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RD Web Presence – A Valuable Thing

I have always had a passion for social media and information technology, which is no surprise if you have followed my blog or know my background!  Communicating with the public online is something I really enjoy.

Having a website, blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc can be a lot of work to maintain (especially when you have a full-time job, too!)  however it can really pay off.  For example, I was contacted by a company called AD Medical, or America’s Dietitians, which is in Chicago.  One of their employees in the communications department stumbled upon my website and blog, and took the time to contact me directly.  He asked if I would be interested in writing a guest blog for his company’s brand new website.

Just some background – AD Medical works primarily with those on Medicare and with diabetes.  Their new website provides information for both clients and health care providers.  Their new blog, BlogAbetic, offers a more interactive feature for clients to learn tips on healthy living.

I was really excited to be featured as the first blogger featured on BlogAbetic after they debuted their brand-new website.  I definitely hope to work with them more in the future!

Check out my entry – Color Your Plate, Improve Your Health!

Having a website, blog, and various social media platforms have given me many other opportunities as well, such as career advice, notification of available jobs/volunteer work, and even an offer for free RD exam study materials!  Plus, when you apply to a job, all you have to do is refer them to your portfolio to find all the information they’d ever want.

It may seem like a lot of work to maintain a web presence, but don’t give up.  For example, my blog had very few views when I first started, but now I get more than I ever initially expected!

How has social media and web presence helped you in your career/education?

Recent Work: from FNCE, to the First Lady, to WordPress

Since I have to remain mum for many of the projects I have been working on while at the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, I just wanted to update Mission: Dietitian with some updates about some other things I have been working on.

Today I submitted an abstract to the American Dietetic Association for the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (ADA FNCE) about a project I worked on at CNPP.  I also plan on submitting it to the Maryland Dietetic Association Annual meeting…we’ll see what happens!

Also, in the past couple of weeks I have submitted two more blog posts (I suppose it’s 3, now!) to the ever-expanding blogosphere:

Blogging: What’s the Word(press)? -about using WordPress for your nutrition-blogging needs, for the Society for Nutrition Education blog

Modeling…With Moderation -a reflection on Rush Limbaugh’s accusation that Michelle Obama does not follow her own dietary advice, for the University of Maryland College Park Dietetic Internship Blog

Check ’em out and let me know what you think!