Should I blog starts 2018

Should I blog? Is a free 4-week online course starting in 2018. Throughout the course you’ll explore what illness blogs are, why you might want to blog, and tips to help you get started if you do choose to blog.

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The facilitators

Rebecca J. Hogue, PhD(ABD) has been an active blogger since 2008. She maintains a travel blog (, academic/professional blog (, and a cancer journey blog ( She is an Associate Lecturer in the Instructional Design Master’s Program at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and a PhD Candidate at the University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Canada). Rebecca’s research looks at Patient Health Literacy – specifically the things that she learned and shared as a breast cancer blogger. Rebecca currently resides in Sunnyvale California.

Britni Brown O’Donnell has been a chronic illness blogger since 2013 when she started sharing her experiences with chronic illnesses at –a blog named for how chronic illness can make customary liars of those affected. Although an infrequent writer, Britni tries to share significant aspects of her struggles with others. She currently lives outside of Baltimore, Maryland.

About the instructional design team

This course was originally created by Rebecca Hogue in 2015. In 2018, it received some new life with the help of instructional designers from the University of Massachusetts-Boston Instructional Design Master’s program.

Patricia Corson (PJ) has focused on instructional design and process improvement as a consultant in the financial services and retail industries. PJ is a nascent blogger, with a passion for ePatient literacy and advocacy. She is a caregiver and supporter of those who are experiencing chronic illness and cancer. PJ is completing her M. Ed in Instructional Design at the University of Massachusetts – Boston, and joins this design team as part of her capstone project.

Thomas LeBlanc has spent the past ten years working for consumer electronics companies in the field of Training and Development. He has a passion for technology, digital storytelling, and video. He is a graduate student enrolled in the Instructional Design program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Tom joins the instructional design team as a capstone project for his final semester at UMass, Boston. He lives in a small town in central Massachusetts.