Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Creating a Medical Blog
For physicians who are looking for some part-time work in the non-clinical world of healthcare, blogging might be something to consider. If you enjoy writing and you've always wanted to author a book, then you can start with blogging. After you generate an audience, you may have some people who may be willing to purchase your book. I'm hoping that will be the case for the book that I'm currently writing. I'm on chapter 5 of my book and I think I'm about 1/3 of the way through.
So what is a blog? I get this question all the time. The simplest answer is this: a blog is an online journal. If you don't know what a journal is, then you need some English lessons my friend.
Wikipedia defines a blog as: "a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video."
You don't need any programming experience to start a blog. You simply need some basic computer skills, an Internet-connected computer, and some time to write. What are you passionate about? Do you like to teach? What do you like to lecture about? What are your hobbies? The beauty of a blog is that it can be about anything and everything. There are no rules beyond your typical code of conduct that reflects professionalism, courtesy, and respect. But even there, some people break all those rules and keep a blog that may be filled with cursing, slander, obscenity, crass language, racist comments, and all sorts of other rants and raves. I think you'll lose your readership if you write a blog like that.
You have to make your blog interesting so that it captures people's attention. It has to draw them back and you have to discuss topics of interest. Well, enough about blogging. Try it out and have some fun with it!