What Do You Want From Your Health Blog?
What to blog about for tomorrow?
There's the disturbing report that 1 out of every 5 American 4-year-olds is obese. Or the news that having a big belly may increase odds of suffering from Restless Legs Syndrome. Perhaps a commentary on today's fascinating article about the trend among food manufacturers toward using as few ingredients as possible.
What would you most like to read about?
A health blog is a relatively new phenomenon at the Washington Post; we (my colleague Rob Stein, who writes Thursdays' entries, and I) launched this one a year ago today. We've blogged about all kinds of things: The first entry was about having automated external defibrillators in homes; yesterday's was about making yogurt in a crockpot.
We've often done primary reporting on health studies, presenting them to you as news stories like those in the regular newspaper. We've also commented on trends or on stories that have been reported by other journalists and that seem to warrant amplification. On Tuesdays we focus on nutrition-related matters, as that's the day my "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column appears in the Health section; I try to bounce them off each other.
Sometimes we get lots of reader comments. Sometimes we get none.
Which raises the question: What do you readers want and expect from online forums like this one? Because, as much as we enjoy what we do, this blog only works if it interests and engages you.
Please take a moment to vote here and comment below, letting me and Rob know what kinds of health stories you'd like us to pursue. We'll follow up a week from today and share what we've learned from our readers.
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