November 6, 2011, 8:31 pm
It’s early Sunday evening, downtown LA.
Blog World Expo 2011 is over. Nurse Ratched and Nerdy Nurse left in the early morning darkness for the long journey back to the east coast.
I’m still here!
I always stay an extra day so I’m not traveling during the NASCAR race.
I picked up good information at BWE. I also picked up a bug. I’m trying to figure out which wall I ran into at 2 pm this afternoon. I was fine, and then BAM! Unfortunately Zofran is not over-the-counter, and I don’t think I’d have any luck scoring it on the street.
This is what I get for not partying like it’s 1999. Maybe if I had consumed alcohol, my system would have been sanitized for my protection.
This year, the Social Health track was running during all three days of the Blog World conference.
A modeling session isn’t usually a part of the track, but this is LA, and Jenni’s site is called ChronicBabe, so there ya go! [Jenni and I with Kerri (Six Until Me) and Terri (Nurse Ratched's Place)]
Mark my words, these Social Health Whiteboard sessions are going to become famous – last year’s session was energizing and dynamic; this year’s session was focused and driven. I was tweeting my fingers off – hopefully they make sense!
You can follow the entire Social Health track by reviewing the hashtag (#sochealth) on Twitter.
We did an episode of the Insights in Nursing podcast right from the Blog World show floor!
That was a blast, folks walking by, the energy of a live show! Nerdy Nurse Brittney Wilson joined host Podmedic Jamie Davis in her first appearance as a panelist.
It was a great weekend, catching up with old friends. For some of us, it had been two years since we had seen each other, but it felt like yesterday.
I’ll be heading home in the morning. It will be nice to be home, re-entry back into night shift, not so much.
But I’m leaving with a suitcase full of swag and a full tank of inspiration.
And a bit of a bug.
Hey, maybe I can get a blog post out of it…..
November 5, 2011, 11:53 pm
Six books, a T-shirt, a beach ball and a little rubber brain.
This what I will physically take home from Blog World Expo.
There is no photograph that can depict all that I will take away from here in terms of creativity, energy, motivation and a renewed love of writing.
Things were getting mighty dry at the well, I must admit.
One session by The Napkin Dad and I know not to let “STOP” signs get in the way of creativity. And I’m the one putting up those “STOP” signs…go figure!
A whirlwind session by novelist and writing professor Bill Torgerson and new writing territories, my territories, are revealed and the words pour out faster than I can take them down.
It’s like I can breathe at the keyboard again.
I can’t even begin to describe the freedom behind that sentence.
Or the weight that is off my shoulders.
Blog World rocks.
It’s late Friday night.
Los Angeles, California.
There’s one thing about Blog World.
They know how to throw a party.
Lots of people can vouch for that.
I’m not one of them.
I didn’t attend the party.
I’m old. I’m in bed.
LOL! How’s THAT for a Jack Webb impression!
The days have been pretty active here at Blog World!
Our HIPAA session was yesterday, that’s me with Jamie Davis (The Nursing Show) and Terri Polick (Nurse Ratched’s Place).
The Social Health track is amazing; the growth is jaw-dropping. There is a maturation of the blogosphere, the emergence of technology that puts health care in your pocket (literally), companies utilizing social media technology to take health care to third world countries…people are more comfortable, new problems and concerns arise, like I said….amazing.
The best part is catching up with old friends in person and missing every single person who isn’t here. And if you are reading this, I mean you! : ) Blog World will happen again next year and it’s worth every single penny, so start planning now. I am!
Every year my “blog father” Hugh Hewitt broadcasts his radio show from the Blog World show floor. This year, my other “blog father” James Lileks was a guest!
Meeting a fellow blogger is like meeting someone you’ve known for a million years, and this was no exception.
I was so excited! How many people get to meet their blogging inspirations?
Meet The Napkin Dad!
If you have never seen the Napkin Dad’s site, you need to treat yourself. (www.napkindad.com)
Marty Coleman used to draw little cartoons on his daughters’ napkins, and a small philosophical quote each day. He’d put them in their lunches. The story of what happens to those napkins will cause you to run for your kleenex, so be ready!
Marty spoke on road blocks to creativity, and boy did I need to be at that session. If I took the energy I’ve been spending complaining about why I can’t create and put it into actually creating, I’d be, well, creating!
And on that note, it’s time to re-energize for tomorrow’s sessions.
Good night, LA!