I won't pine too long over the disappearance of Aspirations of a Joint Doc, because there has since been other additions to the rheumatologic blog scene. Bruno Oliveira of All Joints Considered was interesting. Being part of Medscape allowed for a wide distribution and he did attract many comments. Some were a little out of the ordinary, such as 'I have seen some cases of sarcoidosis.In our part of the world chikungunya." Unfortunately, Dr Oliveira seems to have taken a break as well, not posting since June 2011 as far as I can tell. The Doctor's Rheum started up in 2009, not long before I bowed out. Her blog talks rheumatology and food . Good blog but makes me snack while I read. Post frequency has waned a bit this year, but you never know .
So the ancient blogs of two to three years ago seem to be struggling. What about today. Anything new out there?
Ronan Kavanagh blog. Holy shit have you seen this site? Two years off line and this guy makes me feel like Rip Van Winkle. A beautiful home page that invites patients to make appointments and get script renewals as well as patient information videos. A blog, active Twitter involvement. I wouldn't be surprised to see him singing a few tunes on MySpace. Sheesh, may be time to pack it before I embarras myself.
Dr Philip Gardiner's Blog was also started this year from what I can tell. Definitely a quality over quantity blogger with infrequent but very well thought out and researched posts. A blog for the thinking rheumatologist.
Dr Irwin Lim posts at Connected Care, a blog for the BJC clinic down under. He also has other bloggers from the same clinic contribute from time to time. Posts seem to be aimed more at patients but it's always interesting to read the treating philosophy of other rheumatologists.
La Rhumato is more of a patient information site and a good one at that. Dr Francis Berenbaum seems to have more of a Twitter presence. Great information for French patients, something I can take advantage of.
Rheumatologe, a blog by Dr. Lothar Kirsch is a wild ride through the world of rheumatology, travel, language and Haiku. Sometimes all in one blog post. As a bonus you get to say things like "Gelenkhypermobilitatssyndrom".
Well that's about it. I'm sure there are others out there, I've just started re-aquainting myself with the community. It's great to see that there are more bloggers and tweeters every year. I'm looking forward to joining the conversation. Off to brush up on my Haiku skills.