July 21, 2008, 9:52 am

A League of Our Own?

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!

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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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18 Comments

  • healthcaretoday.com
    healthcaretoday.com

    July 21, 2008 at 10:28 am

    A League of Our Own? // Emergiblog…

    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….


  • NurseExec
    NurseExec

    July 21, 2008 at 11:18 am

    Since I’m just getting starting in the whole nurse/med blogging thing, I’d love to attend something that has basic “how tos” on blog design, promotion, and that sort of thing. I feel like I have a niche, of sorts (skilled nursing/rehab/LTC) but don’t really have a clue how to “market” myself.

    I’d also love to see regional conferences, rather than one big hoo-ha. It’s a little cost prohibitive for me to attend something other than regional.

    Thanks for the insights!


  • Elisa Camahort Page
    Elisa Camahort Page

    July 21, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    Hi and thanks for coming to BlogHer. You might want to talk to Dmitriy from TrustedMD as he also has tried to do BlogHer-style events for medbloggers.

    And don’t think you just have to propose a Birds of a Feather session…propose an entire panel with the best women medbloggers you know and what you think would be fascinating to discuss at the conference. Every year new blogging groups make themselves more visible at BlogHer…and it’s because they ask.

    Thanks again for coming.


  • Beth
    Beth

    July 21, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Kim – You have read my mind.

    Lately I have been thinking about how to organize a conference of nurse bloggers. This is partially for selfish reasons (as I would love to meet you all in person!) but I also think it would be a great way to brainstorm, and to inspire new people to jump into the blogosphere.

    I will keep thinking about this and maybe we can come up with something more concrete…


  • Beth
    Beth

    July 21, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    And also I was so happy to see you made it to Blogher – kudos on getting J&J as a sponsor. I have made it my goal to attend next year.


  • Mother Jones, RN
    Mother Jones, RN

    July 21, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    Kim, I love the idea. Sign me up, girlfriend!

    MJ


  • jessica
    jessica

    July 21, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    even though I’m not a med blogger I can really relate to what your saying and feeling in this post. I was wondering the same thing about craft bloggers, I didn’t find many at the conference. I’ve come to the conclusion that the majority of bloggers there were either mommy bloggers or political bloggers.

    kudos to you for encouraging and motivating your community


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  • RehabRN
    RehabRN

    July 22, 2008 at 4:43 am

    With my lack of ability to get vacation at this point, create a virtual conference and see who shows up.

    $1499 for a conference? Ouch! I’d rather get a laptop than a couple of memories. Besides, that probably doesn’t even cover your other costs.


  • Sarah
    Sarah

    July 22, 2008 at 10:52 am

    I love that picture of the new graduated nurses. LOL they do look sad…I have to agree with you it is probably the hats. The outfits they are wearing look very uncomfortable. I am sure glad that nurses don’t have to wear that stuff anymore. I actually know of some nurses who have been nurses for aloooooooooooong time who still were their nursing white hats to work. They said that they earn that hat and they will continue wearing it until they retire.
    Sarah =o)


  • Nancy Brown
    Nancy Brown

    July 22, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Sign me up! I almost went to Blogher but hadn’t seen many medical folks – so maybe next year!


  • Sarah
    Sarah

    July 22, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    LOL….well I suppose I might have put my foot in my mouth right there. Well I bet you look adorable in your white hat. Too bad they don’t give new nurses them anymore.
    Sarah =o)


  • Stimey
    Stimey

    July 22, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    Did you meet KC? She writes at Where’s My Cape? but also at http://www.mothersinmedicine.com. I don’t know if you’re a mom, but regardless, there are medical bloggers there.


  • Dean Moyer
    Dean Moyer

    July 23, 2008 at 8:43 am

    An interesting idea, Kim. It would be great to see something like this come to fruition.


  • NPs Save Lives
    NPs Save Lives

    July 30, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    I think we definitely have get togethers probably regionally to start. I would do a teleconference for sure. Sign me up!


  • NPs Save Lives
    NPs Save Lives

    July 30, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Oopss! Meant to say we should have get togethers regionally or by State to start. Maybe Mojito girl could host in the Keys for Fl..That could be awesome though St. Augustine would be closer to where I am.


  • Rick Calvert
    Rick Calvert

    August 7, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Hi Kim,

    Just saw your post and sent you an email directly. We would love to host the medblogger community at BlogWorld. All communities of the blogosphere are welcome. You mentioned the Milblogg conference at BlogWorld this year, but we are also hosting sports bloggers, political bloggers, real estate and mortgage bloggers this year.

    As new media content creators we all have certain things in common but we also have community specific interests and needs. Part of our mission is to help those communities find a common gathering place to work on common goals of their respective communities.

    Would love to talk with you about this directly. Check your inbox 8)

    Blog on!
    Rick Calvert, CEM
    CEO & Co-founder
    BlogWorld & New Media Expo


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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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