These student nurses have just graduated, and yet they look so sad.
Maybe it’s because they look like they are wearing diapers on their heads.
The cap on the left isn’t bad, just needs a little more starch in the top. The one one the right could hide an emesis basin!
I’m still recovering from the BlogHer08 conference. I had a blast!
But it got me wondering.
Where were the medbloggers? I did not meet another med blogger during the two days of the conference. There were meetings of special interest groups, but medbloggers were not represented.
Now, I know there are medbloggers that belong to BlogHer. I saw them when I scanned the blogs that make up the BlogHer membership.
I started thinking, are there any actual conferences for your average med blogger? Places to network and socialize and meet face-to-face?
Maybe I missed them, so I decided to look at two of the larger Blog conferences coming up.
There is the Health 2.0 conference in San Francisco in October. Looking at the agenda, while I see some areas that could be useful to med bloggers, it seems very tech oriented.
Sometimes it’s all I can do to make sure my html is correct, so perhaps this would be way over my head.
Then again, how would I know unless I went, right?
The tuition for the two days is $1499. Yes, that is one thousand, four hundred and ninety-nine dollars.
For that much money I had better get a private dinner with Tony Bennett at the Top of the Mark at the Mark Hopkins hotel. And he better sing to me!
I don’t know about you, but that is just a wee bit out of my price range. Good lord, who are they marketing this to? I’m a staff nurse in a community hospital. Last I checked I did not have $1500 of discretionary income to attend a conference that might have something I would be able to use.
It looks interesting, no question. And I’m sure I would come away with more knowledge regarding Health 2.0 than I entered with.
But it doesn’t seem that the average med blogger is who they are targeting.
Not at that price.
Then there is the Granddaddy of all Blog conferences, BlogWorldExpo, in Las Vegas in September. Anyone who is anyone in the blogosphere will be there.
Yet the only mention you will find of a medical related nature is the announcement that a doctor has been able to give up his practice because of the success of his non-medical blog.
Oh, special interest groups are mentioned, if you look hard enough for them. I know the MommyBloggers are covered (I met many of them!). The MilBloggers are covered. In fact, it looks like BlogWorldExpo has a media/opinion/political focus and their big push this year is on military bloggers.
Where are we? The daily work-in-the-trenches med bloggers?
How can we be such a large part of the blogosphere and yet so invisible?
What can we do?
I propose that we have a “league of our own”.
Conferences that cover specifically what we medbloggers need to know. Things that we can use on a daily basis, that discuss issues specific to our genre, like privacy, HIPAA, and job security.
How about panels that bring groups of us together – doctors, nurses, patients, respiratory therapists, chaplains, student nurses, and med students – to discuss our relationships and how we relate to each other.
Maybe sessions on basic html, or search engine optimization or how to make your blog work for you by bringing in income.
What do you think?
Should we do national conferences, regional conferences, state conferences?
Traveling is hard these days. Would you be willing to fly to a conference? To drive to a conference? How close would it have to be to allow you to come?
What would you be willing to pay for a two day conference on med blogging?
How about a one-day conference?
Would you come to a conference that wasn’t in a huge city like San Francisco, yet still accessible?
What if we could teleconference with other medbloggers in other areas of the country? The world?
Of course, we have to do our part with existing opportunities. I will propose a “Birds of a Feather” meeting at the next BlogHer for medbloggers. I have written to the BlogWorldExpo asking why there are no medblogger special interest groups. I am awaiting an answer
I’m passionate about this – so many different opinions, ideas and personalities make up our part of the blogosphere.
What do you think? Brainstorm with me, the craziest things you can think of for topics, speakers, locations and put them in the comments section.
We medbloggers are a unique part of the blogosphere, in a league of our own.
It’s time for our All-Star game.
Will you be a part of it?
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