No single thing in the last 5 years, professionally, has been more important to my life than blogging.
It has changed my career trajectory.
It has changed my perspective.
It has changed my emotional outlook.
My first guest post as a nurse blogger was published in January 2012 for the Oncology Nursing Society. I had no idea how that one 700-word post would be the first step in a journey from very occasional guest blogger…to actually getting paid to write!!!! (Shout Out to 2 great nurse blogging leaders, who blazed the trail: Joni Watson blogging at Nursetopia and Britney Wilson, blogging at The Nerdy Nurse.
I’ve since leveraged that into a business which not only provides content strategy & social media solutions for healthcare businesses…but also connects healthcare freelancers with writing gigs.
It’s why after 5 YEARS of building relationships with other healthcare writers, authors, entrepreneurs, and publishing companies, I am BEYOND excited to share some marrvy news:
The official launch of the Healthcare Writers Network!
Like every cool movement…there is a long & a short story.
I’m still writing the long story.
It’s a great story about the power of relationships and the ROI from blogging. (You can read a tiny part of that story from my first blog coach, Mic Johnson with BlueGurus. The #1 Secret to Getting Real ROI from Blogging)
Here’s the short version:
Around this time last year, I started using the term Healthcare Writers Network as a easy way to reference my freelance writer connections when speaking with clients & businesses who needed help with their content strategy or health-related business blog.
Then, editors began reaching out via email:
‘Carol, we need an 1100 word feature story on sepsis & nursing care. Can one of your network writers do that?’ Yep. I know JUST the right person to accomplish that!
My colleague Janet Kennedy has been prodding me for months….’you really need to articulate your vision for this writer network, Carol.’ (Janet is President and Social Media Consultant with Get Social Health Academy)
As a result of her persistence and many serendipitous events which are part of the long story…together…we have started that vibrant community! (It’s only appropriate that Janet & I first met on Twitter!)
And you know what? We are just getting started!!! The best is yet to come!!!
What is the Healthcare Writers Network?
Right now, The Healthcare Writers Network is a gated online community over on Facebook we are calling, The Writer’s Lounge.
Our vision is to build a robust community of healthcare writers of ALL DISCIPLINES & experience levels.
We plan to accomplish this by supporting one another in our freelance business and create opportunities to learn, grow, and achieve financial success.
How Do I Join?
The Healthcare Writers Network Facebook community is FREE! Just click here to get signed up. You will receive an email welcome letter, with a link to the FB group, info about our standing events…like #FreelanceFriday, Sponsored PitchFests, #SocialSunday and notices of writing gigs which come our way from clients and business partners. You’ll also receive a cool download: 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Starting Your Writing Biz
What Are The Benefits?
Have fun and connect with an energetic tribe…just for healthcare writers! Share your expertise, get your questions answered, hook up with writing partners for projects or advice. In addition to Janet & I, the community is moderated by Katie Bush and Janine Kelbach. Katie is Content Marketing Manager with The Social Nurse. Janine is a freelance writer and owner of WriteRN. She is a Peer Mentor and Writing Coach with the Healthcare Writers Network.
What Value Can I Bring to the Group?
Engage in conversation! Share tips or resources! Share your published work so we can celebrate together….AND leverage awareness across all our social media accounts on #SocialSunday
Why Are You Doing This?
We want to see more healthcare information written BY healthcare professionals.
There’s a lot of misinformation out there. 90% of the content on the internet was created within the last 2 years. According to the most recent Pew Internet Survey, 80% of respondents reported going online for answers to their health questions.
We are passionate about helping healthcare professionals of ALL disciplines and writing experience establish and grow their freelance business! Join NOW if you are a healthcare writer…new or experienced!
We want to connect people who need healthcare content to quality healthcare writers.
There’s a ton of work to be done…and a ton of work to go around. Why not find what you need in one place? If you are looking for a healthcare writer, we can hook you up with writers which match your project budget and level of expertise! Contact us today!
Just to see the magic happen.
I’m a Connector. My favorite phrases are: “Oh you should talk to …” “Have you heard about…” “Let me introduce you to ..” Communities and connections are essential to freelance success!
2017 is Shaping up to be a Triple Marrvy….Simply AHHHHHmazing year! Why not join the party?!