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Virology blog receives award at researchblogging.org

Posted Mar 24 2010 12:00am

Research Blogging Virology blog has been honored with a Seed Media Group Research Blogging Award for the best blog of 2010 in the area of clinical research.

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.

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