August 2, 2006, 1:46 am

Thinking Different


It was one year ago yesterday that “Emergiblog” was conceived at approximately 0345 in a quiet emergency department.

I was talking about this new “thing” called “blogging” and bemoaning the fact that I didn’t know anything well enough to blog about.

Had I been a cartoon character a light bulb would have shown up above my head.

Now I knew that James Lileks was blogging about everyday life, but there was no way I could make going to Safeway a hilarious anecdote.

The man had the knack.

It was, shall I say, a Homer Simpsom moment, as in:


You’ve been a nurse for, like, three decades. Maybe you could blog about that.


Now…what to call this new creation…..

“Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.”


“Run From This Profession As Fast As You Can”

I didn’t want to scare people off!

And so “Emergiblog” was born.


So now, it’s a year later and Emergiblog is averaging over 300 hits a day, is syndicated through three different outlets, has over 365 posts, birthed a second blog and just went over the seventy-thousand hit mark.

I am one happy campin’ blogger here.

Would you like in on the secrets of success?

The steps are quite simple:

  • Start a blog.
  • Tell your mother you have a blog. It will be all over the wires in ten minutes.
  • Have Bora post a link to your site.
  • Find out who Bora is and thank him profusely!
  • Write a post, any post, about a ruptured spleen. For some reason folks are always searching for information on that.
  • Mention Dorothy Hamill on your site. There. I just guaranteed myself ten thousand hits in the next week.
  • Submit to Grand Rounds on a regular basis. Offer to host. Have Blogger go haywire on you and redo the entire thing. Twice.
  • Consider the hemlock solution and then meet a knight in shining armor (Shane) who offers you an escape from Blogger hell. Take him up on it.
  • Become physically addicted to your laptop.
  • Blog from another country when you are on vacation!
  • Understand that everything you do, see or say is, can be or will be blog fodder.
  • Find a style. Steal a style. But make it your own.

And that is the way to have a successful blog. Find your niche.

Find your style.

Then run with it.

Look, Yoko’s way of singing is wailing and howling. But she inspired the B52s and when John heard them, it inspired him to go back into the studio.

Yoko thinks outside the box.

She also screams outside the box, but that is beside the point. (Love ya, Yoko!)

So here’s to another year of Tales From the Emergency Department with the occasional foray into Notre Dame football and American Idolatry (at which I excel).

To all who read, who link, and who have the guts to speak their minds no matter what their beliefs are: you are what keeps me blogging. You are what keeps the blogosphere a living entity.

And you have all been an inspiration.

Thank you.


  • Dr. A

    August 2, 2006 at 2:51 am

    I’m going down the list. Uh, check… Next on the list, think I did that…. Um, blog from another country while on vacation? Wow!

    Congrats on your milestone. Keep on blogging!

  • kimberly

    August 2, 2006 at 3:37 am

    Congrats and happy anniversary! Blog-onward…

  • Mother Jones RN

    August 2, 2006 at 4:11 am

    Happy B-Day, Emergiblog. Kim, you’re a creative person with a great talent. Keep blogging, Baby!

    Mother Jones, RN

  • David M

    August 2, 2006 at 4:31 am

    Happy Blogiversary and many more!

  • Annemiek

    August 2, 2006 at 5:09 am

    Happy bloggin!

  • Wendy, S.N.

    August 2, 2006 at 5:49 am

    Happy Blogday! Here’s to many more posts!

    W. 🙂

  • may

    August 2, 2006 at 7:13 am

    …and thanks for the fun, the sad, and everything in between stories. happy birthday emergiblog, and congratulations kim…you have every right to be a proud blog mother 🙂

  • DisappearingJohn

    August 2, 2006 at 8:28 am

    Happy Blogaversary!

    I’m going to have to work on your list a little bit, see if I can move the hit counter up a little bit!


  • FrauBudgie

    August 2, 2006 at 10:05 am

    Happy bloggy-versary!

  • Intelinurse2b

    August 2, 2006 at 10:57 am

    The benchmark in all thing nurse blog related! Keep up the good work!!

  • TC

    August 2, 2006 at 1:04 pm

    Happy Anniversay, Kim and Emergiblog. You make me laugh a lot, think a lot and inspire me. Great job!

