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Itâ€™s been a little over five years. I wrote my first post on this blog,Â The Mysteries of Funny Looking Sperm,Â April 18, 2010. At the time, this blog was very much an experiment, and I had no idea how it would work. In my daily life, I see a lot of men with difficulties having children or other male health problems, and they donâ€™t tell you anything about that when you take “sex ed” in high school. Lots of men share the same problems, and I would say the same things to different men throughout the day. So I thought that I would put my end of those conversations in a general way on a blog, so that men around the world with questions about male reproductive health might find some answers.
My first few blog posts came from those common conversations. I see a lot of men with male endocrine problems, so I wrote a few posts on how the endocrine system works in a man and how it can be fixed if needed. I wrote about concerns like, can a manâ€™s underwear cause problems with his sperm? At first, I shut off comments after two weeks, but I quickly realized that many people found my posts not by reading the blog start to finish, but through a search for a specific concern. That makes a lot of sense: I do that, too. People would be coming at a post weeks, months, or even years after I wrote it. My third post onÂ April 28th, 2010,Â How Clomid Works in Men, is still my most visited one with 874 comments as of today.
After a while, people started asking great questions in the comments. Sometimes I could answer them in a couple of lines in the comments section, but some required longer answers. I added posts for a few of these great questions. Understandably, although I tried to make it very prominent in the FAQ, people would still ask me medical questions about themselves and their loved ones. Itâ€™s really frustrating, but I canâ€™t answer them. I donâ€™t have the basic information through the web that all doctors need to make a diagnosis and treat a patient, which includes a physical examination. I need to see people in person to be their doctor.
As the blog evolved, I began posting about news events, important scientific studies, and general items of interest in male health. But most people still come across the blog by searching for a specific problem or question, and thatâ€™s the way it mainly seems to work. So for those who read a post from years past and have a question, Iâ€™ll often recommend reading the comments and other posts on the blog, as the answers are usually there.
But if youâ€™re interested in male health, and you want a more up-to-date stream of information, then follow me on Twitter. I post pretty frequently there, often with links to important news articles about male health and the other parts of my job in science, engineering, and education. Youâ€™ll even see my human side from time to time. Iâ€™ll of course still write here on this blog when the need for more words arises.
See you in the Twitterverse!