My bloggie friend Wendy over at Quarter Acre Lifestyle just nominated my blog for the Versatile Blogger Award.
Wendy is a fellow kiwi and has a great blog recording her almost self sufficient life-style – all done with humour, honesty and good intent! She blogs about her garden and random daily doings, reblogs interesting posts and also puts up really great recipes and links to healthy and yummy foods – I’ve squirreled away a few of her recipes now and am addicted to the great nut and seed loaf she introduced me to a few weeks back..
There are rules around these awards and I am copying and pasting from Wendy’s blog to ensure I do it all correctly 🙂
“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 displayed in the taking of them.
Honor those bloggers who bring something special to your life whether every day or only now and then.”
- Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
- Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
- Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. (I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
- Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
- Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.
So, I’ve said thank you, I’ve given you the link to Wendy’s blog – please do go and have a chat with her, she’s so lovely you won’t regret it.
I have to name 15 names – that’s a lot – I’ll leave it til last I think!
So, 7 things about myself:
I wanted to be a ballet dancer when I was a child, then I wanted to be an opera singer – I can do neither.
I love the ocean with a passion – but you probably knew that already.
I am an early bird, usually up by 5am, sometimes earlier, it’s such a beautiful time of day and it’s often my most creative time.
I love red boots – I love any colour boots!
I am a deep thinker who once took life too seriously.
I love all animals, but am essentially a cat person.
I love living alone.
I could do 15 of these!!
But now I need to find 15 bloggers to nominate for this award.
There’s an aspect to this that I am uncomfortable with because I do not want to miss out any of the people whose blogs I enjoy. And also, I know some bloggers do not accept these awards – I would have been one of them, but Wendy’s words changed my mind:
“I like doing it because it is acknowledgement to others that I really enjoy their blogs, it is a compliment. So…if you cannot for any reason accept your nomination please accept the compliment (nothing more needs to be done.) I enjoy all the blogs I read so if your name isn’t here know I do appreciate all of the ones I follow.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself! 🙂
I went through the list of blogs I follow and chose the blogs I read and enjoy regularly that meet my personal criteria of having substance, humour, honesty and interesting content.
Some are blogs I’ve been reading for as long as I’ve been blogging – others are newer friends, one is very new – but I made a connection! Some publish on a regular schedule, some are more like me and publish ad-hoc as and when the feeling takes them – others are quiet for a long time between posts – which makes them even more appreciated when they do reappear!
If I named you and you don’t accept these awards, I understand – just ignore it, but please do accept the compliment 🙂
And if I missed you, its only because I wasn’t allowed to list 16 blogs!
Teddy and Tottie http://teddyandtottie.com
A Random Harvest http://arandomharvest.wordpress.com
The Road to Serendipity http://theroadtoserendipity.wordpress.com
Life Is A Camino http://lifeisacamino.com
Gardening Nirvana http://gardeningnirvana.com
My Dogablog http://mydogablog.com/
Patricia Awapara Blog http://awapara.wordpress.com/
Junguemail Contessa http://junquemail.wordpress.com/
The Top 10 of Anything and Everything http://theverybesttop10.com/
Contadina K http://contadinak.wordpress.com/
Marking Our Territory http://markingourterritory.wordpress.com/
Thanks for coming by today, I love that you did! 🙂
Yay! Congratulations! It gap has been so fun to watch your blog grow! Well deserved 🙂
Thanks Kim – lovely to have you pop by again 🙂
Been slightly mia with some family sadness… but getting back into the swing 🙂
Congratulations on getting your award!
Thanks Tom, and thanks for the follow too 🙂
Thanks for your follow.
Your blog is great, congrats!
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Congratulations on your award and thank you for the kind compliment!
Dear Pauline, thank you so much. Monty and I are deeply honoured. Real life has run away with us recently, but we are still here, pinky-promise!! : ))xox
Just enjoy it – you don’t have to do anything more!! I love your blog and poems and photos and Monty and you 🙂
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Hi Pauline, I enjoyed reading a little bit more about you. I think it’s great being a deep thinker! Don’t we all at some point take life a bit too seriously? Age has a way of putting things in perspective for us. Enjoy your boots, especially your red ones!
Red is my favorite color:)
Thank you Elaine – it is wonderful to get some feedback on my little list. And nice too that you share more of yourself – red is a great colour!
