"I must create my own system or be enslav'd by another man's."
1. Inspiration...or the lack thereof. Like any good postmodernist, when no lively subject compels me, I can always write about the act of writing.
2. For a while now I have been cranking out a post per day, despite work and other responsibilities (Mrs. Novalis might say, "What other responsibilities exactly?" but don't mind her). Sometimes I think the self-imposed "pressure" (a bit melodramatic I know for a hobby) does help to keep the ideas flowing, but at other times it seems constricting and arbitrary (why not a post every other day, or two posts per day?).
3. Why call this "Psychiatrica" when mental health topics per se constitute only a minority of posts? Well, good question. To some degree I think that being a psychiatrist certainly shapes my approach to a number of issues, so I guess psychiatry is meant to be a kind of central organizing principle, although that doesn't mean that being an M.D. gives me any special insight into poetry or politics or whatever (except when it does).
While work is not disagreeable and sometimes is even interesting, inasmuch as the blog is a vehicle for creativity I often find myself wanting to express myself about matters other than work (otherwise it might start to seem like, well, work). And particularly after I added my name to the site, the use of clinical information no matter how disguised became more problematic.
It is often said that, more than others, Americans identify themselves with what they do for a living, so maybe that motivated the title as well.
4. Even before I added my name to the site, of course, a number of friends and family were aware of it, and this obliged some discretion. It would be a rather different experience I suppose to have a truly anonymous blog, identifiable by no one (except for the Google/Blogger voyeurs), in which case it would be a strangely quasi-private cyberjournal. On blogs where everyone pretty much uses his or her own name (like some of the arts or literature blogs I follow), it seems rather absurd to leave a comment under the pseudonym--sort of like showing up at an office party in a mask.
5. I think I'll take a day off from the blog every now and then (applause). The blog may be undergoing a reincarnation at some point, but I'm not sure. One can't rush inspiration in that respect either.