FLASHBACK: “Blog of the Year NA Confidential’s press release takes third straight top press release award in its own competition.”

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Headline: “This is the fifth time in the past nine years that the News and Tribune has been designated Newspaper of the Year for CNHI.”

I can’t believe it’s been five+ years since CNHI’s “homer” awards annoyed me enough to comment. Gadzooks, I may be maturing or something. Let’s revisit the acrimony (in 2013 and 2014).

March 26, 2013

NA Confidential press release takes third straight top press release award in its own competition.

1117 EAST SPRING STREET NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION — NA Confidential was named Blog of the Year for the third consecutive year in the Best of NA Confidential blogging competition for 2012.

The blog — with offices in the aging laptop belonging to the senior editor — competed in the “Only New Albany Blog That Matters” category, which is the only category awarded, and was honored by itself for comprehensive coverage of the devastating errors found in CNHI publications based locally but owned from afar. Individually honored in the “only New Albany blog that matters” category were Bluegill, who was named Junior Editor of the Year in his most recent year at the blog, and Senior Editor Roger A. Baylor, who was named polemicist of the year for the third time in the past four years of voting for himself after precluding other entrants.

NA Confidential received praise from a team of NA Confidential judges for “breadth of coverage, strong photography and initiative” in everyday news and civics coverage, but especially in the aftermath of the latest offenses against taste and decency committed by the CNHI publication based locally but owned from afar, which dreadfully bored readers in Floyd County, Clark County and surrounding areas, according to an NAC news release.

“During the CNHI publication’s reign of terrors, I watched as our reporters, photographers and designers did some incredible work documenting a horrific time in this area’s journalism history,” said NA Confidential’s Roger A. Baylor. “They went about their business as clock-punchers, but what really struck me at first read, though, was how everyone did their work with such devotion to posting Bible proverbs.”

“Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a pop-ad to foist on unsuspecting on-line readers.”

Baylor, who has worked in blogging for 10 years and in five states of booze-addled consciousness, added, “The residents of Clark and Floyd counties are served by some of the best and brightest producers of birdcage lining anywhere in the country. I’m so happy for the parakeets able to use that as a target and for their aviaries.”

The NA Confidential blog has won Blog of the Year each year a competition has been held for itself, run by itself, and with nary a merger in sight.

NA Confidential serves more than 130 readers housed in at least 23 separate New Albany street addresses. The annual Best of NA Confidential recognizes the individual and collective works of the company’s two contributors and sole voters.

December 10, 2014

NA Confidential wins “General Cantankerousness” at HSBA awards in Birdseye.

There wasn’t an award for Best Twitter Parody.


NA Confidential won 12 awards — including General Cantankerousness in its division — at the 48th weekly Hoser State Blog Association Foundation Better Blogging Awards on Saturday at the No Tell Motel in Birdseye.

General Cantankerousness is based on the number of welts administered.

I’m really proud that the great work of the NA Confidential staff was recognized by our bile judges,” said Editor Roger A. Baylor. “Winning General Cantankerousness shows the depths to which we’ll descend to match what other chain photographers, reporters, designers and editors produce every day, and we’re excited to win six first-place HSBA Foundation awards. It’s one of our best showings in the weekly contest in my nine relatively sober months of paying scant attention to awards.”

NA Confidential competes in division four against blogs of similar size:

Freedom to Screech
Kitchen Linoleum
Laryngitis of the People

But in the spirit of déjà vu … haven’t we been here before?

Why yes, we have. Let’s return to March 26, 2013 …

NA Confidential press release takes third straight top press release award in its own competition.

The NA Confidential blog has won Blog of the Year each year a competition has been held for itself, run by itself, and with nary a merger in sight.

NA Confidential serves more than 130 readers housed in at least 23 separate New Albany street addresses. The annual Best of NA Confidential recognizes the individual and collective works of the company’s two contributors and sole voters.

Although Bluegill was a bit annoyed.

I’m just bummed NAC didn’t snag a web design award this year. The site template it shares with so many others couldn’t be any more innovative and effective, even if the person at Blogger HQ who actually designed it tried really, really hard. I’m proud to work with them.

No biggie. We’ll keep calm and carry on as the New Albany blog no one reads.

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