On day 19/21 (yesterday), I somehow forgot to write a blog post. I spent my day finishing off Barbara Kingsolver's "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle", after which I rushed to get takeout shawarma and pick up my girlfriend from work in time to go to an outdoor movie in a local park. Amidst all the fun, I forgot entirely about blogging.
Now that the 21 days of consecutive blogging are almost finished, I'm forced to address the question of "What next?". On the upside, over the past few weeks I've felt much more engaged with the blog, and I've found myself drafting posts in my head while doing dishes and other tedious activities. I've also written a few posts that I've been happy with, including parts one and two of my thoughts on money, as well as my post about so-called road bump opiates. On the downside, it's been difficult some days to find the time to blog, and I've often found myself crawling out of bed after 11 PM to whip off a quick (and often uninspired) post. Some of my worst posts ever have resulted from this forced writing.
I may keep up with the daily blogging for a while just to see where it goes, or I may revert to blogging less frequently. While the ideal blogging frequency is probably less than daily, I worry that if I lose the regular habit I may stop doing it at all. Which would be a loss for me - I love the record of my thoughts and activities, the feedback from commenters (even if I don't always find the time to respond), and the sense that I'm perhaps sharing something that will be useful to the next generation of medical students/residents.
I guess we'll see. If you're a blogger, how do you balance regular blogging with all the other things going on in your life? For everyone - what would you like to see from this blog as I start life as an attending?