I’m a Bona Fide Versatile Blogger

versatile blogger award

A HUGE thanks to Brian from Unintimidated by Convention for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award. I greatly appreciate your thinking about me, Brian!

I’m guessing there are always nominations and no winners…so we are all winners. Regardless I’m all about starting out the new year with an award! WHOOO HOOOO!! Hold on while I switch to a fancy evening gown to accept it.

When you get the prestigious Versatile Blogger award, you have to:

1) Nominate 15 other bloggers. (Who is counting? I’d like to see them try to pry this award out of my hands for breaking rules.)
2) Inform them of the nomination.
3) Share 7 random things about yourself
4) Thank the blogger who nominated you
5) Add the Versatile Blogger logo to your post

My Nominations in no particular order except Alphabetical

Conjuring My Muse – Not only am I a huge fan of Margaret’s book The Benefactor, she writes a fun blog that I can relate too, except for the workout motivation part. I’m anxiously and impatiently awaiting her next novel…is it done yet? Is it done yet?

Courageously Creative – Brilliant painter by day, creative blogger by night. I’m a huge fan of David’s thought provoking posts, and it isn’t just because he’s married to my dearest cousin that I used to spend weeks with each summer. 🙂 Sorry David…the secret is out. You have to claim me.

Good Day Regular People – Alexandra, better known as The Empress, is the best. She’s all over the place, so often her posts point you to one of her many guest posts on another blog. She is the most giving person and spends most of her time promoting other bloggers. I was lucky enough to be featured on her blog one day which caused me to wonder why my traffic went completely crazy. She has that kind of magic.

Guilty Squid – She’s always on my top blog list, and she was one of the very first bloggers I started following. Not in a stalking way…in a reading way. She’s a hoot.

Hypertransitory – John is not only super talented at drawing comics, he’s very creative and funny. I’m in awe at his photoshop talents. I love that he occasionally shares “behind the scenes” videos of how he creates his art.

I’m Just Sharing – Mitch always has interesting conversations about a wide range of topics going on at his blog. I always walk away learning something new.

In Pursuit of It All – One of my favorite bloggers who always makes me smile. I’m a proud owner of a coffee mug from her original blog In Pursuit of Martha Points because I get +10 pts just for making coffee! Grab a box of tissue and watch her “Red Underwear” speech at BlogHer 11. It is my favorite story EVER and you won’t regret it. Alexandra is one of the speakers, too, and is hysterical!

Kelley’s Breakroom – Love her!! She makes me cry laughing. One of the most creative bloggers I’ve come across. She’s all over the place and does it hysterically.

Mostly Bright Ideas – I think Charles has received this award numerous times. He even hit the front page of WordPress.com with his blog…twice! He always offers a brilliant, humorous flashback to childhood that is as precious as an old photo.

Morpho Designs – Besides trying to make me look up words I don’t know in the dictionary, Mitch has been busy writing poetry in addition to the wide range of topics he offers on his blog. It’s always an education. Thanks Mitch for being such a HUGE supporter of my blog. I’m extremely grateful.

Simple Lift Prattle – Allan serves up a little of everything on his blog. Lately it has been making me feel very guilty for being such a bad handy woman as he’s been busy with some house projects that look amazing. I can’t begin to thank him for all the support he has given me over the last year. He rocks!

Telling Dad – What can I say? He’s just pure entertainment, so check him out. His hat? That just shows you how being uncool can be oh so cool.

The Meanest Mom – The first blog I religiously read on a daily basis. She is the funniest. She lives near me in Florida, so I can really related to her experiences moving down here from up North. Florida has some kookie stuff going on.

Seven things about me

  1. I think I’m a better at leaving comments than writing a blog. If only that was a profession.
  2. whole fish with eyeball

    Photo credited to creativejewishmom.com

    I once attended a Japanese family’s New Year’s celebration dinner where a whole entire fish was the centerpiece. You know…one with the eyeball still in it. The thought of it still creeps me out since it stared at me all through dinner.
  3. I hate glitterI hate glitter. It gets on everything and I find it on my face weeks later. Christmas craft projects are covered it in. Luckily things with glitter tend to disappear from my house like magic. I can’t explain it…bwaa haa haa.
  4. marilyn monroeWhen I was a kid I was OBSESSED with the Kennedy/Marilyn Monroe death conspiracy theories. I couldn’t read enough books about them. I passed this on to my daughter this Christmas holiday with a Marilyn Monroe book.
  5. robert downey jrAfter seeing Sherlock Holmes over the holidays, Brad Pitt, my long time love who just doesn’t know it yet, is getting kicked to the curb for Robert Downey Jr. since that movie has caused me to develop a crush on him.

    This is the kind of spontaneous irrational decision I make when I’ve had too much coffee. Brad come back…I was only joking!

  6. I kept all my kids’ baby teeth and I don’t know why. Are you suppose to just throw them away? Is this normal? Now I’m thinking they probably don’t want a baggie of bloody teeth as a graduation or wedding gift so I should rethink why I’m keeping them. I even labeled the date they lost them, so an anthropologist is going to love me in 200 years.
  7. flowers

    Photo credit: lmnob.com

    I played too much Skyrim (xbox) on my vacation. I know this because when I pulled up into my driveway and looked over at my neighbor’s flowerbed, my thoughts immediately went to wondering if I could harvest them to make a potion. Reality and gaming can get mixed up if you spend too much time playing. Let that be a lesson kids.

