Versatile Blogger Award – Peer Recognition and Relationship Building for Bloggers
ver·sa·tile (vûrs-tl, -tl)
1. Capable of doing many things competently.
2. Having varied uses or serving many functions.
3. Variable or inconstant; changeable: a versatile temperament.
4. Biology: Capable of moving freely in all directions, as the antenna of an insect, the toe of an owl, or the loosely attached anther of a flower.
[I nominate] Vernessa from CoachNotes Blog. She helps out businesses, and is always willing to lend me a helping hand. — Alicia Jay, Transcription E-Services (2011)
What is the Versatile Blogger Award?
Recognition from one’s peers is a beautiful thing, regardless of your fields of endeavor. I’d like to say “Wow, thanks Alicia!” for counting me upon your other nominees. Alicia passed this along to me several months ago (2011); I’m finally passing it along in the first month of 2012. (For those of you who have not met Alicia Jay, she’s an entrepreneur providing proofreading, transcription, and virtual assistant services.)
There are a few easy-to-follow rules:
Thank the person who presented you with the award and link to their original post. Share 7 interesting things about yourself. Nominate 15 recently discovered blogs (naming them in a summary blog post like this one will suffice). Contact each one to let them know they’ve been nominated.
As far as I can tell, there is no formal acceptance of the nomination. simply following the foregoing rules constitutes acceptance. However, I have heard of bloggers declining to accept the nomination. Now, on to my 7 Things …
7 Fun (or Funny) Things
- Trains are one of my favorite modes of transportation. While I can’t exactly ride on a model train, I’d love to build a beautiful model train layout and invite my brother over to play.
- When I was a kid (about 8- or 9-years old) I climbed a huge oak tree in my grandma’s yard, then was afraid to come down. No, I don’t live in a tree house now (can’t remember how I got down) but that was the last time I ever did that!
- In the late 1970s, I had dinner atop the revolving restaurant in the Prudential Towers in Boston. Remembering the breathtaking panoramic view of the city — in the company of good friends — still makes me smile.
- I was once refused for jury duty. The judge said I was “dangerous” (maybe because I hung out with his daughter?).
- My favorite cartoon is Phineas and Ferb(tm). (Yep, I still watch cartoons!) The occasional songs of “the band” remind me of jingles I used to make up for my kids and grandkids.
- Over the course of time, I’ve missed the bus, the train, and the plane. Usually, it wasn’t critical. The evening I missed my plane at NY Kennedy Airport, I had the pleasure of flying in a helicopter over to Newark Airport (New Jersey) so I could arrive at work in time for a mandatory meeting the next morning.
- My first *real* part-time business was tax preparation which I learned through a home-study kit. Since this was before tax prep software was widely used, I wore out a lot of pencil erasers!
And Now, I Hereby Nominate These Fine Bloggers
The Versatile Blogger Award encompasses the idea of blog carnivals and roundups in a unique way. These ladies and gents were chosen for their consistent engagement on my blog as well as their high standards of interaction, helpfulness, and all-around good content. In my book, they epitomize “versatile” throughout their blogging endeavors. Since we can only name 15, no disrespect is meant to anyone not named.
The nominees fall into one or more categories:
- social media blogger
- foodie blogger
- technology blogger
- youth blogger
- affiliate marketing blogger
- gardening blogger
- small business blogger
- geo-locale blogger
- and others.
Nominees … and some of their great articles
ADAM TOPOREK — Customer Service Experience Blog ~ A sharp offline brick-and-mortar business owner, I admire his merging of both worlds and coming back to his true love, customer service.
Great Article: Customer Service Stories: Stop Subcontractors From Killing Your Customers
BEVERLY MAHONE — Your Time To Shine ~ Bev mashed up public relations, baby boomers, and podcasting and came out with a couple of books and a board game. Wow!
Great Articles: Social Media Etiquette for Baby Boomer Dummies ~ How Martin Luther King Jr Changed Media Coverage. Bev is graciously offering us free chapter from her new book which is all about creating positive media coverage.
DONNA FONTENOT — Dazzlin’ Donna ~ A fellow web geek and business coach, I get well-rounded fare when I visit Donna’s blog. And she’s on a crusade to banish recaptchas!
Great Article: Finding Lessons In Others’ Successes and Failures
DAVID LEONHARDT — SEO Writer ~ Although I’ve read articles by David on his other sites, I just came across this one within the past few days. True to form, he’s on top of issues that matter.
Great Article: Reputation Management: How Suze Orman Jeopardized Her’s
EDDIE GEAR — TheAppTimes and Genuine SEO ~ Writes easy-to-follow solutions to desktop software issues like MS Excel, tips with personal apps, and useful SEO techniques on another blog.
Great Article: 5 Sure Fire Ways To Gain Aweber Subscribers
FRANZISKA SAN PEDRO — Flavor Designs ~~ It’s what you get when you cross and artist with a chef! Leading by example, she’s on top of artblogging, teaching as well as practicing her handicraft.
Great Series: Creative Minds: Monthly Interview Series with Artists
JK ALLEN — Hustler’s Notebook ~ Young entrepreneur driven to succeed but not so driven as to neglect home and hearth — even makes time to take the family on vacation!
Great Article: From Hustler…to Hustler/Author: An Introduction to My First Published Book
JAMES HUSSEY — The Average Genius ~ That oxymoronic name hooked me and some people online are more believable than others. James shared his compelling story … that keeps me reading.
Great Article: My Story of How I Wound Up Making Money Online
UPDATE: His book nominated for a Small Business Book Award. Show some love!
KEITH DAVIS — Easy Public Speaking ~ I learn something about public speaking every time Keith pens an article. He’s a great conversationalist and keeps me in stitches wherever we meet up.
Great Article: All Your Life (Fear of impromptu speaking)
LYNN BROWN — LearnIt2EarnIt ~ I enjoy Lynn’s LinkedIn video tutorials where she shares simple, practical tips for LI enhancement plus her social media tips for entrepreneurs.
Great Article: My 3 Easy Tips In Overcoming Linkedin Shyness
MARCIE HILL — Marcie Writes and The Write Design ~ A prolific blogger touching on community, youth issues, the African American experience, and live blogging, I love to read whatever Marcie is writing.
Great Article: How Much Would You Spend on a Pen? plus check out this interview with Marcie over on BasicBlogTips.
ROHAN GILKES — District365 ~ Aside from knowing 365 things to do in Washington, D.C., he’s a well-spring of good ideas that bring home the bacon (or the turkey or the veggie salad)!
Great Resources: 365 things to do in Washington, DC and Connecting Washington DC Influencers with Brands
RON CRIPPS — AffiliateXFiles ~ He has the most hype-free email newsletter on affiliate marketing I’ve ever read and consistently maintains a top position in Google results.
Great Article: Getting Google Traffic to Google+
SHEILA ATWOOD — Newbie Lifeline ~ Not only has a green thumb and shares important tips in her gardening blog but can come inside and work magic in the business blogging niche.
Great Articles: Growing Oregano – Or Is That Growing Marjoram? and Ready To Buy or Sell Your WordPress Site?
THERESA DELGADO — Theresa was the first person I met on G+ that I had a subsequent Skype conversation with. She’s a small business branding guru.
Great Article: How the Power of Influence Can Increase Your Sales
Over to you!
(And thanks for being so Versatile Blogger Awesome!)
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