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It’s official

As hard as it is to believe, it’s official. It appears that Respectful Insolence won the 2006 Weblog Awards as Best Medical/Health Issues blog. I had waited to announce this until it was official, plus a little time because I still couldn’t believe it. It would also appear that one other ScienceBlog, Pharyngula, edged out Bad Astronomy Blog to claim the Best Science Blog crown.

Other nominees from the ScienceBlogs collective were also nominated in these two categories, including The Cheerful Oncologist (one of the first medical blogs I discovered and a blog whose style I still sometimes wish that I could pull off), Deltoid, Good Math Bad Math (an actual blogchild of mine, and Mark may well surpass his blogfather one day, if he hasn’t already), and Mixing Memory. Like PZ, I realize that this does not mean that I actually have the Best Medical/Healthcare Issues blog (several of the other nominees were great, particularly the difficult Brain Hell, the blog of a man suffering through the physical decline caused by ALS, with which he was diagnosed nearly three years ago), but it does tell me that there are quite a few people who enjoy what I’m doing, and that’s a good thing. I also find it hard to believe that having been at this for only two years makes me “established” and even prominent in the medical blogosphere.

So, thanks to all who voted for me, and now don’t forget to support the Medical Weblog Awards (sponsored by Thinklabs). I doubt I’ll be winning that one, partially because I’ve agreed to serve as one of the judges, but more importantly because the competition is fierce (which is a shame, because my wife really wants the top prize, a Thinklabs ds32a Electronic Stethoscope). You still have time to nominate your favorite medical blog here.

I’ll conclude with something that says “award-winning blog” better than anything else I can think of:

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Again, nothing says “award-winning medical blog” like a giant smiling enema bottle just making it over the goal line ahead of the defenders. The metaphor to this blog’s win should be obvious to all. Besides, they haven’t sent me my logo yet; so this will have to do.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

To contact Orac: [email protected]

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