Monday, December 05, 2005

Holy crap, I've been nominated!

I almost spit my iced tea all over my monitor when I saw referrals coming from an unexpected source in my SiteMeter stats.

Believe it or not, I've been nominated for Best New Blog!

(Clearly, those who nominated me must have somehow missed or overlooked my EneMan and Hitler Zombie posts.)

To stoke my already enormous ego even more, I've also been nominated for Best Medical Weblog over at Medgadget's Medical Weblog Awards. (I guess I didn't make the cutoff for best New Medical Weblog, because, to be eligible, your blog has to have been established in 2005, and I foolishly started mine a couple of weeks before that.)

Do I have a prayer of winning? My guess is probably not, mainly because I don't think I'm political enough (translation: right wing enough) to win Best New Blog in The Weblog Awards, and I doubt Respectful Insolence is a "pure enough" medical blog to win Medgaget's more specialized award (too much wandering into science, skepticism, and history--and too much Hitler Zombie--I suspect, and not a tight enough focus on medicine). Also, the competition is tough, and I don't plan on lobbying any more than this one post.
But, hey, you never know.

Geez, this reminds me. I really have to get cracking on that new template. It just doesn't do to continue to use this generic Blogger template. Unfortunately, I'm having problems getting my posts to show properly in the new template and haven't yet come up with a banner that I like. If anyone out there is a whiz with designing customized Blogger templates, perhaps you wouldn't mind my showing you what I have so far and your telling me why my posts don't show up. Instead, only Blogger tags show up in the center layer. (Of course, if you tell me my current concept is butt-ugly and that I should start again from scratch, that's OK too; you might be right.)

And, of course, thanks to all who nominated me and who led my visit count to pass a quarter of a million sometime yesterday.

14 example(s) of insolence returned:

At 12/05/2005 9:34 AM, Blogger Ali said...

Nomination well deserved. And screw categories, I don't see why a blog should have to fit into one.


At 12/05/2005 10:21 AM, Blogger The Probe said...

You could always make a shameless request for votes!


At 12/05/2005 11:27 AM, Blogger PZ Myers said...

Well, a wingnut award with weirdest voting system ever...what is it with conservatives and goofy, easily sporked voting?

And there's no science category.

Somebody should have at least nominated me in the "religion" category, 'cause all they got in there now are dingbats.


At 12/05/2005 12:05 PM, Blogger coturnix said...

Actually, with all the Lefties figuring out who to vote for, you may fare quite well....


At 12/05/2005 12:31 PM, Anonymous LHR said...

Congratulations, Orac! The great value of your blog, to me, is that it artfully spans disciplines. Keep it up!


At 12/05/2005 12:52 PM, Blogger Autism Diva said...


Very nice. Better than 4 tiaras!

Don't forget all the little people when you make it big.


At 12/05/2005 1:54 PM, Anonymous Skeptico said...

Congrats on the nomination – and I voted for ya.

On a more sober note – I see The Huffington Post is nominated for best blog!


At 12/05/2005 2:00 PM, Anonymous sharon said...

Did you know you got nominated in the Newcomer section in the Cliopatria History Awards too?


At 12/05/2005 2:08 PM, Anonymous Aakash said...

Good luck in the contest!


At 12/05/2005 3:03 PM, Blogger Kristjan Wager said...

Well, it's no Koufax award, but given your official political position, I guess you won't really be in the running for that. Congratuations, and good luck.


At 12/05/2005 3:58 PM, Blogger Kev said...

Hearty congrats - I'll go vote in a minute.

Also happy to help with any design issues you might be having. I don't know a lot about Blogger templates but I can't imagine its too difficult - markup is markup after all!


At 12/05/2005 5:34 PM, Blogger The Probe said...

Yes, the Huffingtonblog is nominated for best is currently running 11th....

You can vote once every 24hours until 12/15/05.

Reward for loyalty, or Chicago politics?


At 12/06/2005 10:18 AM, Blogger Orac said...


No, I didn't know I had been nominated for a Cliopatra History Award.

Thanks. What's the link?



At 12/06/2005 1:29 PM, Anonymous Sharon said...

But there's no voting anyway; it was decided to have public nominations followed by the final judging by expert panels, in large part because of all the trouble with cheating that so many of the blog awards get.


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