The blogoshpere is booming with passionate and entertaining nurse bloggers. I’ve seen a few lists that compile the best nurse blogs or the top nurses to follow on twitter, pinterest, and even Google plus. However, I’ve never seen a single location where you can find a comprehensive list of nursing blogs and their social media accounts. It goes without saying that nurses who blog are also active on social media so why not get everything together in one location?
Most people know that blogging is an excellent way to tell stories and share information. It places power with individuals and allows anyone anywhere the ability to have a voice. But even thought it’s a great medium for storytelling, can nurses who blog use their online presence to improve the nursing profession? Can they use their voice to connect with others nurses and make a positive difference?
Things have certainly been busy in my neck of the woods. If you’re a regular reader you might have noticed that my updates have been light for the last few weeks. Most of my writing energy has been devoted to the book I’ve written that in the process of begin edited and due to be published in August. I’m really excited about the book and that I’ll be a full-fledged author.
There was a time when I thought that Allnurses promoted online collaboration and support for nurses. I was wrong. Allnurses only intends to support themselves by padding their pocketbooks with ad sales garnered by promoting anonymous rants and gripe sessions. They claim to promote nursing, but they shun any nursing experts who can provide valuable insight to the conversations if that expert happens to have a blog.
I am honored to be included on a list for 25 Outstanding Medical Blogs By Nurses created by QuickMed. Many of the nurses on this list are my friends and I admire their work online. A few of them I’ve even had the pleasure to meet in real life!
I had no idea when I started blogging that I would be able to turn into a part time income. I had not even began to think about the fact that if I was dedicated to it, and made a leap, that I could potentially blog full time one day. I could replace my entire income with blogging, if I wanted. I know how to do it. I know others that have done it. But it just requires so much time, and like most of us, I just don’t have a whole lot of it.
We’re all busy.
Making money on the internet is not a myth. But it’s not as simple as paying $19.99 to have Freddy in India set you up a website and have it go on autopilot, either. Making money online takes work. Nothing worth having in this life is for free. And blogging for cash is no different.
Many people have looked to blogging as a way to generate income. When I first starting blogging I never ever thought about making money. For a very long time I felt as if I wasn’t supposed to make money from it. This sort of coincides with how I sometimes feel guilty that I get paid to work as a nurse. Something inside me always told me that people would or already were judging me harshly for receiving compensation for caring for others, or in this case, blogging.
Many people have looked to blogging as a way to generate income for themselves. I’ll be completely honest. When I started blogging, making money was the last thing I had in mind. In fact, for a very long time I felt as if I wasn’t supposed to make money off of it. Sort of coincides with how I sometimes feel guilty that I get paid to work as a nurse. Something inside me always told me that people would or already were judging me harshly for receiving compensation for caring for others or in this case, blogging.
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Hospitals and healthcare providers every start shaking in their boots when they think of social media and healthcare. They freak out about the possibly of a HIPAA violation. But the fear that is struck in many of their hearts is really unneeded. There are 18 patient identifiers that are off limits when it comes to […]
Yep. My blogging career is over.
Wordpress is going to corrupt my database. Studio press is going to take away my Genesis theme. ICANN is going to take away my domain name. The Nerdy Nurse will die a bitter death in the nursing blogosphere.