Yes – this post is #201 on this blog since it was first launched on June 1, 2010. At around 800 to 1,000 words per post (average) – that’s a lot of idea sharing.
When the blog was first started, it was intended to speak to both advocates and the patients who needed good ideas and advice. The AdvoConnection Directory was new. The membership organization, now called the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates, was simply called the AdvoConnection Member Organization. There was no cost to be a member (there is now!) – and yet we still had only about 120 interested parties who had opted in to a regular newsletter and some business advice and tips.
With this post, things have only grown – blossomed really. Patient and health advocacy and navigation has grown into a bona fide profession, only months away from offering certification, with more than three dozen educational institutions and organizations offering coursework, and thousands of patients having been served by private advocates.
I thought I’d share some statistics with you, just because maybe you’ll be interested in knowing what others with your similar career ideas have been interested in:
- 200 posts (today is #201)
- 364 public comments (and hundreds more thru email to me, behind the scenes)
- 102,177 visitors
The Top 6 Most Popular Posts:
- The Myth of Patient Advocacy Certification
- Hospital Providers Come to Patient Advocates’ Defense
- Remembering the Mean Girls (just last week)
- Patient Advocacy and the Allegiance Factor
- We Interrupt This Thread for News About a Potential Patient Advocacy Lawsuit
- Just Can?t Throw Your Business Switch? The Paralysis of Analysis
I’ve been told by any number of people that they learned something important from this blog. The post that happened most frequently with was the one linked above about the paralysis of analysis.
What I have appreciated most from all of you is the ideas you send me. Sometimes you don’t realize that’s what you’re doing… you send me a question and it turns into a post. Please continue doing that! It’s how I can be most helpful.
Looking forward to the next 200 posts – and to continuing to help grow this profession of private, professional health advocacy in which we are all so very invested.
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