This year will mark the first ever Medblogger track at BlogWorld/New Media Expo.
And it all started because of a rather indignant blogger.
That would be me.
An introduction may be in order. I’m Kim, a registered nurse who has been blogging about my life and times as an ER nurse over at Emergiblog.
It was 2008 and I had just come home from attending BlogHer. So many bloggers! So much energy! So much inspiration!
And not a single session or special interest group for medbloggers.
I looked at other conferences. Even those related to health 2.0 had nothing for those of us in the trenches, the day-to-day regular medbloggers. I looked at BlogWorld Expo. Milbloggers, sports bloggers, political bloggers, real estate bloggers…but nothing for medbloggers.
Humph! That just would not do! So I did what any self-respecting blogger would do.
Rick Calvert saw that rant, and left a comment.
“There is a place for you at BlogWorld.”
A small group of us made it to BlogWorldExpo 08, and to make it even better we came with a potential sponsor!
By the time we left, we had potential topics and speakers lined up for ’09.
Johnson & Johnson confirmed their sponsorship. Dr. Val at Better Health was instrumental in lining up our panels and confirming our speakers (aka, she did all the work!) and MedPage Today entered as a co-sponsor.
The die was cast; the game was afoot; we were ready to roll.
Here is the result, the Medblogger track line-up:
Panel #1 The State of the Health Blogosphere: We’ve Come A Long Way, Baby
Panel #2 Staying On The Good Side of HIPAA: Safe and Ethical Blogging Practices
Panel #3 Blogging For Change: How To Influence Healthcare Through Blogging
Panel #4 The Value of Blogs To Hospitals, Industry, and News Organizations
From blog post to full track in less than a year.
Never underestimate the power of a rant!