Making the private public: Why we choose to blog – a #VCePt discussion

Recently I (Rebecca) attended an international phenomenology conference. At the conference, after a presentation that involved investigation and quotes from various illness blogs, the researchers began a dialogue about why illness bloggers chose to share such private details about their illness in such a public forum. It was interesting to watch the discussion, but also it was clear that the researchers were not bloggers nor people with critical illnesses. Their guesses as why illness bloggers share their stories demonstrated their lack of understanding of why we choose to blog. It was that discussion that inspired my blog post about Why we keep blogging and this conversation on Virtually Connection ePatients.

This session will be a conversation among those who blog about illness. As with any Virtually Connecting session, this is a conversation not a scripted dialogue. The conversation will begin with the prompt that is the title of this post but will follow whatever trajectory the participant’s choose to follow. This session will be hosted by Rebecca J. Hogue ( and Susan Adams ( Confirmed participants include: Marie Ennis O’Connor (, Beth Gainer (, Caroline Frankovich Ronten(, Britni Brown O’Donnell (, and more …  

We still have some empty spaces in the conversation. If you are interested in joining the conversation please leave a comment, tweet (#vcept tagging @vconnecting), or send an email to

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You can watch the conversation using the YouTube link below.

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