Tuesday, June 24, 2014

To blog or not to blog?

I confess that it's been awhile since I posted here.
I confess that this has happened before.
Should I throw in the towel? End the blog? Force myself to crank out posts?

I feel like I still have a lot to say, and I'm trying to figure out why I haven't been here much lately. True, my work with American Family Physician is taking up the time I used to spend on this blog. True, I am in the middle of yet another job transition. True, most days I'm just running on autopilot, ticking the boxes of responsibilities, waiting for my life to fall back into some semblance of normalcy.

I should know better by now! As much as I long for stability, I am coming to grips with the fact that these are not givens in academic medicine. Virtually all of the classmates I trained with have gone through at least one (if not two or three) job transitions in the last five years. Medicine is trying to reinvent itself, and we are all trying to figure out what role we want to play.

And yet, again, I am not comfortable divulging all of the gory details regarding my latest career upheaval. I wish, sometimes, that I was as brave as those medical bloggers who share so much of their personal life. Alas, I am not and will not be them. I don't want this blog to die, yet I don't know how to keep it alive when I am unwilling to share the stories that are consuming me right now.

I know that there are many medical bloggers who are busier than I am and make time for their blogs. It is true that I am not prioritizing this blog as I once did. I'd like to believe that I will again in the future, but will anyone still be around to read it when I do?

Do I put the blog on life support or hospice?