Public domain image found on WikipediaSo, I had this brilliant plan to recommit myself to my blog and, in the process, find a direction for my writing. I was going to blog every day for 21 days in a row to make a good, positive writing habit in my life.

What can I say? I lasted five days. I totally forgot on the sixth day, but then remembered on the seventh day. I thought about back-dating a post right then and there, but decided that wasn’t in the “better habit” spirit I was intending this little exercise to be. I decided to start over that day, but then promptly forgot about posting that day and the next and the next. Three days later, I had a “shouldahadav-8” moment, but I was just too ticked at myself to think straight enough to write.

Then, the media started calling.

Ok, it was one “media” and one blogger, but it was on the SAME DAY. That has to mean something, right?

I feel yesterday shall henceforth be known as the day I was discovered.

Aug. 4, 2009. Put it in your calendars: “Rosie Blankenship accidentally made it.” I expect to receive an anniversary card from you next year.

The aforementioned* media representative will be interviewing me tomorrow and my blog will be mentioned in the winter issue of a quarterly magazine published by a prestigious cancer research institute. And despite spending hundreds of thousands of dollars (well, me and my insurance company, that is) at a prestigious cancer research institute, it isn’t MY prestigious cancer research institute. In other words, I did not pay these people to be interested in me. I swear.

In preparation for the absolute flood of new readers I expect after this issue is published, I am once again starting on my 21-day blogging trip. This time, perhaps, I can make it to day 6.

The other person who contacted me yesterday was Dennis Pyritz, author of the blog and survivor of “t-cell prolymphocytic leukemia (T-PLL), a rare aggressive form of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL),” according to his “about” page. He also was a cancer nurse for more than a decade before he was diagnosed with his disease (which is a just-plain-sucky irony). I rarely get a link request that I ever consider, but his blog is totally worth your time. He even has a “how to start your blog” page, which is a great idea! I get asked about that fairly regularly. I think it’s a great tool for people dealing with chronic illnesses or have other life experiences they are willing to share.

Because of these two people touching base with me, I am also now reconsidering a blog redesign. It has been on my mind for a while, but I wanted to get back to the primary work, which was WRITING. So, seeing as I have so totally demonstrated my commitment to my blog by writing for a whole five days straight of my 21-day plan, I think it’s time to add something else to my plate by reworking the look and feel.

Stay tuned. Big things on the horizon at

* After months of dealing with lawyers, I feel I have earned the right to talk like one, which is predominately demonstrated by my use of the word “aforementioned.”

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