Well, voting for the 2011 TWIM Awards ended yesterday. With something like 130 comments – many of them with plenty of votes – it was certainly a busy month for this site. As revenge for making me tally the votes up, I’m not going to announce the results until September. Mwhahaha!
Joking, of course ;) Let’s get started…
Best Mood Disorder Blog
Congratulations to WillFindHope from Behind the Façade for her victory in this popular category. We also have a number of runners-up: Eliana with But You Don’t Look Jewish, Madosphere legend Seaneen for The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive*, Moon Tree from Seeking Myself and Ruby’s My 13th Sad Day.
* Seaneen has a second – and probably much grander – reason to receive congratulations. So…well, congratulations!
Best Psychosis Blog
Best Personality Disorder Blog
One thing that is particularly good about all of these blogs is that they take stereotypes of and myths about borderline personality disorder, and destroy them. So, folks, thank you, and well done.
Best Eating Disorder Blog
I love all of these blogs. For your information, though, Clarissa talks about one of the less ‘accepted’ and recognised eating disorders (ie. binge eating disorder), so I’m glad that she got a place amongst our other two very worthy victors :)
Best DID Blog
Some of my favourite mentalist blogging is in this category, and I would commend all of the following to you. Our winner, a personal favourite, is CimmarianInk’s (formerly known as tai/tb0316)’s Living and Dealing with Bipolar Disorder, DID and Childhood Abuse. The runners-up are Astrid’s A Multitude of Musings, Faith’s inspiring Blooming Lotus, and my lovely fellow Norn Iron-er, Candycan and Co.
Best PTSD/Extreme Stress Blog
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting both our winner and runner-up, who are, respectively, Chaos and Control and Conversations With My Head. Both are brave, inspiring, wonderful women, though you don’t have to have met them to know that; it comes out in droves in their writing.
LittleFeet, of Chaos and Control, has recently had to privatise her blog. I am not party to the reasons, nor should I be, but I’m sure I speak for all of us when I wish her all the very best.
Best Anxiety Blog
Best Autistic Spectrum Disorder Blog
For the second year in a row (deservedly), our congratulations in this category go to the scholarly and analytical Astrid’s Journal.
Best Not Otherwise Specified Mental Health Blog
Ali Quant’s engaging commentary on a range of mental health issues – particularly, but not exclusively, self-harm – has earned her a winner’s place for Purple Noise.
Congratulations to the winners and runners-up above. Now let’s take a look at how polling went for the professional categories.
Best Nursing Blog
Stuart Sorensen’s Blog is our deserved winner here :)
Best Psychiatry Blog
Best Psychology Blog
I hadn’t come across any of these blogs before, but will be keeping an eye on them from now on
Best Therapy Blog
The Urban Worrier wins this category for her in-depth and entertaining (insofar as her circumstances allow) discussion of her experiences in a therapeutic community. She ties with a new but strong entrant, What a Shrink Thinks, who writes about her profession of psychotherapeutic social work.
Best Social Work Blog
Best Student Blog
Best Academic Blog
The perennial Neuroskeptic wins this category, for his continually fascinating analyses of neuroscientific and psychiatric issues. The runner-up is The Small Places, which is another blog that’s entirely new to me, but one that I will be following from now on.
Best Carer Blog
Well done to the new but popular Julie’s Mum for winning the ‘Best Carer’ award :)
So, then, the final set of awards!
Best Cartoon Blog
A very clear winner here was Therapy Tales, whose irreverent visual take on the therapeutic process has entertained many over the year. I particularly liked her “50 minute hour” clock and the map of psychotherapy.
Best New Blog
Well done, katieinwonderlandx! The Madosphere clearly loves this recent addition to the fraternity, because it wins this category :)
Mental Health Cop and Mental Health Talk were runners-up. I’m just familiarising myself with the latter, but it looks very interesting. The former is a genuinely insightful commentary on an issue within mental health circles that we rarely hear about.
Most Missed Blog
I think the reason that Mental Nurse didn’t win this category is due to the fact that Z is still writing similar material over at The Not So Big Society, and This Week in Mentalists – a staple of the late MN – is here. But I think it’s important to note that all of us that floated around it do miss it, and miss it dearly. I hope that this blog is, in a small way at least, a fitting legacy to it.
And that’s the end of the results! Very big congrats to our winners, runners-up and nominees. Be proud of yourselves.
Right, enjoy 2012, OK? I’m off back to bed to nurse my hangover.
What? What’s that you say, reader? Shiny thing? You didn’t seriously think I would sit down and make a shiny thing, did you? Get lost!
Oh, OK then *grumbles moans etc*
Anyway. That’s us! Well done again, folks, and I hope 2012 will turn out to be a wonderful year for all our readers.