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At this spring’s HIMSS conference in Atlanta I went to the Meet the Bloggers sessions March 1-3 (see below for their blogs and Twitter handles). The panelists were informative, funny, and sometimes profound (in a change-the-world sort of way). I recently reviewed my notes and circled the most interesting (to me) comments.
I’ve not attributed individual comments to specific bloggers. These are my scribbled paraphrases, not direct quotes, and I don’t wish to misquote or misattribute. However, taken as a whole they display an intriguing variety of motivations, observations, and insight.
For example, after listening to the Meet the Bloggers panelists, I gained insight into not just why they blog (and tweet), but also why I do. After reviewing this list, perhaps you will too.
From the HIMSS 2010 Meet the Bloggers panelists:
- My blog is the oldest!
- I initially posted to force myself to research the HIT industry; now I post to connect.
- I started my blog 4 1/2 years ago, my posting became less frequent, then Obama implemented a stimulus bill for my blog.
- I wanted to have my voice heard. I’m a contrarian and I think others are interested in contrarian viewpoints.
- My blog used to drive my twitter traffic. Now my tweets drive my blog traffic.
- Twitter is a powerful tool if you follow the right people.
- How has your blog evolved? I’m busier so I write shorter posts.
- I find myself frequently referring back to something I said on my blog years ago.
- We publish each new post at 6PM on a Wednesday.
- I’m running out of things to say!
- Thoughtful posts take a lot of time!
- The best writers are the best readers. I get my ideas from reading and I’m not worried about running out.
- A post is a result. If you haven’t done the work, you don’t have something to say.
- What about experimentation? I think a lot about being edgy
- Tell a story!
- I engage in what I call blog sparring, I write a disagreeing post and link it to the original.
- I’m grouchy and opinionated in public on order to advertize my side business.
- Print is dead.
- Initially my blog generated date money.
- I used to email a long answer to a complex question to one person and I realized that was very inefficient.
- I have to moderate comments because, believe it or not, there are humans who go around posting comments about Levitra.
- The intersection of technology, medicine, and the future can generate a lot of material for blog posts plus the opportunity to meet the most interesting people.
- Bloggers have a mission.
- Do bloggers need to be controversial? My most popular post was not controversial at all. It addressed a common problem.
- Is blogging (and tweeting) a creative, artistic act? Blogging helps me develop the other side (the right side) of my brain; I outline, add color and connections.
- It’s a creative conversation; ideas coalesce; things fit together.
- Content plus editing plus personality fills out a blog, builds trust.
- When do you include personal details about yourself? When I can aid rational discussion with personal experience.
- You can change things through what you write in your blog.
- My blog is my personal brand.
- My Twitter account is a memory device.
- My blog is about getting different communities that should connect to do so.
- Backlinks from blogs are becoming more powerful than from other sources.
- Aggregating content is a creative process: what is most urgent this week?
- I leave stuff out of my blog on purpose so my posts don’t turn into tomes and so others can post fill in the gaps through comments.
- It takes at least 1000 visitors to get one comment.
I adapted the following list from here (added a missing panelist and some Twitter accounts).
HIMSS 2010 Meet the Bloggers Panelists
Healthcare, Technology and Government 2.0
|Dr. Joseph Kim
Dr. Joseph Kim’s Blog
EMR and HIPAA
|Ted Eytan, MD
The EHR Guy
Health System CIO
Life as a Healthcare CIO
The Health Care Blog
|Dr. Val Jones
P.S. Follow me on Twitter at @chuckwebster.