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!
November 2, 2011, 9:58 am
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!
BLOG WORLD EXPO!
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…
THIS IS WHERE YOU NEED TO BE!!!
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.
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 (ChronicBabe.com), Kerri Sparling (Six Until Me), and Russ Starke (thinkbrownstone.com).
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 Med20.com 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!