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!
I’ve just been exploring Google Analytics – a tool for creating useful and usable statistics for your website and what your visitors do if and when they get to it.
To be honest I’m not blown away by what it does because I have a tool that I bought 6 years ago which does the same thing using my downloaded server logs. It was even updated after I thought all updating had ceased so now includes the latest operating systems and browsers in the reports – 123loganalyzer.
Anyway after taking a look I navigated back to my Google account page and it was in Russian (of course not being fluent in Russian it could have been another cyrrillic language but I am taking a wild guess).
First thoughts were that perhaps Russia has decided to knock out our communications network by taking over Google and then I wondered whether I had inadvertently reset the default language. I logged out and logged back in and the language was set back to English.
So OK I might sound a little paranoid by cyberterrorism is set to be the new black in 2008.
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(Remember you heard it here first comrade!)
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 😉