Why I blog?

In response to a recent doc2doc blog post “again, why do we do it?

I blog to vent, to educate, to converse, to cogitate, to archive thoughts and to stimulate discussion.

I blog to test the boundaries of thought and interaction.

I love the concept of a launching a thought, an image, a moment…into the inferno of the blogosphere, and observing the response.

With the average blog-reader attention span being around 90 seconds, I find that most of my ‘good’ posts – thoroughly researched, with well constructed arguments and propositions…are lost on this ‘average‘ reader…Yet, strangely I feel better having taken the time to arrange my thoughts, review the evidence and archive the information.

Sometimes (rarely) I receive a response to a post as a comment or criticism or just friendly advice from a wiser soul…but more often than not the blog readers squirm like herring on the tide, to their next feeding ground leaving only a statistical semblance of their fleeting presence…

The advent of Facebook and Twitter has changed the way readers comment and share, and in many cases the promoted discussion continues out-with the confines of the original medium…a joyous pollination of disseminated thought.

I love to blog but I still don’t really know why…


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  1. Theresa111 says

    Your reason to blog is a well-rounded and balanced set of feelings and emotions, that can be aired and released through your writing. You have a very intense career and the fact you share it with your readers is a tribute to blogging. You do exceptional work and helping others is so important.

    SKDD East Coast USA

  2. says

    Thank you so much Theresa.
    Positive feedback as a blogger is almost as rare as positive feedback as a physician -- greatly appreciate you taking the time to comment.

  3. says

    You blog because you have to, Mike. And we are lucky to have you as a writer.

    I have more prosaic and simple reasons to keep 5-6 blogs focused on different aspects of clinical practice: internal medicine, allergy and immunology, pediatrics, and IT.

    I simply blog as a way to keep track of the new developments in medicine that are relevant to my practice and patients. The blog is a digital notebook and an archive accessible from any place and device with an internet connection.

    A lot of people find it useful and that’s great but this is an added bonus. If I don’t find a blog post interesting and useful, I don’t hit the “publish” button. A custom-made Google search engine makes it all searchable in 0.2 seconds. It just works.

  4. says

    I ask the same question at times but I’m happy to have a space to play with ideas. The marketing wonks have us believing that we need a strategy, goals, ‘call to action’, etc, etc. Not for us. And always an interesting question.