This is the 500th blog I’ve posted so it’s a milestone of some sort. Let me share with you a few of the things I’ve learned from blogging.
You never really know what people might find interesting. I’m amazed at the feedback I get about blogs that I think people won’t care about and I’m amazed at the feedback I get about blogs that I don’t care about.
Blogging exposes a person to due criticism and to undue accolades. If you’re going to write something and post it for the world to see on the world-wide web you’re obviously opening yourself up to criticism and I’m good with that. I wrote it, I’ll take the heat for it. I make it a point not to be too controversial I also make it a point to proof read, at least once, every blog I post. When you post a typo you hear about it. Sometimes I hink i will post a log wit a fuw typos just to see if anyone is peying attntion. Most of the blogs I post are about someone or something else so I don’t really deserve any accolade but I get them by default.
It doesn’t take as much time as I thought to maintain a blog. When Tammy Woirhaye challenged me to start this deal I was worried that I didn’t have the time but its like anything else, if its worthwhile you make the time. It does take commitment and as long as people continue to read I will stay committed to posting on a regular basis.
I’m amazed at the people who read this blog. I have been stopped by strangers in the community who have commented on the something they’ve read. They say thank you or they want additional information – that’s really cool.
It really isn’t hard to come up with topics. There are no rules and there are no guidelines which makes it easier. I can post a blog about an important hospital topic or a random post about doing 500 blogs.
A picture really is worth a thousand words. No matter how many keys I peck or how descriptive my writing is I can never describe something that’s better seen. Blogs with pictures get the most hits.
Speaking of hits, this blog gets on average 160 hits a day, the most hits on any one day was 484, so if you want to sell your old couch with flower pattern print let me blog about it but be sure you send me a picture because a picture is worth a thousand words and if you’re willing to admit that you have a flower pattern print couch for sale I promise I will post the picture and write a story about it. (Remember that day that got 484 hits, it had this picture)
People really enjoy the stories I post about my son (soon to be sons). I have two theories as to why. First, I usually post the funny stuff. Their usually stories about him being a boy, me trying to be a Dad, something he’s done wrong or something I’ve actually done right. My second theory is that those stories are humanizing. Most everyone who reads this blog can relate to those stories. Those stories remind you of something in your past, present or future and those stories are real. When I talk about things like Medicaid Expansion, expense as a percent of net revenue, Accountable Care Organizations, the Affordable Care Act, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera it’s easy to overlook how those things really matter and I get that because to some extent they don’t.
Now I realize I’ve just committed blasphemy for a hospital administrator to say some of the things shaping the health care landscape of our country don’t really matter but the truth is there are things that matter more to the people reading. What truly matters are the patients you care for, the people you work with, the family you love and the balance you strike between those things that are most important. In the end we’re a hospital, we’re here to provide care and regardless of the external environment hospitals save and improve lives every day and that will never change.
Health care workers have the most difficult jobs in the world but the reason they’re great at their jobs is because their committed and the reason 500 blogs isn’t that big of a deal is because it just takes a little commitment.