Name brand cialis This little lady is very near and dear to my heart!
Name brand cialis This is my one and only Barbie doll.
Name brand cialis She was given to me on my 5th birthday in 1962. Name brand cialis The date is even stamped on her behind, name brand cialis something they don’t do anymore.
Name brand cialis The one thing she never had was a nursing outfit.
Name brand cialis Forty-three years later, name brand cialis she got it!
Name brand cialis I could have bought four sets of scrubs for what I paid for her nursing outfit last year, name brand cialis but it was in mint condition with all the accessories (including a diploma!).
Name brand cialis Her lipstick is gone, name brand cialis her arms are covered in bite marks (for some reason cats love to chew on Barbie extremities), name brand cialis her legs are a bit grey and she has a pen mark on her back.
Name brand cialis But she is still the Best.Doll.Ever.
Name brand cialis And whenever I’m tired, name brand cialis frustrated or getting a little crispy around the edges, name brand cialis one look at Nurse Barbie and I remember why I wanted to be a nurse.
Name brand cialis Corny? Absolutely. Name brand cialis But it’s the truth!
So. Name brand cialis You have discovered the medical blogosphere and have noticed that nurses make up a large portion of what you have found.
You are a nurse, name brand cialis and blogging looks interesting. Name brand cialis The idea of starting a blog has crossed your mind, name brand cialis but you have no clue on how to start and besides, name brand cialis what would you write about?
Well, name brand cialis grab a cup of coffee, name brand cialis sit down and I’ll pass along what I’ve learned after 16 months as a blogger. Name brand cialis I will tell you this: once you start blogging, name brand cialis you will be hooked.
Why should you even start a blog?
- The first thing you need to understand: your everyday life is interesting!
- I’m serious. Name brand cialis You don’t have to be the nurse equivalent of Tom Clancy, name brand cialis you just have to want to talk about your life as a nurse. Name brand cialis You don’t need a degree or any special certifications. Name brand cialis Your unique voice is what the blogosphere is all about.
- You will find people who will rejoice with you, name brand cialis commiserate with you, name brand cialis support you and occasionally disagree with you. Name brand cialis The medical blogosphere is one big support group.
- You will find your ability to withstand the stresses of the profession strengthened; you will rediscover the passion that brought you into the profession.
Think I’m exaggerating? Start a blog and find out.
Okay, name brand cialis first things first.
Read some nursing blogs. Name brand cialis Read a lot of them. Name brand cialis Get a feel for what they write and how they write. Name brand cialis You will develop your own style over time, name brand cialis but you will be surprised at how much inspiration you can get from just reading.
You need to decide which software you want to use for your blog.
- There are three main portals to blogging. Name brand cialis They are: Blogger, name brand cialis WordPress and Typepad.
- There are others, name brand cialis but those are the big three where blogs are concerned. Name brand cialis Blogger can be a pain in the derriere, name brand cialis but it may be the easiest for those who really are beginners.
Each site will walk you through the procedure of setting up your blog. Name brand cialis There are pre-designed templates for you to choose from, name brand cialis and they will show you how to customize them with your own choice of colors.
- Name your blog.
- It’s your blog and there are no rules, name brand cialis so be creative!
- Let me warn you that if you name it something like “Aspects of Nursing Administration”, name brand cialis every nurse on the face of the blogosphere will run the other way. Name brand cialis Your blog can be about nursing administration but make the title humorous, name brand cialis inviting or intriguing.
- Write your first post
- The blogging sites make it easy. Name brand cialis You write and press a button. Name brand cialis Wah-lah!
- Once you write your first post of introduction and see it up under your heading, name brand cialis congratulate yourself. Name brand cialis You are now a nurse blogger!
Name brand cialis Don’t be freaked out by all the fancy blogs with a ton of ads and a million photos. Name brand cialis That will be you eventually. Name brand cialis All you need to be able to do when you start is write a post. Name brand cialis The second thing you need to be able to do is make a link. Name brand cialis Links, name brand cialis well, name brand cialis “link” you to the rest of the blogosphere. Name brand cialis I’ll explain further in the next section.
