The Evolution of a Clinical Laboratory Blog
A conversation with a friend, casually pondering the benefits of an outlet for some of his clinical research. ‘You’re a good communicator, you could do a blog’ says I. ‘OK’ was the response (clinical scientists being people of few words).
That afternoon I got home, tinkered around, and set up said blog. ‘Voila’ says I. ‘Nice’ came the response. Articles were emailed, I put them on the blog, set up some social media accounts. Life continued.
The research team grew, articles were found that were interesting and lead authors invited to write about what they were doing in every day language, a personal blog is now a ‘clinical research blog’. I started to come into the office to run the blog, the Institute became aware of what was happening, and the posts and networks trundled along.
Undergrad students joined the team and as part of their research were invited to write about what they were doing. A ‘clinical research blog’ is now a ‘laboratory blog’.
One year anniversary celebrated with cake at the lab team meeting. Blog, facebook, twitter… a veritable feast of interconnectivity and networks. We defined more clearly what we were doing and why. ‘I’ is now most definitely ‘we’.
I ruminate on a journey that all started from a casual conversation one year ago. Whose blog is it now?