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.


  1. #1 Kathleen Seidel
    December 20, 2006


  2. #2 Kev
    December 20, 2006

    Well done – that’s great news!

  3. #3 Mustafa Mond, FCD
    December 20, 2006

    Congratulations, and down with the woo!

  4. #4 Catherina
    December 20, 2006

    congratulations 🙂

  5. #5 DrO
    December 20, 2006

    Congrats, Orac! Well deserved.

    In terms of Medical Weblog Awards, you will not be able to vote in the category where you are nominated. So you still can win. Furthermore, judges will submit their votes to us directly, without other judges seeing them. This way, there is no bias for judges to vote for each other.

  6. #6 NCurse
    December 20, 2006

    Well done! You’ve keeped up the good work even during the competition. You deserved it!

  7. #7 Jonathan Dresner
    December 20, 2006

    Mazel Tov!

  8. #8 isles
    December 20, 2006

    Hip hip hooray! This was one of the first blogs I ever read regularly.

  9. #9 Coin
    December 20, 2006


  10. #10 lisalee
    December 20, 2006

    Congrats! your friday dose of woo is my prescription for a rough week.

  11. #11 Nick Terry
    December 20, 2006

    Way to go, Orac! Yay! Yay!

  12. #12 James
    December 20, 2006

    So, you can finally throw out the “its an honour just to be nominated” speach – congratulations.

  13. #13 Jon Mikel
    December 22, 2006


    …and Happy Holidays!

  14. #14 Fragano Ledgister
    December 22, 2006

    Congratulations, Orac! All the best for the holiday season and the New Year.

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