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After 500 posts, tell us what you think of the blog

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The story so far

Yes, it’s hard to believe but this is our 500th post on the PHE Screening blog! Before the blog started, some people worried if we’d have enough to write about. Now, the reverse is true – we could probably blog every day if we wanted to but we try to spread them out so we’re not bombarding you.

Since the blog started, we’ve had:

  • 500 posts from more than 150 different authors (our friend Dr Jim McMorran is the author whose bio has been read most often)
  • visitors from 109 countries around the world (after the UK, the next most have been from the US, Ireland, Australia and India)
  • more than 300,000 separate people reading blog posts more than 800,000 times

The most popular category is cervical screening, followed by bowel cancer screening. The most popular tags are antenatal screening, newborn screening, data and kpis, and events and courses.

Here’s a short video to highlight some features of the blog you might have forgotten about (it’s only 44 seconds long). If you're using an old web browser and the video doesn't show up below, try watching it directly on Vimeo instead.

Making our next 500 even better

It has been a while since we last asked our readers to tell us what they think of the blog and how it could be improved. So to mark 500 posts, we’re launching a survey so you can let us know how to make our next 500 posts even better than the first.

Access the survey here.

We know you can sometimes feel bombarded by surveys and consultations and we do really appreciate your help in completing ours. To make it easier for you we’ve kept it really short. There are just 10 questions and if you want you only need to complete the multiple choice ones! It will remain open until Friday 30 November 2018.

What often happens when people visit a survey is they think they will fill it in later but then never quite get round to it. I’ve done that many times.

So maybe wait until you have a mug of your favourite hot drink, a biscuit of some sort (I like shortbread, though I’m probably not supposed to say that working in public health...) and then click on the link. I honestly don’t think it would take more than 2 or 3 minutes to complete.

Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who reads the blog. And to those of you who complete our survey. We cannot give you a prize but you’ll have our gratitude.

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  1. Comment by Sarah Catton posted on

    This one was included in the 8 November ChiMat current awareness update. Hope you've had a good level of responses.
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  2. Comment by Sarah Catton posted on

    Dear PHE screening blog,
    It would be useful to know when this survey closes and who you would most like to fill it in. Those two pieces of information would make it easier to share in other media like the fortnightly ChiMat current awareness update.
    I don't want to share a link to the survey and then find it has already closed. And the intended target audience might be interested to hear if they're not already reading the blog that it is created for them.
    I like the short video very much.
    Many thanks

    • Replies to Sarah Catton>

      Comment by Andrew Anderson posted on

      Dear Sarah
      Many thanks for your comment and we're glad you enjoyed the video. The survey will close on Friday 30 November - we've updated the blog so this information is now included. In terms of your other question, we'd like anyone who reads the blog to fill it in.
      We really appreciate any help you can give to share the link to the survey and encourage them to fill it in!
      Many thanks
      Information and Education for Public and Professionals (IEPP) team, PHE Screening