We’re back! Following one week of painful – albeit self-inflicted – soul searching we’ve now discussed the positioning of the blog. Thank you for all the feedback (positive and not-so positive) whilst the blog was suspended. We reviewed ALL of your comments, and felt very much encouraged to resume blogging. There are things we can improve, and below are some of our action points moving forward:
- Posting Schedule: We drafted a posting schedule that will hopefully free up some time for the contributors. This is obviously not set in stone and won’t stop us responding to current events, TV programmes, News articles in relation to MS as they come out.
- New faces and guest posts: We will continue to invite researchers and clinicians to write guest posts, however will also offer the opportunity to people with MS, their family members, friends, and people involved in charity work. Please get in touch if you would like to contribute, however note this is a platform for MS research not for advertising.
- Barts MS Charity: We will set up the ‘BartsMS Charity’ to support our research, maintaining the blog, and off-label prescribing initiatives, particularly in resource-poor health care environments. More information about this coming soon.
- Better social media coverage:
- Do you know that we’re on twitter as Barts MS Blog but also members of our team are on it individually: Prof G, Mouse Dr, Alison, M&M, Dr Ruth, DrK, Sharmilee, student Steph, Database Christo also collaborators Rachel Farrell, Dr Niall, Hugh Kearney, Katie Lidster…all worth a follow.
- We put all of the MS Research Day talks and our MS Question Time videos and hangouts on our YouTube page.
- Our project Digesting Science (teaching kids about MS) is also on twitter and facebook.
- SlideShare sites (Prof G, DrK, BartsMS Blog).
- Our ClinicSpeak suite of web apps.
- New ideas:
- Legibility: The blog home page will now show 5 posts at a time. What do you think?
- We plan to update the “Trials and Studies” section of the blog.
- We’re planning to extract all the clinical advice and information from previous and future posts to create an information resource that is easily searchable.
- Prof G promised to be more diligent with producing the case studies and hopes to get some back-room help.
- What about podcasting and vlogging? Do you think we need to go multimedia?
As always, we are interested to hear your thoughts on the above and beyond. It seems as if a lot of you don’t like the use of anonymous comments. It would be nice to know if many of you are repeat commentators; who knows you may take on Dr Dre at his/her own game! Can we suggest you take on a pseudonym if you don’t want to let the world know who you are?