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Two interviews

Recently I gave two interviews regarding my scientific research of medical blogs and the Health Blogs Observatory.

The first one was conducted by Ed Silverman, a prize-winning journalist who used to maintain the extremely popular Pharmalot blog. He now contributes to the Association of Health Care Journalists blog, where the actual interview was published.

The second one was conduced by Norina Wendy Di Blasio, a member of the editorial staff of Il Pensiero Scientifico Editore, an Italian publisher established in 1946.Among books and journals, this Company publishes a weekly newsletter sent to 11 thousands Italian doctors. Currently they are publishing a series of interviews on Health 2.0. My interview was eventually published in both Italian and English.

Hope you will read the interviews and consider joining our team in conducting scientific research of the medical blogosphere at the Health Blogs Observatory.

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Kill Your Blog

tweetAt least this is what Paul Boutin suggests you do. He is a blogger himself, writing for the Valleywag blog, and for The New York Times, and for The Wall Street Journal, and for Slate, and for Wired magazine. And in the latest issue of Wired magazine he wrote a provocative and interesting article about why you need to stop blogging.

“It’s almost impossible to get noticed, except by hecklers. And why bother? The time it takes to craft sharp, witty blog prose is better spent expressing yourself on Flickr, Facebook, or Twitter.” – writes Boutin and adds, “That said, your blog will still draw the Net’s lowest form of life: The insult commenter.”

He thinks Twitter is the way to go these days and finishes off with a tweet – @WiredReader: Kill yr blog. 2004 over. Google won’t find you. Too much cruft from HuffPo, NYT. Commenters are tards. C u on Facebook?

Photo: Todd Tankersley

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Growing Number of Scientific Papers About Blogs

Number of articles about blogs published in journals indexed in Medline is constantly growing. The first article was published back in 2003, but in 2008 was a substantial step forward. Are blogs becoming a hot topic among medical researchers? Take a look at the chart >

chart blog articles

These 46 articles were written by 85 authors from 20 different countries and published in 41 journals. Eighteen articles come from US and the rest are scattered all over the world.

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