So I guess I am now no longer the new kid on the blog, eh? Considering the fact that I have been writing consistently for half-a-year, I maybe considered to have wet my feet more than adequately!
But, to be honest, the journey did not start here. My now archived blog RXtar, which I started in 2009 was where I really got into the groove of things. Unfortunately, due to some people flaming me in real life, I had to close shop in middle 2010. But I could not stay away and at the end of 2010, I set this blog up, and started blogging anonymously. I could not hold on to that for long, but heck, these 6 months have been a helluva ride.
Looking at the numbers:
Total Posts: 227
Total Comments: 721
Total SPAM Comments Akismet has saved me from: 2374
Total Page views: 24,042
Most Popular Post: Steaming Vaginas (no wonder!)
Weirdest Search Term: grumpy vagina
1. Nominated by Medgadget to be one of the best new Medical blogs (established in 2010). Narrowly lost the race to ZDoggMD.
3. A blogged post got published in a Journal.
Posting Serious Stuff:
The blog has been, in general, a mix of an eclectic array of topics. Some which left some personal satisfaction include:
- Down with #DADT
- Remembering Dr. Shubash Mukherjee
- Focusing on the History of Medicine
- Dissecting the much vaunted MMST Course
- Talking for Dr. Binayak Sen
- Wakefieldian Misery
- Talking of Open Access
- The HINARI Fiasco
- Talking about Vintage Cars
- Mourning the death of an idol
I raised my points in the #Twittergate debate, which I still want to write about.
Now, looking forward:
I did not have any plan for this first six months of blogging and it seems to have gone pretty decently. I went from anonymous blogging to personal blogging. From an indistinct voice to someone who has 57 readers. I have been talking to Jin of Fresh White Coat fame, and he suggested that I should keep some goals in my mind for blogging.
Here are some basic goals I would like to fulfill:
- Write more on hard science and research. Use the material culled for Vagus Journalis for more detailed discussions here.
- Create more interaction with readers.
- More Medical Education stuff. Just two rapid reviews posts in 6 months: target at least one per week.
- Create a set of weekly regular post types: and try to produce them consistently.
- Get on with the House, MD reviews with a twist.
- Reach the 100-reader-mark.
- Reach 100K page views.
I know these are nowhere near as fancy as the goals set by Jin for his own blog, but, they will have to do for me, because I would hate to be restrained by goals and directions even in blogging. Also, would you, kind reader, help me out with the weekly schedule of posts?
Here’s hoping for another half-year of awesome blogging!