Archives for May 12, 2006

How much of a traffic bump did I get from the Newspaper article?

So, my blog and my mug have been in print, again, this time in the Dallas Morning News this past Sunday.  Those with blogs are probably wondering, ?how much did it affect his blog traffic?

Answer: absolutely none.  Just like the other times.

Dead-tree publications appeal to a different audience than do online materials is the way I explain it.  Apparently nobody reading the Sunday paper leaves their couch and says "I’ll go type this URL in and have a look at that".  Not helping is the DMNews online version that didn’t have hyperlinks for the URL’s (and, inexplicably, in an article about blogs left out some URL’s altogether) making it harder for people to follow the links in the story.  Dead trees online.

The counter-explanation is that nobody’s interested, but that can’t be.  Heh. 

A unique method for obtaining cultures

At my ED, the techs are often relegated the task of obtaining the GC/chlamydia culture specimens from male patients with appropriate symptoms.  Male techs, male patients, no problem.

Recently, I asked one of the more-experienced techs if he had difficulty with the procedure:

"No, I don’t do it".


"I hand the stick to them, and have them do it themselves".


"I tell them, you stuck it in; you stick it in".

Aah.  Interesting.