Over the years, some of my blog posts have been referenced in research papers and this has been pretty exciting for me to learn. It also tells me that discriminating readers can tell the difference between good and bad content, whether it is written on paper or social media. But, blogs and other social media have received a nod that confirms the value of content for research purposes.
The US National Library of Medicine is building an online archive of Web content as part of its mission to collect, preserve, and make available to the public materials that provide information in medicine and public health, and document their histories. They recognize that blog content can be "scholarly biomedical literature" and the resources illustrative of "a diversity of philosophical and cultural perspectives not found in the technical literature." Their web collecting initiative to preserve health-related blogs and other media began last year.
I'm really pleased, and honored, to say that my blog is now being added to the collection and archive -- making it available to a much broader research audience. The company I'm keeping there is impressive and includes some clinicians, but also patients.
I encourage you to check out the collection and to not be afraid of referencing your favorite posts in your next paper or report.