Go give a shout out to Brian over at Unintimidated by Convention and tell him I sent ya! The trip is FREE…my gift to you.

I hope 2012 brings everyone good health and happiness. Happy New Year!


  1. Thank you for the nomination. I keep asking myself the same question about my next novel. Unfortunately, the answer is “no, it’s not, no it’s not.” 😉

    Regarding #7, I seem to have comandeered my son’s iPad and I’m on my way to becoming quite the air traffic controller with the help of the app Flight Control HD. I find myself screaming “I picked a fine time to stop sniffing glue” throughout the day. I must confess I was a bit frightened when I woke up in the middle of the night and saw multi-colored planes circling the time display on my alarm clock. Took me right back to my 1990’s Tetris addiction. Those hallucinations lasted a while, even after I weaned myself off the game.

    Happy New Year.
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  2. AHH!! Thanks for nominating me! I had no idea about this award, but I can see that you definitely deserve it 🙂

    Oh yeah, I couldn’t be bothered to play Skyrim anymore since I kept getting killed and losing my horse! So I decided just watch someone else play instead. Yeah, that’s more my speed…

    So how much were those flowers worth anyway? I assume you actually did go back and harvest them??

    Speaking of Sherlock Holmes – I just watched the season 2 premier of the British series “Sherlock”:


    which is a re-imagined Holmes set in today’s world. I love that show – better than the movies, IMHO 🙂

    Anyway congrats on your nomination and thanks again!
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    • There was no way to transfer the handful of purple flowers in my hand into the game so it was worthless other than the fact I got negative karma for being a bad neighbor. I will have to check out that show.

  3. I love seeing bloggers support each other. Congratulations on the nomination and I love learning more about you…

    I’m in love with RDJ too and I’m bound to be introduced to him on the Ellen show when I make it big; I was obsessed with the Monroe/Kennedy story too and watched loads of movies and docs about it – what really happened?; and commenting on blogs is a profession – all those spam comments we get – someone is paying for those – they’d pay 10x as much for genuine comments, I’m sure, because they’d make it through our spam filters.

  4. Awww…lady, thank you so much.

    I have admired you for so long…I remember the very first post of yours that I read: your driver’s license picture post.

    I laughed so hard.


    Thanks for making me smile…ear to ear and bigger than this thing at the end of the sentence here: 🙂

    Thank you sincerely…means the world that you thought of me.


  5. Congrats to your nomination! I was all in tears of laughter when I came to the very last point of 7 things about you. I can understand you so much! It happened to me that after a long day of text editing in front of the computer I was going to use copy-paste in real life to! Crazy!
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  6. Allan Douglas

    Thank you for the nomination, Melinda, I am humbled and honored — can we do that? Is that possible? I guess it is if that’s what I’m feeling. Maybe I have a split personality… but I digress.

    I’m not sure I can accept the nomination within the rules of the game: you’ve already nominated all my favorite blogs, so I’m not sure I could come up with 15 more without lying. I read a bazillion blogs, but most are focused on a particular topic – not versatile like you. I’ll get to work on that, but even if I fail to compile a suitable list I am truly honored to have made your list. Thank you!

  7. Mitchell Allen

    Melinda, you are so kind. And funny. And a certifiable tooth fairy. We did the same thing for years until we got locked up for Voodooism. Ignorant, provincial sheriffs. Teeth are the purview of the spirit world.

    Thanks for sharing even more of yourself. And for the nomination …



  8. I still find glitter at the bottom of my desk draws that is left over from Y2K. Tonight I will pinch some up and throw it into the air to celebrate my nomination. Thank you Melinda – if you can’t count on in-laws and out-laws who can you count on?
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  9. marieljackson says:

    Congrats for the nomination Melinda.. Hope for your win. Thank you for sharing this…
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  10. Ooooh!! Thank you!

    Although, I haven’t felt particularly versatile lately. Are two notes versatile?

    But still, you are absolutely lovely and I thank you!! But if you try to get between me and RD Jr I will cut you.
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  11. Congrats Melinda; you deserve to be recognized for keeping us all laughing. And I have to say I enjoyed Sherlock Holmes myself, shocking since I know nothing about him. But I’m wishing there was a hotter babe in the movie; yeah, I said it! lol
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  12. Congratulations Melinda! Your blog is nothing but versatile! You deserve this award very much! I hope 2012 is treating you well.
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  13. Your deserving to this award..Hope you had a great year this coming 2012..Thanks for sharing this inspiring post to us..
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  14. Hi Melinda,

    Nice blog you have here. I was once chosen as a versatile blogger and it felt great to be noticed by other bloggers in the field of blogging. Wish you the best.
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  15. Great choices of blogs. I really wish that I could be nominated too one day! I know how difficult it is to keep up with the blogging world these days. 🙂
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