Nominated For Patient Leader WEGO Health Award

Hi everyone. Here’s some exciting news for me to share:

I am thrilled to announce the nominations for the WEGO Health Awards
have officially opened! As a member of the Patient Leader Network, I could not be more
excited for the chance to celebrate the online health community as a whole.

#WEGO Health is a mission-driven company that connects the healthcare industry with the
experience, skills, and insights of Patient Leaders. They are the world’s largest network of
Patient Leaders, working across virtually all health conditions and topics.

The WEGO Health Awards were created to celebrate those who tirelessly support the mission of WEGO Health: to empower the patient voice. With 16 award categories, the WEGO Health Awards are the only awards across all conditions and platforms, that recognize the over 100,000 Patient Leaders who are an inspiration to all of us. These amazing Patient Leaders raise awareness, share information, and support their communities – and, often without recognition.

So, if I’ve ever given you support, resources, or any kind of assistance that helped you in your own journey, please consider nominating me for a WEGO Health Award. Winning this award
will increase my visibility and validate my efforts to raise awareness within our community with the ultimate goal of having a positive impact on the state of healthcare.

Kindly take a moment and visit this page to nominate me yourself for this prestigious award:
WEGO Health Awards Nomination .

Thank you!

Happy 2017 Everyone! Calling All Readers! Help!

Happy 2017 to all of my readers! Thanks for taking the time to stop by and take a look around. Hoping this year will bring each and every one of you an abundance in every area of your life.

On a short note…this site has been around for nine years (you read that correctly. 🙂 ) Since this site is solely operated by myself, it can be difficult coming up with fresh ideas. Hence..I am turning to you!My readers have always come through before and I am confident you will this time. 🙂

Do you – one of my valued readers – have any suggestions for article topics? Are you dealing with a situation that could use some outside insight? Let me know!!

I promise to take all suggestions under consideration. This is already one of the most popular blogs online, let’s make it even better!

Feel free to contact me at booktoots35@gmail with your suggestions. You can also simply leave a comment below. Whatever floats your boat works.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns. The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Sharing A Proud Accomplishment

I just found out that this site is listed as one of the best knee replacement blogs on the Internet. How nice is that? I’m very grateful to everyone who helped this site reach this amazing level. Thank you everyone…

The Best Knee Replacement Blogs of 2013

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Thanking My 190,000 Visitors

Well, it is happening again. The time has come to give another simple thanks to everyone who has visited my site. Those of you who visited, read, commented and shared my site has resulted in a viewership of over 190,000 people.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. It couldn’t happen without you and your sharing. 🙂

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Butter V Margarine?

Butter Versus Margarine? Apparently there’s a huge debate going on about this throughout the Internet and real worlds. It’s been discussed for so long, I felt it appropriate to write about it.

I just posted a new article about this topic to my natural living site titled My Unique Cookery. Kindly visit the site, by clicking on the link located on the lower right-hand site of this page. Don’t ask me why the link doesn’t show up in this post. 😕

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Insight into Product Reviews

Many websites, including blogs, have a section on product reviews. Many turn to these product reviews before deciding if the product is worth their hard earned money. Do an online search for product reviews and a listing of sites appear. How do you decide? Here’s some insight that may help you…

Some of the product reviews are paid for. And, the job posting will state that the writer does not need to have any experience with the product. Just follow the word count and do some research into the product, and write the review.

This is true. How do I know? First-hand experience, that’s how. Many a writing assignments have been sent my way with just those descriptions I mentioned in the previous paragraph.

So…before opening your pocketbook and relying upon those online product reviews..think first. What good is a product review if it is written by someone who has never even seen the product, let alone use it?

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Hire Me Clarification

Hello everyone,
It appears I need to clarify something here. When I say “hire me”….I don’t mean for free. Spare me.

Don’t contact me if you have a great way to make a million bucks in one hour. Or, don’t contact me if you want to pay me $1 for a 500 word article. Spare me.

Also, I am not customer support for WordPress. As much as I like to help my readers, I am not a customer service representative. Any questions you have about WordPress need to be directed to them. They have an excellent customer support center. I know because I have dealt with them. They reply very promptly and provide thoroughly useful information – much better than I could provide.

Thanks for listening and have a great day! 🙂

Is Copyrighting A Good Idea?

My business school background pounded it into my head the importance of copyrighting one’s work. Now, there is a train of thought that copyrighting is not a good idea. It is said to hinder the author in a variety of ways. Hmm…

I find this very interesting since I have seen my blog posts/articles being picked up across the Internet and placed onto others’ websites. And, some of these sites are making money off of my work. It does not settle right, on the one hand. However, on the other hand, it is nice to see my work on sites located in Australia, etc. (I am in the United States). My exposure has increased, as has my readership.

Regarding the topic of copyrighting, here is a portion of an excellent article written by Leo Babuta, author of Zen Habits and Write To Done. (Write To Done is his blog about writing). He is a firm advocate of not copyrighting. (Visit his website at (Copy and paste link…) ENJOY!!

The Culture of Sharing: Why Releasing Copyright Will Be the Smartest Thing You Do

Recently I stirred up a roar of controversy with a post at Zen Habits: Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway (or, The Privatization of the English Language). I had no idea the post would bring out such strong reactions in people, but I feel very strongly about freedom of speech and allowing ideas to be freely circulated.

And while I was a bit dismayed at some of the anger that was aimed at author Susan Jeffers (a number of people posted angry reviews for her book on Amazon), what did give me hope was that people made it clear that they have strong feelings about the issue.

A large number of us want people to be able to share ideas and communicate freely, without legal restrictions. And I’d go even further: we like it when creative people freely share their work with us, and allow us to use their work (or derivatives of it) in our own work.

