Blog Review: My MD Journey

Y.S., the top commentator here on OpTempo (which can get you moved to the top of the review queue, BTW), requested a Free Blog Review of the blog, My MD Journey.

Here’s the review…

What is My MD Journey?

Blog Review: My MD Journey

According to the Blogger profile, Y.S. is a 3rd Year medical student in a medical school outside the United States and the purpose of the site is to document medical education. We don’t get a whole lot of other info about Y.S. which is probably by design. You wouldn’t want professors, potential employers or even other students being able to use what you might say against you in that kind of situation.  

Site Design/Theme

The Blogger template used here, a 3 column one with sidebars on both the right and left in green/white/blue, looks good. I’ve been seeing more and more nice looking Blogger templates around and that’s a good sign since the default ones are sort of blah. 

Navigation is very good with a selection of standard Blogger navigational options. I think the collapsible archive navigation widget is one of the better ways to move around these blogs. The label list is also helpful.

There are some links that may not be so useful on the site, such as the “2008 Top Medical Schools” list, some of the social/blogging buttons and the “What My Blog is Worth” widget. I wouldn’t recommend these but that’s really a personal preference.

Monetization consists of Adsense, some affiliate offers and a PayPal donation button.

Since the blog’s content is primarily of a medical nature, Adsense shows a nice collection of what should be good paying medical related ads like ones for “monoclonal antibodies”. While the blog isn’t 100% niche targeted since it has some personal elements, it should do well as long as the overall theme of the site stays heavily focused on medical matters.

The affiliate offer seems to distract from the theme of the site. I’d recommend going for something more medically oriented if at all possible unless the ads being displayed are excellent payer.

The donation button is OK but I would be surprised if it saw much action.

Content

I found the content of My MD Journey to be a good mixture between Y.S.’s experiences as a medical student, in-depth articles on medical subjects that went over my head and some general medical information articles. Here are some that stood out to me.

Doctor Appointment … talks about doctors like one I used to go to that give you the once over and leave. While this points to some other ‘bedside manner’ type articles on other blogs, Y.S. does a good job of dressing up this kind of post.

Immunology: Immunoglobulins is one of those “My Eyes Glaze Over” kind of posts. I’ve seen treatments done with this stuff but all I remember is that it was a hefty $15,000 an IV bottle!

If you want to know what a medical student outside the US has to go through to practice medicine in the United States check out this article: How to Get a 99 on USMLE Step 1 Using Question Banks and FA only?

Overall

I don’t have too many recommendations for Y.S. except to reconsider a few sidebar widgets and perhaps swap out the current affiliate offer with something more medical oriented. It might be good in the future if Y.S. moved this blog further into medical niche territory if time to maintain the personal side gets tough. It would be good to have a little side cash coming in while working 40 hour days as an intern.

Get Your Site Reviewed

If you would like your blog reviewed by me for free, just like Y.S. did, use my Free Blog Review page to request one. The waiting time for one right is is about 3-4 weeks but it should be worth the wait.

 


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6 Comments »

Comment by Y. S.
2008-01-25 15:28:55

Wow! Thanks a lot. That is much more than I expected.

Here is what I have done after reading your thorough review:

-I dropped the 2008 best schools list
-I switched to the collapsible archive list
-I edited the About page (BTW, as you said, I do have reasons to stay anonymous)

Oh, and those things you called useless, they ARE ;) I just have them for fun and experimenting!

In terms of monetization, I know I don’t have enough traffic at the moment, but later on, what do you think will be good to try out?

Do you recommend the Recent Poster, Recent Readers, Tag Cloud, etc. Do you know any others that I should try out?

Once again, Thanks A Lot for the review. It is highly appreciated :)

Comment by jfc
2008-01-25 15:41:44

Hi Y.S.,

Yes, it’s always fun to experiment with various widgets and the like. Which, if any, to use depends on what you want to do with your blog.

On the widgets you mentioned, Tag Cloud would be the best one I think. The others, not so much.

On monetization, you would probably want to look for medical treatment and health related affiliate offers without going into the ‘bad neighborhood’ of pharma type ads.

 
 
Comment by Y. S.
2008-01-30 15:40:00

What is your opinion on showing the number of viewers? Should I show it or not?

 
Comment by Y. S.
2008-02-11 09:32:48

OK Im trying out the tag cloud widget provided by technorati. It looks nice but it doesnt seem to be working properly. Let me see how things go.

 
2008-03-24 20:08:33

I read several of your reviews. You give some very good blogging tips even though I really don’t understand them that well but maybe they will help me out a lot with my new blog about the gourmet lifestyle. I would ask you for a review but I still have a long ways to go before I do that.

* Phyllis *

 
Comment by Cary Haley
2008-04-21 20:54:21

To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, ’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause

 
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