Where do we go from here?

It was a Monday in June of 1999 when the first official article was published on Planet Chiropractic. While the website had been in operation for several months, the news service at the time was sporadic and required manual updating. An intensive and time consuming task.

The plan was to create a web-based news service that served chiropractors throughout the world and to combine that news service with the e-mail service that I had been providing for the previous two years. The system created (with much thanks to Grant Williams) allowed me to upload content from any computer anywhere in the world as long as it had a connection to the Internet. It’s been a longtime since that day in June.

Two Years Later
I have uploaded news from airports, hotel rooms, and countries across the globe. Today, I am in the Planet Chiropractic news office. Articles such as today’s news which included a former public service announcement from the late Dr. Bob Sottile required about 30 minutes to prepare. That includes gathering the information, writing the content, and publishing the content to Planet Chiropractic using a combination of text, html coding and a programming language called Perl.

Three computers were directly involved in the process. One connected to my voice activated headset which records my spoken words, the second which I use to prepare the article and research related information, and a third which holds the content you are viewing at this moment. These computers and I work together as a team. From concept to content in 30 minutes or less, the information becomes available to every chiropractor on the planet.

From where I sit, this becomes a very efficient and effective means to spread the word of chiropractic. Didn’t somebody once say we should be “low cost – high tech”?

I have been doing this for some time now and it sometimes amazes me how easy it has become. I am typically up at 5 a.m. Monday through Saturday so that I can be in the office by 6 a.m. to serve. While preparing the content does not take long, recently I have only been getting a fraction of the intended content posted to the website. With an expanded territory, I believe we can publish six to ten articles daily, six days per week.

There are several related projects in the works to create an even more advanced news system and I am gathering the feedback I get from you to make appropriate changes. In an effort to sooner achieve that, there are plans to bring new staff into the office this summer. There is plenty of work to be done. I could go on and on about what I want to do, plan to do, and so on but today is not the day for that.

Yours in Chiropractic,
Michael Dorausch D.C.

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