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End of an Era

This will be my last blog post as a giraffe.

That may likely have been the saddest sentence I have written as a blogger.

After making my blog private over the weekend, I was shocked and dismayed the learn that someone accessed my blog, took screen shots of the post where I expressed my suspicions about who might have been involved in comments, and then anonymously sent those pictures to the residents whom I suspected (they contacted me and we talked and sorted it all out now). I still have not decided/figured out if that person is one of the few people to whom I have given access to the blog, if someone “hacked” into my private site, or if there was just a horribly unfortunate WordPress breach of privacy which let someone have access who shouldn’t have. Unfortunately, I probably have to go under the assumption that it was someone who is still accessing this blog. Considering I invited or authorized everyone here, I assumed I had a good understanding of who my longtime readers were and who I could trust.

I’ve spent the last few days thinking about how I want to proceed. I got advice from our learner advocacy office and discussed options which included: 1. Running my blog and its contents past the CMPA to confirm that I’m not “legally” doing anything wrong and then re-open my blog and continue blogging semi-anonymously, 2. Keeping my blog private and blogging amongst a few select readers,  3. Take down this blog, create a new blogging identity, and start all over again, or 4. Quit blogging all together and switch to private journaling.

After a long internal debate, I decided that I love blogging too much to just give it up. I also decided that despite my efforts to be authentic and vulnerable, it’s maybe not the best idea to be honest and vulnerable amongst the same people who write my evaluations and determine my success in residency. Finally, my uncertainty surrounding the breach of privacy that took place after making my blog private has given me some “trust issues.”

Given all those thoughts, I think the best thing to do is to start over. I am so sad to say goodbye to my graffe blog. I will miss what I have built up and established over the last 3.5 years, and I will miss my followers, most of whom aren’t even going to read this post. So, in the coming days or weeks, I will be developing a new blog and a new blogging identity.

If you are someone who has been following my blog for some time and would like to be notified of my new blog, I am open to sharing the information with you privately. Please email me at crankygiraffe7[@]gmail[.]com, either from your blog address or your private  email address and I can let you know when it’s up and running.

Thank-you all for your continued support. I hope to “see” you around.

3 thoughts on “End of an Era

  1. I was devastated when I read this, but relieved when I saw your email address. I can’t understand the behaviour of these few troublesome people you work with, but really look forward to you finding peace and a place for yourself in a new blog.
    I admire your authenticity and willingness to show your human side, but unfortunately, some people live in fear of truth, and I daresay they’re likely the ones who will take advantage of your blog and use it against you. This is especially damaging in the workplace.
    All I can say is that I pity those future doctor’s patients.
    Take care of yourself.


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