content provider to many blogs…

And these are just the ones that link back to me:

I obscured the names of the other blogs, as I don’t want to incriminate them for being so silly as to re-run my posts.

(I am aware of the irony that I’m doing little original writing right now, doing a lot more linking with minor, banal commentary, and that’s when more people grab my posts.) content provider to more blogs than I thought!

Who are my readers, really?

I’ve been asked this quite a lot recently, and have no idea.  I know, more or less, the commenters, but there are quite a number of readers who don’t comment.

So, who are you?  Scouts’ Honor, now, and you’re only allowed to vote once.  (I’m not looking for any particular answer here, it’s just a completely unscientific survey…).  Choose one.  It’s up to you.

Who are you who reads this blog?
Allied Health
Valuable Reader
Mom free polls

Weird.  Buttons don’t display properly.  The TOP one is "VOTE", the LOWER one is "VIEW RESULTS".  Weird.

I’ll turn this off in a week or so.  I’m interested in knowing who the nine of you are!


Update: After about 24 hours of voting:


I find this very surprising,  Lotta docs (comparatively), fewer nurses than I would have thought, etc.  (It’s totally unscientific, but it’s interesting nonetheless).

On Pseudonymity – Transterrestrial Musings

On Pseudonymity – Transterrestrial Musings
I would also say that I agree that there is an important distinction between pseudonymous and anonymous blogging. The former establishes an identity and a reputation that must be both established, and upheld.

While a lot of people know who I am in reality, I still like the pseudonymous blog persona. I think if you’re trying to sell something, or want to be a consultant (same thing, really…) having your name right out there in front is probably the way to go. I have nothing to sell (except ad space, and I’ve been quite a failure at that).

I still personally encourage people new to blogging to do it under a Pen Name, because everything on the internet is now archived forever, or until the power goes out. If you like it and your mom thinks you’re good at it, announce your presence! Be bold!

Just don’t think you can be bold because you’re anonymous. You’re not. (Neither am I, but this is not a call for an outing…).

Scalpel or Sword?: Starting the Hypothermia Protocol

Scalpel or Sword?: Starting the Hypothermia Protocol
I’m not calling the code…

Scalpel’s decided to take a break from blogging, and I hope he comes back.

I would like to say that, just because any blogger hits a ‘dry spell’ for new, original things to say, it’s not necessary to close up shop and decide to quit blogging.  Heck, my dry spell is going on 4 years now.

There’s a weird pressure bloggers put on themselves to keep writing, keep producing, etc.  Maybe it’s narcissism (a little), maybe it’s a desire to please, but for your readers it’s still all free ice cream*.  Unless you’re being paid to write there’s no shame in pushing away from the keyboard and having an analog life, coming back to blog when the mood strikes.

*Free ice cream analogy courtesy of InstaPundit years ago.

iPhone display of this blog

I have installed a plugin for WordPress that displays the blog contents on the iPhone on a more user-friendly way.  If you don’t like it you can click the link at the very bottom of the page and get the full view.

I’d be interested in iPhone users’ comments.

Sippican Cottage: My Father Asks For Nothing

Sippican Cottage: My Father Asks For Nothing

I cannot imagine a better epitaph.

Self Magazine mentioned GruntDoc

Also, Kevin MD! (I asked if any of you had seen this, and apparently only one of my readers crosses into their demographic.  Probably not going to get crazy ad dollars from Self, then).



Thanks to Lindsey for the article.

The iPhone is changing my lifestyle

Used to be, in the dark ages of blogging (thank Mr Gore, PBUH) that to keep up with the intarwebs I needed to be at my big computer in the house. While waiting for someone else to post, I’d blog.

Now that I can see the intertubes easily while on the move, my desktop is less and less relevant. Twitter has contributed to this as well, as keeping up with the Vals, Ramonas, Tims, Vijays, Robs and lobsters is easy.

Change I can live with.

Compassion in MedBlogging

Explained more eloquently in the full post, but:

Head Nurse: Let’s talk about compassion.
This is an important point for those of us who blog, and those of us who nurse: People will criticize you for not being the constant comforting angel that they think you ought to be. To hell with them. The important thing is that you do what you are meant to do for those people who find themselves in your care.

I’m occasionally accused of not blogging in a warm-and-fuzzy fashion suitable to whatever aggrieved person comments, and I don’t generally respond; they don’t know me, they are’t my patients, heck with them.

Aggravated DocSurg: Why I fail at generating cash here…

Aggravated DocSurg: Why I fail at generating cash here…

Dang, I thought I was the only one getting these solicitations…

(For the record, I replied that I had a $10,000/day fee, paid thirty days in advance; didn’t get a reply).

Self Magazine Bleg…

From a reader, and a folowing question:

Hi GruntDoc,

At the gym last night I came upon a relatively recent issue of Self
Magazine (the womens’ fitness mag) in which you and KevinMD were cited as
blogs for health-conscious women to read. I had to chuckle a little because
I doubt this mag would be your targeted reader. I wish I had stolen it to
tell you what issue and page but the brawny trainer had the stink eye on me.
I think it was Dec or Jan. check it out!!

So, anyone have a copy of the article in Self Magazine about medical bloggers? It’s not one of my regular reads…

richard[WINTERS]md: Seductive Detail

richard[WINTERS]md: Seductive Detail

Wow.  A new year brings a new post.  Could this be a trend?

Revived from the Dead.  For now.

2008 Medical Weblog Awards now open for Nominations

As the inaugural winner (like you could forget) I’m duty bound and pleased to pass this along:

Welcome to the 2008 Medical Weblog Awards!

This is the fifth year of the competition. These awards are designed to showcase the best blogs from the medical blogosphere, and to highlight the exciting and useful role medical blogs play in medicine and in society.

The categories for this year’s awards are:

— Best Medical Weblog

— Best New Medical Weblog (established in 2008)

— Best Literary Medical Weblog

— Best Clinical Sciences Weblog

— Best Health Policies/Ethics Weblog

— Best Medical Technologies/Informatics Weblog

— Best Patient’s Blog

The 2008 Medical Blog Awards

This is MedGadget’s award, so put your nominations in the comments there.  Thanks again to MedGadget for having this competition, and to Epocrates for sponsoring this award.

Is there a doctor in the house?: Start where it starts…

Is there a doctor in the house?: Start where it starts…

The most powerful blog post you’ll read in a while.

Ease ER overload – Opinion –

Ease ER overload – Opinion –
Reforms needed to improve doctor access

By Kevin Pho

Emblematic of soaring health care costs, which are projected to reach $3 trillion by 2011,is the nationwide crisis of emergency department overcrowding. More than $18 billion is wasted annually on unnecessary visits to the ER,with volume rising by 32% and wait times almost doubling to one hour during the past decade.Relieving this strain will be critical to any health care reform.

Contrary to popular belief, it is not just the uninsured who are utilizing emergency services. A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that patients with health insurance were primarily responsible for the increase of emergency services over the past decade. Lack of access to an available doctor is the major reason.

Kevin, MD continues his takeover of the bedblogosphere with another well-written Op-Ed in USA Today.

Good work, Kevin!