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For those who are fans of the comedian Gabriel Iglesias, you may think I was referring to my weight/body habitus from the title of this post.
Gabriel is known for his saying, “I’m Not Fat, I’m Fluffy,” which is level 4 out of 6 in the “fat continuum.”
Even at my heaviest (about 40 lbs heavier than I am now) I think I would have only qualified for the first level of “Big” and not the 4th level termed “Fluffy.”
No, the fluff I am referring to carries with it a different meaning.
Early on when I started blogging my fiancee asked what I was writing about.
I paused momentarily and said that when compared to the other physician finance bloggers in my space, I probably could be considered the writer of “fluff pieces.”
For those who are not familiar with the term, a “Fluff piece” typically refers to those “feel good” news segments that periodically get placed between harder hitting news segments such as those on murder/crime or briefings on the latest wars raging.
News reporters assigned to report on a fluff piece are thought of in less regard to their more seasoned counterparts/news anchors.
Such famous news fluff pieces include reporting on a kitten being rescued in a tree by a local fireman or other heart warming stories such as a woman celebrating her 100th birthday.
These fluff pieces are known more for style than substance.
So being called a producer of fluff content can easily be considered a derogatory remark.
So why would I willingly gravitate towards calling my work fluff?
Well for those who personally know me, I am sure you come away with the impression that I do not take myself too seriously.
I have always been the jokester/prankster in my cohort and adding an MD behind my name has done nothing to diminish that.
I also am fully aware of where I stand among the pantheon of physician bloggers out there.
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Well Physician On FIRE has done an excellent step by step review of doing just that.
That truly is a hard hitting piece full of usable and useful information with absolutely no superfluous fluff to be seen.
Peruse the pages of the alpha dog in my blogging space, The White Coat Investor, and you will be inundated with incredible posts full of actionable material to improve your finances.
These bloggers are akin to famous news anchors that the networks covet in order to attract audiences and boost their Nielson Ratings.
You won’t see Katie Couric or Lester Holt reporting on a kitten stuck in a tree and likewise you have a certain level of expectation when you read posts by these bloggers and others like them.
Fluff does have it’s place.
There is a reason why news programs intersperse fluff pieces between the more newsworthy segments.
If we are just bombarded with a continuous barrage of facts our brains tend to shut down and our eyes gloss over (similar to what happens to my daughter when I start lecturing her on something).
Another reason a news channel will strategically place a fluff piece into the lineup is because the producers know that a lot of news is depressing and having segment after segment of bad news can be demoralizing to its audience.
Think of a fluff piece as as mental palate cleanser, similar to those sorbets often served between meals at a fancy restaurant.
The hierarchy of evidence.
In medicine the research studies that carry the most weight are the ones that are conducted with the highest level of scrutiny, typically a double-blind randomized trial.
At the near bottom, if not the very bottom, of the evidence hierarchy is anecdotal evidence.
A good portion of my blog writing is sharing anecdotal evidence to my readers.
I will be the first to admit that I am not an expert on finance (I am not a financial advisor) which is odd since I have chosen to be in the personal finance blogging genre.
I also admit that I am not an expert on divorce (although I have written extensively on this subject including my ultimate guide to survive a high net worth divorce).
My posts do not have a double blind randomized methodology.
No my posts share the struggles and triumphs I have gone through my life.
It is not meant to be taken as gospel by my readers as results may vary on an individual basis.
What worked/works for me may indeed not work for you or be in your best interest.
So why bother to write at all if anecdotal evidence is treated by the medical community as “fluff”?
I would like to think that my stories could serve as inspiration for someone who may find him or herself in a similar position that I had been in, showing that it is possible to claw your way back up from the muck.
Most of my knowledge has come from the school of hard knocks.
I still think this information I have gained is worthwhile to share it even if it is just considered anecdotal.
Despite being looked down upon, many great medical discoveries came about because of anecdotal observations.
One of the more famous of such examples is the origin story for Viagra.
The little blue pill that has recharged the sex lives of countless of men was originally intended for treating cardiovascular problems.
A nurse noticed that male patients were often embarrassed about their level of arousement after taking the pill.
The nurse passed this information to the researches who then quickly pivoted to capitalize on this discovery, all based on anecdotal evidence.
Takeaway: Embrace The Fluff.
Although it is often looked down upon, there is need for fluff in our lives.
It is nice to give your brain a little breather every now and then.
And if you happen to be a content creator, do not take offense when someone calls your work fluff.
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