How To Keep An Open Mind Regarding Health Blogging

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Blah, blah, blah. Blog, blog, blog. Even before your first cup of coffee in the morning, you’ve already been inundated with yet another “5 best ways to lose cellulite” or “How to deal with stress at work” health blogs. While wading through the deluge of health blogs sporting overly cheerful and fit stock photos of men and women, your under-caffeinated brain may be questioning the validity of these tips or even the sanity of those publishing them. You may also be wondering why you are reading these posts in the first place and better yet, why it is so hard to look away. If you find yourself in this boat, know you are not alone. With my complete and utter lack of experience with health blogs accompanied with my flip phone from the cretaceous period and my social media pages still in their infancy, I am certainly not the reigning expert on such topics. However, over the last week I’ve been doing some searching, health blog searching that is (although soul searching may be in order).

 

What I’ve found is that health blogging is an excellent resource for new and innovative ideas to everyday health problems. Here Comes Everybody highlights the intricacies of today’s social networking and group dynamics and brings to light the vast possibilities of mass amateurization of blogging and photo sharing that are rapidly changing how news is disseminated. Social Media For Social Good notes that “social media is driven by fresh content.” Well that is exactly what health blogs bring to the table, and in LARGE quantities.

 

So here are my top 5 ways on how to keep an open mind regarding health blogging:

#1. Search for a topic that interests you. Say you enjoy jogging in the morning, but are afraid of going alone in your neighborhood. Try “10 ways to stay safe on early morning runs.” The easy to follow lists found in health blogs accompanied with useful tips, flowery language, pertinent visuals, and hyperlinks to additional resources to continue your search all make these blogs excellent and fun tools to expand your knowledge.

 

#2. Take the good with the bad. Not all blogs are going to be Pulitzer Prize winning pieces (in fact that is what makes blogging so unique). However, for all the shortcomings of blogging such as typos, egotistical rants, etc., you are bound to learn something new and to hear perspectives from every angle imaginable.

 

#3. Compare blogs with mainstream news articles. You’ll find that oftentimes information cited in blogs are just as credible as your favorite newspaper. Also check out the name of the author. You’ll be surprised to find health bloggers to be the very same individuals that write those “ever so eloquent pieces” in the New York Times that you love so much.

 

#4. Trendy is not bad. I know it is tempting to shy away from a trendy topic, especially if it is yet another blog about the newest fad diet. However, even if you don’t buy into the trend, keeping up to date with such topics will keep you abreast of the rapidly changing/growing health community and may even serve as useful cocktail hour small talk.

 

#5. See One, Do One, Teach One. Experiential education has great power, as medical schools will often teach you. So you’ve found some intriguing posts and may have even implemented some of their tips into your everyday life. So why not give back to the blogging community? Take a stab at health blogging. I promise it will be less messy than it sounds.

 

 

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8 thoughts on “How To Keep An Open Mind Regarding Health Blogging

  1. Taylor, this is awesome. Great job, I think that you may have a secret career as a blogger …..I really liked how you started the first sentence with a hook. Bla Bla Bla–you aren’t used to seeing that and it really drew me in. In addition, you had great references to the course material, as well as some humor which kept me laughing through the blog.

    • Agreed, you have a true knack for this blogging thing Taylor. Great writing style, easy to follow and I of course loved the ‘see one, do one, teach one’ philosophy as thats a resounding mantra throughout medical education but it’s truly applicable ( as you well demonstrated ) in any venue.

  2. This was a very interesting and succinct blog! I think it was catchy and definitely something that the average joe would be interested in reading from the picture and the beginning line!

  3. I emphatically agree with “taking the good with the bad”. It is so easy to judge a post until you find people judging yours. Embracing the fact that nobody is perfect and everybody has something, whether big or small, to bring to the table is a huge step in utilizing blogging.

  4. Great post! Your tone is spot on–it is conversational without losing credibility, funny and feels authentic. Totally engaging through the end. I also liked how you kept the format super simple–it did not feel overwhelming to look at.

  5. Nice job Taylor. The tone of your writing fit the medium perfectly. The opening image was quite striking and definitely drew me in.

  6. I know it’s often easy for me to pooh-pooh the latest topic as a me-too blogging opportunity, but you’re right, just because it’s trendy doesn’t mean it’s not something we should talk about. And there’s a lot of bad public health messaging on trendy topics to be drowned out with better information. I think putting that together with #3 (“compare with mainstream news articles”) is a good way to be both timely and honest. Nice job.

  7. I appreciate all your warm comments. Thank you. I’m looking forward to checking out each of your blogs too.

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