I need to answer this question maybe more for myself than for anyone else. I’ve owned my own business since 2015 and it’s going better than I could have ever asked for. I have the best patients. I get to see as many people as I want for as long as I want doing whatever I believe is best for them. That sentence right there is the reason I went on my own in the first place. Mission accomplished. So why build a website?
I’ve sat with this question many times over the past 3 months. Each night I’m up until midnight working away on something that doesn’t directly give back to me, I wonder why? Especially when my 1 year old daughter is likely going to wake up at 2am to feed. Really Jenny? This is the time you decide to build a website and create a blog? Really?
This isn’t the first time I have pulled something like this. I tend to over-do, over-achieve, and over-extend. As I’ve grown older and wiser, I have worked on containing this tendency to try to avoid burn-out and maintain sanity. So each time I want to add to my plate, I have to ask why and I have to have a really good answer.
I started working on the website long before I had the answer. Whoops! I couldn’t explain why but the pull was so strong, I just went with it. Now that the website is more or less complete and I am officially on my first blog post, it’s become quite clear, I need this. As a physical therapist working alone I miss out on the sharing of information and techniques with coworkers. I am self driven and love to learn so I seek out continuing education courses every year but its not the same. I don’t get to discuss new research articles or share clinical gems with anyone. But now I do! Sure, virtual sharing will not be the same but it will help me learn, grow and never get bored. Thats good enough for me!
Ok so reason number one: I’m doing this for me. But there is a very big reason number two. With today’s healthcare system, individuals need to be their own advocates more than ever and in order to do so, they need to be educated. Dr. Google can be overwhelming. There is so much information out there and its hard to know what is valid and reliable. There are also gaps in information. Becoming a pelvic physical therapist and having a baby myself, has highlighted the latter. For the first time in my professional career, I am more invested in educating individuals than treating them myself. Sure, I think I do a pretty good job treating people, but it’s become more important to me that they have good information, know their options and get what they need where ever that may be.
Its feels good to do something that is just as much for me as it is for others. I am excited to see where this blog takes me as a professional and I am thrilled at the opportunity to reach and educate as many people as possible.