Today the email went out: HuffPost is closing its platform to contributing bloggers. For me, it’s the end of an era, and about seven years of writing as expert an article as I could. Yes, it’s true, we were never paid, but the reward was of course in visibility and sharing my point of view.
I still remember my first post was about Dr. Oz giving a distorted explanation about diabetes on the Oprah show. And so I wrote, “An Open Letter To Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King.” And it got published! Admittedly, it was thrilling too see my work published week after week, month after month.
The explanation directly from HuffPost to its bloggers for closing the contributor’s platform is vague. Here’s just a piece of it –
Today, with the proliferation of social media and self-publishing platforms across the web, people have many more opportunities to share their thoughts and opinions online. At the same time, the quantity and volume of noise means truly being heard is harder than ever. Those who are willing to shout the loudest often drown out new, more-deserving voices. The same has proven to be true on our own platform.
It is with this in mind that we have made the decision to close the contributors platform on our U.S. site.
As they say, everything changes. I will post from time to time going forward on Thrive Global. My first article for Thrive appeared in November, “The most important thing we’ve forgotten in healthcare.”
I will also continue to blog here. Over the next few weeks, I plan to post here the Top 10 articles I’ve written on the Huffington Post during the past seven years.
For now, I leave you with my most read article that got a voluminous amount of likes and shares – Type 1 Diabetes Finally Explained. So many people wrote to tell me how much it meant to them and how they could now talk to their friends and family about diabetes in a way that they would understand. It moved me no end.
The link to almost all my Huffington Post articles is here. Most are timeless.
Thank you HuffPost for the great run and for putting my voice on the global stage.