It’s not “maybe” anymore.
Put in your vacation requests.
Get a passport if you need one.
Sign up for those extra shifts.
Arrange for coverage while you’re gone.
October 15 – 17, 2009, Las Vegas, Nevada.
The medical/health blogosphere will have a full track of presentations at BlogWorldExpo09.
The missing ingredient is you.
The luncheon was great – ten of us were present, they put out enough food for fifty!
But we did more than eat. We talked. And brainstormed. And realized that we had more than enough topics to cover eight sessions over two days.
We tried to think of as many areas of the health blogosphere as possible. We looked at the suggestions made on Doctor Anonymous’ BlogTalkRadio show.
We tried to provide unique content and not duplicate what is already offered at the Expo: basic monitization, basic blogging, traffic, SEO optimization, dealing with spam and trolls, etc.
And so….drum roll, please…here is the very first, hot off the press list of topics that our group was able to debate, discuss and deliver for your perusal. Remember, this is a tentative look at what the med/health blogging track could look like in ’09.
We tried to include patients, health bloggers in general, doctors, nurses, med and nursing students, medics, administrators, and corporate health care bloggers.
(PS – the descriptions are mine at the moment so if it sounds goofy, consider the source!)
- The Healthcare Blogger Code of Ethics: Why You Want to Wear the Widget (For ALL health bloggers)
- The Danger Zone – How to Stay on the Good Side of HIPAA (possibly including debate on transparency vs. anonymous blogging, pearls and pitfalls of blogging about work or your life as a patient, how much information is too much information) – possibly a panel?
- Blogging on Drugs – Legal and Regulatory Issues Pertaining to Pharmaceutical Companies and medical bloggers
- Blogger’s Block – How to Keep the Passion in Your Posting (I’m am SO into this one! Not that I’m trying to influence anyone. Or anything.) For ALL health-related blogs.
- Bloggin for a Livin’ – How to Leverage Your Expertise (For ALL health bloggers)
- Corporate Social Media in Healthcare – The big companies and hospitals are blogging; what issues do they face and how do they get their information out there?
- Health Policy Issues – need I say anything more than this is two weeks before the election? This one affects ALL health bloggers. It literally BEGS for a panel discussion. I suspect lively interactions here!
- Walk Right In, Sit Right Down – Networking Inside/Outside the Health Blogosphere (what’s out there for us, probably good for newer individual health bloggers who aren’t familiar with GR or CoS and for established bloggers who haven’t taken advantage of what the social media “outside” the medical blogosphere can do for them)
- Let’s See How Far We’ve Come – a look at the state of the medical/health blogosphere; Where we’ve been and where we are going; who were the pioneers of the genre?
- Skeptics Circle – a great idea by Dr. Val to include our fellow bloggers on the Scienceblogs.com platform; we did not get a chance to flesh this one out, but I’ve been looking at their carnival and there are very interesting posts there! Perhaps a panel, a talk on what makes a “skeptic” blogger and are we all “skeptic” bloggers at heart < — just brainstorming online here.
- Blogging for Change – no, Obama won’t be speaking (unless he would! Hey, I’m thinking big.) Actually, I found this one deep in my notes. How to use the blogging platform as a vehicle for activism/change/revolution in health care.
Okay, so there it is!
How’d we do? Did we hit the jackpot or do we need to go back to the ATM (you can tell I’m still in Vegas)?
Obviously we have eleven topics and eight slots (no pun intended), so there will be a poll placed shortly where you can vote for your favorite eight.
The logistics are still being worked out as I’m writing. As I get more info I will post it.
I can’t stress enough how grateful we are for the support of Rob Halper at Johnson & Johnson for helping us make this a reality (and derailing my weight loss efforts at the same time!) Thanks again, Rob!
We need to get the word out! I’ll be compiling an email list and I’ll be working on contacting as many patient bloggers as I can – we need their input.
Word of mouth is good, word of post is even better.
This has the potential to be HUGE.
I can’t believe it’s really happening!
You never know where you will find a med blogger.
One of our guests, Leslie, was a health blogger whom we met at the conference. Shellee and Laurie are cath lab nurses who run a woman’s site that often deals with health related issues. Shellee reads Emergiblog and found out about the luncheon. All three were a great asset to the meeting and we were happy to meet them!
The networking possibilities here are amazing!
You won’t be disappointed!