Medpundit has decided to end her blogging career, at least for now:
So Long, Farewell, Auf Weidersehen, Adieu: Last week, during an interview about medical blogging, I found myself speaking about Medpundit in the past tense. It surprised me a little, but not completely. Whether or not to go on with this blog is something that I’ve been mulling over for several weeks. I didn’t want to admit it, but hearing myself refer to the blog as "was" and "has been" made me realize that deep down I had made my decision.
And so, it’s with regret that I take the necessary step of closing down this blog. It’s been fun, and I’ll miss it, but there are other things in life that need – and deserve – my attention more. So long, farewell, readers. The pleasure has been entirely mine.
According to her archives her current blog (she’s used Blogger the entire time!) started in March of 2002, a terrific run (and two months longer than mine). I just looked, and there’s references to Medpundit at least 20 times in my blog posts.
I thought I’d made the big time when I got a mention in her blog in August, 2002, and I’ve been a long-term reader and fan of hers. She’s what people think of when you say "medical blogger": she commented on medical news and ideas in a meaningful, substantive way. That doesn’t mean she’s been opinion-free, far from it, and that made her blog more interesting, not less so.
Certainly, I hope she’s just burned out (the blogosphere is replete with bloggers who quit, only to find it’s part of them and they cannot give it up) and will come back, and definitely hope she leave the blog up, if for reference and historical purposes only.
If not, thanks for the free entertainment, Dr. Smythe, and I wish you all the best with your family and your practice.