Genesis9th April 2006
Okay, how do you start a blog? I guess everyone who has initiated a weblog has wondered what I'm wondering now; what should the first words be? Do you set out your stall and explain what you're about or do you just go straight into it? Is anyone going to read it anyway?
As I write this, 1500 copies of the first issue of Healthcare Today are rolling off the presses ready to be posted out tomorrow and the hc2d website is being prepared for launch on Tuesday. It's been an extremely frenetic and tiring month getting this project off the ground but I know it's only just the beginning. We have great plans for both the website and the magazine and anyone reading the blog will be able to follow our progress in the months ahead. I should say at the outset that we welcome feedback and anyone who wishes to leave comments on this blog will be able to do so shortly.
So why write a blog in the first place? Well, to be honest I was told to. An American friend of mine told me it was unthinkable that anyone would launch a news website in 2006 without a blog on board. So here I am - being dutifully obedient to a long-standing friendship (my friend is a journalist by the way) and testing out our new blogging software on a raining Sunday afternoon.
But there is another good reason for launching a blog, as I explain in the editorial of our first issue. We have adopted a policy of not commenting on healthcare news, simply reporting on it and on the comments of others in the more established media. That doesn't mean we don't have those "but this is all crazy" thoughts once in a while; it's impossible to work in the NHS and not have them. And here is where we'll let off steam - and perhaps even inject a bit of controversy, who knows? Watch this space...
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Author: Chris May
Article Id: 210
Date Added: 9th Apr 2006