I’ve Been Avoiding Writing This Post..

I don’t know what to call this post.  “The post I don’t want to write” “The post I’ve been putting off for 2 1/2 weeks ” “The post I don’t know how to write”.

I have a confession to make:  I was planning to stop blogging as soon as I matched into residency.

I’ve loved every minute of this blog, but lately I’ve felt rather disenchanted with blogging.  I just don’t feel like I have anything exciting to write about.  I don’t really want to just post about my food and my workouts; it’s not fulfilling to me.

I definitely don’t intend to blog during residency.  I want to focus 100% on learning everything I can for those 4 years.

These next few months before graduation are going to be such a weird time for me.  I don’t really have any strenuous rotations left, but I know I will be crazy busy finding a home in Minnesota, selling my house here, planning my wedding, packing up my life into boxes, and wrapping up all my med school stuff.

So where does the blog fit in?  I thought it would be easy to quit blogging.  I thought I would just stop and that would be it.  But for the past week, I’ve caught myself thinking daily, “that would be a great thing to blog about!” or “I should blog about this!”

A Doctor In The House has become such an enormous part of my life- and I didn’t even realize it!  Even though I only blogged for an hour each day, I spent much more time taking photos of my day, thinking about what to write, reading other blogs, participating in blogging campaigns, and answering emails.  It’s crazy how many emails we get as bloggers!

I really hate the thought of stepping away from all the friends I’ve made blogging.  I love this community and I love interacting with people.  I can’t tell you how much each little comment on a post means to me; it’s what makes blogging so fun.

I just don’t know what to do.

I don’t feel super motivated to blog every day like I have in the past.  But I also don’t feel 100% ready to stop.  And I don’t want to (pardon my language) half-ass anything.  I don’t want to just blog “every now and then”.  I don’t know.

I’m so sorry for this mess of a post.  I welcome any and all advice.

In the mean time, in true blogger form, I guess I should update you all on life this month!

I’ve been working in the lab doing research this month and it’s been wonderful!  I haven’t had a 9-5 type schedule in months, so it’s nice to have some structure back into my days.  I’m doing a project on retinoblastoma, mostly focusing on imaging tumor growth.  It’s pretty sweet.  I’m also really enjoying not having to dress up as much as I do for the clinic.

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This past year I helped start an eye clinic for low-income Indianapolis residents.  We had a vision clinic this weekend and it was a huge success.  So many people volunteered to work at the eye clinic- I was thrilled!

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Here’s a photo we took of a patient’s eye.  The camera we use can take photos of the retina without dilating the patient’e eye, which is amazing.

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And that’s about it.  So sorry for this weird post.  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

:-)

17 thoughts on “I’ve Been Avoiding Writing This Post..

  1. Hi Andrea!

    What I think is, if you find yourself wanting to blog about things, then you shouldn’t restrain yourself from doing so! If it’s something that still brings you joy, then it should stay. Just don’t put pressure on yourself to blog everyday, or to put up a certain number of posts per week. If the mood strikes, go with it! And if at some point you feel you can walk away for good, then it probably isn’t bringing you joy anymore, and that is fine. Enjoy your last few months of med school!

    Lauren :)

  2. Here’s how I see it! Blog when you want to. When you have something you want to share. I have photography friends that only post when they have a photo session and ogle over it, excited for the next one. This blog is a hobby, right? It’s not your job, so it shouldn’t feel like a chore. Blogging every once in awhile is not half-assing it. It’s quality not quantity here! I would say, pushing out posts that are just meh, would be half assing it. Just like when you took your hiatus, your followers will still be there when you do post! Much love to ya!

  3. Hey Andrea,
    I totally missed your posts. But I do understand that residency is important. Take in as much as you can. You don’t have to blog everyday. Maybe a once a week( or month) update is enough. =)
    Just blog when you feel like it. We’ll still be here. =)
    Helen
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  4. I love this post Andrea because I think so many of us feel like you but me, I don’t have your crazy life BUT I do feel the need to step back BUT I still have things to say & I will miss the people & interaction for sure.. It is just so hard to do real life & all it takes for the blogger world too. Just do what feels right for you.. maybe take a break & see how it feels. We are all here when you come back.

    You are doing such great things – love that! BTW, my eye doc has that machine with no dilation & has for a few years now – LOVE IT!!!!
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  5. I don’t even know you but I’ve been reading your blog for a while now, and I’d definitely miss hearing about your life! Though I really do admire you and have a lot of respect for putting your residency and future as first priority. I do check your Instagram every so often, which is nice just to see little snippets of your day/workouts/food etc. You’re such an inspiration to me not just as a pre-med, but because your fitness and health routine motivate me to take care of myself.

    No matter what, I’ll always think about how you’re doing! Take care :)

  6. I love that you helped set up a free eye clinic for the needy. It is a much needed service in many communities. As far as your blog, do what feels natural…Blog when you have time or a subject that inspires you, we will be here either way don’t stress about it because that takes all the fun out of it. Best of luck friend.

  7. Hey Andrea,
    I have really enjoyed reading your blog, and I especially liked reading your med school experiences–though I’m an English prof and live a very different life than you. I would love to read about your residency even very occasionally–the Mayo–wow! It would be wonderful getting a peek into your life while you experience that. If you are concerned about rarely posting, you shouldn’t be. I used to follow a favorite artist blogger, and then she took a three year break. Guess what? She’s back, and I’m so happy to see her work again. Whatever you choose, you seem to be a lovely person doing good things in the world. The best to you.

  8. Hi Andrea,

    I am passionate about health and wellness and closer to your Moms age, but I absolutely love your blog! I have followed your journey since you started blogging and find you so inspiring. Congratulations on your residency at Mayo Clinic!! I hope you will continue to blog when you can.

  9. Ooh I will miss you if you stop blogging! I would really still read your blog even if you blogged very sporadically actually :P Just to let you know I(we) will sill be here whatever you choose!

  10. Noooooo! Don’t gooooo! LOL. I just discovered your blog a few months ago and it’s really kept me going as I am in my first year of Medical School. It’s nice to peek into the lives of people who have made it to the other side! LOL. I would love if you kept blogging!

  11. Andrea!
    I agree with others- don’t feel obligated to maintain your blog throughout residency! Even if you write two posts a year, I would keep reading because your insight is incredible. I just emailed you about my personal statement for medical school and I hope to hear from you.
    Thanks so much for writing. You are making a huge impact!

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