Out of Blogging Ideas? Use Twitter!

Twitter is a microblogging service where people answer the question "What are you doing?" via 140-character messages from their cellphone, laptop or desktop.

Twitter works well for creating a searchable, "no login required" archive of notes. As a bonus, you can use it later for blogging ideas.

In 2006, Dr. RW was wondering: "What'’s happening to the medical blogosphere? Here are some casual observations. Two of our more prolific med bloggers have called it quits (Medpundit and, more recently, Shrinkette). Two of our pioneers (Jacob Reider and Chris Rangel) are posting less frequently over the past year or so, and many of the links on Medlogs are either dead or have been inactive for months..."

Medical bloggers definitely have something to blog about, unlike the guy in the cartoon here. Many of them just do not have time.

See some Twitter ideas below:

Ves Dimov, M.D.
AllergyNotes Subscribed to @blogborygmi - rarely blogging anymore but still Twitting. This is becoming typical nowadays.

Ves Dimov, M.D.
AllergyNotes I have at least 4-5 blogging ideas for next week from Twitter. This is working unexpectedly well. I never expected to find Twitter useful...

scanman @AllergyNotes I get almost all my non-radiology-case-related blog ideas from twitter nowadays.

Ves Dimov, M.D.
AllergyNotes Many people who don't blog anymore are now very active on Twitter. It is less demanding and more instantaneous.

Keep on Blogging...
How much time do you spend blogging?
Another blogger quits due to "blog fatigue"
Medpundit Stops Blogging. She Started in March 2002
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Here is how to facilitate the Rise of the ePhysican who works hand in hand with the ePatient:

Related reading:

19 Reasons You Should Blog And Not Just Tweet. The Future Buzz, 2009.


  1. I'm relatively new to both blogging and Twitter and am amazed by the power of both to keep me better up to date. I appreciate your suggestions on blogging and use of Twitter. What are your thoughts about best days/times to tweet posts in order to start to gain more traffic to your blog and get more feedback from colleagues? I've read different things.

    Thanks! -Heidi (pediatrician)

  2. The best time to post tweets is after 3 pm. You have to spread them during the day. I use Bufferapp.

    I hope this helps. Thank you for commenting.