A few years ago, I wrote a blog post about a weird condition, the exploding head syndrome which generated a huge traffic and about 200 comments. Not short ones, but really interesting, detailed, true patient stories from around the world and my post is now 4th in the global ranking of relevant search results.
Exploding head syndrome is a rare condition that causes the sufferer to occasionally experience a tremendously loud noise as if from within his or her own head, usually described as an explosion or a roar. This usually occurs within an hour or two of falling asleep, but is not the result of a dream. Although perceived as tremendously loud, the noise is usually not accompanied by pain.
That’s how a blog post designed for a specialized audience in a special topic can become a real database of relevant information for patients. Real example of the long tail effect.
An excerpt from one of the comments:
I’m not alone and this is such a relief!!! I think we need a Facebook page. I’ve had this off and on for about 15 years – just had one last night and I’m still out of sorts from it. I awaken terrified with my heart pounding from the sound of an enormous BANG in my head. When this happens I wake up clutching my face – often as I awaken I think “I am dead”. Unlike other people though, I do experience a physical sensation on my face – nose and mouth area – like someone has lightly slapped my face.
I got the honor to be included in the list of top 10 medical research blogs of 2011 by HighBeam Research.
Blogs and online libraries have grown to be valuable resources for students, professors, working professionals and the general public who have not traditionally had such easy access. As an organization involved with medical research and providing medical resources, HighBeam Research would like to acknowledge our favorite medical blogs.
These top 10 blogs for medical research were handpicked by the HighBeam Research staff as our favorites and included based on their level of insightful and original content as well as the authority and trust that the authors enjoy in the Medical space.
Kerri Morrone Sparling has been a world-famous, influental diabetes blogger for years with many blog awards and many many readers day by day. She has been honest about her condition sharing tips and tricks with fellow patients. I recently asked her to send me a video in which she describes why an e-patient should write a blog and why it could be beneficial, how it can make a difference. Here it is:
There is a really moving story on CNN.com about a blogger who left a post mortem message on his blog after his battle with cancer. I’ve seen many blogs which just became archives after the blogger (mainly cancer patients) passed away. This is the first time in my experience when the blogger made this transition himself.
“Here it is. I’m dead,” read the last internet post of Derek K. Miller, who died last week after more than four years of blogging about his struggle with colorectal cancer.
“In advance, I asked that once my body finally shut down from the punishments of my cancer, then my family and friends publish this prepared message I wrote — the first part of the process of turning this from an active website to an archive,” he wrote on his blog, penmachine.com.
The 2nd week fo the world’s first university course focusing on medicine and social media focused on medical blogging. Here are the links and definitions I mentioned.
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? (there are 7 types)
- Where should I blog? WordPress.com, Blogger.com, Typepad.com, etc.
- 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.
One of my favourite blogs just featured a nice picture that presents the 10 typical types of medical bloggers.
Here they are:
- Dr. Funny
- Dr. Mommy
- Dr. Boring
- Dr. Didactic
- Dr. Product Placement
- Dr. Resident
- Dr. No Longer A Doctor
- Dr. Political
- Dr. Miracle
- Dr. Whiny
Which type do you belong to?
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