6 Months of Blogging: Looking Back, and Forward

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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

Major Achievements:

1. Best New Medical Weblog (established in 2010) Nominated by Medgadget to be one of the best new  Medical  blogs (established in 2010). Narrowly lost the race to ZDoggMD.

 

2. Three posts made it to the Editor’s Selections on Research Blogging. One, Two and Three!

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:

  1. Down with #DADT
  2. Remembering Dr. Shubash Mukherjee
  3. Focusing on the History of Medicine
  4. Dissecting the much vaunted MMST Course
  5. Talking for Dr. Binayak Sen
  6. Wakefieldian Misery
  7. Talking of Open Access
  8. The HINARI Fiasco
  9. Talking about Vintage Cars
  10. Mourning the death of an idol

Community Service:

I raised my points in the #Twittergate debate, which I still want to write about.

Blog Buddies: Thank you!

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:

  1. Write more on hard science and research. Use the material culled for Vagus Journalis for more detailed discussions here.
  2. Create more interaction with readers.
  3. More Medical Education stuff. Just two rapid reviews posts in 6 months: target at least one per week.
  4. Create a set of weekly regular post types: and try to produce them consistently.
  5. Get on with the House, MD reviews with a twist.
  6. Reach the 100-reader-mark.
  7. 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?

preggers britney

Here’s hoping for another half-year of awesome blogging!

Skeptic Oslerphile, Scientist at the Indian Council of Medical Research, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases. Interests include: Emerging Infections, Public Health, Antimicrobial Resistance, One Health and Zoonoses, Diarrheal Diseases, Medical Education, Medical History, Open Access, Healthcare Social Media and Health2.0. Opinions are my own!

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  1. Haha, love the weirdo search engine optimisation going on there. You’ve done pretty darn well for the first 6 months of blogging – mine was much more modest! It takes quite a lot of effort to sustain and at times feels a bit like an echo chamber, but I’ve found it keeps getting better… so keep it up! Who knows what the 12 month milestone will have brought?

    • First up, thanks for the kind words. A lot of the posts seemed like typing diarrhea to me when I sat back for this review. That is worse than echo chamber! I just hope it does not get any more dismal!

      As for the weirdo SEO, I picked it up off your blog! Thanks for the tip. The numbers are decent, but about 50% of them are home page spam. So, not quite as impressive! 😛 But I just hope with an increasing workload, I manage to keep churning out the posts!

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