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the perils of progress

Over the past couple of months I have received a number of emails, notes and verbal shout outs wondering why folks couldn't "find the blog" or whether I had stopped linking to the Carilion site, or whether I had hidden my content somewhere undiscoverable.

"No," I said. "I have just  taken a bit of a break."

There isn't a single successful blogger, or social media expert who would ever recommend taking a "break" from a blog that was gaining readership and momentum, as this was at the time. But then, what do experts know, anyway? I am hopeful that I won't have lost ALL my loyal readers, and that some will be returning if I am able to provide content that is helpful, entertaining, and pertinent.

The blog was a victim of progress.

Have you ever noticed that sometimes when things get better they get harder, too?

I think that is kind of what happened here. As our website was seeing all sorts of improvements, I was feeling kind of frustrated that these improvements seemed to be harder for me to negotiate. So, to keep from feeling frustrated all the time, and to keep myself from losing patience, I had to stay away. I am back now, and I have recognized a number of characteristics of myself along the way.

I am ready to share with you some of what I have learned about myself, about blogging and about patience over the coming weeks and months. I need to tell you about our new pediatric residents who started in July, and how the "old" group who have now been promoted to supervisory roles are doing. I need to share stories about the first class of medical students who are ready to graduate this coming May and will be leaving us to pursue residencies in all different medical specialties. I even need to share with you some of the joys and skills I have gotten from taking photography classes, and perceptions of photography as it reflects life.



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