Jon Udell writes about the emergence of medbloggers, talking about this blog, the invaluable Medlogs, as well as two of the most respected and established medical blogs – Medpundit and DB’s Medical Rants:
From the get-go, I knew that blogging was bound to disrupt information monopolies not only in IT and politics, but in other realms too. Now it appears that the medical blogosphere, something I’ve long expected, is finally emerging.
The numbers are small. Starting with Pho’s blogroll, I began assembling a list of the medical bloggers who cross-reference one another. What I found confirmed Pho’s estimate that there are no more than 100 of these medbloggers, many of whom are aggregated at medlogs.com. Nor are these medblogs yet widely subscribed. Pho today has 14 Bloglines subscribers. One of the founders of the movement, medpundit, today has 58. Those numbers are one or two orders of magnitude shy of the readerships of many of the tech blogs I follow. But unless fear of malpractice strangles this baby in the cradle, that will be a temporary phenomenon. In the long run there will be many more people hungry for informed analysis of medical issues than for informed analysis of tech issues.