Versatile Blogger Award!

versatile-blogger-award-picA few weeks ago, fellow blogger D.L. Kamstra very kindly nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award – thank you Dana!  I’ve been meaning to find time ever since then to create my post and pay-it-forward on the goodwill.  At last, I’m getting to it.  By the way, Dana’s blog is lovely; quite new (it’s only been going 3 or 4 months), it’s a gentle and open-hearted meander through her experiences as a novice writer.

The idea with the award and others like it is that you link back to the blogger who nominated you, then forward to any number of nominated blogs, and you also offer up a few snippets of information about yourself.  It’s about getting people to look at blogs they might otherwise not encounter, I guess.

Here are the rules for the Versatile Blogger award:

  • Display the Award Certificate on your blog
  • Write a post and link back to the blogger who nominated you
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers (ahem… 10 – see below)
  • Inform them of their nomination via comment on their blog
  • Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

I know not everybody subscribes to the whole blogging award thing, but I look upon it as an opportunity to share some of the blogs I find interesting with others – and what could possibly be bad about that? I’m going to propose some new ones here, which didn’t feature in my earlier post, when I got nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award. The award specifies 15 nominations but I think that’s a bit OTT, so I’ve restricted myself to 10, because that seemed quite enough…  I haven’t just plucked them out of thin air either – these are all blogs I follow and enjoy.  So here we go – I’ve aimed for variety in my recommendations, so I hope there’s something there to inspire you.

My nominations for the Versatile Blogger Award are:

  • http://authordylanhearn.wordpress.com/Suffolk Scribblings – Dylan has just published his first novel – a cracking dystopian political thriller – and he blogs about his experience as a writer, stay-at-home father and rural resident in a lovely light-touch style.
  • http://armitageagonistes.wordpress.com/Armitage Agonistes – This is my first experience of ‘fandom’ blogging and whilst I wouldn’t class myself as a fan follower, I love how Perry handles her subject, as it were, and manages the whole fan blogging thing.
  • http://ninamishkin.com/The Getting Old Blog – Nina is erudite and full of wisdom and she writes beautifully about the good things in life.
  • http://singlechicksblog.com/Single Chicks Blog – Two girls with a wry take on being single – I love it!
  • http://thebettermanprojects.com/The Better Man Project – Evan beautifully expresses his thoughts, ideas and learnings on how to be a better… person.
  • http://eliglasman.com/Eli Glasman – Eli writes from the heart about his life as a writer coping with Crohn’s Disease.
  • http://reiterreport.wordpress.com/The Reiter Report – Thorsten writes thoughtfully about big issues which impact us all…. life, the universe, and everything.
  • http://colombiadiaries.wordpress.com/Colombia Diaries – The author writes a fascinating blog about her family’s travels around Colombia whilst dealing with debilitating chronic illness.
  • http://linklater2020.wordpress.com/Reflections – A gentle photographic blog reflecting life through images of much-loved possessions at home.
  • http://wordsavant.wordpress.com/Word Savant – Jane blogs about the creative process, freeing the writer within, and the challenges of becoming a writer.

The Versatile Blogger Award wants to know seven interesting things about me.  The above mentioned One Lovely Blog Award also required that I offer up seven interesting things about me, and I duly complied – you can judge for yourself the degree of ‘interest’ if you click back to the post.  That there might be fourteen interesting things about me is something, quite frankly, I doubt. So prepare to be not very interested in the following additional seven:

  1. In 1979 I was ‘married’ in the car park of a motorway service station, by a salesman from the RAC. My boyfriend (who subsequently became my real and actual husband a few years later) and I were travelling off on holiday in an ancient and fragile Ford Escort. In order to purchase rescue/recovery insurance to cover both of us driving the car, in those more moralistic times, we had to be married. As we weren’t, the man from the RAC helpfully obliged us with a brief ceremony – perhaps about 20 seconds long – as I imagine he did several times a day to other unwed couples, in enthusiastic pursuit of his sales quota.  He did well for the RAC, as I’m still with them.
  2. My 5 favourite films are, in no particular order, The Big Chill, The Shawshank Redemption, The Lake House, Source Code and The Lives of Others. I make no apology for The Lake House – I love it, and that’s that.
  3. I’m a fan of the paperback.  I love audiobooking and I think Kindle is brilliant, especially when you want to take a suitcase full of books on holiday. But if I enjoy a book, I need to possess it in its physical form.  I blogged about this here a while back – two years ago today, as it happens.  What this means is I often double-up.  If I’ve enjoyed an audiobook or a Kindle read, I will buy the paperback, simply to have it on my bookshelves, and re-enjoy the words.
  4. I take my coffee strong, black and absent of any sweetener.  I’m a sucker for the UK’s Costa Coffee franchise and I even blogged about the pleasure of going to my local Costa Coffee here.
  5. I’m a theatre junkie.  I don’t venture into the West End (of London) very often as it’s a miserable experience and theatre ticket prices are off-the-scale.  My venue of choice these days is the beautiful Richmond Theatre close to London, but I also frequent one or two other regional theatres.  Productions I’ve enjoyed recently include the spellbinding Ballet Boyz, 1984, RSC’s production of Julius Caesar performed by an all-black cast, September in the Rain, Blue/Orange and The Judas Kiss.
  6. I watch too much TV. If I have a spare Sunday afternoon, I like nothing more than curling up on the sofa with an old Columbo movie or catching up on one of my too-many guilty pleasures – The Voice, Dancing on Ice – yes, I know, I know…
  7. The most practical, valuable, indispensable, stress-reducing and life-enhancing gadget I own is this spider-catcher. I have nothing more to add.
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Author: Jools

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13 thoughts on “Versatile Blogger Award!”

