October 15, 2009, 9:58 pm

One For the Medblogger History Books

125pxThe first medblogger track at BlogWorld/New Media Expo is now history.

And it went beautifully!

The panels were informative, the audience engaged and we even got Paul Levy in via telephone hook up through a device that looked like a giant Star Trek communicator!

A most interesting day!



The first surprise was seeing Ramona’s “Blogger Quilt”!

She made it for the conference to be given to one of the medblogger attendees via drawing.

It is beautiful! And even better, on each of the white diagonal lines is the signature of one of the medbloggers.

So, the drawing was held before the fourth panel and the quilt was won by…

Gary Schwitzer, of Health News Review.org!

He wore it as a cape for the first part of his panel! Super Blogger!


Ramona’s fingers must have been flying because she made me a mini-quilt of Rosie the Riveter!

She says it looks like me! I wish I was that buff!

(Right now I feel like Rosie the Wilted; that was some margarita at dinner!)

The quilt is gorgeous and will have a special place on the wall at home!

Well, there was much introducing and hugging and excitement as everyone gathered (most of us meeting for the first time), and then the day’s sessions began.



My two fellow nurse bloggers pictured here are Gina, of Code Blog fame and Terri from Nurse Ratched’s Place.

This was my first time meeting Gina – much fun, and Terri is always a hoot!

Jamie Davis, host of the Nursing Show Podcast was on hand doing on the spot interviews with the bloggers, and Terri had us all busting up with her interview and her panel contributions!



Doctor Anonymous (Mike) will be doing his BlogTalkRadio show directly from the BTR booth in the exhibit hall, tomorrow at approximately 2:00 pm.

I don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say you might hear a rousing rendition of “Let It Be” and “Amie” as sung by a few of our blogging colleagues. At dinner. In harmony. Sort of.



Grunt Doc and Dr. Wes may look innocent, but ask them about “The Lunch Incident”.

The true story may never be told.

While I’m sitting in front of these guys giving my full attention to my distinguished colleagues on the panels, they are tweeting funny things to the Twitter stream that is running on the screen in front of the room!

I will say this: they are not the ones on Dr. Anonymous’ infamous “Let It Be” tape.

I shall say no more.


If there was an award given for who traveled the longest to get to BlogWorld, Bongi would win, hands down!

Neal and his (gorgeous) significant other (whose name is escaping me at the moment, I apologize) traveled all the way from South Africa. Together they comprise 2/7 of the entire blogging population of South Africa – seriously. Neal knows of five others.

It was absolutely stunning that he came to the conference, and we are thrilled to see him!



And lastly, here is a photo of Gene, Nick, Kevin and myself (you can see Mike in the background filming Alan). Nick and Kevin, along with Kerri, did a great job on our panel!

Tomorrow, in addition to Dr. A’s BlogTalkRadio show, I get to see my blog father, Hugh Hewitt, in the keynote and he will be broadcasting his show from BlogWorld tomorrow from 3 pm to 6 pm, PDT. If you want to listen, you can hear it streamed live over KRLA’s website.

I hope to get a picture with Hugh, if I don’t get too freaked out to ask! Wish me luck!


There are still two full days of blogging goodness ahead of us! More to come tomorrow, including photos of tonight’s dinner and sing-along! Now it’s time for bed! Been up since 0600 and it’s almost 0100!


  • Rachel

    October 16, 2009 at 3:43 am

    Sounds like it went well! Wish I could have been there.

  • Sean

    October 16, 2009 at 5:26 am

    So jealous.
    So excited.
    I’m looking forward to what the future will bring for us.
    Thank you to all of you!

  • Beth

    October 16, 2009 at 5:52 am

    Great pictures! Glad everything went well – wish I could have been there…I guess there’s always next year.

  • Shane

    October 16, 2009 at 7:04 am

    Wow! So, so jealous 🙂 Glad you guys are having a great time!

  • Dr. Val
    Dr. Val

    October 16, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Nice summary post – and so fast! Great job! So glad we could all get together… It’ll be even bigger and better next year!

  • Trusted.MD Network
    Trusted.MD Network

    October 16, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    In Case You Were Wondering…

    … Kim has a nice run-down on what I’ve been up to over at Emergiblog. Yesterday’s conference on medical blogging and the impact that social media will play in the future direction of health care was fascinating and well worth the trip….

  • Reality Rounds
    Reality Rounds

    October 16, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Sounds like a blast! I love meeting other bloggers in person. I met three at a recent Lamaze conference, and they were just as cool in person as I thought they would be. I am also jealous!

  • rlbates

    October 17, 2009 at 6:01 am

    It has been wonderful!

  • Marc Monseau
    Marc Monseau

    October 18, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Great photos, Kim. So glad it was a success. We have to do this again next year!

  • Dr. Dean Brandon
    Dr. Dean Brandon

    October 20, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    The Blogworld sessions were great and right on-point for me. It was great to meet other health care bloggers!

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