I have helped many nurses discover blogging, learn more about blogging, and even encouraged some (like my friend Nurse Eye Roll) to come out of the anonymous blogging and social media closet. I’ve spent countless hours researching the skills, tools, and methods needed to be a successful blogger and have grown a site that attracts over 100,000 visitors every month. It’s time that I start lighting more torches in the world and teach nurses the business of blogging.
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?
There are many blog posts and articles touting the benefits of social media. However, there are few blog posts outlining the career benefits of social media for nurses. This is the post you that answers the question “Can nurses use social media for career success?”
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?
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.
When I began blogging if you had told me that I would be paying for a family vacation to Disney World all from the income I had earned from blogging, I’d probably laugh you out of the room. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I could turn a personal passionate into a lucrative part time job.
Social media offers many benefits to it’s users. Nurses in particular have the ability to gain many skills that can improve their nursing practice by using social media. While many in healthcare fear social media for various reasons, there is greater good that can come of it for healthcare as a whole.
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.
A CAPTCHA is a program that protects websites against bots by generating and grading tests that humans can pass but current computer programs cannot. For example, humans can read distorted text as the one(s) shown below, but current computer programs can’t.
The term CAPTCHA (for Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart) was coined in 2000 by Luis von Ahn, Manuel Blum, Nicholas Hopper and John Langford of Carnegie Mellon University.