This Isn't Goodbye, But...

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Here's something crazy - FPMD turns 3 tomorrow! It still feels like yesterday when I pressed the "Publish" button on FPMD's very first post. In the 3 years of running FPMD, this is perhaps the most difficult post for me to write. I can spend thousands and thousands of words on explaining why I'm taking a step back from blogging. But let's see if I can do it in the traditional FPMD way - brief but informative.

You may have noticed that I haven't posted as frequently since the New Year. There are 3 reasons for this publishing slowdown:

1.  Career

FPMD readers know that I chose to pursue a lesser known specialty - Interventional Radiology (IR). I am truly fortunate to match into one of the most respected institutions in IR to continue my professional training. However, IR training is vigorous and time demanding. In order to prepare for the big leagues, I've stacked my final year's schedule with IR rotations and over the last several months, I've found it increasingly difficult to find the time and energy to read and write. When I first started FPMD in 2015, I made myself a promise. If life ever got so busy that I am forced to pick between the blog and medicine, I pick medicine. 

2. Health

Have you ever heard of the saying "doctors make the worst patients"? Sure it may be difficult to deal with a patient who think they know better than you. But for me personally, it has been the lack of time to eat, exercise, visit the doctor etc. I've neglected my health for a long time. And I'm starting to pay a price for it. At the risk of getting too personal, I've been suffering from a stress-related condition and the symptoms have recently gotten much worse.

3. Family

Another big part of my life that I've neglected is my family. My grandparents are getting older and growing more frail. Over the last few months, I've had to deal with a few urgent issues and it's starting to require more of my time and attention.

What will change?

For majority of 2017, I've followed a thrice weekly posting schedule. While that commitment was great for generating traffic and attracting readers, I am conceding that I can no longer keep up the pace. Going forward, there will be no set publishing schedule for FPMD content. Those subscribed to the weekly newsletter will receive notice anytime new content is published so I encourage you to sign up for the newsletter if you haven't already.

In the last 3 years, I've learned so much about finances and blogging and I have you to thank for motivating me to continue learning. I've also met so many great friends in the blogging community who continue to publish great content on a regular schedule. Please check out the FPMD Blogroll and support their sites. Thank you for supporting my little corner of the internet. This isn't goodbye but I am stepping back.

Future Proof, MD

Dr. Bo Liu is an aspiring radiologist-in-training and the founder and editor of the White Coat Money Blog.  He has an interest in interventional radiology and helping his medical colleagues get ahead in this mad world of medicine and money.  When he's not crushing the list at the PACS station or typing up your next favorite blog post, you can usually find him at the local badminton club, movie theater or the most recently opened restaurant.