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Five reasons GCs should blog

Last week I gave a presentation to a group of genetic counsellors entitled “Health 2.0: What it is, and why we should know about it.” My hope was to generate some interest among GCs in becoming more engaged with the online community, be it patients, other health professionals or researchers. Thought I would take this concept a step further here.


  1. Personal development. It is easy to become caught up in the minutia of our everyday lives. Blogging demands that we consider the bigger picture, a viewpoint that I feel is essential.
  2. Professional development. Create opportunities. Scan this list of blogger’s favourite stories for the infinite ways that blogging can benefit your career. Network, without the expensive conference fees.
  3. Enhance the visibility of our profession. As a small and relatively unknown profession, we can benefit from the exposure.
  4. Contribute to (and help define) a global conversation. Clearly, genetic counsellors have a lot to say. But all too often our online contributions tend to be reactive, rather than proactive. So why not be the one to start the conversation?
  5. Stay relevant. The web has revolutionized the way in which people communicate and connect. As I have said before, for such a cutting edge field, we are surprising stagnant when it comes to innovation with the counsellor-patient interaction. Becoming more active participants in online conversations will enable us to adapt and stay relevant in our community.

I am happy to report that very soon a GC-authored group blog will be a reality! Thanks to some hard-working like-minded colleagues, the blog will be up and running soon. Please give me a shout if you’re interested in getting involved. Otherwise, stay tuned…

4 comments on “Five reasons GCs should blog

  1. andreadawn
    May 29, 2009

    Great to see you taking part in the new GC blog! I look forward to some interesting discussions!

    • Allie Janson
      May 29, 2009

      Thanks Andrea! I am really excited about it. Let me know if you are interested in putting together a “Guest Blogger” post for the DNA Exchange.

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  3. brocobiodgics
    January 5, 2010

    Great article! Well stated!!

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