Respectful Insolence

Another one bites the dust for a while?

Hot on the heals of the loss of Flea and other medical bloggers, Dr. Hébert announces without explanation other than that “I’ve had enough” and “I’ll be gone for a little while.”

Cryptic indeed.

I can understand why someone might quit blogging or take a hiatus. However, if I were ever to decide to do either, I’d at least give you an explanation.

Comments

  1. #1 TheProbe
    May 25, 2007

    Harassment? With some of his opinions, etc. he seems like a likely target for the rightwingnuts.

  2. #2 ej
    May 25, 2007

    Blogs start, blogs stop. If you decide to quit someday it would be nice to let your readers know why, as a courtesy. Fafblog readers still check periodically but hope is waning.

    ej

  3. #3 Sid Schwab
    May 25, 2007

    In the past couple of weeks there’s been a lot of hand-wringing over the issue of medblogs: are they doomed? Is anonymity good or bad? Do lawyers lurk to find cases to pursue, either med/mal or HIPIAA (or whatever the proper acronym is)? I think it’s all and none of the above: I doubt there are pervasive reasons for shut-down. Each has his/her own reasons. It does take on a life of its own, this blogging thing. Speaking for myself, I sometimes pay too much attention to how many visits, from where, etc; and I feel pressure to perform. In my case, if I were to shut down, I think it’ll be because I’ve run out of things to say. Nothing more.

  4. #4 Ben
    May 25, 2007

    Neonatal Doc has a relatively thorough, yet freaky, explanation on his (hers?). It’s too bad.

  5. #5 Ahistoricality
    May 25, 2007

    It’s nice to get an explanation, but not always possible, particularly when anonymity and confidentiality are issues.

    Deleting blogs, though, that’s a crime against the internet, unless there’s a really good reason. (also, if you’re not careful, pornographers and other spammers will reclaim your blog name and repost enough of your content to catch the search engines….)

  6. #6 N=1
    May 26, 2007

    To that end, and because there isn’t really a nexus for them, I created a web ring for progressive healthcare bloggers. Members agree to display a blog code of ethics or code of conduct that is accessible to visitors. Rob, at his Musings of a Distractible Mind blog, posted a series about the purpose and some iterations of them.

    Shoot me an email if you have questions. Thanks-