Over the coming months, we’re going to be featuring interviews with student bloggers in the UK, covering everything from fashion and music to politics and - of course - student life.
First up we have Lily, a final year medical student at King's College London and writer of The Student Doctor Diaries...
What is your blog about?
It was supposed to be about life as a medical student, but very quickly became specifically about my life, and it just happens to be that I'm a medical student. It's mostly rants about the minutiae of my life, interspersed with some insights into what it's like to study medicine in the UK.
Why did you first decide to start a blog?
I talk a lot. In fact I even talk in my sleep. Writing the blog gives me a chance to get everything I want to off of my chest without sending my nearest and dearest insane. I also find it helps me to process things as I'm the kind of person who worries a lot and dwells on things. By writing my thoughts down I tend to come up with my own solutions at solving my problems. And if I can't think of a solution, there's always a friendly reader who's willing to offer some good advice.
How frequently do you update your blog?
It depends on how much I have to say. Sometimes when there's a lot going on I'll update daily, if there's not I try to update at least weekly, which is more from an addiction to writing stuff down rather than any pressure.
How do you find time to fit it around your studies?
The same way I fit time in to eat, to go to the pub and to watch Glee obsessively. It's like anything you enjoy, you just make time for it. I know how important it is to chill out at times to stay productive at uni, and as I enjoy blogging it naturally fits into my chilling out. I usually blog while plonked in front of the TV towards the end of an evening when my brain is no longer fit for study. Probably why some of my posts are nonsensical.
Who do you write for?
Me and only me 99% of the time, it''s usually purely a way of emptying my mind. Occasionally, especially if people email me to ask, I'll write more specifically about exactly what I do as a med student because I remember how many questions I had when I was applying to medical school.
What do your friends think about your blog?
I'd like to say they love it, but to be honest I'm not sure they're bothered. Only my close friends know about it as I write under a pseudonym. I try to nag them to read my blog more often, but as I tell them everything that I write down face-to-face it would probably bore them to death.
Describe your blog in three words.
Gramatically very poor.
On average, how many visits do you get a month?
Just over 1000, one month I had 2700 visits!!
What blogs do you like reading?
The blog that inspired me was theunderweardrawer.blogspot.com, written by a medical student in New York. she's now had a book published. She's my idol! Other good blogs I like include madsadgirl.blogspot.com and basicsdoc.blogspot.com.
What is your top tip for any aspiring bloggers?
Write from the heart. If you want to be able to keep up blogging for a long time you need to love it, and you'll only love it if you don't allow anyone else's opinions to bother you. It's your blog, about you, so make it what you want. Then hopefully other people will see how passionate you are and enjoy reading it. If they dont, so what? At least you've enjoyed writing it.
Do you think you will ever try to make money from your blog?
I don't think so. I get a couple of emails a month offering me money in return for allowing a company to guest post or leave an advert on my blog. I'm not interested though. I don't want the pressure of feeling that I have to write a certain way to attract more readers, I'm happy just plodding along as I am.
Do you think you will carry on blogging when you’re a qualified doctor?
Yes, definitely. I couldn't imagine life without blogging. I'm in the process of setting up a new blog, scrubsandpubs.blogspot.com, I'm just waiting for some techie minded genius to make it look beautiful.
Finally, what is the best thing about your uni?
The best thing for me personally is the friends I've made while at uni,but a less nauseating response would probably be the curly fries in our student bar... om nom nom!! Excepting the general chaos that is the administration at uni, the whole place is pretty awesome. Highlights for me also include the variety of charities we're encouraged to get involved with and the mayhem that is RAG week..
you've got a blog up and running, are gaining followers in their droves and fancy being interviewed by Studentbeans.com, send a link to your blog to email@example.com. We look forward to reading!