Still on the subject of passion, a while ago two church mates who wanted to climb Mount Kinabalu asked me about what to bring and how to prepare for the climb. Instead of detailing everything on the phone (in Australia, the telcos start charging you for calls even before you decide to make a call!!!), I asked him to look up the details on my blog instead (I’ve climbed Kinabalu twice and have written about both climbs in detail).
“You have a blog?!!!”, exclaimed my friend.
“Cool!”, he added.
“I don’t know any doctors who blog!”, he gushed.
I was about to say: “Lots of doctors blog!” but found myself holding back.
I guess it would be more correct to say: “A lot of doctors used to blog”, at least in my opinion, anyways.
It’s true. Most of the medical people I know who used to blog don’t anymore. Quite a few of the links on my blog are deader than a stone cold cadaver. (Memo to self: Must spring clean some of these links one day). Those who still do, now do so inconsistently these days.
Truth is, blogging has become passe. Most people have migrated over to micro-blogging, preferring to express in sound bites with 140 letters or less, on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. I, myself, have jumped on the bandwagon quite a while ago, although I prefer Facebook over Twitter. Through Facebook I managed to get back in contact with some friends whom I have not met for more than 2 decades! Most readers who stop by my blog prefer to leave comments on my Facebook profile rather than here. The number of blogs that linked to my blog have fallen drastically over the last 2 years.
There was a time when I thought of giving up on this blog. When I first started about blogging 5 years ago, it was during the stressful time of postgraduate exam. The blog kept me sane. Later the blog became an avenue to teach undergraduate medicine using interesting cases or radiography. Being a physician allows me a wealth of blog worthy stories to tell. There was a time I was gratified to get more ‘hits’ than other fellow bloggers. There was also a time I was happy when my blog was on the Top Ten Medical Blogs in Malaysia or being nominated as a ‘Thinking Blog”.
Yeah, those were the days of ‘syiok sendiri’ (Malay for incurable narcissism!).
I decided to continue blogging because I recognise that my blog is a reflection of my life in many ways. I don’t (really) care about the number of hits/day anymore. I don’t care about how many people leave comments on my blog posts anymore (although I do enjoy receiving comments).
This blog is a chronicle of my life’s journey in ‘following my Father’s footsteps’ (although a lot of times, sadly I was going nowhere but such is the Father’s love that He would always lead me back to the right path). And perhaps the more importantly, it is a sort of legacy for my children, so that one day, when I have gone home, they could follow my life on this blog and per chance they may find something good for them to, in turn, follow their father’s footsteps.