This is the Culture of Sharing that is growing on the Internet. It has a long history, even pre-dating the Internet, but in recent years it seems to be blooming nicely. Open-sourced software is a great example: people collaborate to create code that can be used by others — it can be used freely as software, but more importantly others can use the code in their own software projects, or take the code and improve upon it. Everyone wins — the users of the software, the programmers who are able to use open-sourced code, and even the original programmers, who receive recognition for their work and the knowledge that they’ve contributed to something good. Microsoft and the other companies that use their might to protect their code are suddenly made much less powerful by open-sourced projects like Firefox, OpenOffice, GIMP and the like.

Now extend this concept to writers and other artists — musicians, photographers, painters, filmmakers, etc. — and see how powerful the Culture of Sharing can be. All of a sudden, copyrights become barriers to creativity, and sharing becomes a way to contribute to the overall creative community, and to the world in general.

Last year I uncopyrighted my blog, Zen Habits, and my ebook, Zen To Done, and it was one of the best things I’ve ever done. People have used my articles in blogs, newsletters, magazines, ebooks, books and more. And yes, they’ve made profits off me without me getting any of that money … but at the same time, I’ve benefitted: my ideas have spread, my name and brand have spread, and my readership has grown and grown. Since I Uncopyrighted the blog, it has grown from about 30K subscribers to 113K. You can Uncopyright your blog, your ebooks, and even your print books. And I can almost guarantee you: it’ll be the best thing you can do as a writer.

The Old Model, and Why It’s Wrong
People who are used to the traditional model of copyrights will be alarmed and perhaps even angered by this article. They’ve been taught that copyrights actually protect the rights of artists, and in doing so actually encourage creativity. After all, if an artist doesn’t have copyright, he can’t make a living, and what would his motivation be to create anything then?
This logic is plain wrong.

First, history proves it wrong. Copyright laws originated in the 1700s, but amazingly, there were a few people who were able to create works of art without the protection of copyright laws. Shakespeare, Milton, Cervantes, Virgil, Dante … to name but a few big names. There are, of course, thousands more. And here we’re only talking about writers — a few other artists also were able to create art: da Vinci, Michaelangelo, Mozart, Beethoven and Vivaldi are just a few who created before their works were protected by copyright.

Second, copyright has evolved into protection for corporations more than for artists these days. The people really pushing for copyright protection are not really people at all, but huge media conglomerates. They are protecting a system that is set up to make them money, but that only helps a handful of artists. The vast majority of artists are never read or seen or heard by the public, because the corporations don’t deem them to be profitable enough. So the system doesn’t help artists anymore — it hurts them.

Third, I have proven that it’s possible to make money, even today, without using copyright. And so have many others (Cory Doctorow being a notable example). The release of my copyright didn’t decrease my income — it increased it. It didn’t decrease my exposure — it increased it. We’ll talk more about this below.

Finally, copyright actually hurts artists, instead of protecting them. When you try to protect your copyright, you waste precious time and money pursuing violators — time and money you could be using to create instead of threaten litigation. When you protect your copyright, you are denying someone else the use of your ideas and creativity — which might seem good to you, but it doesn’t seem good to the person on the other end, and the community in general suffers a bit. And it hurts your reputation (if people think you’re selfish and protective) and stops your ideas from being spread as widely as possible.

By protecting your copyright, you are putting up barriers for the spread of your ideas. In this digital age, that is a mistake, plain and simple.

Why Releasing Copyright is the Smartest Thing You Can Do

So let’s put aside the old model of copyrighting works for a minute, and ask ourselves: “What might happen if I release my copyright?”

Sure, some websites might scrape your content, re-using it and putting ads on it — making money from your hard work. And sure, someone else might throw it into a book and sell it, without paying you. You’re losing money, right?

Not necessarily. These people are making money by selling your work to customers you probably wouldn’t have reached anyway. They’re making money, sure, but how does that hurt you? If you could have reached these readers, you probably will anyway. In fact, if these readers really like your work, they’ll probably come looking for more … and you’ll gain a bunch of new readers.

And many others might use your work without making a profit. They might put your work in a free newsletter, or print it and use it in a classroom, or put it on their blog without making money. They’ll share your ideas with others, and give you credit. Now you’re reaching thousands of people you never would have reached before. These people are doing your marketing for you, for free! I’ll repeat that in case the italics and exclamation point weren’t emphasis enough: by releasing copyright, you might get people to do your marketing for you, for free.

This digital age is defined not by how much money you can make with an individual post or book, but how widely you can get your ideas to spread. If you get your ideas to spread widely, you’ll make money. Somehow.

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Editing vs Proofreading

Here is another way in which the online writing world is changing the ‘real life writing world’.  When I worked as a proofreader in an international firm, proofreading involved correcting compositional skills such as grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.  As far as I know, proofreading is still is just that.  It did not involve rewriting a paper, finding bibliographical citations, or completing a bibliography.  Or even, for that matter, beefing up a paper by adding sentences. That is editing.

I have come in contact with an online company that considers editing “proofreading” and pays accordingly.  Let the records show that an editor is not the same a proofreader. Nor is the pay scale the same.  Editors earn more than a proofreader.

Finding Writing Gigs

While freelance writing may be difficult on the pocketbook, it is rather easy to find writing gigs.   For instance, I find Craig’s List a good (or great) place to find writing gigs.  The site is easy to maneuver around, making it user friendly. Sure, some of the writing gigs do not work out.  And, some want something for nothing (a common occurence for writing on the Internet).

However, there are some good gigs out there.  Be sure you search under the jobs section for writing.  These are supposed to provide compensation.  If they do not, simply flag them.  They are incorrectly posted.   If you cannot find writing gigs in your hometown area, search under other city and country names.  There is bound to be something you can respond to.

Good luck!