Thursday, February 20, 2014

Reflections of a (1 Year) Blogger

February marks the one year anniversary of this blog and I thought I would take a few minutes to reflect and share my thoughts. While I was initially skeptical, the blog has turned out to be a great way to share information (both formal and informal) with the MedStar Health research community.

Overall, I have received a lot of positive comments.  Many like how we highlight a diverse set of topics, from associate 'fun' activities to new system initiatives; things within the Research Institute to activities happening nationwide; all aspects of advancing health including new clinical applications, education, innovative and research findings.  Many have commented that it is a fun and easy way to stay up to date.

More than 10,000 pages have been viewed by over 800 people.  Most months average about 900-1000 page views.

What was the most popular post? The Ultimate MHRI Raven's Fan posted last last year had over 800 views. This story highlighted an MHRI associate (Alton) who lived out a lifelong dream to go to the Superbowl to watch the Raven's (and he did it along with getting body painted with a Raven's jersey!).

Among the most satisfying (and also the ones that seem to get the greatest response) are the personal stories.  During the Christmas holidays, I shared my perspective and thoughts on the Present of Presence. This post was in response to reading a simple tweet from @DrEdTori: "In 2014, will you be present?" with his link to NPR All Tech Considered Blog post.  It made me look around at my family and friends and appreciate what was happening at the moment around me.

Thanks for all your feedback - - - keep reading the blog and sharing with your friends  - - sign up 'follow by email' to the right so new posts get pushed to you without having to come to this site ---  also I hope over the next year we can enhance the 'two way' communication with people posting more comments - - I am always looking for guest bloggers and ideas of things you want to see so send them to me!


  1. Dr. Weissman, congrats in your 1st year anniversary blogging. I have enjoyed all of them..

  2. Always a great read, thanks and congrats on your 1 year mark.

  3. Great! That is all I need, just a little bit of encouragement to keep blogging!