In everyday dialogue, the word “idea” is generally used to denote the subjective thoughts of our own minds—it’s what makes us unique as individuals. At some point in our lives, we have all felt inspired, compelled even, to think about the what-ifs. “What if this works out?” “What if our efforts are wasted and our ideas do not make a difference?” “What if someone had this idea before us?” Whether we pursue these aspirations depends on time, energy, money, and dedication. Even with an abundance of all of those resources, many ideas never come to fruition. The story behind HealthComU, however, is a little bit different.
As distance-learning graduate students and alumni of a Master’s program at Boston University specializing in Health Communication, it was second nature of us to interact efficiently in the online environment while yielding grad school-ready results. Very often, the thought of creating a blog would rumble like a soft thunder—gaining momentum, but slowly silencing out when life inevitably got in the way. Being spread across the country, all in different combinations of working and studying, some raising families and others just trying to get by, made getting past good intentions quite difficult. But nevertheless, the idea lingered. We were looking for a place to share topics about which we are passionate or a forum to discuss our different experiences in the industry. And thus HealthComU was born. Still, none of us have technically met (other than that one time), so the odds of keeping the project going may have appeared stacked against our little endeavor.
When HealthComU’s first post went live a year ago, we’d already spend months planning the content we wanted to deliver and how we wanted it to look. What the five of us didn’t truly understand at the time was how many hours we would spend getting everything together for our readers or how many times we would schedule chats on Skype or Facebook around important events (think group calls long enough to have submitted to side conversations about award show winners of sports scores).
We just kept at it because we loved doing it. And still feel this way today. Without the help of our wonderfully talented guest bloggers who so readily shared their stories or the support of our countless friends and readers, there would be no reason for us to exist. Our community is small, but we are a tight group connected by the notion that an accomplishment is only as good as the people who make it happen—our greatest idea, yet.
Cheers to the beginning of a new year!
—Christine, Julie, Kristin, Lisa, Payal