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I’m not usually one to toot my own horn, but sometimes you just have to. I’m happy and proud to say that The Perimenopause Blog was nominated and named one of the top menopause blogs of 2015 by Healthline.com.

Some of you may or may not know, but I was a menopause blogger for Healthline for a couple of years. I have a lot of content still active at their site, which, if you are interested in reading any of it, you can find it right here.

A lot of those articles are also posted here at The Perimenopause Blog – just FYI.  In case you didn’t want to go hunting for content over there.

This nomination and award by Healthline is one of many, I’m also proud to say.  My blog has been a top menopause blog and top health blog in 2012, 2013, and 2014 as well.  I realize we’re not talking a Nobel Peace Prize or Academy Award here.  But, blogging is not the easiest job in the world, believe it or not.  And to hang in there for the duration takes some fortitude and focus.

It can, like any other job, feel an awful lot like a slog sometimes, and it takes a tremendous amount of commitment to stay at it, to stay relevant, to keep your content updated, and to stay abreast of the never ending tide of changes in the online blogging world.

So for someone with a little bit of clout to nod my way in recognition of all that I do to keep this blog up and running, is validating and satisfying.  And it makes me very happy.

I Just Wanted Somewhere to Bitch About My Symptoms

When I first started blogging about hormone issues in the early 2,000’s, I knew nothing about perimenopause. Quite a lot like many of you who find your way here in search of input, answers, and just an acknowledgement that you’re not going crazy, and that the symptoms you are experiencing are real.

Even if the medical community doesn’t want to tell you they are.

In those days, I was in my early 40’s, experiencing all of these whack-a-doodle perimenopause symptoms, not understanding what was happening in my body, and wanting someone, anyone, in the medical community to validate my experience, and to help me feel okay.

Suffice it to say that didn’t happen. So I took to the Internet to bitch about it.  In fact, I often affectionately refer to my early blog as my “bitch platform.”  I had no other intentions or motives at the time except to shake my virtual fist at the World Wide Web to release some pressure and frustration.

I had no idea that I would still be doing this 10 years later.

And I Really Just Wanted to Be a Writer When I Grew Up

It has been a journey, however.  My original blogging led me to some Internet online content generating sites (sometimes referred to as “Content Mills”) where I began to hone my writing skills – a craft and occupation I’ve always longed to pursue – for negative dollars.

Really.  When I say “negative dollars” I mean negative.  I made ZERO money writing for years.  In fact, I made less than zero.  I made negative.  But I persevered.

For a couple of years or so, I dabbled in this type of writing and that type of writing.  Then, I began to see there was a huge, gaping hole in the area of women’s health – specifically perimenopause – that someone needed to fill.  Yes, there were (and are) plenty of “official” medical sites, organizations, and institutions which could (and can) be searched and read.

But, there weren’t any websites like mine where you could find researched medical information communicated with a personal voice and personal experience.  And so, The Perimenopause Blog was officially born.

To date, there are a couple of other women out there doing some form of what I’m doing here. But, there’s only one Perimenopause Blog, and I’m proud of that.

Always, Always, Evolving

Like everything in life, things change.  You have to be able to change with it or you become stagnant.  I believe the adage “Adapt or die” is a succinct way to say it.

Never is this more true than when one is aging.

And so, I’m ever mindful that time is marching on, and that I am getting older and further and further away from actual perimenopause.  In fact, one could say that as I approach 60, I’m “post-menopause” (whatever the hell that means).

It’s challenging to keep your experience fresh as a blogger when you’re not even experiencing the symptoms any longer that you’re blogging about.  So, I find myself wondering exactly where The Perimenopause Blog is going to be in a few years, and where I want to take it.

Rest assured, I’m here indefinitely as a blog.  I just realize that in order to stay relevant and competitive, I have to constantly evaluate my mission and vision.  As life changes, I change.  As I change, this blog is bound to change as well.

While I’m figuring that out, however, I will continue to do what I’ve done to date: put the best content out there that I can which is straight forward and informative.

And I also want to thank all of you for continuing to read this site and leaving your comments.  Thank you also to Healthline.com for recognizing The Perimenopause Blog again as a top menopause blog in 2015.

This is truly a labor of love for me.

 

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