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June 9, 2014 4 Comments

To Blog or Not to Blog?

This was the question a writing-inclined youngblog chaindoctor (UCSF palliative care fellow @lauraekoehn) and I faced recently. She had never blogged and felt ambivalent despite encouragement from our local GeriPal bloggerati, Eric Widera and Alex Smith. I blogged when my book first came out and then, well, I didn’t.

We shared two key hesitations:

  • the point is to write quickly but we don’t ever write quickly because our quick writing is less good and why would you want inferior work out there?
  • we have both academic and public writing ambitions, aspire to publication in newspapers, literary and medical journals and don’t want to ‘waste’ good ideas on a blog

On the other hand, we could also see the pros of blogging:

  1. more writing getting out into the world more often
  2. it doesn’t have to be as good (!)
  3. most of the time we never finish the so-called great idea pieces we hoped to publish in newspapers and journals
  4. it’s the digital age, we should get with the program

Here’s the upshot:

1. Just do it!

2. Blogging is writing, and more writing leads to better writing

  • practice will improve the quality of our blogs and our impact
  • we will learn that not everything needs to be perfect
  • we will find that a blog post is a great first step and that if something warrants an article or story as well, the two are not mutually exclusive

So enjoy…and see you next week, same blogosphere address, same blog time…

 

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4 Responses to To Blog or Not to Blog?

  1. Philip Lederer June 9, 2014 at 9:43 am #

    Great Post, Louise! You’re inspiring me to blog more :)
    with best regards,
    Phil
    http://www.philiplederer.org/blog

  2. Brandy King June 12, 2014 at 9:39 am #

    I absolutely 100% understand all the cons you outlined. But I’m so glad that in the end, you came out in favor of blogging. Thank you again for your wonderful piece.
    -Brandy

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New York Times Health: http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/ and http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/

Health in Aging: http://www.healthinaging.org/

Family Caregiver Alliance: http://www.caregiver.org/

Talking to Your Doctor: http://www.nih.gov/clearcommunication/talktoyourdoctor.htm

Kaiser Health News: http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/

NYU Literature, Arts and Medicine Database: http://litmed.med.nyu.edu/Main?action=new

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