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5 Reasons to Be A Health IT Blogger

Posted on April 16, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Allison sent out the nice tweet above which links to a blog post talking about 5 reasons to blog:

  • You’re Creating a Personal Brand
  • Become A Keyword Search
  • Networking Made Easy
  • Demonstrate Your Skills
  • Learn While You Blog

All of these are great reasons to blog. Allison is also mostly talking about blogging as a way to find a new job. This is really valuable. I know since I’ve gotten a lot of job offers thanks to my blog. In fact, I can attribute every job I’ve had since college to the websites that I’ve created. Having created something and shown some entrepreneurial spirit was what set me apart from other candidates in the interview process. In one case it also helped me overcome the challenge of having no healthcare experience.

For me, the two most important things on the list is to connect with people and learn. Blogs have an amazing way of opening up doors of opportunity to meet new people. I’ve met hundreds of people virtually and in person because of my blogs. It’s my favorite part of blogging.

When you blog, you can learn so much. First, if you want to write a blog post about something, you better be educated on the topic. Second, if you write about a topic you’re not as familiar with, then readers of your blog will be happy to educate you in the comments. Yes, sometimes the education comes with a stiff price (some people are just brutal in the comments), but sometimes that’s part of the learning as well.

I know that blogging isn’t for everyone. Some people just don’t have the discipline to be able to do it. Doing it consistently definitely takes discipline. However, everyone could benefit from sharing their experiences and knowledge on a blog.

ONC Healthcare IT Blog

Posted on April 26, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I’m extremely biased in this opinion, but I love that ONC has a healthcare IT blog. I’m sure it still has to go through the government filter, but I love that the members of ONC have a place where they can put out comments and thoughts and receive feedback from the greater community.

One thing that’s beautiful about a blog is that the community of readers often provide as much value in the comments as the writer provides in the commentary. I think that’s a hard shift for many journalists to make since they’ve been so well trained that they are suppose to provide the font of information, cover all angles, research out the facts, etc.

Since I’m not a journalist, this hasn’t been hard for me at all. In fact, one of the main reasons I started this blog was for me to share the information that I had learned and I learned very quickly that when I was wrong that the good people reading my site would be happy to correct me. I’m not sure I’d call all of those corrections a fun experience, but once I put my pride behind me I’m always grateful to be smarter after than I was before.

I imagine that ONC has seen the same thing. They’ve probably heard some comments that were hard for them to hear. However, once they get over those hard things, I’m sure they were grateful to have access to some candid feedback. Argue what you may about the value of meaningful use, certified EHR, and , all of the people from ONC that I’ve met have been very good people trying to do the best they can. I imagine the blog helps them do that even better.