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Readership Changes

Lately, whenever I pay attention to my blog stats, I’ve been noticing an interesting trend.  While the average number of visitors and views has remained relatively constant, I have noticed that there is an ever-increasing percentage of visitors who are Canadian(!)  This is quite exciting for me, being a Canadian and all… I suspect that most of the American visitors are some of my old and faithful regulars, as many of you comment fairly regularly and I know (about) where you live.   I’m sure there are a few new non-Canadian readers out there too!

I have to say, I am interested in knowing a little more about those of you who are reading my blog!  Even if you never comment, please consider leaving me a comment this time – anonymous or not – and let me know where you’re reading from, if you have a blog of your own, and maybe even something interesting about yourself!  I know you’re out there, readers, and I love you for it!  Part of my love of blogging is knowing that there are people out there who enjoy reading what I write!

Please, indulge me – every one of you – and give me some excitement!

7 thoughts on “Readership Changes

  1. I suspect most of your new readership over the past while is due to the fact that all of the nurses you work with, as well as all of your co-residents, as well as many of your attending staff, read this blog. That includes the posts last year about how staff don’t value teaching, and your recent posts, sarcastic or not, about how un-collegial your resident colleagues are. A suggestion: if you’re going to continue blogging, I’d leave your work ‘issues’ and discontent out of it, since nothing written on the internet is private, and you’ve probably already done damage to your reputation amongst your nursing and physician colleagues.

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  2. Interesting comment from anonymous, and thinking about the value of having a safe space to share, how anonymity can allow for both heightened vulnerability and increased insensitivity, and what it means to be a professional vs personal blogger. The challenge is navigating the overlap of professional and personal identities–since we are both public and private people. I read from Chicago, and appreciate the emotional honesty of cranky giraffe exploring familiar tensions of the medical world. Even this new question of being read critically by professional colleagues is a commonly shared tension. What do we choose to share? With whom? How?

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  3. You’re a smart Giraffe, so I know you already know what anonymous said, though not in the same tone. Work vents are allowed in the world; it would be different if you were breaking patient confidentiality…which you aren’t.

    Some of it just happens with time and gaining readership, so congrats on that!

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  4. Vent in peace in private. A blog on the Internet is not private. Why not also put it on your Facebook account? That’s private too, no? If you’re going to criticize the program and people you work with on a blog, do so at your own risk.

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  5. I adore you and your blog. In some ways I have nothing in common with you (I’m not a doctor), but in other ways I feel like I relate so much to you (having a dear friend turn away, wanting a third child, navigating through life’s complexities, etc. etc.). I read from the great state of Texas, although I’m not Texan.

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