Reflections of a Medical Blogger

19 05 2010

Dr. Robert Centor (‘db’) over at DB’s Medical Rants has a great post today about what it’s like to be a medical blogger.  It’s a great read, and I couldn’t agree with him more.  While I’ve only been at it for a little over a year, he has over 8 under his belt.

We get into blogging for various reasons, but most of us stay with it because we want to share our passion with the world.  I suppose that might sound hokey to a degree, but I firmly believe it to be true.  I don’t run this site because I have to; I do it because it’s amazing fun.

I’ll excerpt it here, but please head over to DB’s Medical Rants for more interesting posts like this. Enjoy the read.

College and medical school took 8 years.  I have spent as much time on this blog as I did in my post high school education!  What has blogging done for me?

The most important benefit of blogging has come from the discipline and repetitive experience of writing.  I have over 4000 posts!  Writing can only improve if you practice writing.  Prior to this blog I went through a period of writer’s block.  Blogging become the cure.  My writing has improved.  Or at least I hope it has.

Blogging has stimulated my thinking.  Because I blog I pay attention to issues more seriously.  When I read a newspaper story about medical care, or read a new medical article I wonder if there is a blogging angle.  I get the opportunity to play with ideas.  Through blogging play I often refine my thoughts.

Surprisingly, blogging has stimulated several academic papers.  My current obsession with Fusobacterium necrophorum pharyngitis developed because I happened to write about Lemierre syndrome.  This issue and other pharyngitis issues have stimulated many papers and talks on the pharyngitis paradigm.  Through this blog I began once again to think seriously about a problem that I had “abandoned” for 10 years.

Blogging has stimulated my thoughts on guidelines and performance measures.  I have used ideas developed on this blog for talks and papers.

But most important, blogging is fun.  I find that I enjoy the creative process.  Through my blogging I have “met” many wonderful writers – some actually in person.  I belong to a wonderful community of medical bloggers and blog readers.

Thanks to the many readers who leave comments and those who stop me to tell me how much they enjoy my blog.  Thanks to the many students and residents who seem to admire my blog.  I hope that I entertain and stimulate your thinking.  If I do that, I am a success.

No, thank you DB for all the hard work and resulting entertaining and insightful posts.




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