It may appear unusual to have a foreword for ‘blogs’ but I decided to have, my own, for personal reasons.
Initially, about 2 years ago, I planned to write a GP surgery manual in the form of a ‘Book’ but due to various reasons, the project got horrendously delayed. There were mega changes in the NHS, as each minister wanting to make his mark, renaming various organisations, changing QOF etc.
I told my close family friend, Dr. Shiva Devraj, a retired GP, but still doing locums, about this book and gave the various chapter details. He was extremely encouraging and always kept in touch with me on the progress. I also told my son’s GP friend, Dr. Sujoy Jaiswal, in whose surgery in Manchester I worked for a short period, and he was equally encouraging about this venture.
I researched the publishing market and found the publishers were brutally frank about the Book – the topic, was found to be quite interesting and appealing to them – but they were looking at money side, more than me.
It turned out, for example, if the book was priced, say £20, then 60% would go to Amazon for distribution, the balance (£8) would go to the publisher and I might get 1/8 – £1.00. They did not perceive my book to be a serious seller and if I could get 50 copies sold then I should be ecstatic. That would be £ 50. “Wow”.
The market I was hoping to attract may not be able to afford £ 20 for the book and the information in the book would be ‘unread’. That made me to think and realise that all the hard work done in the last few years would be a complete waste.
Then it dawned on me that if I were to write as ‘Blogs’ then I did not have to worry about endemic changes happening to NHS, QOF, funding etc. The sections could be updated as and when needed.
I decided a year ago that I would not get this written as a book. It had to be ‘Blogs‘ and it should be available ‘FREE’ to all those who wanted to access the web site. Should there be an interest from publishers at a later stage, 2-3 years from now, then it could be turned ‘Blogs to Book‘. At that time may be I would be able to afford a better ‘proof-reader’ and check the manuscript. I felt that there was no need for me to worry about it for quite a while.
I joined WordPress and Bluehost and this led to a long learning curve and a considerable time spent on learning about ‘Posts’ or ‘Pages’ and all the nuances of web site design.
I had to tell the two GPs about the change from writing a ‘Book’ to ‘Blogs’. The direction has been changed around. I have also turned around the ‘Foreword’ – instead of them writing about the blogs I decided to mention about them in the Foreword.