I have written more than 70 posts for this blog in the past 6 weeks. That works out to 1.7 posts per day or almost 12 posts a week. I didn’t set a particularly blazing pace- I wrote an article or three whenever I had some downtime. I also didn’t set out to write that many that quickly. My goal was to be able to publish twice a week once the blog launched. I also wanted a sufficient backlog so that if a week or two passed without inspiration, there would still be posts for you to read. I never expected to write so much so quickly.
What the devil is going on here? Well, the posts are generally fairly short- much shorter than experts advise for blogs seeking lots of search engine optimized traffic. I could write longer posts, but I want to make these manageable for you. I am trying to change the way a large number of applicants function– the message needs to be palatable so you will adopt the changes I am recommending.
I also get fired up as I start writing. More ideas come to me in the middle of a post and I add them to an ongoing list. I started with about 40 ideas, and as of this writing have 70 ideas in addition to the posts already written. And more keep coming in every day- from my experiences at work, from my editors, from reading books and websites.
My editors are also an incredible source of inspiration. My wife proofreads all the posts and occasionally makes suggestions. One of my friends also proofs them and contributes his own outside-of-vet med perspective. Both of these help tremendously, so it’s not only my brain working, but others’. I hope to engage several of my professional colleagues in the future so they can contribute their own vast knowledge and experience to the blog.
But I think the most significant reason is I feel I am exorcising some horrible pent-up demon. For god’s sake, how can it be 2020 and this material DOESN’T exist for veterinary applicants yet? There are some good vet blogs out there- we’ll check in with them eventually- but no, I can’t find a centralized source where you can get all the information you need from someone who’s been there and done that already.
I see applications and interviewees all the time and just WISH they had found some of this advice before applying or interviewing. I want to help, and I desperately hope this blog reaches applicants, so you can make your future career and life as successful as possible.