Monday, December 18, 2006

Six-month blogiversary

Yup, that's right, boys and girls! Doctor Anonymous been around for six months. I can hardly believe it! Thinking back, I didn't even know if I would get through the first week, or even the first month.

It's fun looking back at old posts - especially on occasions like this. I'd have to say that the entire Blogaholics Anonymous thing really got me started. Granted, this is not an original idea, but I'd have to say that was definitely the spark to get things rolling.

Over the past six months, I'd have to say that there were three points where I got a lot more noticed. First, when Moof highlighted me on her blog in June, I remember getting a lot more traffic that I'd ever seen. She's always been great to me, especially when I first started answering all my naive blogger questions. I even asked another question over this past weekend and she got back to be right away. Thanks for everything, Moof!

The second most significant point in the past six months was when I was named Bestest Blog of the Day by Bobby Griffin in September. Especially, if you have been only blogging for about a month or so, get involved with Bestest Blog. You won't regret it. Thanks Bobby!

The third point was the entire Grand Rounds experience, which for me was almost the entire month of November. When Dr. Nick Genes contacted me to host that blog carnival, I had no idea how much exposure I would get and the people that I would meet along the way. For the medical bloggers out there, if you ever have the opportunity to be the GR host, definitely take advantage of it. Thanks Nick!

People have asked me how I've kept on going for six months. First and foremost, your blog should be for YOU and not for us. Write what YOU want to write about and not what you think we want to read about. Just like in the real world, people in the virtual world know when you're not being genuine and trying to "fake us out."

Adding a little piece of yourself goes a long way. Sure, I'm "anonymous" in that people don't know my name or what I look like. But, whether you like it or not, your personality will show through. If people connect with it, they'll be back to read more.

The second piece of advice I'd give is don't be afraid to write about things out of your comfort zone. Sure, when you started blogging you wanted to tell the world about medicine, or being a patient, or science, or sports, or news, or entertainment, or whatever. Don't be afraid to mix it up with different topics.

If you're starting out, don't be afraid to try to add a picture, or audio, or video to your blog. Try different types of posts, like interviewing a fellow blogger. Trying something out of the ordinary will keep things fresh as a writer and we'll enjoy that as a reader.

Finally, I'm the first to say that I'm obsessed with my numbers and my stats. I mean, just look at my sidebar. It's easy for me to say, but to keep your sanity, don't get too hung up on how many visitors you get on a daily basis. It doesn't matter how many people see your blog. It matters how many come back again and again to see your blog.

Speaking of that, thanks so much to all of you who come back again and again to read my blog. I never knew how much fun this all would be. I don't know if I'll be around in another six months, but it will be fun along the way!


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Anonymous said...

In the past 6 months, you've become one of the best medical bloggers. You represent a good example. My first month is over, so I keep trying to provide good content, that's why I liked your pieces of advice. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Moof did the same for me. Happy Aniv. BTW, The 1st comment is probably spam (, unless you are trying to tell us something.


Lea said...

Congratulations on your first six months!

I have enjoyed your blog since the beginning. You and I began around the same time and I appreciate you coming to visit mine too!

Keep up the good is where I get all of my medical community information.

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ladybug said...

happy anniversary, doc!!!
i still love reading your blog. i like how you have evolved, and yet it is the same... [i think we need another audio-blog installment tho]

i liked your tips about writing for yourself. i find i still have those issues of insecurity when i want to write about things. i need to get over that! so i honour of your blogaversary, i am going to work on it!

thanks for the inspiration!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Doc. I'm looking forward to the next six months.

Dr. A said...

Nom de plum? Are you calling me some kind of former blogger of fruit? Just kidding.

Thanks for all your well wishes today. I really appreciate it!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Dr. Anon! I remember when I first saw you ... my heart skipped a beat out of sheer terror cause I thought you were someone else! *LOL*

Glad you're here ... glad you're blogging ... looking forward to the next many blogiversaries!