Pretty much the last thing you'd expect to hear about a young doctor, fresh out of school and two years into his practice, is that he's left medicine to work on a blog.
In July, Arnold Kim, a VCU School of Medicine graduate, left his West End internal medicine and nephrology practice to work full time on MacRumors.com, on which he posts insider news and reviews of Apple technology. He also spends time on TouchArcade.com, a new site covering iPhone games, and other Web projects.
A Newport News native, Kim majored in computer science at Columbia University. While passionate about medicine, his interest in Apple led him to develop his blog as a hobby in 2000. Unlike most blogs that drift into oblivion, his quickly rose in its category and last spring was named No. 2 among the "25 most valuable blogs" by 24/7 Wall St. (247wallst.com). With more than 4.4 million visitors monthly, according to Web-rating service Quantcast, Kim's ad revenue justifies the decision to be a blogger and stay-at-home dad. "Being able to spend more time with my family was a big motivation for making the career switch," he says.