Awesome Comments


In the past year, several comments have been left in my spam folder about how visually stunning my site looks.  🙂  While I appreciate the sentiment, my blog has also gotten slammed with spam comments in that same year.  Most of them, genuinely are spam with many, many links.  If your comment didn’t show up immediately or at all, it was waiting in moderation or the spam folder.  In trying to resolve the issue, I thought I would summarize a blog post by Mack Collier on “How to write great blog comments“:

  1. Add something to the conversation.  Go beyond “wow, great post” and attempt to continue the conversation.
  2. Comment early.
  3. Don’t over-promote yourself.  @garyvee says that the only link you are ever allowed to share in a comment is the link you get in your name that’s hyperlinked back to your blog/site.  Remember that you aren’t leaving the comment to promote yourself, you are trying to create value for the blog by adding to the conversation. If you’ve done your job, you’ll get promotion as an indirect result of your efforts.
  4. You can disagree, without being disagreeable.  In fact I will respect your for challenging my points of view.  However, do not attack the people presenting alternative points of view.
  5. Ask questions.  This helps extend the conversation as well as present opportunities for presenting alternative view points.
  6. Know why you are commenting.  As with most everything else in social media, blog comments work best as a way to INdirectly promote yourself. Write a comment that others find value in, and that encourages others to check out your blog, follow you on Twitter, etc.

If you follow these techniques, then my spam checker will definitely know that your comment is not meant for the spam folder.

d&r

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Study finds a new culprit for epileptic seizures – MIT News Office


New Culprit for Epileptic Seizures

The link attached talks about in detail the discovery that some seizures arise in glial cells.   The article also discusses how this could offer new targets for epilepsy treatment.  Congratulations to MIT for this discovery.

Study finds a new culprit for epileptic seizures – MIT News Office.

Personally, I can’t help but feel hope for the future when articles like these come out.  However, feel free to post your thoughts.

My Stress Seizure Trigger


What is a seizure trigger?

Seizure triggers are any factors that may precipitate a seizure.  Some people may find that seizures occur in a pattern or are more likely to occur in certain situations. Sometimes these connections are just by chance, but other times it is not. Keeping track of your seizure triggers can help you recognize when a seizure may be coming. You can then be prepared and learn how to lessen the chance that a seizure may occur during this time.

Common Seizure Triggers

Some people will notice one or two triggers very easily, for example their seizures may occur only during sleep or when waking up.  According to epilepsy.com, the following are some common seizure triggers:

  • Specific time of day or night
  • Sleep deprivation – overtired or not sleeping well
  • At times of fevers or other illnesses
  • Flashing bright lights
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Stress
  • Hormonal changes
  • Not eating well, low blood sugar
  • Specific foods, excess caffeine or other products that may aggravate seizures
  • Use of certain medications

As for myself, I have a tendency to have most of my seizures in the extreme early hours of the morning (like 2am or so).  I will also have more seizures if under a lot of stress, not eating well, or sleep deprived.

I compensate by practicing stress management techniques such as meditation or yoga.  When my stress levels increase, then I schedule more time for meditation or yoga.  This method has been very successful for me.  I practice my stress management techniques while taking my medicine regularly.

My First Epilepsy Poll


Epilepsy is more common than many people think. According to the Epilepsy Foundation:

  • Epilepsy and seizures affect nearly 3 million Americans of all ages.
  • Approximately 200,000 new cases of seizures and epilepsy occur each year.
  • Ten percent of the American population will experience a seizure in their lifetime.
  • Incidence is highest under the age of 2 and over 65.
  • Incidence is greater in African American and socially disadvantaged populations.
  • Trends show decreased incidence in children; increased incidence in the elderly.
  • In 70 percent of new cases, no cause is apparent.

Do you know someone who has epilepsy?   Fill out the poll!