A ton has happened since the last time I posted on this blog, including the birth of my daughter (which is probably the main reason this hasn't been updated).
The past two years have really been building up to this ISTH 2017 Congress in Berlin. We implemented a new marketing strategy, and I personally took on more projects that I even knew I was capable of facilitating. In the past year I've lead the re-branding and printing of all new marketing collateral, developed a new event website (isth2017.org), implemented a new email marketing platform and created all new email templates, designed a 2,000 sq ft. booth and organized staffing for it, and organized the creation of another new website, www.isthcongressdaily.org and the production of more 60 videos on site. That doesn't include the regular duties associated with daily content updates, social media strategizing, graphic design work, and webmaster duties for the main ISTH website.
It was a very busy and challenging year, but the reward has been the advancement of the ISTH brand, which has led to record membership numbers and an astounding record-breaking attendance for ISTH 2017 in Berlin. The previous record high attendance was around 8,000 attendees and ISTH 2017 crushed that with over 9,500 attendees.
Out of all the projects I worked on, the ISTH Congress Daily News website is probably the most amazing accomplishment of all, featuring write ups and videos for dozens of presentations as well as the new ISTH TV roundtable discussions. We had never attempted to create so much video content at all, much less within only a 6 day window in another country, but we created something really great with enduring capabilities.
With that said, I'm tired! I'll try to check in again before 2 years has gone by.
This year at the ISTH has really blown by. In the spring, I spear-headed a new project for the society called e-dailies. In the past, the society created a daily print newspaper to distribute at the Congresses, but this year, we decided to scrap print for digital, and the transition went incredibly well! See www.isthcongressdaily.org to view the new website. We also sent out a daily email newsletter that had unprecedented open rates. There were also a ton of other aspects associated with the Congress that took a ton of preparation. In the end we were very proud of the results.
Now, we are working on the second annual World Thrombosis Day. We've launched a new website, and we're working on new resources and videos. I'll be heading to New York City on October 13 to celebrate World Thrombosis Day in Times Square.
We're are also working on a redesign of the main ISTH website and meetings websites, which should be done by the end of the year. It is a busy time at the ISTH, and I'm learning a lot.
Between the last post on this blog and now, a TON of life events have occurred. In October, I took a job as Content Specialist with the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH). That's a fancy description for a global medical society and member organization that focuses on blood diseases, disorders and clots. I am in charge of all of the content for news, emails, marketing, and pretty much anything else we produce (I created the video above). One exciting aspect to working at the ISTH is the new addition of World Thrombosis Day, which is a global movement to raise awareness about blood clots, especially venous thromboembolism (VTE). Check it out.
In addition to that exciting news, Nikki also got her preferred job as an EMT for Durham County and we bought a house in Durham. Life goes on for the Blounts, and we're trying to make the best of every moment.
Nikki and I arrived in North Carolina at the end of July. Originally, I thought it would be great to have a month or even two months off to travel and relax, but I think that lasted for two weeks before I wanted to feel useful again.
So, I began working on a website project for my friend, Mary Parmer, which I finished last week. Check it out:
I've also added a section to this website called Web Design to feature past and upcoming projects. If you want a simple, clean website that's easy to use, let me know. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When I took the job as staff writer and communications specialist at The Episcopal Diocese of Texas, my main objective was to promote the good works of the people in the church. As someone who stumbles into and out of agnosticism almost daily, I wasn't so much interested in the theology or worship of the church as I was in the impact–the real, tangible impressions–the church makes in the lives of the people in this world.
I can't think of a better magazine to finish my work here than this issue dedicated to outreach. In it, I was able to tell the story of a girl scout who suggested homeless people get a spa day (and made it happen!). Also, in a first for me, I told the story of another storyteller (I know, so meta), and I wrote an article about Bayou City Service Corps, a fantastic service program for young adults which mirrored my own experience with AmeriCorps.
Over the past three-plus years, I've encountered countless tales of hope and compassion that have filled my life with a fantastic sense of optimism. I hope that I was able to spread that 'good news' to others in a fair, honest and ultimately uplifting way.
Click here to read the magazine.
I am me. You are you. We are us. And so it goes...