September, 2008 Archive

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!

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September 19, 2008, 4:04 pm

Viva Las Vegas (So Far!)

Well, I made it to the Sahara!

And then I did what any self-respecting blogger would do.

I headed for the NASCAR Cafe, where I was able to watch the end of the qualifying runs for Dover over a rather stiff margarita.

They are not stingy with the grog here, me mateys!


But what is this?

It’s a NASCAR cup in the shape of a fuel can!

Well, obviously I had to have it and they were even nice enough to put a second margarita in it for me!

Now lest you think this is just a cheap, sentimental throw-away piece of plastic, let me tell you this thing is ceramic!

Truly a work of art.

If they cancelled BlogWorldExpo my trip to Las Vegas would be complete because of this exquisite piece of motor sports artwork.

Seriously, it’s just about the coolest thing I’ve ever seen!


I gave an offering to the god of Caveman Keno, and he giveth some back and taketh some more.

I didn’t win much, and what I did I fed back. Got that out of my system. Luckily gambling is not one of my vices.

I’d rather spend my money on ceramic NASCAR artifacts.


I figured this was my only “free” time so now I’m ready to get down to the business of BlogWorldExpo beginning tomorrow morning.

As of right now, after meclizine for motion sickness (plane flight, you know), Benadryl for urticaria of various causes (hard to explain) and two freakingly HUGE margaritas, a chicken quesadilla and cheesecake, I’m ready for bed.

It’s 4:49 pm.

Only I would be in Las Vegas and ready for bed.


The Sahara is not the most luxurious of the resorts. It’s old and the TV looks like it is circa 1980. They charge the equivalent of two and a half lattes for internet access per day. My vanity is chipped, the carpet was new around the time I graduated from college.

But there is so much history. Elvis was here. The Beatles. Cary Grant. Princess Grace. And remember the year on the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon when he was reunited with Dean Martin? That was here.

You can feel the history in your bones as you walk the hallway.


The Las Vegas Strip itself is a rather harsh assault on the senses, beginning at the airport, barraging you with sound and lights and music….until you hit your room. It’s easy to see how people can go overboard here, with their money, with their lives.

They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Not this time, I’ll give you all the details of the real reason for this trip – the Medbloggers meet-up at BlogWorldExpo 2008.

Until then, let me give you one more photo memory of my first twenty minutes here:

The car of the Intimidator, himself.

Dale Earnhardt.

Now let us all say a prayer that his son wins the Sprint Cup instead of that creepy Kyle Busch.

Today, NASCAR, tomorrow, the Blog World!!

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8:42 am

Change of Shift Walks the Plank

Ahoy, Mateys!

I be lookin’ fer any ‘scuse to be lookin’ at that scallowag Jack Sparrow!

Miss Emily (she be over at has me attention this here fine mornin’ with her “Talk Like A Pirate”Change o’ Shift.

A mighty fine job she be doin’ over there.

I suspect I’ll be owing her some grog in appreciation fer her hosting duties, as it were.


Last night I be guestin’ on the Doctor Anonymous Show on BlogTalkRadio.

A blast, it was!

The good doctor brought his own grog, so I need to be thankin’ him with a good pirate salute (Saaaa-lute!) for a’ havin’ me fer a visit!

Dem parties he be a throwin’ after the show, well, lets just say some timbers were a shiverin’!

At this very moment I’m a waitin’ on my ship to come in. One of dem flyin’ kind sose I can make my way to pillage the BlogWorldExpo.

I’ll be a’bloggin as it were, when I be arrivin’.

And now I’ll be a signin’ off because I be sounding like Mr. Krabbs on SpongeBob Squarepants!

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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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