11 January, 2012 at 5:13 pm #6114
World domination has always been the stated aim of ShootUp, with an active sideline in the whole diabetes thing.
We have great bunch of readers and lurkers, but we want more. There are too many people out there without access to decent diabetes based humour and poorly written blog posts.
This is where you lot come in. Have you any ideas how we can spread the word about ShootUp to the unfortunate souls who know nothing of the despond and despair we offer?
How did you find us? How else could we have got at you if we didn’t get you that way? Any ideas on how we could spread the word more widely?
11 January, 2012 at 8:54 pm #9363
One of the top search strings that people use to find the site is “king charles spaniel” (that’s what Neville is, after all) and it brings us quite a lot of traffic. So I think fewer posts about diabetes and more about dogs! Yay!
11 January, 2012 at 8:57 pm #9364
Another question to add to Alison’s is do you want us to be on any other social media sites? We do Facebook and (grudgingly) twitter but what about the others?
12 January, 2012 at 12:55 am #9366
Hmmm… well, I could do a thread on Lola the labradoodle alert dog for diabetes. that would cover 3 subjects. If you can publish a picture it would be easier – i did one somewhere on here but it wasn’t easy – it didn’t show up on the thread I don’t think.
I THINK I found my way by reading about you on the Diabetes UK site.
What about sending a letter to Balance? And to IDDT? Both are well read magazines. People who read and are interested about their condition are the most likely candidates.
Send a photocopy-able leaflet to every head diabetes nurse in the UK? Our clinic has loads of leaflets. Some nurses may just throw it away, some will photocopy it and put it in the leaflet displayers.
12 January, 2012 at 12:57 am #9367
By the way, this grey is deadly dull. I almost fell asleep half way through my post. If you don’t want your hard won fans to leave and thus deplete your membership, I suggest a little colour. Tim. TIM? Are you listening? Purple would be nice. And some pictures of frogs.
12 January, 2012 at 8:33 am #9368
Frogs are good. And hedgehogs.
12 January, 2012 at 8:34 am #9369
(Seriously? I’m supposed to take this seriously? Come on.)
12 January, 2012 at 8:43 am #9371
13 January, 2012 at 3:17 pm #9382
Walk and talk – you know my mail address!
13 January, 2012 at 4:04 pm #9383
Whilst grey is not great purple is a horrible colour.
I did get a plug into the last Balance but to be honest it would need a full page article and then some to generate any visitors under the age of 78.
Unfortunately for you Tim I think Twitter is the future. Just follow as many diabetics from around the world as you can. And also change your description to include a bit about the forum and how it’s a more light-hearted forum. As you know traffic generates traffic and getting a few of the big hitting DOCers to recommend will do wonders to improve the flow.
13 January, 2012 at 4:05 pm #9384
Oh and maybe update the monthly poll monthly instead of seasonally
13 January, 2012 at 7:24 pm #9385
@seasiderdave – Yeah, I know what you mean; but I don’t neccessarily want to focus on getting other diabetic bloggers reading and commenting (of course, they are more than welcome to!). We want normal, relatively literate diabetics who don’t normally frequent websites. So maybe Balance, etc., is the way forward. Who knows?
And what’s wrong with grey! I like it!
13 January, 2012 at 7:24 pm #9386
And as for the poll – please feel free to suggest new poll options! I’ll be damned if I can think of any at the minute
13 January, 2012 at 8:16 pm #9387
Balance sounds like it would be best then. Maybe renaming DUK as your 1st favourite diabetes charity might improve the chances.
Hey, you pay for the hosting; pick whichever you want.
I’ll have a think about the poll. If not maybe we could pick our favourite Polish person?
13 January, 2012 at 8:42 pm #9389
I joined after reading Tim and Alison’s post in the Abbott mag. Thank god I did didn’t like DUK some pretty scary opinionated people, far too serious! Having just joined I find Twitter a waste of my time can’t be bothered.
Web site — Grey is peaceful/calm and doesn’t cause any adverse problems if reading whilst hypo ing. As said before “Less is More” Do you really want to attract “other”pancreatically challenged people ????
13 January, 2012 at 9:53 pm #9390
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14 January, 2012 at 11:50 pm #9399
Recipe for success:
1 cup – Contentious articles
5 cups – Funny articles
4 cups – Pertinent gripes (aired)
Sprinkle of Witty comments
Beat the above over the head of anyone who will listen. Drape with a naked man and a naked woman and post on the internet, advertise everywhere people go to eat interesting stuff.
15 January, 2012 at 12:34 pm #9400
Re Balance being the key to getting millions of people onto ShootUp – we’ve been mentioned in it twice and the impact has been barely noticable.
Perhaps Lizz’s naked man and woman are the answer. Any volunteers?
17 January, 2012 at 12:11 pm #9423
When do we expect there to be a fully closed CGM/Pump loop that can intelligently handle BG movements?
10 yr (the cure is always ten years away)
it doesn’t matter when as NICE won’t approve it for funding
17 January, 2012 at 1:12 pm #9424
17 January, 2012 at 1:16 pm #9425
Arse! I’ll get my thinking cap back out of the wardrobe.
19 January, 2012 at 6:21 am #9431
I’m always shocked by the number of Diabetics who have never heard of Diabetes UK. So I don’t expect a website to be any different.
When I did Dafnee admittedly near 5 years ago now, of the 20ish people doing it, 50% had never heard of DUK and only 2 where actually members (and I’m only a member because my Mum and Dad made me a life member as a child)
The Issue I suspect is that in the UK most people don’t do there own research on there health, and blindly trust there doctor. Let alone get involved and discuss it.
Its all part of the same issue.
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