I see the results of the Australian Blog Awards have just been published at Keks (Vlado). Troppo Armadillo did quite well, despite the fact that I didn’t even know the awards existed and therefore missed the opportunity to engage in surreptitious lobbying or vote-stacking. Troppo won the best collaborative blog award, beating a hot field including Spin Starts Here, Catallaxy Files and Ubersportingpundit.
We also won best NT blog, which isn’t such a great feat considering there seems to be only one other NT political blog in existence, and I didn’t even know about it either until now. Actually, there’s a respectable argument that Troppo really isn’t even a Northern Territory blog any more. Wayne, Jen and I are the only NT-based contributors. Wayne and I are both fairly infrequent posters these days, and Jen seems to have decided to aspire to another writing project instead. The great bulk of Troppo’s content these days emanates from Mark Bahnisch who lives in Queensland, Don Arthur who used to live in WA (and may still for all I know), Scott who lives in South Australia, and less frequent posts from Geoff Honnor, Wendy James and Sophie Masson all of whom live in New South Wales*. But who am I to look a gift horse in the mouth?
The overall best blog award went to Reasons You Will Hate Me (a blog I seldom read) ahead of Tim Dunlop’s consistently excellent Road to Surfdom. It seems fairly clear, however, that the voting readership for these awards was heavily skewed to the left, as demonstrated not only by the winners list but by the fact that Tim Blair was in a strong second place for the main award on primary votes but only ran fourth after distribution of preferences. Moreover, quality and/or popular right-leaning blogs like Currency Lad, Al Bundy and Professor Bunyip apparently didn’t figure in the nominations at all. I’m tempted to observe that, just as Australian Idol winners reflect little more than the tastes of pre-pubescent girls, so these awards mostly reflect the tastes of young lefties with too much time on their hands. But I mustn’t be churlish. Hang on, I just was. Then again, I’m relaxed and comfortable about being middle-aged and grumpy.
*Not to mention Stephen Hill, who still posts occasionally but whose State of residence is unknown to me, and Roop Sandhu, who doesn’t (but emailed me a couple of days ago) and also lives in New South Wales (or did last time I saw him).