moving is hard

If you are a frequent, or even an intermittent reader of this blog, you have probably noticed a few things:

  • The blog was unavailable for a few days at the end of January
  • The comment section was not active into early February
  • The blog looks different than it used to

Although a blog redesign was in the works for a future date, we were faced with an immediate need to revise and revamp for the following reasons, which may actually be too much information for some of you. Feel free to skip the explanation and just know that I haven't chosen to stop blogging, or interfere with you, the reader from accessing what might be important to you.

The Carilion Clinic website was redesigned, and moved to a new server, using new a new content management system (CMS), toward the end of January. The plan was for the blog to remain the same, stay on the old (WordPress) platform, and eventually (when we were ready) be moved to a new (Drupal) platform. However, the migration resulted in an incompatibility with the WP blog, the blog became inaccessible (as did the Carilion news blog) and closetohome had to be re-created from the bottom-up in Drupal. As you can see, its not yet completely finished, but it is functional.

Yes, some things are still in progress and will appear in the future

  • Ability to subscribe via RSS feed or Email
  • Share buttons for Twitter, Facebook, Google plus, Pinterest, and other social media sites/services
  • An easy way to follow me on Twitter if you should so choose
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Everything missing is going to be provided soon. But I decided rather than wait until all our work was finished,  I would rather be back out here, interacting with you, instead of putting my head in the sand like the ostrich above is attempting to do.

I look forward to your comments.

PLEASE leave me a comment if you found your way here. Let me know if this format works for you. Instead of just recreating the way things were, we can move forward with enhancements that will continue to make writing and reading this blog fun for all of us.  And since its a new year, please let me know what you want to see here-in topics as well as services, links and so forth. Thanks so much.


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Recent Comments

I see that even since I wrote the post, the web gurus have been hard at work making it better. So here is a CAPTCHA to make sure you (or I) are not a bot.

It does look different. I'll have to look again from my computer because from the iPhone (which is what I'm using right now) it's all wonky looking. But that is not the important thing durin the moving process. Your words matter more than what your blog LOOKS like.

Thanks Heather. We know we have a ton of mobile users. Optimization of our entire website for the mobile user is important, and we appreciate the input.

Yes the blog looks different but you will still be able to give us your updates and thoughts on pediatrics in the Roanoke Valley. Look forward to many more blog post!! Happy blogging.

Thanks, Vickie

I appreciate the support and encouragement.

Somehow the new look feels more warm, not as institutional, for lack of a better way of describing it. I did notice I was getting errors on y RSS feed, but didn't get why. Also noticed the frequency of your blogs has dropped off toward the end of the year - hope you'll be back to leaving us things to think about more often again, too! While I don't always have a comment, I do read each one and actually made a comment at the FAC meeting the other night that I've missed reading the blogs. They told me I should send you a "Where've ya been?" type message. Glad to see the upgrades - and I know upgrades never go as smoothly as they should - I'm married to a network analyst - I hear it often! ;-) Happy 2013

Thanks so much for your warm comments, Malia. I am glad it feels warmer to you. That is great to hear, and I will pass along your response to the developers, who have been working hard so everything is perfect. I know that  statistically, only about 1% of blog readers will leave a comment, but it sue is nice when someone  does.

I promise to be better about writing posts, and very sorry if I have disappointed you with the drop off in frequency. Please let us know how to make the blog even better for you, and feel free to leave suggestions as to the specific topics you would like to be thinking about!

Since I write from the heart, it is hard for me to regiment myself to write a post on a specific topic "on demand" but if I know where your interests lie, that would help turn my attention to that area. 

I like the new look and feel! Also enjoyed the post on change, we too are working on some ideas around change in the health space.

Have you tried DISQUS for commenting? That is one blog tool that I really like.

What are you doing for SEO? I'm trying to learn as much as I can in that area.

Thanks, Kathleen. I can't really answer your questions since I am just a humble physician with little to no ability or interest in controlling the technical aspects of the blog, as long as it does what I want it to. Yes, I really like DISQUS as well, but I have no idea whether it would interface with the Drupal platform. Since this blog is one part of the larger Carilion Clinic website, I can't just arbitrarily choose to construct the blog in ways that might not be compatible. Hence, I am leaving the technical aspects to the experts. Regarding SEO, I really just try to pay attention to keywords that readers who come to the blog via search tend to use. IF appropriate I try to work those into my titles, categories or headlines.

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About Dr. Ackerman

Alice Ackerman, MD, MBA, FAAP, FCCM is the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Carilion Clinic and Professor and Founding Chair of Pediatrics at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. Dr. Ackerman is recognized nationally as an expert in pediatric critical care.

She has been at Carilion Clinic since June of 2007. Her primary goals are to enhance the health care of children in the Roanoke Valley and Southwest Virginia, and is actively working to do this both as physician in chief of the children's hospital, as well as through involvement with many state-wide initiatives.

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