For those of you who missed Beth’s twitpic of our BlogWorldExpo group, here is the version from my iPhone.
From left to right: Rob Halper, our friend from Johnson & Johnson, Beth (PixelRN), Me (when I’m not doubling as my Lego alter-ego), and Dr. Val. In the back, the one and only Shane and Dr. Val’s friend John (Mr. Dr. Val was taking the picture!).
I actually met two medbloggers within an hour of the opening of the conference and they will be joining us at the lunch tomorrow.
First of all, the atmosphere here at BlogWorld08 is electrifying. I attended three sessions today and probably have enough ideas for at least three-to-four posts.
Tomorrow is our lunch session.
It looks more and more like the BlogWorld09 Medblogger track is becoming a reality.
When we have lunch tomorrow, we’ll be talking with Rick Calvert, the CEO of BlogWorldExpo, and we will know exactly what our options are and what we will need to make our blogger track a reality.
I will tell you this – I’m not looking for two or three sessions.
I want an entire Medblogger track. Eight sessions.
And that includes everyone. Patients, doctors, nurses, student nurses, med students, paramedics, respiratory therapists, corporate health bloggers and health bloggers in general.
It occurred to me that if we have a medblogger track, maybe we could have medblogger exhibitors – the political blogosphere was out in force, as were the milbloggers and the Godbloggers. Nursing communities (NurseConnect, NurseZone, NurseLinkUP, allnurses.com) – why not be exhibitors? The Office of National Nurse – why not a booth for that? Physicians for a Single Payor Health Plan – why not man an exhibit booth?
The possibilities are there for the taking!
Last week on the Doctor Anonymous BlogTalkRadio show we talked about just how encompassing our range of topics should be.
The beauty of being under the auspices of BlogWorldExpo is that you are not limited to only medblogger topics!
New bloggers, monetization, how to write a good post, search engine optimization – these were all covered in sessions today.
Which means our sessions can be related to medblogging issues specifically, while new bloggers and those looking to enhance their blog can attend the session that meets their needs.
Tomorrow night I will post the outcome of the lunch round-table discussions.
I will be using my Change of Shift email list to keep everyone posted when new information comes in. If you would like to opt out of the list, let me know. If you are NOT on the list and WANT to be, let me know.
I have (after a quick count) approximately 356 medbloggers on my blogroll and after I update it there will be even more.
We are out there. Lots of us.
We can make this a reality.
So what does this mean for the medical blogosphere?
It means getting October 15 – 17, 2009 off if you would like to come. Some of us have to give our vacation days in January, so you will be able to plan.
We have over a year.
We can do this!