Seed Media Group’s Research Blogging Awards recognize the outstanding bloggers who discuss peer-reviewed research at ResearchBlogging.org . There you can find over 1,000 registered blogs with 10,000 posts about peer-reviewed journal articles.
The awards process began with the readers of researchblogging.org, who made over 400 nominations. Then an expert panel of judges assessed the nominees to select 5 to 10 finalists in each of 20 categories. The registered bloggers then selected the winners .
I am very grateful to be singled out by ResearchBlogging.org, the home of the best blogging about peer-reviewed research on the Internet. It’s especially meaningful that the winners were selected by my peers and colleages. I have been writing virology blog since 2004, and it has always been about teaching everyone about viruses. I love writing, but perhaps the most rewarding part is that I get to interact with thousands of readers who ask questions or make comments in the discussion section. Their words spur me on to always do a better job. They are the silent force behind this blog, and I want to thank them for being here.
There is a reason why Not Exactly Rocket Science won the honors as the Research Blog of the Year: Ed Yong writes beautifully. So I’ll quote some of his words here to express my sentiments: “It is baffling that even now, bloggers often have to justify ourselves against straw-man accusations that we are nothing more than vitriolic agitators, when, in fact, the blogosphere is awash with excellent content. Getting bloggers together to celebrate that quailty can only be a good thing.”
My sincere thanks go to Seed Media Group, who sponsored the awards; to ResearchBlogging.org for executing a fantastic idea, and for hosting a terrific collection of blogs; and to the readers and fellow bloggers who bestowed this honor to virology blog.