August 8, 2008, 4:37 pm

Emergiblog Turns Three!

Can you believe it?

Three years ago this month Emergiblog was born.

The odd thing about this is that I cannot remember what my life was like before I started blogging.


What did I do with my time?

At what point did this blog become an organic part of my life?

To the point where I can’t imagine life without blogging.


It was scary for a few weeks there.

I ran dry. Honestly could not think of a single thing to post, and when I tried to write it felt forced.

Scared the hell out of me.

Had I really said all that I had to say about nursing, blogging, going back to school, emergency departments, the health care system?

Hardly. Those who know me will tell you that I am never at a loss for words.

Yet, the blog that had become such a huge part of my life was in danger of becoming stagnant.

So I did what anyone else would do in my situation.


I cleaned house.

Not my physical house, my “Emergiblog” house.

I went through my links. Read every single blog. Organized them. Had so many they now have their own page. And when I stopped focusing on producing for awhile and focused on reading what was going on in other blogs, I relaxed.

Why? Because the blogosphere is a community. That community nourishes its members, but you must be involved in it. If all you do is post, day in and day out, and don’t stop to smell roses – in this case read what other bloggers are saying – you lose out on a huge source of inspiration.

That’s what was happening to me.


Blogging is not a passive exercise in navel-gazing. If all you do is write and never engage, then you are basically writing a diary.

I’m a blogger, not a diarist.

So on this, the beginning of Emergiblog’s fourth year, many thanks are due to my fellow medbloggers for continuting to share the stories that keep me inspired…

…to my sponsors/advertisers who continue to support Emergiblog,

…to my husband and family for supporting this endeavor from the beginning and allowing themselves to be the subject of many a health-related post,

And to Shane, for just about everything.

Let’s face it.

Bloggers rock!


  • Doctor Anonymous

    August 8, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Happy Birthday Emergiblog! Glad you’re on Twitter now!

  • Awesome Mom

    August 8, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    Happy blog birthday!!!!

  • AlisonH

    August 8, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Happy blogbirth day!

  • rlbates

    August 9, 2008 at 5:36 am

    Happy Blog Birthday!

  • Natasha Brubaker

    August 9, 2008 at 6:19 am

    Happy birthday to your blog. I’m a Mommy blogger (not in the medical field -sometimes I play doctor when the baby gets a boo boo ). I became interested in your blog because you are family. You are right about having to stay engaged and so I enjoy reading other blogs , plus its educational especially when the topic is something like yours. I loved the etiquette post and know how to behave if ever I have to be a patient ( you’ll be happy to know I was a good patient in the past.
    Best wishes on your blog birthday

  • Mother Jones, RN

    August 10, 2008 at 5:43 am

    Happy B-Day my dear. I read your blog every day. Emergiblog is the standard by which I judge all others. Yeah, you rock!


  • Jessica from

    August 10, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    What you’ve been doing here is really great, I love it!

    Jessica an ED Doc from the East Bay and new blogger!


  • JoanneAtNurseConnect

    August 11, 2008 at 7:58 am

    Happy Birthday!! You’ve done a spectacular job with Emergiblog. Very inspiring!!

  • NPs Save Lives

    August 11, 2008 at 8:32 am

    Happy Happy Blogversary! I agree with you (as always!) that you must read others to be inspired. That’s why I love to read yours and others in order to gain ideas. It’s all in the give and take or otherwise it is just a diary. Rock on!

  • medrecgal

    August 11, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    Happy blogiversary from a long time reader! Yours was probably one of the first five blogs I started reading about three or so years ago (along with the likes of Orac, Fat Doctor, and Dr. Rob), and I’m still a regular. Actually I started my own blog not too long ago, but I’m still working on getting the hang of writing something that might actually be interesting to the next person…and still remaining HIPAA compliant at the same time, LOL!
    Here’s to a long blog life! (My blog screen name is different, though, since I’ve been posting comments for a long time and didn’t want every yahoo out there to be able to find me immediately.)

  • Tracey

    August 11, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    Happy b-day!!! I’m glad I found you!

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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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