Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Pallimed Blog Updates

I'm sure some of you are surprised to see you email boxes filling up with Pallimed posts again.  Since coming back from the AAHPM/HPNA Annual Assembly we have been busily working on a few projects behind the scenes as we look to the future of this website.

Energizing the base
We had a great meeting of Pallimed contributors in New Orleans during the New Orleans meeting in March. There were many fresh commitments from some of our key contributors, and you can see that both Lyle Fettig and Suzana Makowski have started writing again.  The conversations sparked a energy which made all of us realize how satisfying, fun and important it is to talk about hospice and palliative medicine.

Adding new bloggers
We already have two new contributors this week and there are a few more in line.  Fresh insight is always good, and these new writers are already bringing great ideas to the table.

Refreshing apps and blog
I have let me coding skills slide a little, but over the past month I have been making small tweaks to the apps and the blogs (including the comments system).  Not all the kinks are worked out, but we are making progress.  If you find any errors or issues, please send them to me so I can get them worked out christian@pallimed.org 

Updating the subscription system
This is my next big project, so to really test out the new system you may see some more frequent posting as I try some options behind the scenes before it goes live.  Instead of grouping blog posts all in one day, I will likely have periods where the posts come every day for a few days.  There should be a lot of new features and flexibility for you the reader.

Integrating Arts & Humanities and the Cases blog to the main blog
One key change we all agreed on in New Orleans was to combine the three Pallimed blogs into one.  The new subscription system will allow for you to personalize what content you want to see and how often.  To get all the content into one blog for posterity, we will slowly be including historical posts from both sites to the main blog.  All historical posts will be identified.  The comments will be ported over as well but that may be a little challenging so if you see any hiccups, please share them with me.

We have some other big and fun changes coming up soon, but I'll save those for another post.

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