Jan 282012

Versatile Blogger Award – Peer Recognition and Relationship Building for Bloggers

Versatile Blogger Award 2011 [350] extended to Vernessa Taylor for CoachNotes Blog at Local Business Coach Online (2012)

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.

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[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

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. I was once refused for jury duty. The judge said I was “dangerous” (maybe because I hung out with his daughter?).
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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

Vote for Small Business Book Award in 2012 SmallBiz Trends Nominations #BizBookAwardsJAMES 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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Vernessa Taylor

Technology Consultant, Business Writer at Local Business Coach Online (LBCO)
Founder and editor of the blog here at LBCO. Thanks for reading, sharing, commenting and visiting. See you next time.

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  39 Responses to “Versatile Blogger Award: Thank You, Alicia!”

Comments (39)
  1. Thank you so much, Vernessa. I’m going to check into this and send some love to bloggers, too.

    • Hey Marcie, neat photo! It’s been a pleasure reading some of your writings, especially since you write for several different audiences. And you are certainly not shy when it comes to sharing your thoughts on whatever is on your mind! 😉

  2. Hi Vernessa,

    Thank you so much for the kind words and for recognizing me as a Versatile Blogger! I know you follow a lot of blogs, so it is very nice to be one of the handful chosen.

    I don’t know a number of people on your list, but I do know you have a keen eye for content, so I look forward to checking out some great new voices.

    I sincerely appreciate the honor Vernessa. Have a great weekend!

    • Hi Adam! When you have some spare moments, I hope you will drop by a few of them. It’s a two-way street — I know some would be thrilled to read you customer service-centric writings. One thing I’ve appreciated about your blog is how your guest writers also stay plum-line true to your focus.

  3. Hi Vernessa,

    Its really great to be mentioned as a versatile blogger. Appreicate your kind words and mention.

    • Eddie, whenever I’m looking for a how-to on some desktop productivity software (namely Excel when I use it), I think of you. I was delighted to come across your other blog — just as useful!

  4. Wow, this is insane, thank you so much Vernessa. You’ve made my Year! :-) To be included in such a cool group of folks and given the size of your online network, this is a real cool surprise to start my day with. Thanks, Thanks, Thanks.

    • Rohan, you say the coolest things! You know, lots of folk visit the U.S. capitol. I’m hoping they remember to check in on what you’ve highlighted for their visit before they fill up their itineraries.

  5. Hi Vernessa! Thank you so much for including me on this list. What a nice surprise.

    Not only is it a delight to be on your list, but also the opportunity to connect with so many bloggers I’m not connected with is great.

    Once again, thanks!

    • Hi JK – Any new (and veteran) entrepreneur will find your hustler’s notebook is the perfect digital reference to peek into along their journey. And I like how you keep family front and center.

  6. I feel very fortunate to have an online business friend like you Vernessa. You are always so willing to recognize others, being helpful and enjoy promoting others as well. I am honored that you mentioned me here and say that you are very well deserving on the Versatile Blogger Award!

    • Thank you, Lynn! Everything you said goes for you as well. :) I’m still digging through your LinkedIn tutorials. It’s nice how you’ve also compiled them into a page of thumbnails so they can be easily viewed.

  7. Hey Vernessa!

    So glad to see that you passed on the award! Thank you for the wonderful mention. Now I have to make some time to check out the sites and people that you’ve mentioned here:)

    • Hey Alicia!

      You started all of this … You’ll enjoy making some new friends — that’s the beauty of an award like this, so thank you for passing it along to me. BTW, I haven’t forgotten our conversation. I’m getting there. :)

  8. Hi Vernessa,

    I am so honored to be on your versatile blogger list!! You don’t know how much this means to me, thank you so much.
    Now I will be busy for the next couple of hours checking out the other fabulous bloggers on your nomination’s list. So nice to meet them all.

    Thank you and a big FAT ((((((( H U G )))))))

    Franziska San Pedro
    Flavor Designs

    • ..and I got so excited that I forgot to tell you how much I love your list of 7 things about yourself :)

    • LOL, Franziska, a big hug back to you! Trying to come up with those 7 things took me back down a few memory lanes. Glad you enjoyed them! I’m betting people will enjoy learning about art-blogging and will want to listen in on your new interview series.

  9. I think it is a great way of recognizing and rewarding a blogger’s efforts and work. This also motivates other bloggers. Congrats to all the winners!

  10. well, I heard your name on the blog of Alicia and just around here for a moment, but from what i see, i can say you really deserve to receive it for all your kind works. Congratulation on receiving the award, Vernessa.

  11. It proves that all these listed blogger must be followed because of their versatility , they have proven that they deserve the award.How I wish that one day I will be included.

  12. Hey Vernessa, congrats on being a versatile blogger. You have so many talents to share with us and I really got a kick out of your list of 7 fun things. I can just imagine you on the spinning rooftop in Boston taking in the view. :)
    I’m going to visit all your nominations – you certainly have found some fantastic peeps for us to hook up with. Thanks!

    • Hey Ileane, thanks! I remember first hearing about the VBA over on your blog, when you were a recipient. Ahh yes, Boston was fun time. I used to go down to DC on the weekends and I think I missed a few trains then, too. Haha!

  13. The award helps to highlight the most talanted, original and hard-working bloggers!

  14. Wow Vernessa,

    I knew you were dangerous enough to be an amazing consultant that helps offline businesses become awesome but I never saw that one coming about being dangerous for jury duty! LOL

    It was very cool to know a little bit more about you through funny moments.

    Also congratulations on receiving that Versatile Blogger Award, it’s always nice to be recognized even if it is with virtual awards, isn’t it?

    And last but not least, take good care and speak soon. 😉


    Ps. Thanks for contributing on my blog too!

    • Hey Sergio,

      You really made me laugh! I hope the judge isn’t listening in … because we laughed about the thing every time we thought about it. :)

      I was heavily involved in social justice work (as was his daughter, who was one of my close friends) and the case was a “slip-and-fall” (meaning big money for personal injury). We probably could have gotten past the disclosure on personal relationships, but that dude was NOT having me sit on a jury and hand over gaggles of cash to someone “unjustly” treated by a big, bad corporation!

      Yeah, dangerous!

  15. Hi Vernessa,

    This award really encourage other blogger to show their talents :)

  16. The website/blog is awsm.Just thinking that if all could have same type of author or content then internet would be so much better place to live!

  17. Congratulations to all the winners! This is the good way to encourage the bloggers :-)

  18. I like this versatile blogger award and this gonna be motivate more bloggers online to write many many blogs in the future. Good idea in posting useful event online.

  19. Congratulations to all winners. I like this interesting way to appreciate and motivate each others.

  20. Congratulations to all winners and these all bloggers are very dedicated to their work. I appreciate their work and wish them all the best for future.

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