Saturday, October 9, 2010

To Blog or Not To Blog

I've been blogging for a number of years at this point. My original blog started as a non-medical place to play with writing, but soon evolved (devolved?) into a medical-based journal. I participated in Grand Rounds and kept up with multiple individuals through their blogs. I cried with Fat Doctor when she was hospitalized for her recurrent strokes, and was appalled when one of the "name" bloggers was publicly outed during a malpractice trial. It was in the middle of this that KC approached and asked about this site - for a short time, I tried to do both. But life changes, and so did my job; I soon learned that private blogging was frowned upon in my new group, and so my blog was (reluctantly) deleted. I'm still debating whether I want to start a new blog; if I do, it would have to be public, not anonymous. And as already described by so many, the concerns about self-censorship leading to a dry (BORING!) output has held me back.

When I was blogging regularly, I thought it was "secret" - but kids (especially teens) know everything, and I'm pretty sure my sons read my blog routinely. I haven't shared my blogging with this site with too many; in part, I'm frustrated by my lack of output. Like many of the other mom-docs who share in this site, life too often gets in the way of trying to put together a post.

My goal is to discover a better way to incorporate writing (this blog, NaNoWriMo, crazy ideas like "Elena Kagan Effectively Kills the Exercise called Kegel in Early Court Decision") into my daily life - much like exercise, time for family, and everything else beyond that black hole called work. I'm happy to be a part of this group, even if my contribution remains small. But trying to figure out this whole life-in-balance-thing was part of the reason for this blog's existence, right? Let's keep figuring it out together - one post at a time.

A

4 comments:

  1. Maybe I'm confused about the terminology you've used. You said your current practice frowns on "private" blogs. Are you referring to anonymous blogging? Blogging with a restricted audience where only people you've given permission to can view it? Is a "public" blog one in which you use your real full name and blog on behalf of your practice?

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  2. Snap! We've unwittingly chosen the same title today. I'm fascinated by the reasons for blogging/not blogging...but sadly my studies take me in another direction.

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  3. I for one, miss your blog :) but you probably know that.

    I was thinking about you earlier today ..thrilled to see your post here!

    Wow, we've been on this blogging journey for quite a while, haven't we? All it's ups and downs ... and life changes :)

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  4. Old MD Girl - sorry if I was confusing; yes to any anonymous blog and for a time, any personal blog. However, the President of the corporation recently started his own blog, so restrictions are being eased up a bit - but anything I did would have to be under my name.
    SMS - looking forward to your viewpoint!
    PK - Hope school is going well this semester; you were one of my early inspirations in this blogging world!
    A

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