This And That

Seems like a lot has happened over the past week that I didn’t really get a chance to comment on for one reason or another. Now’s as good a time as any to bundle all of those notes into one post, right? Right.

Get authentic patient voices in the room. To lead change in health care, organizations must get in the room the voices of real patients – people whose lives are touched by our products and services. “What It Really Takes to Listen to Patients” – Harvard Business Review

Then there’s this:

And this:

This came from yesterday’s “Design for Health” class at Stanford.

And to balance out the serious…

And.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to prepare for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Dayle got us tickets smack dab in the middle of the theater. She’s the best.

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A New Look

You might have noticed that things have changed a bit since you last visited. Well, I hope you noticed the changes.

There’s a new theme, a new layout for the sidebar and menu structure in the header, and I made a few other minor tweaks to tidy how everything looks.

I wish I kept track of how long it took me to settle on this theme, the sidebar configuration, and every other customizable bit that you may or may not notice. I have a private “sandbox” blog that I keep around for the sole purpose of testing out new themes and customizations. Suffice to say that these changes were not made lightly.

Also, I may have a problem. But I promise to not make another significant change like this for at least 6 months.

…maybe 3 months.

…how about for the rest of the week.

(I wanted to find a way to use this gif in a don’t judge me, I accept that I obsess over this stuff and I like how this blog looks sort of way, but I couldn’t quite pull it off. Either way, here you go.)

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About That About Page

The first thing I wrote for this blog, besides a silly update to the “Hello World” default post that WordPress sets up for you is my “About” page. The first published timestamp for that page is December 31, 2008 (5:52 AM). Once I settled on the content, I kinda let it sit.

For over 4 years.

I suppose now is as good a time as any to overhaul that one, right?

I’m not sure if that page will always be my first impression to new visitors to my slice of the Internet, but the least I could do is keep some of this stuff slightly modern. It’s incredible to see how my life has changed since this thing started 4 years ago.

At the end of the day, I believe in storytelling. I believe that the stories we, the diabetes community, share strengthen our community and improve our capacity for greatness by an exponential margin. I believe that every story is worth telling, no matter how ordinary it appears to be on the surface. I believe all of “this” is best served to help remind others that they aren’t alone with their diabetes, their cancer, their rheumatoid arthritis, or whatever else you may be dealing with. I believe that every patient community has something to teach, and something to learn.

Right now I have a lot to learn, and if I’m lucky a few things I can help teach in the process.

Welcome to my madness.

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Lucky Me

I’ve been quite lucky in my podcasting adventures over the past few years. I do my best to present my show as a professional, something to be proud of each and every week I publish a new episode. I try to let my content speak for itself rather than worry about an overly wordy pitch or request for an interview. No matter how convincing I may be, I still rely on people actually saying “yes” to my invites.

These past two conversations are just another instance of kind folks taking a leap of faith and having an hour-long conversation with a total stranger. All of this based on an email with 5 sentences and a link to a podcast, inviting prospective guests to “sample my podcast if they would like to see how I conduct my business.”

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