People who read blogs are likely to enjoy a healthy slice of Tech; if you are ‘techy’ it follows that like me, you’re also likely to be a fan of ‘The Matrix’ franchise. So, picture it…
Neo’s eyes flicker open as he stirs amongst the debris. As he rises to his feet Morpheus mutters the immortal movie-line “He is beginning to believe”.
Until a few months ago I was somewhat social media naive. Okay, I enjoyed posting a cycling-selfie on Facebook and speculating on the rugby fortunes of Wales and the B&I Lions on Twitter as much as the next bloke, but it played virtually no part in my working life. Not that I hadn’t tried. I lead a Trust group called ‘Emerging technology and workforce development’ and suggested we exchange links and ideas by Twitter. BUT, No-one was admitting to using Twitter for work related issues, nor indeed other types of social media. Maybe I generously interpreted my colleague’s stance as an attempt to maintain healthy blue-water between work and home life. My social media use continued to flat-line…
I am in a very different place now. I can’t quite recall when my attitude and usage began to change, but the effect has been quite something. I still have my twitter account for the rugby and selfies, see @brum_taffy **grusome alert**, but I primarily use my professional identify @swelldiabetes now and I use it for so much more than I ever imagined. Here is a flavour…
-I joined in with #NHSHackday in Cardiff as part of a group which developed software tracking eye movements, allowing measurement of visual acuity in kids and people with learning disability. It’s made me aspire to become a doctor who codes http://blogs.cardiff.ac.uk/development/2014/01/26/nhs-hack-day/
-I felt really involved with #NHSChangeday locally tweeting pictures of our Trust champions and more widely praising the sterling effort across the UK, encouraging many other people to pledge http://changeday.nhs.uk/list/search:b18
-Social media has become my favourite tool for my professional development: it won’t be too long until it becomes an integral part of professionals’ portfolio IMO
-Thanks to @ninjabetic1 I now recommend social media as a place to get help and support to the patients that I serve with diabetes and other long-term conditions: ‘prescribing’ social media, in its widest sense http://ninjabetic1.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/the-diabetes-online-community-and-our.html
-it gives me a strong sense of collegiality, connectedness and #CuttingEdgeNess I cannot get elsewhere
So, an enormous thank you to Anne & Anne-Marie for getting me on the blogging path.
#NHSHackday Cardiff iCards Team
My journey to get to #Blog1 has been a lot of fun. I’m so glad I have made it. Thanks to the #SoMe community for bringing me with them.
“I’m beginning to believe”