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.


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

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

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

  4. Oooooh,

    Very nice. Better than 4 tiaras!

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

  5. Congrats on the nomination – and I voted for ya.

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

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

  7. Good luck in the contest!

  8. 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.

  9. Sharon,

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

    Thanks. What's the link?


  10. http://hnn.us/blogs/entries/16838.html

    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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