How do you begin something? A horror movie quote should do it! Maybe because we really don’t know how this blend of willing, spare time, irresponsibility, knowledge and coffee will end.
About four years ago I became familiar with the concept of FOAM (Free Open Access Meducation), at the time I was an internal medicine resident with a critical care residency planned ahead. The concept of a sharing, contributing and active learning community throughout the world fascinated me and helped shape my personality. The idea of a critical care blog to share our thoughts came to mind about a year ago and, after 2016 SMACC in Dublin, I discussed it with some friends and thought: The time has come!
Back to São Paulo I did what I always do in these situations: Procrastinated! Maybe we weren’t ready yet. Now, four months later, here we are, with this feeling that we are doing it for ourselves! Of course we’d love to share and discuss our ideas with the whole world, by the way, that’s why we decided to write in english (if we can call this english) and become part of a broader and meaningful thing.
The oficial prologue I’ll leave to one of the greatest brazilian writers, Machado de Assis, who more than 130 years ago wrote on the first pages of his masterpiece Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas (The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas):
“ To the Reader
That Stendhal should have confessed to have written one of his books for a hundred readers is something that brings on wander and concern. Something that will not cause wonder and probably no concern is whether this or other book will have Stendhal’s hundred readers, or fifty, or twenty, or even ten. Ten? Five, perhaps… I’m not sure, but I may have put a few fretful touches of pessimism into it. It’s possible…
The work itself is everything: if it pleases you, dear reader, I shall be well paid for the task; if it doesn’t please you, I’ll pay you with a snap of the finger and goodbye.”