Many of you might not know this, but I am a one man band on this blog.
With the exception of articles from outside sources, everything you see here on the Alzheimer's Reading Room is done by me. Writing, editing, marketing, you name it.
One thing I am always trying to do is broaden and increase the audience of the Alzheimer's Reading Room. This is incredibly time consuming. Since I am alone while doing this, it is not happening as fast as I would hope.
I know there are millions of people searching for information on Alzheimer's, dementia, and care giving each day. Most of them do not know that the Alzheimer's Reading Room exists.
A recent Harris Interactive poll indicated that their are 70 million searches for "health" on the Internet each month.
More than 4 million are for "Alzheimer's". Add in, "dementia" and "caregiving" and you get to about 8 million.
If you type the word "alzheimer's" into Google search you will get 16,900,000 results. To be honest, that search word won't get most people to the information they really need.
My goal, as I said, is to broaden our audience. To bring the ARR into the awareness of people that can really benefit from our help. My goal is to increase the number of subscribers, and to increase the number of viewers to this website.
You can help.
Below each article, you will see these words--Share this Article. At the end of that line you will see this button
The Share This button allows you to email any article on this blog to someone you know. The button is very easy to use.
The Share This button makes it easy to share any article and send it up to other websites like:
- Your Facebook Page,
- Twitter Page,
- and Buzz.
- There are more than 60 options.
If you take the time once or twice each month to use the Share This button to send an article you believe is important to a friend or another website, you would be helping me to bring the Alzheimer's Reading Room into the awareness of others that can benefit from the information we have here.
Some of you are already posting links to articles on this blog to other blogs, and to groups sites that you frequest--thank you, thank you very much. Please continue to do so.
If you belong to a support group, a caregiver group, an association (nurses, healthcare, doctors) you can help by bringing the Alzheimer's Reading Room into their awareness.
We are now approaching 1,000 subscribers.
If each of our current subscribers Shared one article each month, I bet we could could double that number quickly, and redouble it again.
Keep in mind, when you share, you might be making a difference in the life of someone that is ready to fall over the "alzheimer's edge".
You could very well be the catalyst in helping improve the quality of life for someone that is suffering from Alzheimer's and their entire family.
There are millions of people searching for useful information about Alzheimer's disease each day. The vast majority of them do not know that we exist.
Those that can use the information on the Alzheimer's Reading Room the most, will never know us unless you help me spread the word. Using the Share This button could be the difference.
If you have additional ideas on how we can increase the size of the audience, please let me know. If you know of someone that is good at marketing and might be willing to help, please let me know.
You can use the Share This feature for any article that is currently posted on the Alzheimer's Reading Room. When you have the time, please try this feature.
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Bob DeMarco is an Alzheimer's caregiver and editor of the Alzheimer's Reading Room. The Alzheimer's Reading Room is the number one website on the Internet for advice and insight into Alzheimer's disease. Bob taught at the University of Georgia, was an executive at Bear Stearns, the CEO of IP Group, and is a mentor. He has written more than 700 articles with more than 18,000 links on the Internet. Bob resides in Delray Beach, FL.