By Henry Ehrlich
Thanks to feedspot.com for recognizing us as number 9 in a list of top asthma blogs and websites. This was the best kind of recognition–totally a bolt from the blue and based entirely on impersonal metrics. We didn’t have to enter ourselves in anything. You can see our gold medal to the right. Others on the list have many more Facebook followers, Twitter followers, and so forth, and I’ll never understand the algorithms that found us. Suffice it to say that we welcome the 15 seconds of “fame.”
We strive to provide fresh content on the full range of allergic diseases, not just asthma. Our count of original posts is well over 500 for the sixish years we have been out, which means that we have consistently averaged almost two a week over that time. Some months are pretty thin, but we make up for it in months like this one, with seven so far. Our friends who understand these things tell us that it’s too much, but we’re excitable. It’s hard to hang onto good material.
We publish few press releases or reprints, although currently the Auvi-Q relaunch is too important to ignore. Always trying to avoid the beaten path, we provide our own take on new research. We shamelessly pester major investigators to give us pithy insights into work that has occupied them for years, which, we hope, humanizes the scientific process. The story behind the science. Our Q&A format has largely replaced the essay format for guest editorials, largely because it’s easier for many of these brilliant and busy people to answer questions than to stare at a blank screen. Always patient friendly, although we are not strictly speaking advocates. The Moms of the world are far better at that than we are.
Thanks, feedspot.com, for finding us.