Today I celebrate three years of blogging. It was on this date in 2006 that I wrote this brief post about being one of 50 million blogs tracked by Technorati. A year later, when I did my first anniversary post, I had just been getting into Facebook. That led to some opportunities to do training sessions on using Facebook, including the Facebook 101 presentation that became the inspiration for rebranding this blog as SMUG. And so a year ago today I looked back on another fascinating year, as I had “found my voice” in helping people learn how to use social media, and particularly how to develop business applications.
The year since that point has been amazing. It’s really telling to look back on some of my previous posts and to see how my thinking has changed over time. And in my work I’ve been involved in some significant new projects, most notably the launch of our Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.
Our Tweetcamps have also been fun and interesting, and it’s been gratifying to have so many people from outside of Mayo participating. Aside from Sharing Mayo Clinic, I think for me the biggest development of the last several months has been getting much more engaged with Twitter, and I appreciate all the people I’ve met through the #hcsm and (to some extent) #hcmktg chats. Having this video go viral after embedding in our Sharing Mayo Clinic blog was a delightful experience, especially getting to meet Mr. and Mrs. Cowan and their daughter, DeDe, when they went to appear on Good Morning America. That whole experience was really special.
It seems odd to think that the next year could be as interesting and exciting as the last one has been, but all signs point toward a continuing adventure. Next week, for instance, I’m going to be doing a Webcast with Ragan Communications about our Mayo Clinic experience, and I’m hearing that we have 1,500 people registered to participate. And in October we’re hosting and cosponsoring a Health Care Social Media Summit with Ragan at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. It’s unlikely we have another viral video in the works, but then again we didn’t see the last one coming either.
Thanks to everyone for reading, participating and Tweeting, and I look forward to another interesting year.