Sunday, October 21, 2012

Hands across the World

In my work as a "work from home medical transcriptionist"
(although we are now called "health documentation specialists" - more politically correct?")
I work for a transcription company in Australia.
This company has hundreds of transcriptionists all over the world,
separated into groups, or "families" depending on the facility we transcribe for.
My group is called "Powerful Paeds" as we transcribe for a children's hospital.
Anyway, through a wayward comment last week
someone mentioned where they live, someone else mentioned where they live,
and so on and so on.
I thought it would be neat to make a map and post everyone's locations
so I requested everyone to share their locations.
This is how it turned out.
Now, what I would like to do is add my blog friends to it,
maybe with pink strips of paper or something to differentiate y'all from my coworkers.
It's amazing how small the world has become.
I remember when I got my first computer and actually corresponded with someone from another country in a chat room.
It was so exciting
Now, its a way of life
I am reading a book right now where the main character in England writes a letter to someone in Australia, and mentions that by the time it gets there a month will have gone by
and the news will no longer be news, or even truth.
There are an awful lot of things that I think were better
"in the olden days"
But communication is not one of them.
 (picture credits here and here)


  1. Joyce I agree and disagree at the same time in regards to your comment on communication. The more technology we have the less people are actually talking. My sisters no longer just drop in for a coffee like we used to do in the old days, most parents aren't communicating with children anymore like we did in the old days, a lot of couples even don't communicate like they did in the old days... even though I can chat with someone clear across the world in an instant, I often miss the old days and old ways of communication.

    Please add me to Alberta, Edmonton. I can be your first in Canada... I think. lol

    Have a wonderful week, cheers.

  2. I don't see any medical transcriptionists there from Michigan. Hmmm. Maybe someday we can add one! I think plotting the points of your around-the-world friends is a terrific idea!

  3. What a fun idea. Looks like Minnesota is partially there.

  4. I couldn't agree with you more! It's amazing how things can be with the way we can communicate with each other from vast distances almost immediately, while at the same time, computers, iPads, smartphones, and other electronics make it so that we almost don't speak with each other in our own homes anymore! Ah, life can be complicated.

    So, add me to your map...I'm in Greensburg, PA and for your map, that would be the Pittsburgh PA area of western PA!

  5. uggg the world is getting smaller and smaller jet still I can't put my arms out and reach for you so we can hug.....bummers.
    Miss you lots with every leaf that's falling down my friend.
    Hugs Dagmar

  6. I have also thought about a map with my blogfriends as most of them are living in the north America and I'm trying to learn more about different parts of Canada and the states in the US. But I haven't realized the idea, yet...

    I think both you and the comments have many interesting thoughts about communication now and before we got internet. I'm sometimes afraid that I prefer contacts with the computer instead of friends in the "real life" because it's so easy to just connect when the time is right.

  7. Great idea Joyce - blogger friends are only a keystroke away, although sometimes many thousands of miles physically.

    You can pin me in SW Florida right now, and just south of Ottawa from spring on.