I had stumbled on Anne’s newsletter while looking for something “to-read”. I think it was her letter that was exhorting the readers to create.
I was on the fence because my earlier stint on blogging ended up nowhere. While I was focused on Neuro-Oncology, I realised that I needed a deeper dive into issues. It is much easier to offer commentary on contextual write-ups (kind of quick feedback), but I genuinely reserve the energies for more academic pursuits.
I take blogging as a “mental exercise” because it helps with the smooth flow of words. It also prevents the writer’s block because it takes a while to string ideas and words. After my own series of posts (I have crossed 117+ and counting), I realise there is an excellent value to blogging. I utilise whatever time I get, to read, and if something is interesting, blog.
I have consciously avoided to link to the previous articles that offer the same or equivalent ideas, but there are widely interspersed. I debated against the newsletter because I don’t find value in the emails (most people have horrible email hygiene). I’d instead write on the blog, schedule the posts and push towards Telegram channel (that incidentally has more links waiting to be discovered).
Writing is a great way to get to know yourself better. By writing on a daily basis, I start recognising patterns. Sometimes, it takes a lot of effort to finish writing an article, whereas other times I can sit for three hours straight, deep in research mode, focused and excited about what I’m learning and writing about. Once you have written enough articles, you start getting a sense of what makes you tick. People can feel it when you poured your heart into something, and I think my most popular articles also reflect this.
Finally, writing has had a positive impact on my mental health as an entrepreneur. Having these two hours blocked every morning to create, reflect, explore, learn—to cultivate my curiosity—feels akin to going for a long run. It may be hard to start sometimes, but when you’re done you feel a kind of exhilaration which is difficult to reproduce through other means.
My writing appears on ET Prime (on healthcare policy issues), and I am working on more. I am also excited about Radiobiology notes by rediscovering the newer edition of my favourite textbook. It is falling in love with the cell-lines. I know it is morbid, but nothing is more exciting than the challenge of “hacking-cancer”. Radiation is an incredible tool to direct, target and annihilates cancer. It awaits a broader discovery.