Some thoughts on medical blogging vs. Twitter

These are some thoughts on medical blogging from my Twitter stream:

  • If you are a medical blogger, don't abandon your blog for Twitter. Look at Scoble for an example.

  • If you are a prolific Twitterer (somebody who posts a lot on Twitter and/or has many followers), consider starting a blog.

  • Start a blog plus Twitter - just a piece of advice from somebody who has had a medical blog for 4 years.

  • Twitter "brings business" to the blog. Visitor numbers went up and I often get comments on Twitter rather than on the blog.

  • Twitter brings new ideas, and the blog generally feels "fresher" and more in the flow of things (it could be temporary).

  • Nobody enjoys blogging all the time. There are ups & downs like everything in life. Blogging due to external stimuli (comments, newspaper coverage) always stops.

  • Medical blogger rule #1: write for your own CME and create an educational portfolio = best road to blog longevity.

  • Some people don't like too many posts, others don't like too few. Post what you think is useful, what you want to read.

  • Most good medical bloggers are very supportive and encouraging. Always ask for advice when you need it.

  • Twitter is easy but doesn't "last" - apart from the embarrassing posts, of course.

  • Many people don't feel like writing a blog - so many great/funny/silly ideas would have gone unpublished if it weren't for Twitter.

  • Social media is (still) a matter of personal preference. You cannot "make" doctors blog unless they want to.

  • In a way, Google itself is a social bookmarking tool too - you vote by linking from your website.

  • There will not be Twitter (in its current form) in 2-5 years, it's so rudimentary.

  • I could be wrong but I just don't think Twitter popularity & hype will last very long. That's why I re-post the valuable bits on my blog.

  • FriendFeed is a better platform but the "crowd" is on Twitter.

  • For companies, resistance to social media is futile: Debunking 6 Social Media Myths

Here is how to facilitate the Rise of the ePhysican who works hand in hand with the ePatient:

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Assistant professor uses Twitter to teach students dental anatomy at Ohio State University - 113 of 200 students signed up, 56%


  1. Really enjoyed this post. I'm in the business of simplifying blogging via online talk radio so I meet people everyday that don't understand the value. I think with Twitter you can build relationships quickly and with a blog you can establish yourself as the "expert" in your field. Great comments. I'd like to talk to you about this further. jennifer szunko at

  2. Mentioned your post on my blog - thanks!

  3. Thanks for this post! It is a very good explanation of some of the plusses and minuses of blogs vs twitter.

    I have a hard time explaining Twitter to people who don't regularly use the internet, so this helps!

    Keep up the great work! I really enjoy your blog...and one of these days I just might follow you on Twitter!

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