November 5, 2011, 12:32 am

Sleepy In LA, Friday at BlogWorld!

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. (

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!

November 2, 2011, 9:58 am

This Is The City: Blog World Expo!!!

I may be sitting in the Oakland International Airport, but my heart, and soon the rest of me, will be in the heart of Los Angeles, California!

Swimming pools, movie stars? Oh no. Something even better!



If you are a blogger, if you read blogs,

If you own a freaking computer, even if you are one of the poor souls who don’t own a Mac…


Okay, I might be a little excited.

But I’m telling you, I would mortage my home, rent out my husband (sorry, John!) or even my MacBookPro (gasp!) if it meant I could make it to this conference.

I’m, like, the first person at the convention center doors when they open in the morning, and the last person they, um, escort out at the end.

I stalk all the speakers make sure I have a chance to meet all the great speakers and learn from their vast experiences in social media.

This year, I will have the opportunity to meet another of my blog fathers.

Yes, James Lileks will be at Blog World this year!!!!

I was less nervous meeting Steve Perry and Kasey Kahne.


All I have to do is act like the mature, professional, accomplished registered nurse and blogger than everyone thinks I am.

Great disguise, eh?


This marks the fourth year the Social Health track will be meeting at Blog World, and it’s come a long, long way from that exploratory year when it was just a few medbloggers, Shane (my web guy) and Rob and Marc from Johnson & Johnson.

The sessions are fantastic!

Tomorrow, we start with “What Companies Can Do to Support Patient Needs”, with Katie Loeb (Overflowing Brain), Jenni Prokopy (, Kerri Sparling (Six Until Me), and Russ Starke (

Shwen Gwee then takes us into “Health, Activated: Can Health be the next Social (Media) Contagion?”. Shwen is the VP of Digital Health at Edelman and the founder of Blog. She is going to be a hard act to follow!

So…guess who gets to follow her! 😀


Yours truly, Jamie Davis (the Podmedic) and Terri Pollick (Nurse Ratched’s Place)!

We’re talking “Shoot From the HIPAA” or how not to be afraid of HIPAA when you blog, podcast or tweet!

Do you ever get rid of butterflies before you speak?


Well, my plane has arrived, and the good people of Southwest Airlines will probably be giving pre-flight instructions shortly.

My trip has started out on a good footing,

I have an “A” ticket!



October 5, 2011, 6:12 pm

If Not for Steve…

My husband surprised me with a Macintosh Performa 575 in 1994.

I told him it had to be a Mac.

None of those god-awful Windows pieces of garbage.

A Mac.

I was Apple to the core from the beginning.


This family eats, sleeps and breathes Apple.

Okay, my son and I eat, sleep and breathe Apple.

I joke that I worship at the Altar of Steve Jobs.

So today’s announcement of his passing, while expected, is still horribly sad.

My computing life, no, my entire life, is so totally entwined in Apple, I can honestly say if not for Steve Jobs and his vision, this blog would not exist.

Emergiblog is six years old now. Because of this blog I have made friends worldwide, traveled across the country, and was inspired to return to school for my BSN – online.

Steve said technology doesn’t change lives.

It changed miine.

It changed ours.

For the better.


So thank you, Steve.

For everything.

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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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