I don’t have any red boots at the moment – am on the hunt though. I had red cowboy boots throughout the nineties, red suede boots in the early 2000’s, red multi-coloured suede boots were my last pair – they died a few years back and for ages I didn’t see any coloured boots – now they are back. Yay!!
Pauline, last evening I saw someone with lovely red boots and I paid her a compliment. She remarked that they were her “concert boots”. It’s nice to have a shoe tradition:-)
How wonderful is that! I am so on the hunt for my new pair of red boots …. you can never be too old right?
Congratulations to you and your lovely blog,myself I am a night owl 🙂 Annie
Which is probably why we are reading blogs at the same time – I’m here in the early morning and you are probably thinking about going to bed ……..
Right now it is 1pm 🙂
.and it was 8am Tuesday 26th here
Pauline, It is a great honor to be part of the nominees. I do appreciate it and will take the compliment with open arms.
I enjoyed reading the things about you. Thanks for sharing your feelings, thoughts and little secrets.
I also love red, the ocean and dancing!
A big hug! 😀
That’s my girl! 🙂 I had an immediate visual of you, those thick, lustrous, black curls flowing, dressed in red, head back laughing , dancing on the waves – just beautiful!!
Congratulations on your award lovely lady, very well deserved 🙂
Thank you AJ 🙂
🙂 Thankyou so much for my nomination. Huge hugs from Sidmouth Tassie where its blowing up a storm and looks like raining for the foreseeable future. I am racing in and outside to the bbq to monitor pizzas and cakes and all sorts of things (we don’t use an oven over summer) so I am doing my weeks exercise in one fell swoop. Your art is really lovely. I hadn’t checked your blog out I was that flat out studying! Consider that remedied and you are now safely tucked into my RSS Feed Reader so I won’t miss any of your wonderful, bright, gorgeous posts :).
Well, there’s a lovely compliment! You have no idea the images I have in my head of your life – now I’ve just added another one – I wish I could draw cartoons….. 🙂
Me too…If I could draw cartoons I would have a gazillion smart artistic “remarks” about our local politicians that I could sell to the papers ;). I am somewhat intrigued as to how you would draw Earl… If I was at ALL artistic (which I am not, alas…) I would draw Earl’s head popping up out of a large plant pot with dirt and a flower on top 🙂
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You’re so dear to include me on your list Pauline. Thank you for your compliment. I have a page at the Blog I will absolutely add your nomination and link it back to The Contented Crafted.
I like what you do there Boomdee – I did not know you had a whole page full of awards – good god it’s like the Oscars in there 🙂
LOL, you make me laugh!
Very nice 🙂
Congratualtions on your Versatile Award, Pauline. Very deserved 🙂 Pawkiss 🙂
Thanks hons! 🙂
Yes, you thoroughly deserve this nomination – your blog is marvellous – as are the comments you leave on other blogger’s posts! I’m so pleased to have found you through the gorgeous Gardening Nirvana and Boomdeeadda! Also thanks for pointing me towards Wendy’s lovely blog – I am now following her as well. And a million thanks for nominating me for the versatile blogger award! We’ve only recently blog-met so I feel very honoured indeed! As well as introducing me to Wendy’s blog, you have opened up a whole new blogging world for me with your other 14 nominations – some I’ve followed for a long while and others I’ve never had the pleasure of visiting – so I shall do that now! Thanks heaps! Dani x
Thank you Dani – sometimes you meet new people and it’s an instantaneous ‘fit’. I am sure that anybody who pops in to meet you will stay a while and chat 🙂
Thank you so, so much for nominating me for this award Pauline, most people dismiss them as nothing but not me, I really appreciate them and understand that anyone can say your blog is cool, but when someone who already has a cool blog says it, that makes it extra special. So thanks and I will follow the rules and add it to my site as soon as I can.
I nominated you for several reasons – 1] I appreciate that you publish every day – that is real love and dedication to the craft of blogging. 2] You make me smile at least once a week and usually much more often than that and it is important to smile at least once a day 🙂 3] My education in random facts and odd happenings world wide has been much improved since following your blog 🙂
4] I like the way you respond to your commenters. 5] I’m a cat lover, you feed that 🙂 So thank you Russell, and I’m pleased you enjoyed your award!