Starting Year 3

At 11:45 PM on August 31st 2008, a frustrated, stressed and confused person sat down in front of his laptop and started a blog.
The first post was simple enough:

I created this forum as an outlet from work when the lack of common sense so wide spread in our society decides they need help.  I won’t say where I am, nor will I disclose names, dates or too many specifics so as to maintain privacy.  I’ve always joked about writing a book titled, “You couldn’t make this stuff up,” and every day I work I get more content for that volume.  From the broken toes, toothaches and car accidents without damage to the just plain odd and insane, there is no way to describe or prepare what is waiting on the streets.

OK, so I lied.

Had you told me that simple paragraph would lead to improved mental health I would have laughed.  Or that it would lead to meeting people of the same opinion regarding Emergency Services, maybe a giggle and a coy smile.

That it would lead to England?  No way.

But it did, didn’t it?

Over the last 2 years you have let me ramble and rant, complain and ask countless questions without offering many solutions and for that I have no excuse.  We wish we had the answers, but this thing we call Service has so many different forms and functions it is hard to make an argument for any one way of doing things without being proven wrong time and time again.

I like being proven wrong though, that’s why I got married.

Mrs HM wanted to write a little something on this occasion, but she’s less of a writer than I am, but I think she would likely say the following:

Dear internet,

I want my husband back.

Love,

Mrs HM

This forum is powerful, friends, maybe not this site, but sites like it.  Sites where we can share our thoughts, ideas, dreams and frustrations with folks who “get it.”

I stopped writing about the power of social media because you already know about it.

I stopped writing about EMS 2.o because you already know about it.

But I’ll keep thanking you for reading, and hope you keep stopping by from time to time.  If September alone is any indication, year 3 of the Happy Medic will be the biggest and best.

And if not, write it off as my “terrible twos.”

Thanks for taking the time.

Your Happy Medic,

Justin

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25 thoughts on “Starting Year 3”

  1. Congratulations on the milestone! While I think it’s great to reach post count milestones, I tend to mark “time spent” milestones with a smidge more weight (unless your like a one post a month blogger).

    I do however have a piece of advice on what you wrote regarding this:

    I stopped writing about the power of social media because you already know about it.

    I stopped writing about EMS 2.o because you already know about it.

    Don’t be so quick to assume that those reading your blog understand the true power of social media or know about EMS 2.0. While it may seem to you, and your longtime readers, like the rehashing of old topics there is undoubtedly a never-ending wave of new users who are going to be finding you as time continues to march on. It’s an internet phenomenon known as Eternal September (wiki) and I assure you it is very real.

    So on that note, happy second blogiversary and I toast you with my Mountain Dew Code Red to many more!

  2. Congratulations on the milestone! While I think it’s great to reach post count milestones, I tend to mark “time spent” milestones with a smidge more weight (unless your like a one post a month blogger).

    I do however have a piece of advice on what you wrote regarding this:

    I stopped writing about the power of social media because you already know about it.

    I stopped writing about EMS 2.o because you already know about it.

    Don’t be so quick to assume that those reading your blog understand the true power of social media or know about EMS 2.0. While it may seem to you, and your longtime readers, like the rehashing of old topics there is undoubtedly a never-ending wave of new users who are going to be finding you as time continues to march on. It’s an internet phenomenon known as Eternal September (wiki) and I assure you it is very real.

    So on that note, happy second blogiversary and I toast you with my Mountain Dew Code Red to many more!

  3. humm tree years starting for you and tree weeks for me so keep on rolling and continue the way you make us think and share /Humm trois ans déjà wow j’en suis que à trois semaine mais arrête surtout jamais de nous faire réfléchir et aussi nous partager c’est petite histoire !!! there happy this is my way to show you i read i like and i try to share it

  4. humm tree years starting for you and tree weeks for me so keep on rolling and continue the way you make us think and share /Humm trois ans déjà wow j’en suis que à trois semaine mais arrête surtout jamais de nous faire réfléchir et aussi nous partager c’est petite histoire !!! there happy this is my way to show you i read i like and i try to share it

  5. I’m so grateful for having had the opportunity to get to know you through the blog and in person. You are truly changing EMS. You are.

    Congratulations, Justin.

  6. I’m so grateful for having had the opportunity to get to know you through the blog and in person. You are truly changing EMS. You are.

    Congratulations, Justin.

  7. Justin, you never know who is going to land on your doorstep. I did and you had a lot to do with me becoming interested in social media and especillay with EMS 2.0. So keep talking about it for your new visitors. Your regulars will understand. I love reading your blog regardless of subject because you always make it interesting.

    When I started reading your blog and Motorcop’s blog, I never imagined I would end up meeting both of you and your wives and family, and all the other wonderful people I’ve had a chance to talk with, or correspond with and in some cases meet.

    Your little blog along with Medic 999’s blog got people interested in “The Project” that the two of you put together. Look where that has taken you!!!! It really is an amazing story!!!

    So happy anniversary, Love ya!! TBChick

  8. Justin, you never know who is going to land on your doorstep. I did and you had a lot to do with me becoming interested in social media and especillay with EMS 2.0. So keep talking about it for your new visitors. Your regulars will understand. I love reading your blog regardless of subject because you always make it interesting.

    When I started reading your blog and Motorcop’s blog, I never imagined I would end up meeting both of you and your wives and family, and all the other wonderful people I’ve had a chance to talk with, or correspond with and in some cases meet.

    Your little blog along with Medic 999’s blog got people interested in “The Project” that the two of you put together. Look where that has taken you!!!! It really is an amazing story!!!

    So happy anniversary, Love ya!! TBChick

  9. I had the pleasure of meeting you at the last JEMS convention, but I had been following you for a few months before. Happy Blog-aversary, and hopefully you can tack on many, many more.

    Have fun out there…
    ~M. Trommashere~

  10. I had the pleasure of meeting you at the last JEMS convention, but I had been following you for a few months before. Happy Blog-aversary, and hopefully you can tack on many, many more.

    Have fun out there…
    ~M. Trommashere~

  11. Within two years:
    Go to England, spend constructive time with your fire chief, have sponsors cover some of your trip expenses, have giggly groupies and impact the discussion of the future of EMS … the next generation’s Randolph Mantooth!

    I am so glad you started HappyMedic as “writing therapy.” Almost afraid what happens when you start year five :) Great stuff! Mike

  12. Within two years:Go to England, spend constructive time with your fire chief, have sponsors cover some of your trip expenses, have giggly groupies and impact the discussion of the future of EMS … the next generation’s Randolph Mantooth!I am so glad you started HappyMedic as “writing therapy.” Almost afraid what happens when you start year five :) Great stuff! Mike

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