  1. Well done on your nomination Jools – and thank you for mine! There were certainly times on my Colombian travels when I could have done with the spider catcher, provided there’s no maximum size for those you intend to incarcerate!

    1. My spider catcher catches almost everything, except the extra big-and-juicy ones who seem to cling on to the rim and refuse to let the suction get the better of them. It’s better for them if they give in though, as they get to go back in the flowerbed where they belong!

  2. Congratulations Jool on Your Versatile Blogger Award, and many thanks for nominating my blog. I’m thrilled to be in such great company and I look forward to looking at all ten nominations. If anyone wants to know “who I’m wearing” as I accept this award, I can only tell you “what” I’m wearing – my nightgown.

    1. I love it… I too am known to blog in dressing gown and slippers – guaranteed to get me into the ‘fashion faux pas’ pages!

  3. The tarantula-sized specimen we met in San Agustin might have been more than a match for the spider catcher, but Rocio quickly dispatched it with several blows of a tree branch while I stood trembling and quaking. Your spider catcher is more humane!

    1. Ugh to your experience! Humane it may be, but not because I care for the spider, but for my own sanity and safety’s sake. The alternative being the poor creepy would get clobbered with a pile of newspapers and magazines dropped from a great height (ie, me standing on the sofa).

  4. Many congratulations on your award, Jools. It has been (and I’m sure will continue to be) a pleasure reading your blog. I have to say that I am a little disappointed that in your guilty tv pleasures you didn’t mention a certain swashbuckling series… 😉 I love the fact that Source Code is one of your favourite films. Duncan Jones is a really talented director. Have you seen Moon? It’s a little different in pace to Source Code but it’s a wonderful film (plus is has some thematic similarities to Second Chance).

    Thank you for nominating my blog; I am extremely flattered. I usually don’t take part in these type of awards but you have reminded me that it is beyond time for me to post about some of the blogs I love to follow, so I may do something similar to pass on the love (you can be very persuasive).

    1. Dylan… take part in the award or not, it does not matter; but pass on the love, pass on the love… 🙂 As for guilty pleasures, I have far, far too many to mention them all, those lusty swashbucklers included. Source Code is one of those films that I would never have spotted in the schedule and chosen to watch. I stumbled across it as it was starting and it pulled me in within its first moments – talk about getting right into the action! But it’s a very clever premise and a riveting film, don’t you think? I’ve watched it 2 or 3 times now and love it each time. I’ve not seen Moon, but will look out for it.

  5. Congratulations on this well deserved recognition Jools !
    Though touched by your suggestion I am not really an awards kind of person, so will have to decline the offer I’m afraid. But I will certainly look out a number of those interesting new blogs you list- which I guess is the point behind the whole thing anyway 🙂
    The spider catcher looks great, though I notice a (possibly ominous?) silence from both advertiser and yourself about what happens next after the spider has been safely sucked into that tube… 🙂

    1. It’s no problem, I completely understand. I know many people have no interest in blogging awards. I think, having done two, I won’t do any more myself. But I have enjoyed giving some of the blogs I enjoy a little additional exposure – and yes, that’s rather the point, so I hope you find something of interest in my list of blogs. As for the spider-catcher, once you have sucked the little critter into the tube, you pop on a stopper, before safely carrying said nastie outside and dumping them unceremoniously in the flowerbed, back where they belong. It beats getting squashed with a rolled-up Radio Times, I guess. 🙂

  6. Congratulations on your award from me as well. And thank you so much for the honor you paid The Getting Older Blog. I’m really glad you enjoy it. (It’s hard to tell sometimes who is reading and who isn’t because not everyone who reads and enjoys a post, including me, always remembers to click “like.”) So I really and truly appreciate your including me in your ten Versatile Bloggers list. Although I don’t know about that “erudite” business! I may, however, decide to pass on paying it forward. I’ve already gone through that process with The Shauny Award, and although it took me a lot of time, almost all of the ten bloggers I then identified — who I still enjoy following, by the way — let it drop. Let me think about it for a bit. (And think about what 7 interesting things about me I could identify that I haven’t already covered in my all-over-the-place blog!) But again, thank you thank you. I enjoy following your blog, too!

    1. I know how the blogging awards thing works – if everyone who was awarded one completed the pay-it-forward component, we would all be overwhelmed on a daily basis with awards processing, I’m certain of it. So please don’t worry. I’ve already decided I won’t be doing any more, should they come my way, simply because of the time it consumes. Two is enough! But it’s still nice to be recognised, and it’s fun to see other people finding blogs they might not otherwise have discovered. As for the ‘interesting things’ aspect, I remember being blindsided every time I went on training course, where delegates were asked (nay, required) to furnish ‘one surprising fact’ or ‘something nobody knows about you’. Age doesn’t seem to mitigate the trauma of this one!

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