Questions and Answers

I’ll be moderating a Google+ Hangout tomorrow night (9pm eastern) featuring a few of the ePatients who attended Medicine X last year. We’ll be discussing the application process, our thoughts on last year’s event, and field questions from Twitter – all in an hour.

Honestly, I’m not sure what to expect. I haven’t done a “group podcast” in a while, and those are audio only. I’m expecting at least one moment of kittens on the webcam, and I’ll do my best to pay attention to what I’m doing on screen, since I’ll be the guy keeping everything moving.

This thing is meant for the people who have already applied and the people on the fence, but I’m going to do my part to make sure you fence sitters get a genuine look at what this conference is all about. Believe me, I was just like you before I submitted my application. I didn’t think I deserved to be there. I didn’t think my voice was worth hearing. I didn’t think I had anything to offer.

I was wrong.

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As I continue to consider my online presence and how it might impact whatever it is I hope to do with my life, I understand that Google can be my friend, and my enemy. In a world where people can get fired from posting Facebook photos of a party they were at instead of work, you have to do your part to make sure your identity is as respectable as possible. In my case, my future will likely be affected by ability to leverage this blog, my contribution to Talking About Games and my podcasting career. Of course all of these bullet points are online entities that can be found with a simple Google search – but what else will a prospective employer find?

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Google Me That

About a month ago I posted some rather odd search terms that were used to find entries to this blog. At the time, I thought that these were searches performed from the wordpress homepage. Turns out I was wrong. Not wordpress’ homepage, but Google itself. I thought it was just a clever post title. There are people out there using a particularly odd combination of terms on, looking for God knows what, and finding there way to some little tidbit about low blood sugar or why Wilford Brimley is the man. I’ve said it before, the Internet is a scary place. If you don’t believe me, then allow me to enlighten you. Continue reading

Google Me This

OK I admit it, I check my blog stats pretty regularly to see how “successful” particular post topics are over others. I’m sure you do too. Among the many stats I compulsively check to see what it is the Internet likes about me are the search terms that result in someone finding my blog. At first I thought this was Google search data, however I now believe that these are searches from the WordPress homepage, which makes some of these search terms particularly disturbing. Continue reading

Numbers Don’t Lie.

My endocrinologist told me that a person has the same chance of getting struck by lightning or bitten by a shark as they do getting Type 1 Diabetes. That during our first meeting. Something that random has stuck with me for over 6 years.

A combination of lack of creativity (read inspiration) and playfulness had me wondering what other statistics look like compared to Diabetes statistics out there. The following numbers came from a night of googling. I don’t expect anyone to fact check all these numbers, after all if I found them on the internet so they must be true right? This is just an attempt to put the numbers in perspective. Enjoy. Continue reading