It is now one year to the day since Dr Dork first appeared.
As can be seen from the first post, Dr Dork was originally created to enable easier commenting on other's blogs. The disclaimer was added later.
Dr Dork discovered the world of medical and health blogging late in 2005. Some of his early favourites were Intueri, Barbados Butterfly, Orac and the now sadly departed Shrinkette.
Dr Dork was unsure why he began blogging in the first place, but made an early attempt to synopsize his reasons. His reasons haven't changed, albeit he strayed a little towards the dark side after returning from his extended sojourn.
It has been good to follow the development of other bloggers, in particular those who began around the time of Dr Dork:
Dr Crippen of NHSBlogDoc is an entertaining, prolific writer who has grown into a powerful voice advocating NHS reform in the UK.
Dr Flea has also been leaping and bounding to new heights regularly, in particular penning a series of posts rationally discussing immunisation in children - notably at the risk of enraging the misguided zealots who troll the internet with the intent of flaming away rational discourse opposing their blinkered worldview.
And Shiny Happy Person, of Trick Cycling For Beginners, with whom Dr Dork feels much empathy. TrickCycling has, like Dr Dork, waxed and waned at times as it's author struggles with psychiatric illness. Dr Dork, with only unipolar dysfunction, has it comparatively easy.
As Dr Dork blows out his solitary candle, his wish is for a speedy recovery for Shiny Happy Person.