Day 4 – Identify My Audience

The assignment for day 4 publish a post you’d like your ideal audience member to read, and include a new-to-you element in it.  So let’s get started!

My audience includes epilepsy patients, other patients who have other chronic illnesses, and anybody who wants to learn more about epilepsy.  I like to learn more about the condition through other people’s stories.  Hopefully some of the resources that I have posted will be useful to others.

Let’s say someone around you on the street or in the office is having a seizure.  How do you know if you should call an ambulance?  You want to do the right thing, but you are not sure what that is.  I found the infographic below on Pinterest.  It is an extremely helpful pin that describes when you should call an ambulance:

Day One – Introducing Myself

In my last post, July in Blogging U: Blogging 101 and 201, I talked about how I signed up for Blogging 101 in Blogging U.  This is in response to my first assignment: introduce myself to the world.

Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?

I have had epilepsy for over 20 years.  Many people who do not have the condition have misguided ideas on what to do or how to do when faced with an issue with a person who has epilepsy.  (I do not pretend to have all the answers, because I am a patient and not a doctor.)   I find writing the blog posts to be very therapeutic.  I feel a sense of accomplishment knowing that in some small way I may have helped educate someone else out there about epilepsy.

What topics do you think you’ll write about?

Some of my blog posts will include helpful resources and coping strategies that I have found.  I try to make sure the resources are genuine and are backed by either the Epilepsy Foundation, CURE, or some other epilepsy related non-profit.

The rest of the blog posts will include experiences from my personal life.  Often, patients learn a lot from each other.  Writing about your difficulties is not only therapeutic, but sometimes followers sometimes give good suggestions on how to solve your problem.

Who would you love to connect with via your blog?

I have three main categories of people that I would love to connect with:

  • fellow patients with epilepsy
  • fellow sufferers of chronic conditions – others with chronic illnesses or invisible illnesses would relate to some of the topics that I talk about.
  • various nonprofits that support patients of chronic conditions

If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

Throughout the next year, I hope to have the following accomplished:

  • make more connections
  • increase the number of followers
  • strong strategy for social media
  • improve blogging and writing techniques

What do I do? Someone is having a tonic-clonic seizure!

Not knowing what to do if someone else is having a tonic-clonic seizure can be scary.  Knowledge is power!  These videos were not created by myself, but are courtesy of the epilepsy therapy project.   They help illustrate what to do if you see someone having a tonic-clonic seizure.   They also help illustrate what you should do immediately after the seizure.

Disclaimer:  This video does show someone actually having a tonic-clonic seizure.



Convulsive Seizure First Aid

Convulsive Seizure First Aid

Knowledge is power!  Do you know what to do when someone you know is having a convulsive, generalized tonic-clonic, or grand mal seizure?  (Disclaimer:  this photo was created by the epilepsy foundation and not myself.)  If the text is too tiny to read, you can click on the image.  A new window should appear with a full-size view of the picture below.