Get thee behind me, Big Pharma!

I was contacted by a very friendly and persistent woman named Kelli regarding this Big Pharma-sponsored website that's supposedly created for the needs of migraine bloggers like us.

What follows is my response to the site, toned down for an email to Kelli, who wanted to know what I thought of the site, if I would use it, etc. I didn't point out to her any of the grammatical or spelling errors I found, nor did I mention the occasional link that led to the incorrect article or video.

Grrr! It makes me so angry that Big Pharma is even trying to worm its way into our grassroots patient-oriented blog community!

Dear Kelli,

Thanks for keeping in touch regarding the website. I would've forgotten to look at it were it not for your helpful reminders.

Unfortunately, I don't anticipate ever using the resources on my blog. First and foremost, there's not a whole lot of information available I can't get on my own through web searches and a bit of basic research. The hints and such are good for people who are just starting out in the world of Migraine sufferers & doctors; they're not so useful for we Migraine bloggers who already know a bit more about how to handle the disease and learn to cope with it.

I had high hopes for the video section, but all the videos felt like advertisements--very glossy commercials. Lo and behold, there was an advertisement for the pharmaceutical's prescription drug at the end of each snippet. I would not put that on my site, ever.

The links take a while to load, too--maybe someone is working on improving speed?

One glaring problem with the site is that it's BRIGHT white--and the links are light blue. Most migraineurs are very sensitive to bright light (especially fluorescent or blue-tinged computer light), and looking at your site made me squint even though my screen was dimmed as low as it could go. I highly recommend you change the background color at the very least so it's readable and doesn't hurt migraineurs' eyes.

Overall, I appreciate your personal effort in making this site and getting in touch with bloggers. I am not attempting to drive more traffic to my blog, so the "bring more people to your site" pitch does not appeal to me. I think there's a LOT more information, articles, etc. you could post to make it more useful. Unfortunately, some other sites (MAGNUM's, other blogs, etc.) already have a comprehensive list of online resources, so there's not much use for yet another site like yours--especially since yours is sponsored by Big Pharma.

Again, I do appreciate your effort but won't be using the site. Thanks for thinking of me and asking for my input.

-Janet G.

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