  • ltaylor

    August 2, 2006 at 1:47 pm

    Kim: Your blog ROCKS!!!! I will continue to read daily and if I ever get the nerve or the far away perspective needed to blog about my life w/migraines I will take your advice to heart. I tip my glass to you in hopes of many more posts! I need something to do when work just seems too hhhhhaaaarrrrrrdddddd!!

  • marachne

    August 2, 2006 at 1:57 pm

    Congrats Kim. More than my politico/irish music playing/science loving housemate

    you’re making me think about blogging — after all, a hospice/pallilative care nurse working for that Big Federal Health System and in a doctoral program in gerontological nursing should have some good stories,no? ….and what do I need more than another distraction to keep me from coding transcripts/working on my NIH grant application/ completing assignments?

    Maybe by the next time comment here I’ll be able to put something in that “website” space.

  • coturnix

    August 2, 2006 at 2:27 pm

    Its’ been a year? Already?

    Happy blogiversary!

    Now, I forget how did we find each other – did you leave a comment, have I seen you on another nursing/medical blog, on Grand Rounds, or what?

  • Carrie

    August 2, 2006 at 4:20 pm

    Well congratulations!! Your blog was one of the blogs that inspired me to start up blogging! I kept reading all these doctor blogs, and then the light came on as I came across some nurse bloggers, too!! I think of you as a friend even though we have never met!

    I’m going to be on vacation in England next month and you better believe I’ll be blogging from my friend’s house! 😉

    Carrie 🙂

  • Sid Schwab

    August 2, 2006 at 5:41 pm

    Congrats. Yours is also an inspiration of mine, and I’m starting to get what you are talking about in your list. I certainly haven’t gotten to the point of having lots of hits — but I know I can come up with a few ruptured spleen posts….

  • lindalou

    August 2, 2006 at 6:25 pm

    Happy blogday! Kim- you and your blog are great! You forgot to mention that you spawned your very own blog carnival with change of shift! I look forward to another year of great blogging (no pressure).

  • enrico

    August 2, 2006 at 10:28 pm

    Happy Birthblogday! As I’ve told you before, you’re site has “all the right stuff,” and you deserve to sit back and enjoy your creation. I think your list is a good one. I’ll have to consider this blogging from another country thing….I dunno, sounds dangerous… 😉

    As for the ruptured spleen posts, I certainly don’t have any, but the books say we don’t absolutely need a spleen anymore, so I’ll have to think seriously about how badly I want my traffic to go up: immunodeficiency/high traffic vs. currently not living in a bubble/sounds of crickets when looking at stats… heh, j/k

  • Melissa

    August 2, 2006 at 10:36 pm

    Happy blog birthday!!! You really do have what it takes to have a great blog. I love coming here and reading what you have to say. I also really love the pictures that you come up with.

  • Jon Mikel, M.D.

    August 3, 2006 at 12:51 am

    Congratulations and happy blogbirthday!
    Lovely blog. I enjoy reading here!

  • scout

    August 3, 2006 at 7:54 am

    humm. here i am in a part of cyberspace i’ve never been, congratulting someone who’s blog i’m not familiar with, all thanks to ‘blog around the clock’ who seems to be a big fan. kinda feel like i wandered into a party off the street. CONGRATULATIONS from someone who hasn’t been blogging for quite a year.

  • Abel Pharmboy

    August 3, 2006 at 10:09 pm

    No, no, my friend: it is YOU who is the inspiration.

    Thank you for all of your love, dedication, and humanity, both on the blog and in caring for your lucky patients in The City by the Bay. You set a great example for all who choose nursing as their path.

    Happy anniversary..and many more!

  • difficultpt

    August 11, 2006 at 8:30 pm

    Wow, Kim–I remember when you blogged about hitting the 20K mark . . .over 70K now! Happy Anniversary!

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My name is Kim, and I'm a nurse in the San Francisco Bay area. I've been a nurse for 33 years; I graduated in 1978 with my ADN. My experience is predominately Emergency and Critical Care, and I have also worked in Psychiatry and Pediatrics. I made the decision to be a nurse back in 1966 at the age of nine...

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