One hundred posts at HealthComU didn’t come easy, but it’s sure been fun getting here! We’re so happy to share this milestone with you—our readers and fellow health communicators. With 100 posts and nearly a year under our collection belts, we thought we’d share some of our lessons learned and experiences here at HealthComU.
Julie: I can’t believe HealthComU has already reached 100 posts! Just a little less than one year ago, we were in the early stages of brainstorming how this project could come to fruition. It’s been a labor of love, and as a mother of three I understand the immense work that accompanies “labor.” Sometimes it’s hard to choose a topic, and sometimes condensing the information into 500 words with impact is even more difficult. The one constant is that at the end, it is always worth it. Here’s to the next 100!
Lisa: I’m so proud of the work we’ve done so far on the blog, and I can’t believe how quickly we’ve reached the 100th post mark. I’ve been part of the HealthComU team since last November, and during that time, I think the most important lesson I’ve learned about successfully launching a blog is that is takes a great deal of patience. The five of us are a virtual team, and we live in three difference time zones. This means that coordination is extra tricky and deadlines are even trickier! But I think that diversity is what makes us such a strong team. Patience also comes into play regarding the number of guest posters with whom we work—with that comes even more coordination (and often more time zones!). I’m excited to see where the next 100 posts take us, and I look forward to working with more guest posters (and of course Julie, Kristin, Payal, and Christine) as HealthComU continues to grow and improve.
Payal: HealthComU has reached it’s first milestone: 100 posts! Time is something we can take for granted, but the time we have put into the blog has proved to be nothing but worthwhile. We are five unique, talented, smart, (and charismatic) women who have come together to share our experience, knowledge, and education from Boston University where we first “met” to create this platform for our readers. I believe some of the most important things I have learned so far are how to work with a team on a project that is a culmination of our strengths and weaknesses, generate ideas to engage our audience, and build on my writing experience—we do at least two posts a month! I’m looking forward to sharing our plans for the upcoming year, approaching our first anniversary, and building our brand to new audiences.
Christine: A little under a year ago, five strangers from across the country joined together in blind faith to work on a project that we all felt passionately about. Here we are 100 blog posts later with still so many health and communications topics to cover. I never anticipated how much work it would take to keep HCU up and running, but I wouldn’t trade it in for anything in the world. Everyday I learn something new from the different posts that go up due to our varied format, have the opportunity to express myself creatively, and get to fine-tune many skills that would ordinarily fall by the wayside. Most importantly though, I appreciate the bonds that have been created because of HCU with the other founders and our many talented guest-bloggers—all in the name of good health. Looking forward to another 100 posts and hopefully actually meeting some of the people I talk to everyday!
Kristin: One of the biggest things I have learned throughout the creation and the running of this blog is trust. I am working with four individuals who I have only met online, and I have to trust that I can rely on them to carry out their responsibilities. I believe that it would have been harder to develop that kind of trust in each other if we did not have the health communication program in common and to have it unite us. I have also learned to be more confident in my writing. I definitely still struggle with this from time to time, but I can notice a difference in my writing when I am writing about topics that I am excited or passionate about. It is almost hard to believe that almost a year has passed since we started the planning process for the blog and that we have already reached our 100th post, and I am excited to see where it continues to go.