Some ways in which Microblogging is to Blogging as Emergency Medicine is to Pediatric Oncology: short note about next post

The next post is a little different!  Here is why plus a little of my background.

[If you are not interested in why this next post is a little different, you can go directly to it.  The post is based on my thoughts on an article that has been of recent interest on twitter.  It is about doctor patient shared decision making.  To skip directly there, go here: http://chemotherapycheerleader.com/?p=195

As I try to broaden my social media skills, I am reminded that my manner of communicating is not short and sweet.   My blog post titles are too long which means they are not optimized for search engines.   I almost feel sorry for the person googling for cranberry sauce and instead of a recipe come across my essay on letting go of the guilt associated with a cancer diagnosis.  I guess when any of us starts a new project it is important to identify weaknesses and strengths.   I concede that I will never be a great twitter “microblogger”.  Therefore I know when I want to chime in on twitter I will have to use my blog to provide my commentary.

My blogging style is not that different from my doctoring style.  Over a decade ago when well child visits were part of my residency, they took me about an hour as I would discuss things such as discipline and perform developmental testing.  My weaknesses on twitter are the same reasons I never pursued emergency medicine; in both you have to be brief and rapidly respond.   In contrary, my interest in exploring issues on this blog matches why I was drawn to pediatric oncology.  In pediatric oncology it is common amongst practitioners to spend an hour or more with a family to do medical teaching to families those new to cancer therapy.   There are many medical decisions in oncology where we are have time to think about the family and the patient as a whole before acting.  I like allowing thoughts to simmer.  This style of communication that I thrive in is likely why the majority of my practice before my illness was inpatient bone marrow transplantation.  In this field a low census of highly complicated patients is the norm and we talk to our patients and their families several times in a day.

This blog will stay focused on essays on subjects that are of interest to patients, caregivers and healthcare workers.  I have a list of about 30 topics that I know that I want to eventually cover, but I do not want to always write in the vacuum of my mind.  I want to be able to also connect to issues of interest and ideas that are current in the blogosphere to keep me interested and also to help the long term success of this site.  My idea is to use such posts to tease out issues being talked about, so that together we can explore many cancer related issues.   These posts too may vary in their intended audience but hopefully I will strive to discuss in a way that they can have broad appeal.  Thank you for your willingness to take this expedition with me.

To read main post (on patient doctor decision making) for today go to link: http://chemotherapycheerleader.com/?p=195

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