"And it occurred to me that there is no such thing as blogging. There is no such thing as a blogger. Blogging is just writing — writing using a particularly efficient type of publishing technology."Simon Dumenco
If you only read the first two sentences of this quote, it sounds kinda Zen.
I just took a peek into my Gmail account a few minutes ago (which I am known to do twice or thrice a year) and saw an interesting e-mail in my inbox, nestled awkwardly amongst all the garbage I receive on a daily basis from every website I have ever registered in.
It was from a Todd L who may or may not be the same Todd L who has been sending me Viagra, penile enlargement drugs/devices and underage pornography spam all these long, weird years in which I've apparently been battling erectile dysfunction, struggling with small penis syndrome and wrestling with my inner paedophiliac demons - all at the same time. This time, Todd L appears to have abandoned his sinister cabal of internet spammers and came to me with a message from the Medical Insurance blog. Here is the aforementioned e-mail,
I just wanted to let you know that we featured your web site in our latest article entitled: "42 Medical Blogs Written Entirely by Med Students".
You can see it here: http://www.medicalinsurance.org/42-medical-blogs-written-entirely-by-med-students/
Feel free to let your readers know about the mention, we'd greatly appreciate a link back!
Also, we'll be promoting the article on twitter today as well as a number of other social media sites in order to drive traffic to it. Any support is appreciated.
The link he provided whisked me off to this post,
It took me a few good moments for me to spot my own blog on the list because they have
Malaysian Med Student: This blog is maintained by a med student from Malaysia.
Haha, "maintained". It's like I'm a janitor who occasionally sweeps the place and takes out the trash or something.
On a much more serious note, I don't think I should be on that list at all. k0k bL0k is in no way, in any stretch of the imagination, in this life or the next, a medical blog. I am a blogger and an aspiring writer who just happens to be a medical student; an unfortunate circumstance which I feel is far too late in the game to rectify, what with me a final year prentice physician now. More pertinently, I also actively avoid writing about my grueling, purgatorial medical school experiences as much as possible because I "maintain" this blog as an escape from it - and because writing about med school is what pretty much every blogging medical student out there on the interblag does. I refuse to allow medical academia to consume whatever precious little free time it left me with.
I am a man of many passions. I am a wannabe author, a geek, a bibliobibulus, a cinephile, a foodie, a travel junkie, an animal lover, an environmentalist, a science advocate, a human rights and free speech activist, an outspoken atheist, and an armchair philosopher - in no particular order. I am an epicurean hedonist, a person in a deep, drunken love affair with Life and her Pleasures. I am all of the above first and a med school student last.
Still, I can't say I did not get a kick out of the mention in that Medical Insurance post. Never have I imagined that anyone who's building a multinational list of half a hundred examples of a blogging niche would consider my crummy little online journal to be worth an include. And it sounds like I'm representing the entire population of Malaysian medical students in it.
So get down on your knees and worship me, medicos. 'Tis I, your king in repose.
Executive editor of this blog,
k0k s3n w4i