We’re walking a little taller today. And carrying some silver, thanks to a Canadian Online Publishing Award handed out to Signals Blog last night in Toronto. Okay, it’s not real silver, but we’re very proud of our win under best blog in the business to business category!
The judging was based on the submission of three posts published during the past year. Selecting those three posts was probably the most challenging part of the submission process — how on earth do you pick just three when you’ve got 14 bloggers contributing nearly 100 posts during the year? Let’s just say it wasn’t easy and that we chose posts that reflected quality of writing, diversity of content, thoughtful analysis and high readership. Clearly, the judges agree that we chose well.
The awards ceremony last night was, thankfully, quite quick. There were plenty of awards to be handed out, so no speeches by any of the winners — Stacey, my formidable (in the french sense of the word) co-editor, and I were on the stage for about 30 seconds, just long enough to pick up our envelope and congratulate the Gold winner (a deserving Melonie Fullick, who blogs at University Affairs). So, indulge me, because here is my thank you speech:
I’m immensely proud of this blog, but perhaps not for the reason you might think. Yes, it’s nice to win awards and be recognized. Yes, I’m happy this blog has contributed to important, ongoing discussions about stem cell and regenerative medicine research and has helped share knowledge with broader audiences. But I get the best warm fuzzy from the success of our bloggers.
Since 2009, I’ve worked with about 20 bloggers, some who already had established profiles or experience with other blogs or news media, but many who didn’t. All of them came from a science background (most blog in tandem with ongoing graduate or post-graduate studies) and all were interested in sharing their passion for science by writing about it. In a way, I view this blog as a stepping stone, a place for scientists-bloggers to explore and share and test their relationship with science communications, something I happen to be quite passionate about. Their success, either on this blog or in other endeavours such as other blogs or news media, video production, or elsewhere, is one I share with them. So a huge thank you to our current bloggers: Alessandra, Angela, Ben, Dave, David, Holly, Mark, Natasha, Nick, Patrick, Paul, Roshan, Sara, and Ubaka, and thanks to the many others who contributed in the past. Your insight, ideas and capacity is a constant source of inspiration and enjoyment. This wouldn’t have happened without you.
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