Two years later.
Five passionate health communicators.
Still, one inspired vision.
We’d all talked about it—the desire to create a place where we could freely “put pen to paper” our thoughts, findings, and ideas about communication in the health care space. We talked about it for a really long time, actually—almost six months. Weekly video conference calls with almost strangers and lots of Google Docs later, we brought to life a blog.
We’re excited to celebrate our second birthday mostly because despite the odds, we’ve made it this far. In the digital world, where so many side-projects come to fruition and are abruptly abandoned and forgotten as real-life priorities take precedence, our outlet is an anomaly. Our cofounders are moms (of humans and pups), masters of our own craft, and never-ending learners. We’re not even in the same time zones. Best put, our lives are completely out of sync.
Still, we’ve grown. Thanks to the contributions of many of our peers and ongoing support from our alma matter, we’ve been able to get our message across to almost 16,000 eyes in the last six months alone. In 2015, we even ranked as one of the Top 10 health blogs on Healthline.
By definition, a “vision” can take on many meanings. No different is how we’ve all interpreted the many little milestones that have helped HealthComU get to where we are today. Here are just a few:
It’s an almost overwhelming feeling to think of all the gears that are simultaneously working to keep our little corner of the web afloat. Somehow, we squeezed out a little extra energy this year and were able to produce two well-received chat events on Twitter which facilitated some important health-related conversations. Looking forward to what the next year will bring!
I can’t believe how fast the past two years have gone. Looking back, I’d have to say that my fondest memory was finally meeting fellow HealthComU member Lisa Blubaugh! All five of us are spread throughout the country, so when someone happens to be in your town, you make time to meet up. It was definitely worth it to finally meet someone whom I had only known via the cyber world since our time in the BU program late 2012 or early 2013!
I have a few great memories from this past year with HealthComU. It was a great experience being able to participate in the planning and implementation of a Twitter chat. It is a wonderful experience to be a part of a health communications blog that continues to grow and be supported by many. But my favorite memory from this past year was the continued professional support for everyone before, during, and after I made my transition into the new job role I now hold. I definitely look forward to what the next year(s) has in store for us.
Like Julie, a definite highlight for me was finally getting to meet one of my fellow HealthComU founders. Although we’d never met in person, we jumped right in like the good friends we are! Another special moment for me this year was being asked by Leigh Curtin-Wilding, MSHC alum and new director of the program, to be a guest speaker for her Advanced Writing for Health Communicators class. It was truly an honor to be asked to present about HealthComU and my health communications experience.
A highlight from the past year for me was the overwhelming support from Boston University and our peers, particularly the Boston University Metropolitan College and Health Communication program and staff. During our run in the annual Healthline Best Health Blogs of 2015 Contest, they shared and mentioned our posts during classes and on social media, which has helped expand our presence within the industry.