04 Feb GP Bloggers Corner #5 – Dr Andy Knox
The first one includes a selection of conversations about what it means to be well, the future of health care and how this can be free, safe, sustainable and accessible for all. The second looks into how we got to where we are and how we can find the future we hope for.
Why did you start blogging?
If you know the enneagram (and for those of you that don’t it’s a fantastic way of learning to understand you self as a person better), then I’m a type 7. I love new ideas, reading around lots of information, assimilating this and then communicating it with enthusiasm in the hope of sparking conversations. It gives me a very helpful outlet to process what I’m thinking about.
How long have you been blogging for?
I’ve been blogging for about 6 years.
What do you hope to achieve through your blog?
There are 3 things that are really important to me. Firstly, to challenge the status quo, especially where I see social injustice or environmental damage due to human systems and behaviours. Secondly, to provide space and time for healing. It’s amazing to me, both in my clinical work and in my leadership roles how few people really deal with their ‘root issues’ and so we see all kinds of illness and disease (at a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level) develop. Thirdly, to create space for a reimagining of how we might co-create a future that is more kind and sustainable. My blogs, I hope provoke and create space for conversation around these three things.
Has anything surprised you since you started?
Yes – there are some topics I think will be really popular and they aren’t and others which seem to capture the imagination and get a lot more ‘hits’ than I was expecting!
How do you publicise your blog? Which channels are the most helpful?
I use Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. By far, Facebook gives me my greatest number of readers.
What keeps you going with it?
Passion for change. Also, it’s important to recognise the ebb and flow of life. There are time I blog and vlog far more than others.
What are your plans for the future?
I plan to keep blogging, develop a podcast, do more vlogging and write a couple of books!
Any tips for colleagues who may be thinking about blogging?
Yes – do it! Be willing to be open, honest and vulnerable – it’s a great quality of leadership anyway, but really helps people connect with you. Be brave – don’t hold back from what needs saying. Be prepared to be challenged and enter into conversation. It will start small, so don’t worry and don’t worry if it doesn’t grow massive. Stay true to who you are and what matters to you and see what happens. Above all – enjoy it!