Spotlight on: Peggy Rowland
Blogging at: b5media since February 2008, currently blogging at Lively Women
Occupation:Freelance Writer after leaving a career in advertising.
“I think that responsibly written health blogs can be a very valuable resource for those searching for input from someone who’s been there or someone who’s willing to talk with experts and do the research.”
What made you decide to start writing for Lively Women?
I’ve had a love affair with health issues for a long time. Even though I don’t work in a health field, I’ve always been interested in learning as much as I can because I think it’s empowering. I’ve found that writing about my own experiences inspires readers who’ve gone through a similar experience. It’s always nice to know you’re not alone. Having personal examples to share also warms up what can be technical information.
I recognized the importance of effectively writing about health several years ago when I wrote copy for a website that explained the Gamma Knife procedure to patients. I was so happy that I could research a topic and write about it in a manner that would inform patients, but also allow them to feel comfortable and know what to expect.
Being a Health Activist means: being honest with readers and sharing information I believe will enrich lives. I read the latest health studies, but only share the ones that I believe most women will find useful. Sure, I’ll slip in some “fun” posts, but my main objective in writing about health is to help.
As a Health Activist, where else are you active? Twitter
, Facebook and I use both StumbleUpon and Digg.
Do you have an opinion about the recent integration of b5Media and Blisstree? Blisstree
(and other b5media websites like Bizzia
) bring lots of great bloggers together at one domain. I think it’s going to be a great user experience for readers and also bring more exposure to writers. I’m hoping that the wonderful community from Lively Women
won’t be lost in the transfer to Blisstree.
Do your personal health issues ever come up in posts on Lively Women?
The most difficult personal health issue I’ve been faced with is severe endometriosis that wasn’t diagnosed until I was 28 years old. I’ve touched on the topic in a series of posts about continuous birth control pill use and a couple of posts on Lupron Depot
. I’m passionate about the topic because I know that women aren’t always offered the best treatment options; I’m living proof that you can receive perfect annual exams for years, but still be affected by this life-changing disease. It certainly is confusing!
People should add Lively Women to their feed reader
: for honest writing, helpful information and hopefully some entertainment as well.
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