The Versatile Blogger Award!

Up until I was nominated, I’d never actually heard of the Versatile Blogger Award, so it was a lovely surprise to be put forward…  Yes, there’s a strategic philosophy behind it, namely to increase traffic and broaden blog readerships, but still, out of all the trillions of blogs out there someone saw fit to credit mine with the title and for that, GuernseyGirl, I thank you.

Now apparently, there are a couple of things I have to do as a recipient – firstly, to reveal seven random things about myself that I’ve never previously mentioned and secondly, nominate 15 other blogs to also receive the award.

So, here goes with the random facts:

1. I’ve never learnt how to ride a bike because as a child I was never allowed to go near one.  Such contraptions were deemed far too dangerous by my mother – I know, I haven’t lived!

2. When I was nine I began learning to play the cello – an instrument that was almost as tall as I was, making transporting it here and there somewhat difficult.  Yes, I am of the generation that had to walk to and from school everyday.

3. Having always had a crush on John Barnes, when I randomly spotted him in the same bar as me one particular evening I actually hyperventilated at the sight of him. 

4. Unfortunately, I’m scared of heights – a condition that left me clinging like a limpet to the side of Pen-y-Ghent when I attempted to reach its summit and yes, it was my idea to go up there in the first place.

5. I was elected as Head Girl at secondary school, which I thought was something of an honour until I was told it was merely a token title… all the important stuff falling into the Head Boy’s remit.  And people wonder why I turned into a feminist.

6. Although I became a natural blonde I was actually born with Jet Black hair.  This coupled with my lovely dark skin, left my mother wondering if she’d actually been given the wrong baby.

7. Now I thought long and hard about revealing this one as it’s probably the most embarrassing thing about me. In fact, I can already hear the sniggers!  My middle name is ‘Doreen’…  Parents can be so cruel, can’t they?

Anyways, now I’ve got that out of the way you’ll have to tune in next time to find out who I think deserves to also wear The Versatile Blogger badge, as I need to go and pour myself a rather stiff drink…

Never in my life have I ever admitted to revelation number 7!


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14 responses to “The Versatile Blogger Award!

  1. Good for you, Suzie. Isn't it liberating confessing things that you've never spoken of before? I look forward to seeing whose blogs you recommend. Cheers from one writer to another…Marilyn

  2. Thanks for dropping by, Marilyn. And for the nomination in the first place. I did actually enjoy writing this post, although if I'm honest, I don't think the embarassment of my middle name will ever leave me! x

  3. I can think of many worse middle names than Doreen. I think it was worse not letting you ride a bike. You missed a big part of childhood there. I had a second-hand bike and taught myself to ride it. Lots of scapes and cuts learning but worth it. I hate you missed that.I'm afraid of heights, too–don't do glass elevators or escalators but I did fly in a small Cessna–gripping the console the whole way.Loved your blog and wish you all the best.

  4. Hi, Sarah.Thanks for your kind words. And, oh, how I wanted to learn the whole two wheel thing as a child! I think the dangerous bike thing is responsible for me being a scaredy cat full stop, lol x

  5. I started to learn the cello at age 9 as well. At first I had a 1/4 size one, moving up to 1/2 size about a year later, before finally graduating to lugging around the big daddy.I gave up 4 years later as I never could manage the art of vibrato, amongst other things. Do you still play?Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Hi, Charlotte.It's such a nice instrument to listen to, isn't it? Like you, I only stayed with it for a few years – I was 12 when I stopped with the lessons. Although I did have a go at learning to play the Saxophone when I was well into my 20s, but by then I was too old really – my little finger wouldn't manipulate itself down to the low C note x

  7. Oh…I sniggered at #7, sorry 😦 (chortle!)Excellent read, I'm afraid I might be a little like your parents re dangerous contraptions…bike DEFINITELY classifies! 🙂 x

  8. When it comes to number 7, anyone else and I've had probably sniggered too, Donna… And when it comes to bikes, you have to let your children have a go. Otherwise they'll end up scared of everything like I am! x

  9. I didn't snigger at all. But I would snigger if you have any pics of you transporting said giant Cello. Thanks for the nomination – will probably need to look at doing the post and picking the blogs at the weekend now.

  10. Thanks for dropping by, Amberr. And for your kind words.Sounds like you have a busy schedule so I hope you do manage to squeeze in some time for yourself – whether it's to read my book or not… but when you do get round picking it up, I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it x

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