BLOGS: Health Wonk Review Submission RULES for march 22

HWR makes a stop at The Health Care Blog tomorrow Thursday March 22. Please read this if you want to submit (which I do encourage!). The submission deadline is Weds (today) at 5pm PST.

Thinking back to the previous time I hosted HWR, I believe that the current set of submission tools make life very difficult for the host & despite certain improvements, that is still the case. In fact both TMBN Trusted.Md and Blog Carnival Submission are inferior to the original site Shahid Shah set up a long time back. So in order to prevent me throwing my toys out of the pram, I am requesting AND REQUIRING the following mode of submission for this week. These will take you LESS TIME THAN submitting the other way, but more importantly it will save me about 2-3 hours. 2-3 hours I don’t currently have to waste.


f you have already submitted via one of those systems–I apologize but this goes for you too, so please start over.

So PLEASE for this round of HWR:


1) Write a brief piece exactly as though you were hosting HWR. The
piece should include who you are, your blog name (italicized but not
linked)), what your posting is about with the relevant links to THE
POSTING ONLY embedded at the correct place. But MOST importantly, it
should read like one or perhaps two continuous sentences that require
NO REWRITING FROM ME. That means it should be in the THIRD person.

2) If you like you can put that in whatever software you use to
create your blog postings, then take the HTML version of that post and
email it to me; or you can just create it in straight HTML. Either way
you already do this everytime you post to your own blogs so please do
it here as well

3) Put the HTML version of that post in a TEXT email and send it to
me at matthew@matthewholt.net. If you use outlook you can convert your
outbound email to "Plain text" under the "Format" drop-down menu


Writing at <em>The Health Care Blog</em>, Matthew Holt
was fascinated by <a
problems Sierra Health Services was having with its new Part D
plan</a>. He thinks that it shows exactly why health care
insurance reform requires Enthoven-style managed competition
regulation, or else the market is doomed to fraud and failure.

You can see that if you were to cut and paste that piece of
text/code and drop it in the html editor of any blogging software it
would come out looking ready to go. That is what I want from you.

I of course reserve the right to do edits, but I’d much rather have
you express yourselves about your posts than have me interpret them for
you, and more importantly, I believe that hosting a review should NOT
be a burden on the host. Which last time, despite my pleas, it
certainly was.

Finally, I MEAN IT this time. I am NOT accepting admissions in any
other format. I am delighted that so many hosts have been able to put
in the work in the past to transform the output of the engines to
something ready to go, but I am not prepared to do it any more when the
solution is so simple.

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  2. Stay tuned.
    I think bloggers will like what we are cooking.
    Plus in all fairness, I did not want to push for Trusted.MD submissions use right now, till we are fully ready.
    BTW, my opinion on wikis is it is not enough structure to have sense of purpose / direction. That would be more of a collaborative book vs. carnival.

  3. J-M. I think a self-service wiki is where this will end up. Shahid Shah has already suggested something similar. The only issues are how the bi-weekly turnover/drumbeat will be maintained, and whether people who host want the extra traffic that hosting brings. (and of course whether people remember to link to the wiki every 2 weeks)
    FWIW I’ve had 5 submissions already in the “correct” format. So far it’s taken me 5 seconds each to cut and paste them into my blog editor. When the rest dribble in by Thursday, I anticipate spending a total of two minutes getting them into the right shape in my editor, and then 20-30 minutes reading a few articles, structuring it into sections and doing a little editorial–the interesting part of hosting that I’m quite happy to spend, It’s the copying, rearranging, writing and linking for each individual post that I think is unnecessary, and don’t want to do.
    I’m also in conversation with Dmitriy who’s rearranging his system on Trusted.md and I hope will have something very close to what I’m looking for (and more too) very soon.

  4. For what it’s worth, I think the wiki is a fabulous idea. They are incredibly easy to use and would also give us access to everything that’s submitted, not just what ends up being selected. It would be a nice way to look at everyone who is participating.
    And now you’re wondering how a simple HWR submission reminder post turned into a suggestion free-for-all.

  5. This is what I wrote back to the gang of hosts/regular contributors.
    C’mon kids, The joke is that my way of asking you to submit is LESS work to the submitter than using a submission form.
    To be fair to Dmitriy and TMBN I haven’t used his system recently (Dmitriy’s site required a one time registration process that many people were unhappy about, even though I supported his right to set it up that way). All the ones I’ve seen came from Blog Carnival. But to use that system you have to 1) Go to the site 2) cut and paste a post URL from your site and enter it 3) cut and paste your blog URL 4) then enter your name in a form, and 5) enter text in a separate form. And what it spits back to the host requires a lot of re-work. I am not blaming the people who set these systems up. I am saying that they do not work for me. And I fail to believe that I am radically different from every other host.
    To do it the way that will save the host a ton of time all you have to do is a) write the new post in your blog editor software — same as you do with any post, b) link one phrase to the relevant post, c) copy the HTML your blog software created in its “edit html” screen d) put that in a text format email to me and hit send
    That simple act cannot possibly take the submitter any longer than doing it the other way. AND it saves the host a ton of time as he can copy and paste the html direct into the blog posting with no need to do any type of editing.
    This has nothing to do with what type of blogger/host or anything else I am or anyone else is, and all to do with me wanting to not spend 2-3 hours hosting HWR when it could be done in 20 minutes.
    And if you recall, last time I hosted HWR I asked for the same thing politely and only one or two people (including Dmitriy by the way) bothered to try to help me out. Which led me to 2-3 hours of work (roughly 7-8 mins per post with 30 odd posts) Hence my more strident tone this time.
    And if you don’t want to contribute to HWR this week or any other week, no one is forcing you to.
    And if any other host wants it done in a different way, they need only ask. I just don’t see why offering to host HWR should involve the host in a lot of extra work when the solution is so simple and is NO MORE (or even less) work for the submitter.

  6. Matthew,
    Since you are expressing your opinion about “TBMN” I feel obligated to respond.
    Let’s not forget, among carnival hosts you are unique in expecting bloggers to do all the work for you. Maybe even copy/paste from email is too much to ask of us…
    I am happy to admit that tools need lots of work, but you should also consider your attitude and not blame others first.