I was honoured to receive a nomination for the Versatile Blogger Award first from the lovely Norah Colvin and then because I’m late posting out my own nominations, a second time from Teagan Kearney ! Thank you Norah and Teagan – For someone who loves variety, this award feels particularly special, and exciting to pass onto some fantastic bloggers who have posts to suit my mood whenever I browse their blogs.
I was delighted to find WordPress actually run a site for this award, to provide a central locale for the winners and maintain the rules, which are:
- Thank the person who gave you this award.
- Include a link to their blog.
- Next, select 15 excellent blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
- Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award – include a link to this site.
- Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.
When you consider nominating a fellow blogger for the Versatile Blogger Award, consider the quality of the writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered, the level of love displayed in the words on the virtual page. Or, of course, the quality of the photographs and the level of love
I’ve tried hard to nominate people who haven’t already had this award and one or two of these people may have slipped through my net, but hey, if you’re good, you’re good and I want the world to know I think so too! I was gutted to find Teagan had beaten me to some of my absolute favourites Charli Mills, Ruby McConnell, Tui Snider, Ellen Mulholland ! I should have been quicker off the mark – More lessons in procrastination..
Please take some time to visit these great blogs and have a read around – I promise you there’s something for everyone on all of them!
Tracey Scott Townsend at Traces in Time
Geoff LePard at Tangental
Suzanne at Wanton Word Flirt
Julie Jordan Scott at Julie Unplugged
Carol Hedges at Carol Hedges
Andrea Cypress Straw at Luna Matrix
Prem Rao at Prem Rao – Stories from a Story Teller
Morgan Dragonwillow at Morgan Dragonwillow
Marlene Herself at In Search of it All
Sarah Brentyn at Rants About Parenting
Glen Shorey at Adventures of Wheelchair Boy
Elizabeth Ducie at Elizabeth’s Page
Sherrey Meyer at Sherrey Meyer
Saphia Moore at Top of the Tent
Maureen Helen at Maureen Helen
OK, so here goes with:
7 Things About Me
- I’ve always loved thrills and novelty (life without adrenalin is DULL!)
- I push myself to do things that challenge me (I took up rock climbing to conquer a fear of heights – I gave it up after fracturing my neck in an avalanche)
- I don’t eat meat or drink milk, but I eat sustainable fish and my own hens’ eggs.
- I’m an ambivert – smack bang in the middle of you introverts and extraverts.
- I am genuinely ‘Open-Minded’. (We all like to think we are but I am in the upper quartile on the psychometric scale for this one – On the other hand, let’s not discuss ‘Conscientiousness’..!)
- I love animals, birds, trees and all things we share the planet with and am suspicious of people who don’t.
- I believe the greatest gift and honour you can give or receive is listening to someone else’s meaning – And I see sharing these blogs as going a little way towards doing that.
June 12, 2014 at 7:39 pm
Thank you for this nomination, Lisa, I am highly honoured! And I believe I’ve met the challenge. Indeed the biggest part of it was in nominating 15 others. I’ve spent a good part of the afternoon checking out other blogs, so it has at least broadened my horizons.
June 12, 2014 at 8:44 pm
It’s no quick task but a lovely way for all of us to ‘meet’ new bloggers! You highlight some really interesting new blogs here. I’m looking forward to exploring them all! And congratulations! Your posts tick all sorts of boxes for me as you know!
June 9, 2014 at 8:27 pm
Lisa, I’ll forgive you for the duplicates. Nice that we are thinking along the same lines. Glad you got round to posting. Your list is scary – no thrills for me, thank you.
June 9, 2014 at 9:10 pm
Thanks Anne – it had been a long day!
June 9, 2014 at 8:01 pm
Oh my goodness, thank you Lisa! I feel honored! 🙂
June 9, 2014 at 9:09 pm
You’re welcome Cypress! I’m still singing “Beds are Burning” thanks to your San Diego on Fire post and now trying to feminise the River Nidd into a name for a goddess ! Xx
June 9, 2014 at 7:20 pm
Thanks for the blog list Lisa. Looking forward to a little blog-hopping soon. Just wondering how you find time to do it all though!
