Like many bloggers who start a blog, she blogged for over a year, became overwhelmed and quit. She missed being able to chronicle her life, share stories of her kids, life, medicine and her love of photography.

Isn’t that what gives us the most joy? Blogging about that which give us passion? So, like many, she started again, but this time, writing about what makes her heart sing.

In her first post , she shares what her blog will include, and from following her blog, she hasn’t let her readers down. She shares her views and advice on parenting, medicine, self improvement, as well as delicious recipes and beautiful photographs.

Hers is a fun blog to visit. One day you may learn how to make a Banana and Peach Smoothie, and the next day she might share how to “Discover The Hidden Detail In Your Photographs”.

To find out who she really is, reading her post titled: The Power of Silence and Eye Contact” shows her soul, shows why she’s a great pediatrician. It’s a touching story with a lesson for all of us.

She’s the second doctor who will hold the title of New Blog Of The Week. She’s Dr. Cason, her blog is Dr. Cason.org, and her tag line reads, “The Pediatrician Next Door”

You may have seen in the comment section, as that’s where she found me.

Please join me in re-welcoming Dr. Cason.

Hello again, Dr. Cason. Enjoy your reign as NBOTW! πŸ™‚

Photo Credit: Howdy, I’m H. Michael Karshis’ photostream

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  1. AxeCityNo Gravatar says:

    I was expecting this blog at sometime to be featured as the NBOTW as it’s a real nice one.

    Good choice Barbara, welcome again Dr.Cason πŸ™‚

    AxeCitys last blog post..Rafael Nadal, Wimbledon 2008 Champion

  2. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi AxeCity,

    I’ve seen you on Dr. Cason’s site, so I’m not surprised you agree she’s a great choice.

  3. Dr.CasonNo Gravatar says:


    I’m honored to be included in your BOTW!

    In fact I’m about to finish today’s post if my little chicklets would just go to bed! (It’s 7:41 pm here in Guam)

    I didn’t know much about blogging when I first started and literally wrote for a year and a half (on MommyMD) with only a smattering of comments and lots of dread. Now I’m back with my own site and writing what I love and enjoying the process so much more.

    When I was first putting together my site- I found you Barbara and saw what great advice you had and the community you were building. I literally thought – she’s got it and I’m learning from her!

    Thanks for being such a great teacher and letting me tag along.

    And thank you AxeCity for such kind words.

    Dr.Casons last blog post..A Smattering of 4th of July Photos

  4. LanceNo Gravatar says:

    I have just recently discovered your blog Dr. Cason, and it is quickly becoming a regular stop for me. I really feel you write from the heart. And that’s what makes reading your blog entries so enjoyable. Congratulation on being the NBOTW!

    And, Barbara, great choice for this week’s blog of the week!

    Lances last blog post..And The Thunder Rolls

  5. I checked out her blog real quickly and it looks great. I love an open and honest look at life and Dr. Cason seems to have all the right tools. I’m leaving it up on my screen so when I come home form work I can give it a solid read.

    Karl Staib – Your Work Happiness Matterss last blog post..1 Simple Tip on How to be More Productive

  6. My mom always says lasagna is better the second time. I guess Dr. Cason is too!

    Hunter Nuttalls last blog post..Comparing America and Japan, Part 1

  7. Howdy Dr. Cason. Yeah I’ve learned a thing or two around here myself thanks to Barbara and all the other community members.

  8. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Dr. Cason,

    You’re very welcome!

    I love your blog. It’s always a joy and surprise to come and visit you siince you write on a variety of subjects.

    Keep up the great work!

    Hi Lance,

    I didn’t think you would mind passing the torch to Dr. Cason. πŸ™‚

    Hi Karl,

    I think you’ll really enjoy her blog. Also, don’t forget to check out her photographs. They’re great!

    Hi Hunter,

    Haha! Your mom is right. Many things are better the second time.

  9. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi John,

    Thank you! You also willing share your knowledge, and teach us.

    I love how that works! πŸ™‚

  10. I just took a quick (first) peek at Dr. Cason, and I’m looking forward to spending more time there. Love the beautiful flower at the top! And I’m enjoying blogs that are not “niche” blogs these days.

    Ann at One Bag Nations last blog post..Is Decluttering the Same as Simplifying?

  11. Gavin SmithNo Gravatar says:

    Open and honest, with a good insight into her life, no wonder it is new blog of the week.

    Looks like its going to be an enjoyable blog

    Gavin Smiths last blog post..Parry on the board of new euro super group

  12. Cath LawsonNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara – Great choice. I was just reading Dr Cason’s post on guilt. It was very thought provoking.

  13. chrisNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve visited and lurked on Dr. Cason’s blog and I definitely agree with your assessment of her blog. I agree that Dr. Cason’s blog is definitely informative and eclectic.

    When I started m blog, the majority of my topic is about parenting. Lately, I feel that I’m beginning to move away from parental topics, not intentionaly of course. My question is this. Are blogs more successful if they stay consistent with their theme or does the content theme really matter so long as the articles are good?

    chriss last blog post..A Tangled Web

  14. Dr.CasonNo Gravatar says:

    Lance- The admiration is mutual. Last week I read your blog for the first time and thought- wow, that’s some good stuff!

    Karl- I’ll be looking forward to your visit! Also it looks like I need to run over and read your simple tip to be more productive!

    Hunter- And chili, stew, gumbo- basically all the one pot dishes are better. Maybe that’s what I am- a one pot dish! πŸ™‚

    John- I’ve learned a lot! Staggering really when you think about it. I’ve been meaning to come visit you! Your tips have really helped as well! Thank you!!

