Having just recently blogged about the Schiavo case a few days ago, I’m hesitant to do it again, so I’ll wade back in with another personal observation: my mother-in-law should be blogging. She has been a hospice nurse for 20 years and I think the blogosphere would benefit greatly from hearing the viewpoint of a hospice professional. We’ve discussed the case briefly this weekend, but I don’t want to put words in her mouth; I want to inspire her to blog about the issue herself. Majikthise, in her newest, excellent piece on the case, briefly mentions hospice professionals but I think it’s sad that I’ve only found one blog written by someone in the hospice industry, and they’re unwilling to take a stand on the Schiavo case.
My mother-in-law would be the perfect person to fill this void. She’s already let Jenn and I that she’s very interested in the entire blogging experience. She regularly reads a few blogs and she definitely has the opinions and writing skills to do so herself. All she needs know is a good domain and us to help with the purchase and hosting, but those are easy. Just a few clicks on our host, Dreamhost, and she can have a shiny, new WordPress blog of her very own.
I guess what has my blood pumping is the intersection of blogging and my life on the other side of the monitor. I’m very opinionated about the Schiavo case (let Michael decide) and I’ve got an equally passionate relative who should be blogging about this subject but she doesn’t have a blog. It’s now up to us to get her to take the next steps. She says she wants to write in a local journal (a Word doc) to get herself started and then populate the blog with this pre-existing content. I’m leaning towards an interim Blogspot solution or just a nudge over the edge into a full-fledged blog.
No matter what happens in the future or what topics capture our attention, the blogosphere needs more voices. It needs more veteran hospice nurses and bus drivers and ditch diggers and pilots. It needs more passion, more diversity and more individuals. I’m doing my part for the recruitment efforts. Stay tuned to this space for updates.