time now but never posted before. I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to do it and say how much I enjoy your often very thought provoking messages.
    Carol

  3. I couldn’t have put it better myself Kate – yours was the first blog I was directed to when I first started to blog my journey 3 weeks ago – the bench mark you set is very high (and something I can only dream of emulating!) but the sentiments are the same the world over. The numbers don’t matter – if just one person logs onto our blogs each week and discovers an awareness of living with dementia for the first time and then passes it on to others, then I’m more than happy. Multiply that many times over for all the people around the world who, like ourselves are living positively with dementia, and sharing their journeys online – well, I think we’re doing a pretty good job of spreading the word and bringing about a change in attitude.

  4. Best thing you ever did Kate! I hope you promote blogging at Dementia meetings whenever you go. It really is an amazing way to be the mind activated! Congrats my friend. Sending love your way…VK xxoo

    • I started with one (my dear husband), and in the second month had 16 followers… the thing is, to start. And also, quantity it irrelevant if it is your authentic voice. I never (most of the time) care what people think about what I write, as it is not a research site, it a blog ostly about how I feel living with dementia… onwards and upwards, together through the ever increasing fog, we can make a difference.

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