You now have a blog. Name brand cialis What you want next are readers! How do you let people know you are there?
- Read other blogs and leave comments. Name brand cialis This is very important to do.
- When you leave a comment, name brand cialis you can put your blog address in so that your signature becomes a “link”. Name brand cialis People can then click on your name and will be taken to your site. Name brand cialis And they will click on you to find out more about who left the comment! Other commenters will also see you there and check out your blog!
- If you read a post that you feel strongly about, name brand cialis leave a short comment on the blog, name brand cialis then go back to your own blog and turn your commentary into a post. Name brand cialis As you do that, name brand cialis link back to the post that inspired you. Name brand cialis Get a dialog going between the two blogs and your readership increases.
- If you find a blog that you really like, name brand cialis put a “link” to that blog on your “sidebar” – there is a place on every template for links.
- As people discover you and like what you write, name brand cialis you will find that they will put your link on their website.
- The more websites that link to you, name brand cialis the higher up your blog will be when people search for topics on Google and the more likely they will be to check out your blog, name brand cialis hence more hits and more exposure.
Name brand cialis Now you see why linking is so important. Name brand cialis In addition:
- Submit to Grand Rounds every week. Name brand cialis Every week. Name brand cialis Grand Rounds is a compilation of links to different posts by different medical bloggers (doctors, name brand cialis nurses, name brand cialis patients, name brand cialis scientists, name brand cialis and bloggers as varied as pastors and those who work behind the scenes with physician credentials). Name brand cialis A post in Grand Rounds will raise your visibility immensely. Name brand cialis A patient story is a great way to enter the Grand Rounds tradition.
- Consider submitting to Change of Shift every other week. Name brand cialis Change of Shift is a spin-off of the Grand Rounds concept, name brand cialis only all submissions are by or about nurses or nursing. Name brand cialis Again, name brand cialis anyone can submit with a post on or about nursing and we’ve even had a doctor host the “carnival”! Readership of Change of Shift is growing, name brand cialis so it can be a pretty good way of getting exposure for your blog.
Name brand cialis Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Patient confidentiality is an absolute necessity! HIPAA laws are just as binding in the blogosphere as they are in the workplace. Name brand cialis Never, name brand cialis ever discuss a specific patient. Name brand cialis Most nurse bloggers (including me) discuss their patients in a “composite” description, name brand cialis combining many patients into one “person” and changing demographic information that doesn’t affect the story. Name brand cialis For example: a female teenager may become a middle-aged mother of four or an elderly man may become a woman in her 20s.
- You need to decide just how anonymous you want to be.
- I will advise you not to put your full name on your blog, name brand cialis if only for security reasons, name brand cialis especially if you disclose your location.
- I would advise giving yourself a “handle” or using your first name only along with a general description of your location. Name brand cialis (“Midwest”, name brand cialis “Somewhere in Minnesota”, name brand cialis “Pacific Northwest”). Name brand cialis You can always disclose more as your comfort level increases.
Name brand cialis (My name is probably more “out there” than most and I’m comfortable with that because (1) I don’t give medical advice and (2) after almost 30 years and seven facilities I can scramble a patient story as easily as scrambling an egg. Name brand cialis In my case, name brand cialis my city and facility remain incognito, name brand cialis yet all my co-workers know about my blog. Name brand cialis So it’s all about what you are comfortable with. Name brand cialis The main thing is that your patients, name brand cialis past and present, name brand cialis are protected.)
I think that pretty much covers the basics. Name brand cialis Later, name brand cialis as you get comfortable, name brand cialis you’ll learn how to work with the html of the site template, name brand cialis how to add icons, name brand cialis site meters, name brand cialis etc.
But the important thing is to start. Name brand cialis Emergiblog existed for three months before I even wrote my first post. Name brand cialis Once I did, name brand cialis I never looked back.
You have a unique voice, name brand cialis both as a nurse and as a person outside your job as well. Name brand cialis The nursing blogosphere, name brand cialis actually the nursing profession itself, name brand cialis will be all the richer for hearing it.
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Some links to sites mentioned above:
Type Pad: www. Name brand cialis typepad.com
Word Press: www.wordpress.com
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