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Written by John Weeks   

IBN&R Blog Notes for May 3, 2006 -- Participant/Reader Use Patterns

The Integrator Blog News and Reports (IBN&R) site is first of all an efficient delivery mechanism for a newsletter and reports. The site is also striving to be a place of exchange and networking between you. This semi-regular column provides some reflection on your use of this space.

Guerrilla Marketing: Getting the Word Out

I invite any of you to share the site with friends. I am happy to help if you contact me. (If you click on "reply" then add your associates' addresses before mailing, the mailer should go to them in a usable, click-in format. Be nice to copy me on the mailing so I know who IBN&R is
The Blob, not the Blog
reaching. Thanks to the following people who I know have either mailed notice of IBN&R to a list, sent out notice, linked to their own sites, or taken a short release on the IBN&R: Michael Cohen,  Bonnie Horrigan, Vanessa Estevez, Miriam Weidner,  Christy-Lee Engel, Vic Sierpina, Lou Sportelli, Marja Verhoef, William Wulsin, Mark Blumenthal, and Jennifer Booker. Thanks to all of you (and you who I failed to mention!

Readership Climbs - Manahan Forum Piece Tops "Page Views"

My report on the number of "page views" last mailing under-estimated the readership. My software fails to take into account any of you who read from the "front page" and clicked across to other articles. Now I've got access to the good report. (See the chart.) The April report shows 892 distinct
users. Feels to me a good start - and my 10 year old daughter didn't even get on
Use in First IBN&R Month
April 2006

 Unique visitors
 Visits  1364
 Page views

... though I know a couple of siblings and nephews did.

When I am working in the "aministrator" zone of the site, as I am now, I can see how many of you have the site open. (I can not see who it is, just the numbers.) The most I've seen at a time is 32 of you. I enjoy this little feeling of virtual community. 14 of you are looking in, or have the site open, as I write.
Some of you are certainly night owls or early morning readers. When I  clicked in at 5:30 EDT on Monday, starting exceptionally early myself, 18 of you were reading. I hope it started your week well.
The Bravewell/New Medicine theme continues to stimulate a lot of interest. The Forum Feature from Bill Manahan, MD, on what he thinks would characterize a new medicine received the most viewing the last two weeks. This was followed by the Brief Notes, Links and Personnel -- the People Magazine section of IBN&R. The DeFacto Federal CAM Agenda followed closely. (You appear to be reading about federal initiatives, if not responding or registering your views - see below.) The two educational offerings featured - Five Branches program to teach acupuncture to MDs and Global Medicine program in "Transformative Medicine" - also
continued to pull a lot of interest as did the Bravewell/New Medicine piece.

Poll and Forum on DeFacto CAM-IM Agenda a Bust

Well, this was clearly a lousy poll idea.
My guess is that it was too complex. Only 4 of you responded - three supporting the whole agenda, one opposed to it all. (What human chartacteristic is it that can make one most curious about why someone would be opposed to a thing?) Nor did any of you participate in the forum. I'll try to simplify going forward - and would love any of your ideas for a poll.

Forum Changes in the Near Future

Some of the under-use of the IBN&R Forums may be attributed to it taking too many clicks to get you to them. I plan to move to a more classic blog form ("classic blog" may be an oxymoron), with comments directly beneath the articles. But this will take some doing, according to Jeff Mackler of MRW Connected, my software guy, and he's busy. I will grab him as soon as I can to make the changes. I do wish Sophie had received some more guidance on her questions relative to integrative clinic project, which she opened in the Forum. I thank Christy Lee Engel, ND, LAc, for her experienced response, which I include as the Forum Feature this posting.

Let me know if you have a burning question which you would like to see in a poll. Happy reading.  -- John ( )

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