Eight Reflections From One Year of Blogging

  1. Blogging started as an exercise in business development.  It’s turned into an adventure in personal development.
  2. Blogging is more work than I ever imagined.
  3. Blogging is also more rewarding than I ever imagined.
  4. Think book, not diary  (with gratitude to Guy Kawasaki, How to Change the World blog).
  5. Putting up 1/2 baked ideas is a great way to have a dialogue; putting up 1/4 baked ideas is a great way to look stupid.
  6. Blogging is addicting.  I think of Jim Fixs’s book on running where he describes monks that ran for 24 hours straight.  It’s sometimes not easy to get in the right mindset, but then the runner’s high kicks in and you just keep going.
  7. While you could go to www.blogger.com and get started writing your own free blog in 5 minutes — don’t. Do your homework.
  8. Finding your voice isn’t easy.  I still feel like I’m working on it intensely, even after a year.

EcmbstatsTo all of you out there reading — THANKS — that’s what’s keeping me going.  To all of my advisors and others who have offered encouragement, perspectives and feedback — THANKS.

Here are some high level stats to share:

  • An average of 300–400+ people are dropping by daily (green).
  • Over 28,000 different people (red) have dropped by since my first post on March 11, 2007.

Finally, sometimes you wonder whether ANYONE, ANYWHERE is reading.  Then you get a trackback like the one below from http://blog.tsimzung.com/doctorlog/656 :) 

 

Free at Last, Free at Last — “Health 2.0″ is Free at Last!

Bravo, cheers and congratulations to fellow blogger and consultant Matthew Holt.  In a stroke of defiance and brilliance, he has trademarked the term “Health 2.0” and made it available for all to use (presumably except for events that might be confused with his upcoming Health 2.0 conference).  From The Health Care Blog:

Yes I’ve trademarked Health2.0. No, I will not stop anyone using it. I’ll be giving control over the trademark to the collective advisory board for the Health2.0 Conference. All I want to make sure is that no one uses the trademark offensively (pun intended) as for instance has happened with the term eRx.

Why did Matthew obtain the trademark for Health 2.0 only to give it back to all of us?