I am so ashamed that I did not finish the A to Z Challenge.  I kept telling myself that I could catch up, but it never happened. I did get to ‘T’, and for that I am proud.  I hope you learned a little about some illnesses of children and a little about me.  This month has been a particularly busy one.  I am finally at the stage of forming my nonprofit organization to name the people for my board.  I am so excited.  This has been my dream for such a long time.  We are looking into the name to make sure there isn’t another business with that same.  It is a perfect name with a concise and to-the-point tagline.  The Mission Statement was the most difficult for me to do.  After about two weeks, it was done.  The group of people who I am bringing together are so special all with a heart to help children with their families.  I would have never believed it would be happening so soon.

The other thing that has happened in the month of April is that I have communicated with some charities that are attempting to make drastic changes in our healthcare system and have reached out to me to offer some of my ideas.  I am not well-versed on how to do Power Point.  It took a while, but I finally figured out how to put the pictures where I wanted them and make bullet points and number the lists.  They are taking some of my suggestions.  I was even sent a notice that there was an opening for a state position as an advocate for people with disabilities.  It was a long application, but I put it in on time.  This will put me and our new nonprofit organization in an excellent place.  It is an appointed seat so I don’t have to be elected.  It would be for two years.  Imagine I will finally be doing exactly what I have always wanted to do.

Now, I am going to return to the weekly challenges that I love to do, plus the Daily Posts.  Thank you all for coming by to see my daily alphabet posts.  I enjoyed seeing the ones that I visited.  I am so impressed by all of you who did such a great job all month and finished.  I say, ‘Good job’ to you!  And I thank you for being patient with me.


This is the first time that I am posting about a milestone, but I am so excited that today I wrote my 200th post on I Am Not Sick Boy!  I want to thank everyone that comes and reads what I have to say about children and their illnesses, the broken healthcare system, the frustrations of the practitioners, and whatever other subject that I find pertinent to this page.  You have all contributed to giving me confidence in my writing ability, my role as an advocate for children, and most of all, you have all been an inspiration to me.  I hope to keep writing and give you more interesting articles as time goes on.  Here it is:


13 Ways to Get More Blog Comments Without Swearing

Read this if you want to increase your viewership!

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Reading an article recently on how to get comments on a blog my eyes bulged out of my head. To my horror such suggestions as ‘curse often’, ‘attack somebody’ and ‘buy comments’ were included as the ‘best ever’ ways to ensure blog comments were acquired.

Is this what blogging is about? This is the best advice available to millions who have a blog?

Call me old fashioned, naive and definitely call me disheartened. In particular to every young blogger who may have done the same internet search I did, this old girl can tell you you don’t need to be a nasty person or pay to have readers give you feedback.

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Below are my top, and might I say gentle, 13 tips for getting more comments on your blog while being a decent human being. The suggestions are based on reading other blogs with pages of comments and on my…

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