The Blog Rounds submission updates and guidelines

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I answered most of the questions regarding “The Blog Rounds” medical blog carnival project in my previous post, The Blog Rounds: Blogging through Medicine and Beyond. Quite a number of fellow medical bloggers contributed posts and hosted this blog carnival. And TBR is continually expanding!

I am inviting all interested MDs, medical bloggers and everyone else who can write about medicine and issues related to it, to join TBR. E-mail me kokegulper[at]yahoo[dot]com, or any of the blogger already in the carnival, introduce yourself briefly, your blog and subscribe to The Blog Rounds. I am targeting Em Dy‘s list of physicians who blog, here. I’m near stalking them already.

If you want to join here are the steps you need to do first:

  1. Introductory post. Write a post in your blog (like this one, by Prudence MD), regarding your intention of joining The Blog Rounds. You may include suggestions and comments about TBR in that post. Just a post. Make an announcement of that post in your blog and link back to the The Blog Rounds page here. I wrote my reasons for starting TBR in my previous post. You can take a cue on the format of your intro post there.
  2. Tag two other MD blogger or medically inclined blogger who write about medicine( or MDs who write about non-medical stuff) and invite them to join the carnival. It is not necessary though, that you get them to join us (although this will be a desirable outcome).
  3. Put any of these icon-links on your main page and link back to TBR.
  4. Join and submit articles to the ongoing blog rounds. Archives and hosting schedules are listed here.
  5. Subscribe to TBR yahoo groups using your email here.
Here are the guidelines for both the host and contributing bloggers joining TBR. Note that these guidelines can be changed depending on the sentiments of the majority contributors. Suggestions will be highly appreciated:

  1. Call for articles for the upcoming TBR edition should be posted on his/her blog by midnight of Tuesday on the first week.
  2. Blog articles for carnival are due by 11:59 PM PST Monday two weeks after the “call for articles” post.
  3. The Blog Rounds round up of posts will posted on the host’s blog, 7AM Tuesday two weeks after the call for article post.
  4. Send the host- blogger for that edition (schedules are listed here) an email containing the title and url link to your post.
  5. One entry per blogger.
  6. Recent posts between 500 and 1000 words are preferred
  7. Posts are to be written for a general audience and may be medical or non medical, depending on the category or topic chosen by the host blogger.
  8. The host blogger has the sole authority and responsibility of choosing the topic, announcing them, receiving the contributions, proof reading it, and posting them as he/she deemed fit for his/her topic of choice.

Potential topics include:

  1. Issues (maybe political) affecting the Philippine Healthcare System
  2. Practice of Profession
  3. Business of Medicine
  4. Other things the health care professional do non-medically, like travel, sports, hobbies, blogging and whatnots)
  5. The rest of the topics not mentioned above (which makes it practically everything outside your steth.)

Keep those blog post interesting for everyone.

If you got more questions, or if you want to host TBR, email me or comment below! I’m continually looking for hosts blogger!

So what do we get out of this?Blog traffic maybe?Money from ads? Maybe. But the whole idea is about sharing our experiences and thoughts (rather than stare at the ceiling of our clinics) to anyone willing to read it.
(Updated: 7/2/08)

Dr. Remo-tito Aguilar co-founded #HealthXPh. A board certified orthopedic surgeon, he is Chief of Clinics at General Santos Medical Center and Medical Specialist II Orthopedics at the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City. Dr. Aguilar is a healthcare social media evangelist and writes his medical musings at The Cast & Curious (