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When you start blogging, you keep close track on the number of people visiting.  I remember looking at the different countries everyone came from and the thrill I had when there were comments left on my post.  The ultimate goal for any blogger, of course, is a large readership. 

It seems that goal has been met - at least for now.  It is quite a different feeling to be standing in front of a bigger audience now.  It has also caused some new problems.

The first problem is that of time.  The more successful you are at blogging, the more you tend to blog.  This cuts into time from other things - work and family are the usual casualties.  I suppose I don't have to blog any more often than I did before, but there is more pressure to produce when there are more readers.  A successful post leads to the obvious question: "what next?"  The solution to this problem is self-discipline, which I need to continue working for.  My tendency is to obsess.

The second problem is one I did not expect.  I have been contacted by several reporters that saw the piece in the NY Times, one of which is local.  So do I want to be interviewed about my blog in a place that my own patients are likely to see me or read about me?  Despite the fact that I have made no major attempts to hide my identity, the number of my own patients who have read and/or commented on it is small.

Do I really want them reading my blog?

What about the llamas?  What about "Ask Dr. Rob?"

What if they send me e-mails?  What if they want to talk about blogging in the office visits?  Life will no longer be normal (whatever normal is).

Plus, this attention is taking even more of my time from me.

I am not sure what to do.  This is getting to be a little more than a hobby (but it pays the same).

Yep.  Be careful what you ask for, because you just might get it!

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