Are you wondering how to spread the word? It’s easy to look at all of the information here and start to wonder how to put it into a simple post or paragraph to share with others. We have some sample below.
Social Network Information
A “cause” on Facebook is something that you believe in. You join it to show your support and then invite your friends to do so as well. As of April we had over 1000 members, many of them without illnesses–but friends of those who do have illness. It’s an easy way for friends and family members to be involved. We send out periodic emails to this group. Please join!
If you are on Facebook you can connect with other “fans” of Invisible Illness Week.
Become Lisa’s “Friend” on Facebook
If you want to keep up with everything Lisa is doing, including organizing Invisible Illness Week visit her web site and request to “become a friend.”
If you are on MySpace be sure to “become a friend” over here at our Invisible Illness Week MySpace site. We use this as a tool to connect with people at MySpace who have health issues.
Feel free to copy these and then PERSONALIZE them before posting them.
We don’t want anyone to feel like they are getting a “form letter” from us, but many of you have written us to ask for tips on what to say.
Plus, if Google sees the same sentences floating around the internet, they will bump us out of their ranks too. But this is a good starting place.
- COMMENT TO A BLOGGER WHO BLOGS ABOUT ILLNESS ISSUES
- EMAIL TO A BLOGGER WHO BLOGS ABOUT ILLNESS ISSUES
- POSTS FOR YOUR FORUM/MESSAGE BOARDS, SOCIAL NETWORKS, ETC.
- BLURBS FOR YOUR EZINE NEWSLETTER
- Public Service Announcements for Invisible Illness Awareness Week – Secular Stations
- Public Service Announcements for Invisible Illness Awareness Week – Christians Stations
COMMENT TO A BLOGGER WHO BLOGS ABOUT ILLNESS ISSUES
(Note, we recommend emailing bloggers rather than posting on their blog itself so it doesn’t look like you are “pitching” II week so blatantly. If you cannot find an email for them, then post this which includes the sentence about not being able to find their email address)
Thank you so much for your blog and posts on chronic illness. I’ve enjoyed reading some of your posts and thought you may be interested in National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week, which is September 14-20, 2009. The theme this year is “[coming soon].”
I have a blog/web site at ____________ and live with [illness]. I think Invisible Illness Week is important because _____________.
I tried to locate an email to contact you personally, but wasn’t able to find one, so I apologize for posting this directly to your blog.
You will find loads of information about Invisible Illness Week o the web sites: www.invisibleillness.com is the main web site, with daily updates and guest bloggers at www.invisibleillnessblog.com . They have facts/statistics, articles, and some great products from cute t-shirts to white silicone bracelets that say, “Invisible Illnes – Visible Hope.”
The 2 most important things to know about are that they will be having 20 seminars on invisible illness topics for free on Blog Talk Radio, Sept 14-18th. And that they are hoping to get as many people blogging about invisible illness issues on Sept 8th. There is even an ”I’m blogging for Invisible Illness Week” badge on your blog.
I hope you will consider joining our efforts.
Again, thank you so much for bringing awareness to living with chronic illness through your web site.
[YOUR WEB SITE/EMAIL IF YOU WANT]
EMAIL A BLOGGER WHO BLOGS ABOUT ILLNESS ISSUES
Same as above but take the line out that says, “I tried to locate an email to contact you personally, but wasn’t able to find one, so I apologize for posting this directly to your blog.”
POSTS FOR YOUR FORUM/MESSAGE BOARDS, SOCIAL NETWORKS, ETC.
Hey, friends, I just wanted to make sure everyone knows about National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week, which is September 14-20, 2009. There are daily articles right now, tons of prizes they are giving away, and best of all, seminars during the whole week. It kicks off Sept 14th where they are asking anyone who can to write or blog about invisible illness issues (there is a badge for your web site if you want to show your support.) And then there will be 4 seminars a day M-F, featured on Blog Talk Radio. You can find out more at www.invisibleillness.com . Hope you will join me. I think it’s important that we speak up about it because _______________.
BLURBS FOR YOUR EZINE NEWSLETTER
Have you heard about National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week? September 14-20, 2009 will feature 20 seminars via Blog Talk Radio, (4 per day, M-F) plus tons of people are helping spread the word by blogging about invisible illness issues. Do you get tired of hearing, “But you look so good?” or sick of the stares when you park in a handicapped spot? This is our chance to educate the public as well as remember we are not alone. Nearly 1 in 2 people in the USA live with an illness and 96% of it is invisible.
So join the cause today! They have daily guest bloggers at www.invisibleillnessblog.com, lots or prizes, articles, and it’s a great way to make some new friends and attend a conference without ever leaving your home. The main web site is: www.invisibleillness.com .