August 5, 2009, 12:06 pm

With a Little Help From My Friends

push-lucynurseThe week after BlogHer09 was exhausting.

I had traveled across the country two weekends in a row, and was working 12-hour shifts in-between (and after) to make up the time I had taken off. I was doing some writing and had two articles due on a deadline.

Plus, it was my week to host Grand Rounds. Lots of stuff on my plate and if I wasn’t sleeping or working, I was glued to the computer (not that there is anything wrong with that…).

So on Monday, as I finished Grand Rounds and was ready to hit the sack before working the night shift, I noticed a link had been made to Emergiblog from Grunt Doc. I checked it out and it was a “Happy Blogiversary” note.

Oh geeze – Emergiblog WAS four years old on August 3rd and the date had totally slipped my mind! “Wow!” I thought, along with (a) Grunt Doc keeps track of that stuff? and (b) how nice of him to mention it, I’ll have to leave a comment saying “thanks”.

The next morning I got home and, as is my wont, I hit the computer. The “Google Alert” for Emergiblog was in my mailbox and I opened it. Holy cow! There were a bazillion links! My first thought was “oh geeze, what did I do now?”

Well, they were all “Happy Anniversary” posts (including a video from Mike at Dr. Anonymous and a hilarious post by Dr. Rob!)! I nearly fell over! I guess Shane, official “web guy” of Emergiblog, had mentioned the date to a few bloggers. It was like coming home to a virtual surprise party!

(Confirmation of date confusion: fourth anniversary and the beginning of my fifth year of blogging.)

Many, many thanks to all who posted best wishes! I was touched and had a lump in my throat more than once.

A special thank you to Shane who keeps Emergiblog working smoothly no matter how many widgets I ask him to place (and I’m the queen of widgets!), handles my ads and still answers all my questions after four years running.

It goes without saying that this blog would be a web page in the dark if it were not for the folks who read it, so

For all the support, encouragement, commenting (pro AND con) and reading – thank you!


And now for some fun Emergiblog facts (courtesy of my SiteMeter, you can see it at the bottom): as of today, August 5th, 2009….

Average daily number of visitors: 433

Total visitors over life of blog: 470,516 (some perspective on this: NHS Blog Doctor did 500,000 in six months!)

Number of page views: 1,026,888

Most visits by web page (top three): Crass Pollination, the twitter feed for Bojustbo and Code Blog (thanks, guys! : D You can bet I’m right up there on your reader lists, too!)

Top three search words: “Emergiblog”, “Nurse Jackie” (!), “pain scale 1-10” (I cannot believe “Kasey Kahne” did not make the list…)


Now for just some plain old facts:

My blog fathers: Hugh Hewitt and James Lileks

Number of posts: 805 (whoa, that averages out to .55 posts per day, 16.7 per month, 201 per year!)

Number of comments: 7,068

Number of times comments blocked: once (It was my Nurse Jackie post. I mean, I can only take being called a “turkey-on-a-high-horse” so many times : D)

My first link: Circadiana, by Coturnix (aka Bora!) on August 16th, 2005 to this post (originally posted to my old blogspot site).

Number of lattes consumed during blogging: 4,397,777 (okay, I exaggerate)

Number of times I hosted Grand Rounds: 5 (if I counted correctly, themes have been Wallace and Gromit, the Beatles, Nascar, Starbucks and the Emergency Room)


My totally worst experience blogging EVER: My first Grand Rounds (March of 2006) at the old site (which seems to have not made the transition over to this url). I was almost done. There had to be 70 submissions, at least (I may increase the number every time I tell the story). It was late Monday night.

I lost the post. Suddenly it was gone! It disappeared. Vanished off the face of the internets.

I started again, clicked to save the post and it vanished.

Now I am frantic. One is never late with Grand Rounds. I found out the post was too long for Blogger to handle, but managed to get it up somewhere around 0400 or 0500 that Tuesday morning. (Pic thanks to Rita at Supporting Safer Healthcare! From back in 2006!)

I decided right then and there that I would leave Blogger and get my own domain. I do believe that was when Shane entered the picture and this version of Emergiblog was born after that, with my own domain name and, may god bless, a WordPress format!

And never looked back…..until now.


  • Rita Schwab
    Rita Schwab

    August 5, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    I still have the captioned photo I sent you after the March 2006 Grand Rounds/Blogger debacle – I’ll email it to you again for your “memories” collection. 🙂

  • linda-lou

    August 5, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Happy belated anniversary Kim! If I’d had a blog I’d have left you a note too because August 4th is my anniversary: I’ve been working as a nurse for one year. I might not have made it if not for you. I wrote a paper in nursing school about e-mentoring and how I was finding support and encouragement through reading the blogs of other nurses. Anyway, I can’t possibly thank you enough for C-o-S and for connecting me with other blogging nurses who dispense invaluable advice for nurses and nursing students. You are the best!

  • maha

    August 5, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Happy blogging anniversary! Your blog was the first nursing blog I started to read and inspired me to start my own. Keep up the great work Kim 🙂

  • Sean

    August 5, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    You go girl.

  • Rachel

    August 5, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    happy blogiversary!!!

  • Tara

    August 7, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    I have been read your blog and other nursing blogs for a while and now I made on of my own. Your blog is very resourceful and informitive for a future nurse!

  • Molly Brown
    Molly Brown

    August 9, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! Wow… That went by fast! I remember when I was just a “neurotic nursing student” and started reading your blog. Your support helped me get through a lot! Congrats and keep up the wonderful work…

  • NPs Save Lives
    NPs Save Lives

    August 13, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Congrats from a loyal reader. I can only hope that I reach your level of readers some day. Don’t know how you do everything that you do and remain sane!

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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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