Articles tagged with: social media

On turning down work – and losing a writer

published: July, 11, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Publisher Bob Leahy says “Hopefully those familiar with PositiveLIte.com understand the place in the community we operate from – and get who we are, what we publish, what we don’t.”

On turning down work – and losing a writer

Last week, sadly, we lost a regular contributor – one whom we valued - because we rejected a post that he had submitted for publication. The subject of the post? Let’s say it could easily be interpreted to relate to a specific staff issue - a contentious employee firing, in fact - at an AIDS Service Organization in Canada. The individuals described in the piece were given fictitious names but I thought I knew who they were..It was creative non-fiction.  Immediately I saw it on the site

Tomorrow I'll be in Chicago at HealtheVoices17!

published: April, 18, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, Conferences, Activism, Gay Men, Upcoming Events, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media

#Healthevoices17: a conference for online health advocates.

Tomorrow I'll be in Chicago at HealtheVoices17!

I’m feeling very fortunate and getting pretty excited now because in just two more days I’ll be in Chicago for #HealtheVoices17. #HealtheVoices17 is a conference for online patient advocates. Bloggers who advocate for the rights of people living with a variety of ailments, of which HIV is just one. This year, the conference is proud to host more than 100 attendees from 30 different states in the U.S., as well as Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, the United Arab Emirates and Taiwan So

Big changes at PositiveLite.com

published: February, 28, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Saying goodbye to former publisher John McCullagh

Big changes at PositiveLite.com

The PositiveLite.com team last week: (left to right) Rob Olver, Wayne Bristow, John McCullagh and Bob Leahy Noted community activist John McCullagh is relinquishing the PositiveLite.com publisher’s chair effective March 1. The move is designed to free up more time for his busy schedule of other activities, notably as chair of CATIE. Current editor Bob Leahy from Warkworth, Ontario  becomes the new PositiveLite.com publisher but will remain involved in editorial decisions. He will continu

PositiveLite.com: 13 in the world?

published: January, 23, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

The social media hub Feedspot has just placed PositiveLite.com high in its “Top 50 HIV Blogs and Websites on the Web” list. And that's globally. Bob Leahy explores what this means

PositiveLite.com: 13 in the world?

Let’s get this out first. We were thirteen in the list. That puts us just behind CATIE at number 11, so we like that. Feedspot says their process has resulted in  the most comprehensive list of best HIV blogs amongst many on the web, with rankings based on the following criteria:  Google reputation and Google search ranking Influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social media sites Quality and consistency of posts. Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review  H

My brave new post antidepressant, post social media world

published: November, 15, 2016 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Brian Finch

"Clearly something is shifting. A need of meaningful personal relationships has been elevated to priority level," says post-meth, post-antidepressant Brian Finch

My brave new post antidepressant, post social media world

At my chiropractor’s office as I was laying on my stomach, waiting for him to crack my back, he asked, “So do you have someone special in your life”? “Nothing that lasts longer than an hour,” I quipped. Chuckling, he said, “Hmmm, an hour - that’s impressive.” Great that he thought it was funny, but I didn't think “that” was impressive. I’d hate to tell him about all the four hour plus occasions. On the 'someone special' side of things, I haven’t tried dating anyone

Are you an HIV blogger with writer's block? We can help.

published: May, 12, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy with 20 writing ideas borrowed from the recent HealtheVoices social media conference in Chicago

Are you an HIV blogger with writer's block? We can help.

Are you stuck?  It strikes me that many people who have a passion for writing about HIV nevertheless sometimes run out of ideas. It’s called writer’s block and it affects most of us who blog. Luckily, I’m mostly immune to it. I blogged daily in another life. But for those for whom blogging isn’t ingrained, it isn’t so easy and thus as an editor, I’m often asked for writing ideas.  At a recent conference in Chicago that I wrote about here  one session included distribution of

A hundred online advocates + HealtheVoices = a hundred champions

published: April, 27, 2016 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Social Media, Conferences, Health, Media, Opinion Pieces, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow on attending a recent conference for fellow social media health advocates where he felt validated, energized and inspired

A hundred online advocates + HealtheVoices = a hundred champions

We are survivors of a chronic disease or caregivers, moms, dads, sisters or brothers affected by it. We are 100 activists with a huge connection - we are online health writers and bloggers. Many of us have never met. But thanks to the recent HealtheVoices conference in Chicago earlier this month we are connected.  Now, I’ve been to plenty of workshops, seminars, and conferences over the past five years, full of powerpoint presentations, professional speakers and very busy agendas full of r

Social media news: Bloggers increasing their influence in the health sector says big pharma

published: April, 20, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Conferences, Health, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Editor Bob Leahy was in Chicago for HealthEVoices 2016, a summit for top online health advocates to share and learn. Here is his photo report.

Social media news: Bloggers increasing their influence in the health sector says big pharma

Prominent social media health advocates and bloggers from across North America heard just how valued their contributions are at a Chicago conference last week. The event, HealtheVoices16, is the second such annual event organized by Jannsen Pharmaceuticals. I and PositiveLite.com social media guy/contributor Wayne Bristow were among those invited to attend.  I’m required to say here that Jannsen covered my travel and other expenses and that all views here are my own. And yet not. I think

PositiveLite.com heads to Chicago for HealthEVoices2016

published: April, 13, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Conferences, Activism, Health, International , Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy says “It’s a niche conference for online health advocates. Myself and our social media guy Wayne Bristow are invited. Chicago, here we come!”

PositiveLite.com heads to Chicago for HealthEVoices2016

I’ve been to many conferences in my time, all mostly about HIV. But this one, HealthEVoices2016, happening this week in Chicago, is a little different. Less than ten of us from across North America are HIV advocates. The rest of the approximately 90 attendees represent other health advocacy groups - from breast cancer to arthritis to MS to diabetes to many more. The opportunities for cross-sectoral learning and sharing seem boundless. Already recognized as leading Canada’s most influential

Nine point one hours per week

published: March, 02, 2016 Categories // Dating, Social Media, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From ouragenda.ca, Mike Mikshe gives up on hookup apps for finding his fantasy guy, confronts the prospect of social isolation and finds there is life out there after all

Nine point one hours per week

I’d always had this idea in my head about the sort of guy I wanted to meet on hook-up apps: older, taller, in shape but not too muscular, kinky and dominant yet nurturing and intelligent—I could go on. I’d spend hours, week after week searching for this type of guy. It became an addiction and, of course, I never found this fantasy man. I read that gay men spend 9.1 hours on average a week looking for sex online. I couldn't believe it at first but when I added up all the time I'd spend on

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