It's been ten years since I started blogging, first here, then here. Now I'm blogging at the book site too, in parallel.
As the Hebrew poet Y.L. Gordon asked, "Le-mi ani ameil?" Who am I laboring for? As a doctor, the answer is clear: I have a patient I am trying to help. As a researcher, there is a community of peers I am trying to satisfy (and a hoped-for public that the research benefits).
For the writer, whether creative or expository, the answer is less clear. Sometimes there is no other reader, and that's okay. Sometimes the blog is a diary. Thoughts sound different when let out in the open air than when kept inside the head. I can be a writer and reader at the same time. This might help me develop thoughts which are useful to others, or can be expressed in longer form with greater attention to satisfying a certain public.
Talking To Your Doctor has been out for six months, and there is still a steady trickle of purchases. I am grateful for that. But it's time to move on to the next book. That means less frequent posts - perhaps a decrease here and there in the level of polish and rationality. Maybe some more experimentation as I try and flesh out some thoughts.
Happy New Year to all, and I look forward to providing more details about this coming project as it finds form.