    Barbara- Thanks for the mention of the photos. It’s really a passion that I never seem to have enough time for but when I slow down, settle in and look at the image, I’m shocked. Oh wow- this is my life. It reminds how beautiful it all is. And I’m so grateful.

    Ann at One Bag Nation- (Love the name BTW) No I guess I’m not a niche blog. I really tried the first time around. I just gave medical/pediatric advice but then every time I turned around there was some little story about my kids that so perfectly illustrated my point. I’m really looking forward to revisiting you!

    Cath- Thanks for coming by. I really was going to write about happiness but right when I went off to work my little impatient side reared her ugly head and I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

    Chris- Thanks for lurking. πŸ™‚ I’ll have to go check out your site. As I said to Ann above, I tried to be a niche blog but felt like as a natural born -gotta write to feel right- kinda girl, I couldn’t limit what I wanted to talk about. I did however limit it to Peds, Parenting, Photography and Recipes. Oh and self improvement and organization. Which is basically my whole life. Hmm…maybe that’s why my tag line is The Pediatrician Next Door.

  15. Linda AbbitNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    Great choice for NBOTW! I found Dr. Cason’s blog through your blog in the last week or two, and I’m grateful to you for that.

    Dr. Cason, your writing is full of life, love and caring — right up my alley. I enjoy reading your blog very much. Thanks!

  16. Neat that the author of the blog is a pediatrician. I bet this gives the blog unique perspective.

    Bamboo Forests last blog post..β€œWocka Wocka Wocka”

  17. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Dr. Cason,

    Thanks for coming back and acknowledging the comments.

    And to everyone else, I’ll be back later this evening. It’s a crazy day and I’m hopping. πŸ™‚

  18. Thank you both Barbara and Dr. Cason. I enjoy helping whenever I can. I’m weird like that.

  19. DavinaNo Gravatar says:

    Another great pick Barbara! Congrats Dr. Cason!

    Davinas last blog post..Magic Happens

  20. Dr. CasonNo Gravatar says:

    Gavin- How’d I miss you? You snuck in while I was typing I think! Thank you for the kind words. I look forward to visiting you.

    Linda- Thank you for the support. I too like people who speak open and honestly. It just makes me feel better all around!

    Bamboo- I try not to make the peds perspective too preachey. AAP is a good for strict advice but it can be unrealistic to follow every single thing!

    John- BTW- I was able to Stumble the article through my browser. I have to look back though, I actually was trying to stumble the whole site. I can’t remember how it worked out. Jake interrupted me mid-action. I just got done with clinic and will try again soon.

    Davina- Thanks for the support. It really means a lot and it spurs me to continue. πŸ™‚

    Dr. Casons last blog post..Guilt- A Little Dab Will Do Ya!

  21. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi All,

    My day is over, my post for tomorrow is published and I’m all settled in to go over to my reader. My hectic day was saved by Dr. Cason, who kept coming by and answering your kind comments. THAT, in itself, explains why I chose her and her blog. She’s awesome.

    Thank you, Dr. Cason.


    You had a question with regard to niche blogging, and if it would be “acceptable” for you to drift away from posts about parenting, based on your theme.

    “Wat da Wat?” is a pretty general name. Without changing your name, it would be an easy “fix”. You could modify your tag line to incorporate that which you want to write about. With your blog being well visited, and a community already building, I do think your loyal readers will stick with you no matter what you choose to write about.

    Add more categories for your non parenting posts, and there you have it.

  22. Welcome Dr. Cason. I will serve up some peach smoothies tomorrow for breakfast in your honor (because that will be “today” as in right now for some of you people…guess you had to read Barbara’s latest post to get that.)

    Anyways welcome aboard! You are in good hands here with Barbara.

    Dr. Nicole Sundenes last blog post..The Best Bedtime Snacks for Insomniacs

  23. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Dr. Nicole,

    You always say the sweetest things.

    BTW: I missed you when you were on vacation (but I hope you had a fabulous time)

  24. Dr.CasonNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara- My first time around I never even thought to answer people directly but then I ran into your blog and saw what you were doing and how it made a difference. I found with your blog, I always came back and looked around because I knew you were talking to ME. πŸ™‚ It felt good.

    Dr. Nicole-The smoothie’s are sooo good. Just tonight I made some after dinner because some bananas were getting too soft. I blended soy milk, OJ, bananas and frozen raspberries. Yum!

    Dr.Casons last blog post..Guilt- A Little Dab Will Do Ya!

  25. […] exact words when I found out that Barbara Swafford at Blogging Without A Blog chose me as the New Blog of The Week, I could barely contain my […]

  26. Barbara ~

    I have to admire you for the uncanny brain to pick best of the breed blogs not because I was picked by you as your NBOTW but because you are finding true gem every single time. Pat yourself in the back for that. Dr. Cason is one of the most down-to-earth bloggers that I’ve come across. She defended me numerous times when the going got tough at my several posts hosted by Dumb Little Man. I admire her selflessness and passion for other bloggers.


    Shilpan | successsoul.coms last blog post..Bruce Lee’s 6 Ways to Develop a Kick-Ass Attitude

  27. Dr.CasonNo Gravatar says:

    Shilpan-Your genuine heart shines through your writing. Thank you for the kind and supportive words. Blessings- Sheila

    Dr.Casons last blog post..I’m the NBOTW at Blogging Without a Blog

  28. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Shilpan,

    Thank you for your kind words.

    I knew you would agree, Dr. Cason is a another great choice. πŸ™‚