Category Archives: Blogging

Google inspires…

As you can see from the number of previous posts on this blog that I have not been prolific with my ramblings so far. Part of the reason for that has been the awful Blogger interface (provided by Google) and the fact that I wanted to run my blog from my own domain name. (Of course the other reason is that I have been very busy – thanks to all my clients and customers!)

A colleague had enthused about WordPress as an alternative but I had been reluctant as it is based on a different technology that I wasn’t sure I had the time to get to grips with. Google obviously understood my needs and decided to prevent users running blogs on their own domains from remotely updating their blogs. This meant me having to bit the bullet and take a look at WordPress. Thank you Google – why didn’t you do this before?

Even after a couple of small problems I can see that WordPress is far superior - Easy to use from the outset with no coding experience required to get up and running. It has a lagrge community of enthusiasts that create themes and plugins that can completely change the way your site looks and functions. The best bit is that a lot of this is completely free. 

So once again I thank Google for forcing me inspiring me to take a look at WordPress – What great guys!

Blogging Rules OK!

Prior to considering whether to start a blog or not I became aware of a couple of blogs written under pseudonyms. One was "NHS Blog Doctor" by Dr Crippen and the other was "Girl with a one track mind" by the girl. Both in their own way are contentious, thought provoking and very well written. The main difference aside from subject matter is that Dr Crippen remains anonymous…… for the moment!

On the strength of this I decided that for this blog that I would write it as myself. This makes the blogging rules somewhat more straightforward.

  • Don’t write anything about anyone that you are not prepared to say to them directly
  • Expect that not everyone will agree with your point of view 😉
  • Write regularly but if you’ve got nothing to say be silent
  • Have opinions but don’t claim to be an expert on things you are not
  • Don’t take yourself to seriously

Happy New Year 2008!

Day 1 – Well everything has to start somewhere

The last month has been a busy month.

Whilst everyone was out spending the money that they didn’t have in anticipation of having even less in 2008 I have been beavering away.

The main event was the re-launch of the Just for Nurses website http://www.justfornurses.co.uk/.

The main new features include:

  • Nursing Jobs Board
  • Nursing Forums
  • Book Reviews
  • “After I Qualified…” informal careers information
  • Discounted Online Nursing courses
  • plus the chance to win one of 2 4GB Ipod Nanos or a free online training course

This appears to have gone pretty well and the visitor statistics are looking pretty healthy at this point.

There are lots of design and content issues to consider not least of which this is one of nine nursing websites that I manage – but more about that later.

Blogging is clearly a useful medium for spreading the word about what you do and if anyone chooses to find what I write interesting so much the better – but I can’t promise 😉