June 9, 2014 at 7:23 pm
I’m realising that I don’t! This particular post took hours to pull together, checking whether people had already been nominated and then linking to them all and posting tags on their blogs. In future I’ll keep it smaller – I need to be writing more!
June 9, 2014 at 1:13 am
You have done a mighty job with this post. Thanks for sharing these seven wonderful things about yourself, and the fifteen bloggers to check out. You are very brave and i admire you for it – thrill seeking, sky diving and rock climbing. Don’t like the sound of your avalanche injury! I have never done the roller coaster, thrill-seeking thing. My excuse is that life is always so thrilling I don’t need to do that. But if I was really being honest, fear probably plays a big part. I’m with you on 4, 5, 6 and 7. I love the term ‘ambivert’. It’s better than saying I’m a Gemini. I like to think I’m reasonably open-minded. Sometimes I need to be challenged to see that perhaps I am just one of the ones who think it, but I agree wholeheartedly with number 7. Well done, Lisa. And thank you for sharing! 🙂
June 9, 2014 at 6:41 am
Thanks Norah – It’s an unfortunate thing that we become increasingly ‘conservative’ with increasing age. I’m fighting hard not to run on auto-pilot with my thinking and opinions!
PS Are you a Gemini, too?
June 9, 2014 at 8:47 am
I know what you mean. A few challenges to the thinking now and then is a good thing. And yes, I am a Gemini – 18th. You too?
June 9, 2014 at 9:57 am
Yes 31st May.. And I think Charli might just make it in too!
June 9, 2014 at 10:01 am
I hope you had a wonderful birthday. I have two family members with birthdays that day – a nephew, and my grandchildren’s other grandfather (if that makes sense). I do remember Charli mentioning her birthday. We should have had a big Twitter party for all three! 🙂
June 8, 2014 at 11:49 pm
Love your 7 points, Lisa, especially 1 & 7 which is beautifully expressed. Looks like I’ll be adding some exciting new blogs to my reading list as well!
June 9, 2014 at 6:52 am
Thanks for the nomination again Teagan – It’s interesting what you find out about other people when you give a little of yourself.. I’ve really enjoyed it 😊
June 8, 2014 at 8:09 pm
Thanks, again, for the award, Lisa!
Your seven things are awesome (and sound very familiar…especially 2, 4, and 6). I guess I’ll take down my “afraid of heights so went skydiving” one. 😉
June 8, 2014 at 8:16 pm
No! I love it. I find it amazing I’m drawn to people through blogs and Twitter and end up having unusual things in common – it shows how much of ourselves must come through the written word 😊
June 8, 2014 at 8:23 pm
So true. Quite a few things you’ve written have amazed me because they are so similar to me or something I’ve experienced/written. My husband said I have a twin.
I feel like some will take this the wrong way so I don’t say it (often) but I don’t trust people who don’t like animals and treat them well. Actually, all living things on our planet. I find animals much more pleasant than most people. 😉 My cousin always says, “If half the people I met were as nice as my dog, the world would be a better place.”
June 8, 2014 at 8:27 pm
When I’ve got time – I’ll dig out the research that supports that gut instinct..!
June 8, 2014 at 5:44 pm
Oh my goodness. What a way to start a Sunday morning. I am so honored you selected me. I just don’t ever know what to do with the awards. I’ve tried to copy and paste them on my site but it never works so I just stopped accepting them. It also shows me I need to read more of many different blogs. As soon as I finally get settled, that will be on the top of my to – do list. I so appreciate you reading as I tend to wonder if I have anything worthy of offering.
