I’m going to take a break – probably for the rest of the week. Grandma WhiteCoat is having unexpected surgery and needs our family support. I have several ideas that I just have to expand upon, so I may toss up a short post, but don’t expect much. If you want to do a guest post – now would be a good time. Just send your post to firstname.lastname@example.org.
While I’m gone, I would appreciate some feedback about a few things, though.
Is the new blog interface better or worse than the previous one? I like a minimalist approach and would like to know what you all think. Anything you would add or delete?
Also, just looking for what people like/don’t like in content on the blog. I admit things have gotten a little political lately, but only because of the events dominating the news now. Don’t think that describing whether my lawn has dandelions yet would be very interesting for anyone.
What should we have more or less of? News commentary? Patient stories? Medical studies/commentary? Case presentations? Contests? Is the Healthcare Update a good or bad thing? Rather see individual posts for the links in the Update or all grouped together in a weekly post as we have it now? Are there other things relating to emergency medicine that you think I should be including that I’m not? Product reviews? Are the star ratings a good or bad thing? Do they dissuade people from making comments?
It would help me make this blog better if you could give me an idea of what I’m doing right and what I could improve upon.
One last thing -
One of the things that keeps me motivated to write is the discussion that is generated. The topics presented are controversial and I don’t expect everyone to agree with me or to agree with anyone else who comments. I want this blog to be a forum where we can air our views.
Over the past several weeks, I have noticed that people have become upset and have made personal attacks toward others. We have to stay civil. I have no problem with others attacking someone’s ideas. Just don’t make the attacks personal. “That idea is ridiculous, here’s why …” is fine because it leads to further discussion about the views. “You’re a [insert pejorative term here]” or “That’s why I hate [insert class/ethnic background/political party/profession here]” aren’t OK because all they do is start flame wars. You are an intelligent and insightful bunch. Please keep things civil.
Happy Easter to everyone if I’m not back by then. Enjoy time with your family.
P.S. I took the picture above at a pier in San Francisco. Afterwards, I sat down and talked to the fisherman for a while. Interesting guy.