Monday, June 2, 2008

MS Bloggers Gaining Exposure

Every once in a while, I like to check out where Brass and Ivory falls on The World's Top Blogs on Health and Medicine.

Six months ago, my blog was listed as #544 when it was a baby 3-months old. Well, baby, we've come a long way.

Today Brass and Ivory is coming in at a respectable #170.
The ranking is calculated on a multi-metric algorithm based on a combination of four sources:
  • Google Page Rank (0-10)
  • Bloglines Subscriptions (1-20)
  • Technorati Authority (1-30)
  • eDrugSearch special score (1-10)
Currently, Brass and Ivory has a score of 24 giving it that rank of #170.

Thank you for your continued readership and for helping Brass and Ivory rise through the ranks.

How have you helped, you ask? Here's how...
  • You have subscribed to the RSS feed using Bloglines.
  • You have linked to Brass and Ivory from your own blog.
  • You have been kind and encouraging which makes me want to continue on.
Today, I noticed that some of our MS colleagues have submitted their blogs and are also included on the's Top Blogs list.

Diane of A Stellarlife checks in with a score of 21 and a rank of #252.

Anne of Disabled Not Dead has a score of 16 and ranks at #465.

Keli of Reality Chick has a score of 15 and ranks at #492.

Jaime of My MS Journal also scores 15 and has a rank of #509.

Pb of The Multiple Sclerosis Companion scores 13 and ranks #619.

Mark of Mark and MS has a score of 9 and ranks #731.

It's wonderful to no longer be the only MS Blogger included on this visible list. As we continue to discuss issues of living with multiple sclerosis, living with chronic illness, and living with insufficient resources and financial coverage, perhaps others will take notice and we can get some beneficial changes made in health policy and public education initiatives.

In the meantime, I was going to discuss a certain press release which appeared early this morning. You may have heard something about a drug which is supposed to help us MSers to walk faster and feel stronger.

Since you can read the press release on no less than three other 'MS blogs', I'm not going to regurgitate that. But I have been doing a lot of extra reading on the matter and will share with you what I have found very soon. So please stay tuned.


  1. Congratulations, Lisa! That's awesome!!

    I haven't heard yet of the drug to which you're referring. I hope that you share some info :) Obviously, I don't read the other three blogs that give the press release...

    I love your blog. Keep it coming!!

  2. Gee Lisa, I didn't even KNOW! Thanks for, er, telling me. They must be coming in as spam to me.

  3. Thanks Shawna. I'll tell ya all about that drug soon. There a better story than just positive Phase III results. But it might stir up some "ugh!!" and "aargh!" from the reading audience.

    Diane. I guess if you didn't know ANYTHING about the list then somebody else must have submitted your URL for ya. It's not really like you would be getting any mail or nuthin, but you might draw some extra traffic from it. Anyway I think it's kinda cool.

  4. Congratulations to you and the other MS Bloggers! I enjoy this blog because you are always informative and insightful without harsh opinion one way or the other...a breath of fresh air.

    Linda D. in Seattle

  5. this is very cool! but will you still love us little people? :>)

    i owe ya tons of comments so i better start now!

  6. lisa did you get an invitation to join wellsphere? just got this letter from some doctor...just wanted to know if it was a good thing or not. i can email you the letter to show you. i bet you got one too. i am just always a little wary and wanted to know if you knew anything about it.