Stay up to date with blogs, microblogs and other online resources

30Jul09

Welcome back, and welcome to the second part of “keep yourself updated with online resources”. In case you missed part one, scroll down to the last post or check it out here.

Again, I’ll dive right in to it, and introduce you to some other resources I use regularly:

Writing_starBlogs (Weblogs)

Last post I already wrote about blogs, and how to follow them via RSS feed-icon-14x14. They were focussed on paramedic education, these blogs below are from a general ‘on the job’ perspective. Nonetheless, you can still get some great learning and reading materials from them: It’s the closest thing to riding along in the with the crew. Here is complete list of my complete reading list, below are some blogs I would like to highlight, in no particular order:

  • Medic999: I only came across this blog the other week, and am impressed by his writing style, job morale and ethics. Plus the layout and style of the blog is ace.
  • NeeNaw: Cool name. Neenaw is up in Ambulance Control in London, answering 999/emergency calls and dispatching ambulances to such emergencies. Especially good for us on road staff to get a view from the other side of the radio.
  • Random Acts of Reality: I know, I know, everybody knows Tom already, he did start this whole thing. Still going strong, and without him the list would not be complete.
  • StreetWatch: An experienced medic from the US, who is currently blogging his book, chapter by chapter. Thoroughly enjoyable, and if he’s not writing fiction, his posts are good food for thought.
  • The Paramedics Diary: Back to London for this one. If you want to know what a shift in London looks like, look no further. Pretty detailed, pretty good.
  • Trauma Queen: Some Scottish for you. There you go. Very well written.

Remember, if you like any of them, to subscribe to them via their RSS feed. Also, I have deliberately left out the aussie bloggers – they deserve a special post 🙂

120px-Twitterpxtwitter

twitter is also a blog, a microblog to be exact. You have 140 characters to tell people what is going on. Ranging from mundane to the extraodinary, pick out some interesting people to follow, and stay in tune with your world. Often, people who blog will also have a twitter account, and publish thoughts, new blog posts or interesting links to their account.

Who? What? How? Why? OK, first things first. Sign up for an account at twitter first. Then find a few people to follow. A simple way to find interesting people on twitter to go to someones account, and check out who they follow. For example, you can find my twitter feed on the right hand column of this website, or find my twitter site here. There you will also see who I follow. Look at their profile, see who they follow…and build up a follwing. Simple 🙂

To keep all these posts under control and easily viewable, I use Tweetdeck. I used to use twitterriffic (Mac OS X only). There are plenty of other apps out there. Your choice.

546px-PodcastlogoPodcasts

Podcasts are a great way of getting information, especially if you are more of an audio learner (as opposed to a visual, reading etc.). In my experience though, you need the time and the (head)space to get something out of it. Currently I only have time for one podcast a week, and it is The MedicCast. Be patient and listen to the whole episode, as Jamie likes to talk a lot occasionally, but I think it makes the whole show that tad bit more personal. You can listen to a lot of podcasts directly on the casts website, but I like to use iTunes to organize my podcasts. There are many alternatives out there if you have an aversion to Apple.


60px-Emblem-web.svgThe Web

I have such a large amount of links that it would be too much to write them down here. I will dedicate a special post for them in the future.

Other services – What else is out there?

facebook, delicious.com, StumbleUpon…the list goes on. I don’t use these site very often, or if I do they are not really for educational purposes. That’s not saying they don’t have their place, just that I don’t use them. If you use any online services out there that I have missed, please comment or send me an email – I’ll be more than happy to add to the list.

By now, most of you are probably thinking “overload, Overload, OVERLOAD!

More about information overload, dealing with the massive amount of resources the internet has to offer and general ideas how to manage such amounts of gathered knowledge can be found at Life in the Fast Lane, a great site by a couple of ED/ICU doctors at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Western Australia.

As already stated, any comments, suggestions, criticisms, ideas are gladly accepted. You can either leave a comment under this blogposting or you can contact me via the contact page at the top of the site.

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2 Responses to “Stay up to date with blogs, microblogs and other online resources”

  1. 1 medicblog999

    Great Idea for a one stop shop!
    Thanks for the mention!

    It took some time to find blogs from your corner of the world, and now I have found you and your partners in crime, I will be regularily checking in.

    Its really good to find different perspectives other than the many USA and UK EMS blogs out in the wonderful blogosphere.

    Wishing you all the best in your endeavours.

  2. Awesome – great ideas there and great selection of other EMS blogs. Keep up the good work!


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