Internet in Medicine University Course: Medical blogging
We just finished the second lecture of the “Internet in Medicine” university credit course which was dedicated to medical blogging. Here is the summary of my presentations.
- Definition of blog, post, trackback, pingback, comment, tag.
- First blog: Jorn Barger, 1997
- Technorati statistics about the state of the entire blogosphere
- Blogs in plain English:
- Types of blogs and bloggers
- Major medical blogs as examples: Kevin, MD; Medgadget; Sixuntilme; Doctor Anonymous; Street Anatomy.
- Analyzing the results of the study of Ivor Kovic et al. (Examining the Medical Blogosphere: An Online Survey of Medical Bloggers)
- Blog carnivals and microcarnivals
- How to educate with blogs (e.g. Alan J Cann)
- Some examples such as the recent post from Sergey Brin about his genes and the posts it led to (Gene Sherpa, Scienceroll, Discovering Biology in a Digital World)
- Dangers and how to fight them: Honcode, privacy issues, HIPAA, etc.
- The lesson of Dr. Flea
- Money is not everything: the Scienceblogs.com story and many more
- Why do physicians blog?
- Future? Streaming your life. E.g.: yongfook.com
In the second slideshow, I described how to start a new blog step-by-step.
- You need to answer 3 questions first before starting a blog:
- What kind of blogger will I be?
- Where should I blog? WordPress.com
- How should I blog?
- My “3 blogging rule” described what you need to become a good blogger: commitment, consistency and openness
- Shared many examples about how to build a successful medical blog.
A medical blog can be a perfect channel to make new contacts, find new opportunities and share your ideas with the world.
The 2 slideshows are described in details on Webicina.com’s e-guide:
See you next week when we will talk about Twitter in Medicine and also how to keep yourself up-to-date with RSS.