My annual report from 2013 on blogging with this blog. Check it out, just click here.
Dr. Deb is a psychologist and practicing psychoanalyst who just published her book: Living with Depression: Why Biology and Biography Matter along the Path to Hope and Healing. She also did a wonderful job with the new grand round of medblogs.
Grand Rounds is a weekly round up of the best health blog posts on the Internet. Each week a different blogger takes turns hosting – me this time around – and summarizes the submissions of the week.
As a music lover, I thought I’d give Grand Rounds a vintage vinyl feel. So please make sure your phonographs are ready to go.
Enjoy the read of the summary and check out what seems interesting
From my funny colleagues over at ZDoggMD, slightly funnier than placebo. Talented guys, find their songs improving very fast. Be sure to vote for them on Medgadget vote’s for Best New Medical Weblog of 2010
How do you experience, perceive your blogging? This is a different question from why do you blog, or your motivation for blogging. This question is more about your blogging style. Well they have an questionnaire for that and it’s recently validated.
A total of 182 bloggers (87 males, 95 females; age range 18–64 years) recruited from MySpace.com participated in the study. So I’m not in it.
And this is what they found: 4 styles to choose from:
- The Therapeutic Blogging style is a style that is open and expressive, focused on affective exchange and symptom relief, and more directed to the concerns of the blogger than the blog readers.
- The Connected Blogging style. This blogging style uses blogs to connect and communicate with others rather than solve emotional problems. Their highly interactive blogs appear to enhance friendship networks in a range of ways.
- The Self-Censoring style is focused on substantial positive identity construction. These bloggers use their blog for self-management and they use self-censorship and self-presentation strategies when authoring their blogs.
- The Substitution Blogging style is a style in which the blogger focuses on feedback from others and readership appears to be successful. These bloggers usually have a higher number subscribers and comments from their readership. They have a a strong focus on interaction with others through the blog.
The articles also goes into possible motivations for these blogging styles but that seems to be premature to me. It’s probably also possible that you could fit into more than one category of blogging style. Your blogging style could also change over time. Another recognizable finding in this study was:
In the current research, females were more likely to use a therapeutic style of blogging, and males more likely to be selfcensoring or substitution-style bloggers. While some research has suggested that sex has little effect on the content of blogs, other studies show women to be more focused on writing about personal life and socialising than men, including greater use of emoticons and diary-type blogs.
This scale might be useful to be used individually or in combination to assess the different ways in which bloggers may experience their blogs.
What do you think, what is your blogging style?
Baker, J., & Moore, S. (2010). Creation and Validation of the Personal Blogging Style Scale Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking DOI: 10.1089/cyber.2010.0130
These 5 things are:
- Always double check
- Follow and respect guidelines (evidence based medicine vs. eminence based medicine)
- Training, training, training
- Do what you can do best and ask others for the rest
- Respect your collegues
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The Thanksgiving 2010 edition of Grand Rounds is up at Amanda Brown’s facebook page.
The theme is gratitude. It’s probably the first time the Grand Round is on a Facebook page. So go over to Amanda Brown for an excellent read and selection of posts from Medblogs.
At this time of year, I always stop and think about what I’m thankful for, and this year I’d say the medical blogging community is definitely on my list.
When I started blogging I used Google Notebook a lot. Whenever coming across an interesting website, blogpost, video, with just one click it was saved into Google Notebook. Used it for blogging but also for the other aspects of my live such as work, science and education. Unfortunately Google decided to stop the development of Google Notebook. They’re starting something new, a Chrome extension for Web Clipboard, but to late and to buggy for my taste to even try it.
Moreover, my work flow has changed a lot since than and I am not switching again. Started using Evernote first for clipping web content. But soon “Read It Later” appeared, a very fast and easy to use bookmarklet supported in many browsers to collect website or selections of websites. Besides the support of all different kinds of browsers you can also use it on your mobile smart phone.
In the mean while Evernote got cluttered with a lot of notebooks and tags. Recently decluttered evernote. Got rid of all my notebooks except for Inbox, Archive and Pending. I did put all notes in Pending before getting rid of all the notebooks. Also got rid of all the tags and started using Evernote as the extension of “Read It Later” in my work flow. But first if I’ve some spare time I work through the Pending note book and either delete or tag the items. Keeping notebooks as few as possible. One notebook for a specific area of my live such as blogging. Instead of many notebooks I mostly use tags and subtags. This procedure to declutter Evernote is from the New Evernote Book: Evernote Essentials.
So whenever I come across something interesting on the web for which I’ve not enough time to read I place it in “Read It Later”. When reading these clips and deciding it’s interesting enough to keep for a blog post or future reference I will put it in Evernote.
All settled with an efficient work flow wit both, not only for blogging. Other options for your workflow can be found in Evernote’s Trunk. Curious for your work flow, let me know in the comments.
Why does someone write a personal blog and not simply use the Internet for taking in media content? Personal blogs are composed of shorter posts concerning the blogger’s life in contrast to filter blog. Filter blogs are devoted to external information, such as politics or news and are far better researched than personal blogs.
From recent research the following motives in order of importance were discovered for personal blogging:
- motivate, help, and encourage others by sharing information, as well as to communicate their knowledge and skills
- to share information with and communicate with friends and family members with whom they may not talk on a regular basis. Participants who blogged for this motive also maintained blogs to send messages to many people at once, rather than one at a time
- to pass time, to occupy time
- some people blog for attention, to gain fame, and because they think people like to read things about them
- blogging to record thoughts and feelings for further reflection, to organize thoughts and feelings, and to read what was written in previous posts
- out of professionalism, to help get a job, to put their resume on the Web, and because they were required to for a job or school
- feedback, to get advice and more points of view from others, as well as to get feedback from others who have had similar experiences.
What’s your reason for blogging? Mine is mostly the first motive of this is list.
Hollenbaugh, E. (2010). Motives for Maintaining Personal Journal Blogs Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking DOI: 10.1089/cyber.2009.0403