Because I have not been getting posts up more than once a week, I decided to join Word Count’s Blogathon. It starts today (May 1). A blogathon is a challenge, much like a marathon race or triathlon, to focus your energy on writing and improve it. One of the positive results that I hope will come from daily blogging is more ease with writing, structure, and discipline—something that self-employed people like me particularly need.
Many people outside of the journalism and blogging community do not understand blogging. Some may think that blogging is inevitably a narcissistic drain on their energy. Some bloggers are like that.
I hope that you give me a chance. I want to open debate on thorny issues. I want you to participate. If you contribute stories about your experience with healthcare, maybe more spaces will open up for providing the kind of quality healthcare people want. Without a voice, we don’t even know what that looks like. If healthcare is to work for you, your point of view needs to be heard in organizing care, whether and what you pay for it, in choosing your medication regimen, and so much more.
The blogathon lasts for 31 days. In my more anxious moments, I think: “What the heck am I doing? Nobody wants to read this stuff.” That was brought home to me earlier this week when I saw my excellent periodontist, who coincidentally shares many of my interests. Responding to an email I sent him announcing my blog, he said: “I hate to tell you. I don’t do blogs.” Maybe he’ll change his mind. But I am not focusing on that. What I want are more people to feel included here. I think the more people contributing, the more likely the discussion takes on a life of its own and change in healthcare become.
Please give me your feedback. By the way, if the posts get to be overkill, let me know too. I don’t want to destroy a good thing. I’ll gladly drop the blogathon to not annoy you.
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Hi Laura, found your blog through the blogathon links. I’m interested in your subject matter and looking forward to reading your posts. All the best to you, LT
Keep ’em coming! (Don’t be discouraged by a few negative responses. Remember Mr Smith, who went to Washington: He got baskets of negatives, but all America was really with him.)
Yes–pls keep on with it. I found your blog after your tweet about health care and the deaf (and r/t’d as @HerHealthySelf). The patient POV is vital–lots of folks are talking “patient centered care” but it’s usually in conversation with other providers, policy wonks, etc. It’s the nitty gritty of that reality that you are providing–vital. Don’t stop.