June 8, 2014 at 8:11 pm
Hi Marlene – No pressure to conform from me, although 7 interesting facts we might not guess about you would still be interesting to hear! Meanwhile, just in case you’re still “In search of…” help sticking a blog award onto your widget bar on WordPress – I found the instructions in the following post were really helpful. I printed it off and went step by step and got there first time. Good luck with your move, Lisa xx
June 8, 2014 at 8:23 pm
Thank you so much Lisa!! I’ll give it a try later today when I can’t move anymore. Clearing out garage to storage or house has been an arduous process, but I have help today. Yay! I will come up with a list of facts for you in the quiet moments this evening Moving is exciting, but sooo much work. 🙂
June 8, 2014 at 8:25 pm
Hi Marlene – No rush, honestly – some folks take weeks over it (as I have! 😁), so please put your feet up and come back when your dust has settled! Lx
June 8, 2014 at 5:36 pm
Blimey. Anne G did me the same honour last week and, as I said to her, are you sure? I’ve been blogging for the length of a flea’s fart so Is it versatility or some sort of Irritable Blog Syndrome? (sorrow for the scatological allusions) You are so very kind and lovely and stuff and I accept but with a caveat – as I said to Anne, I think I need to wait a while before I nominate 15 bloggers. I’m teasing my way into the blogging community; I still feel a little like a little boy knocking on a strange door and then running away. So many of the people I follow are on your or Anne’s lists already which leaves me with about three left (and two of those have my surname). I will give both you and Anne a shout in a post with a huge thank you; I will do the seven things. But can the other bit slip by perhaps? Do the rules allow for delay?
June 8, 2014 at 7:15 pm
Damn! Did she get there first! I tried to avoid too many double entries but the 15 nominees is indeed the biggest challenge of this award. I have ‘work’ to do as well as read blogs and it is sometimes hard to keep up with my favourites! Nevertheless – perhaps you could answer in part now, with 7 interesting things about you?! No doubt you’d have me in fits as usual – P-lease !
June 8, 2014 at 8:16 pm
Geoff: 😀 I’d always wondered how long the length of a flea’s fart was so thank you for that. I’ve been searching through your blog to see your award post–it’s more difficult than it sounds.
Lisa: Anne also honored me last week but like you (and Geoff) I’ve procrastinated a bit. Also, it’s a bit intimidating (although Geoff’s “I still feel a little like a little boy knocking on a strange door and then running away” is a much better way to describe it). I’m getting to it ASAP. My seven things should be up soon. The fifteen bloggers may take some more time.
June 8, 2014 at 8:22 pm
Took me about 4 hours to prepare with all those links – shh – don’t tell anyone I said so but if you can’t find 15 people just do a few. It’s supposed to be fun !
June 9, 2014 at 10:56 pm
Lisa, I neglected to comment on your seven items; how interesting to see how you pushed yourself out of your comfort zone. I’m sure you don’t go rummaging around my blog so you may not have seen the poem of my father’s I posted, written in 145 jut before his first parachute jump. He was 18, much the same age as you in that cute photo. Any similar sentiments? http://geofflepard.wordpress.com/2014/06/08/dads-letters-may-to-august-1945/
June 10, 2014 at 10:29 am
Waiting to ’emplane’ – thanks for another new word – I chose to go first so I didn’t have to wait as long as whoever went last. On those small planes with a tail prop they stop the engine for you to get out – so you don’t get caught in the slipstream and the prop. I wouldn’t have wanted to be left inside hoping the engine would start again!
(And everyone else was grateful I volunteered to go first!!)
June 8, 2014 at 4:30 pm
You’re awesome, Lisa! Keep going strong 🙂 (thanks for the shout out!)
June 8, 2014 at 4:50 pm
Shame Teagan got there first – I need to be quicker off the mark!
June 8, 2014 at 12:41 pm
I am delighted and thrilled that you have nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award, Lisa. Thank you!
June 8, 2014 at 1:20 pm
Most deserved Maureen! Please let me know when you have 7 more things to reveal about yourself!
June 8, 2014 at 10:29 am
You can see why I love her !
June 8, 2014 at 10:33 am
Sobbing in the kitchen ! Thank you xxx