I’ve been nominated for an award by Rocky Mountain Medic, one of my favorite literary bloggers. I have a special place in my heart for EMS blogs by nature of my specialty, emergency medicine.

Here is what he has to say about my blog:

A doc with his ear to the gorund. Great stories. I love going to his site. Plus, he’s from the Rockies.

Short, but sweet. Thank you Rocky Mountain Medic. The medics that climb/hike/kayak/bike together blog together! A commenter on his blog did correct the fact that I’m a she, not a he!

Here is an explanation of the award:

“This award should make you reflect on five bloggers who have been an encouragement, a source of love, impacted you in some way, and have been a Godly example to you. Five Bloggers who when you reflect on them you get a sense of pride and joyโ€ฆ of knowing them and being blessed by them.โ€
Here are the rules for this one:

1. Copy this post (meaning the rules).
2. Reflect on five bloggers and write a least a paragraph about each one.
3. Make sure you link this post so others can read it and the rules.
4. Go leave your chosen bloggers a comment and let them know theyโ€™ve been given the award.
5. Put the award icon on your site.

So…here are my five:

1) Grunt Doc
Grunt Doc is a practicing ER doc that I wish I worked with side by side, day by day. He seems to have a balanced sense of who he is and the proper place for emergency medicine in today’s modern world. That last sentence may not make sense if you are not an ER doc, but I hope it makes sense to Grunt Doc. Although I discovered him after I started my own blog, I am motivated and encouraged by his bravery in not hiding his true identity and his consistency in posting over the past several years. I was honored to be a co-blogger with him on the former Lingual Nerve Group Blog project. Plus I think it’s cute that his aunts and other relatives leave comments on his personal posts. ๐Ÿ˜‰

2) Mandarin Designs
How can one find love in short posts about CSS tricks? Well, just visit the site to find out. We connected long ago in blogosphere time, and the hostess of Mandarin designs continues to share her discoveries with us as well as hosting a nice quilt of blog friends from time to time. It appears she has not blogged in about a year, but the site is worth a visit. thanks for your loyal years of visiting as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

3) Padgett Business Services
OK, this one sounds really weird. An accountant? This guy’s passion for life, adventure and self-discovery is conveyed through his original posts on the blog section of his accounting web site. Take This Post for example about a warehouse filled with sawdust…

4) Hermes
The blog is long gone, due to beurocracy at Hermes’ home institution. Victor, of Hermes, had one of the most introspective and artistic writing styles of the medical blogosphere that I ever encountered. For a short period of time, I had the pleasure of co-blogging with him at Lingual Nerve, a group medical blog that has since dissolved. However many of my formative experiences during my residency were shaped by the introspection and intersection of life and medicine that we used to read about on Hermes. Hermes is Dead. Long live Hermes.

5) All the rest. (too many to name…you know who you are)
Is this a cheat? Just as the initial mission statement of my blog involved finding a notable patient interaction during each day of my residency, my early blogging experiences were formed and strengthed by the strong bond of the initial “inner circle” of medical bloggers that I felt I was part of. I was proud to discover half a dozen or so blogs when I was first starting out, and quickly saw expansion into many subspecialties of medicine. While I initially turned down many opportunies for exposure, due to privacy reasons, I still feel that Mr. Hassle’s Long Underpant’s and Doc Shazam (my pseudonym) were part of a strong foundation for the medical blogging niche that exists today. Thanks to everyone.

And thanks again to Rocky Mountain Medic for the Initial Nomination.


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