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Blog Changes and Asking for Input

Posted 8/31/2014

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  Probably posting this in the middle of Labor Day weekend is not the ideal time, and I will do it again if this does not garner responses. Sometimes I specifically ask for comments and rarely get many (if any). I know that this system is clunky and hard to use, and I know that many people just don't want to write something. I need your comments now. Please.

  SInce starting this blog in the spring of 2009, I have writte every single day unless I was away from internet service. It has been a wonderful experience for me, and I think/hope that it has been useful for others. I know that the numbers of readers has staedily increased and completely eclipses the readership of other BIDMC blogs. In spite of that, the funding is going to expire at the end of September, and we are trying to figure out what is best to do.

  These seem to be the current options:

1.  The funding moves to another Department (thank you) at BIDMC. but the focus of the blog will change a bit. Instead of being "Living with Breast Cancer", it will be "Living with Cancer". This means that there would be few, if any, posts about specific new breast cancer treatments or research, and more posts that are relevant to people with other diseases.Many of the current posts would fit that description, so it might not turn out to be a huge change.  What would be a huge change is the frequency; the suggestion is that I post two or, maybe, three times/week instead of daily.

2. I break blogging ties with BIDMC and try to establish myself on Blogspot on something similar. This would have the advantage of being completely in my control, and the big disadvantage of losing the funding and the credibility of the association with the Medical Center.

So,here is what I  am asking of you:What has been the most valuable about his blog? What is is most important to preserve? What would it be ok to lose?  What would you like to see added or changed?

PLEASE respond etither in the comment section here or directly to me : hhill@bidmc.harvard.edu

and thank you

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  • Patricia Hogan said:
    9/1/2014 11:14 AM

    I am a regular reader of the blog and have the following thoughts.

    1. I think the credibility of the affiliation with the medical center is very important. I do believe that one must question, and verify much of what is in the blogosphere. Therefore, being a credible source is of utmost importance.

    2. I think less frequent posts are fine. And, it has the advantage of relieving you of an every day work task...take time off!

    3. The blog topics are quite repetitive over time. So, even though a less frequent blog will be focused on topics related to all kinds of cancer, it seems that new cancer news could easily be accommodated within such a blog.

  • Beth Parkhurst said:
    9/2/2014 4:29 PM

    I strongly suggest you keep the blog at BIDMC. I can think of three reasons for doing this. One is that if you move the blog to something like Blogspot, the new readers who need such a blog most will have a much harder time finding it: it will be hidden in a mass of blogs. Another is that the BIDMC affiliation will enable new readers to know that the blog's information is reliable. It's not easy for a layperson to distinguish the reliable from the dodgy online. The third is a feminist issue. Your work writing the blog needs to be funded. Women are much more willing than men to work for free or for unreasonably low pay on worthwhile projects. Doing this perpetuates an unfair situation. The chief drawback to staying with BIDMC--that the blog will address breast cancer only once in a while--can be mitigated by giving readers the opportunity to subscribe to your breast cancer mailing list.

  • Claire said:
    9/4/2014 11:39 AM

    Any blog that you write should keep the spirit of the original. "Hints from Elouise" for cancer patients, tough stuff about facing death, and humor. It is just fine to branch out, and you are the perfect candidate for the challenge.
    Good luck! Claire

  • Patti said:
    9/2/2014 5:09 PM

    I read the blog every few days, so less frequent posts would be fine. However, I do like that the focus is just breast cancer.

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