Utah Valley Global Health Group

A blog about global health for those living in Utah Valley and their friends.

Happy Birthday, UNACCEPTABLE!

Posted by chads on October 25, 2007

Well, I’ve been at this for about a year now. Time to take a step back and evaluate. First, some trivia:

-The blog is averaging about 40 views a day, mostly people who search for random things like “rash”.

-There has been an upward trend in the number of views. September 2007 was the month with the most views at 1166.

-The most popular post has been Measles with 329 views, followed by “Should I Start an NGO?” with 283.

-Akismet has protected my site from 4,812 spam comments.

Anyway, here are the purposes for this blog that I outlined a year ago (notice that “get lots of people to look at it” is not one of them):

  1. VENT. Like most bloggers, I guess, I’ve got stuff in my head that I think everyone else should hear about.
  2. CREATE COMMUNITY. I believe strongly that change comes about when people discuss, compromise, and collaborate. I’d like to get to know others interested in global health. I hope that this blog serves as a way to keep in touch over time, regardless of where we might be. Perhaps we can even make a difference.
  3. EXPLORE IDEAS. I’d like this to be a venue to discuss recent studies, news, and ideas related to global health.

Overall, I’d say that the blog has not been a success. I have been able to vent, but it’s getting to the point that I’ve vented enough, so that doesn’t motivate me much anymore. I really think that my primary purpose in starting this blog is the second reason listed above: help create community. I don’t think that’s happened, and I’m not sure why. The third and fourth purposes listed above have been met, but not nearly to the degree that I had hoped.

So, my blogging will likely dwindle in the future. Which is OK.


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