Starting a blog has been compared to shouting in an empty room. You start out alone, and eventually you realize that people are stopping by to listen. Some of them are shouting, too.
If you are a paramedic, you may notice that some of these people are other paramedics. Perhaps you strike up a friendship with one in particular from another country. You begin to notice that while your EMS systems may be vastly different, the job and its issues seem the same everywhere.
Then an idea is born: Wouldn’t it be great if you could each visit the other’s job; to compare, contrast, and learn from each other’s strengths and weaknesses?
And thanks to the wonders of the internet, you could share it with all your readers through your respective blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube. You could even get someone to film it for a web series.
It’s cool, it’s amazing, and it’s happening right now. Alas, not to me. But I can watch with the rest of the world, and I can recommend it to my 8 faithful readers.
Experience ‘The Project’ with Justin Schorr (aka Happy Medic) of the San Francisco FD and Mark Glencourse (aka Medic999) of the North East Ambulance Service NHS Trust (UK). It’s ongoing now on their blogs (links above), Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, and I’m sure a few other places too. The web series can be found at Chronicles of EMS.
Mark is in SF right now, and Justin heads to the UK in a couple of weeks. I’m looking forward to seeing what they learn.
All because of this Interwebz thing. Have fun, guys.