September 20, 2008, 10:43 pm

BlogWorldExpo 09 – We Can DO This!!

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.


I’m stoked.


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, – 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!


  • Healthcare Today

    September 20, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    BlogWorldExpo 09 – We Can DO This!! // Emergiblog…

    What seemed an impossibility is becoming a reality. The medblogger track at BlogWorld09 is taking shape. Are you in?…

  • Rob Halper

    September 20, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    You’re amazing! (As long as we don’t talk politics πŸ™‚

  • Erica

    September 21, 2008 at 5:20 am

    Kim, your enthusiasm and ideas rock. Keep it up. And count me in for BlogWorldExpo 09.

  • Strong One

    September 21, 2008 at 5:45 am

    Looks like an awesome time!
    I am going to work on making next year happen.
    I would love to be part of it!

  • Nurse K

    September 21, 2008 at 10:45 am

    …Dr. Val’s friend John (Mr. Dr. Val was taking the picture!).

    Oooh, controversial! hehhe.

  • Kim

    September 21, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Count me in…


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  • Doctor Anonymous

    September 21, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    Great job with this! Thanks again for being on the show last week. I think we had a lot of great ideas. I’ll be curious to read about how the expo went and particularly how the luncheon went. I’m looking forward to talking more about this over the next year. And, of course, BWE 2009 itself. Finally, I borrowed the pic above for my post. I hope you don’t mind πŸ™‚

  • Dr. Cason

    September 21, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Thank you for such nice words on my blog today! I have been trying to get into more of the medblogging aspect but haven’t felt the community as engaging. Am I doing something wrong? :)Perhaps I am not visiting the right people!

    We’re in Guam but hope to be stationed back in San Diego within 3 years. Maybe I can catch the expo then. I grew up in Redding so Northern California is right at home for me!

  • how to start a nursing agency

    September 21, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    please count me in too. thanks

  • Mother Jones, RN

    September 22, 2008 at 5:31 am

    I was sitting on my unit this weekend gazing into the computer screen. I wanted to me in Vegas with you guys so much, but I guess someone had to stay home and take care of the patients.
    Ha! Next year in Vegas!


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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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