The Versatile Blogger Award

The Versatie Blogger Award picture

I would like to thank my Manager, my parents and children, my pet hamster…

How very kind, I have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger award by Pete Denton Thank you Pete!

For my non-blogging followers, this is one of several awards that bloggers award to each other as a way of showing appreciation for the blogs that they enjoy.

The rules for accepting this award are as follows:

1. Thank the award-givers and link back to them in your post. Check (see above)

2. Share 7 things about yourself. Check (see below)

3. Pass this award along to 15 other bloggers. Check (see below)

4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award. Will let them know as soon as I’ve posted this

Share 7 things about myself

Well I recently shared 10 things about myself when I did my 10 on Tuesday post, so I guess I had better come up with seven new things now…

1) I once set all the clocks in the house forward by an hour in order to trick my children into going to bed an hour early one night. I was feeling a bit frazzled and needed a bit of time to myself. It turned out to be a pointless exercise because I felt so bad about tricking them that I didn’t enjoy that extra hour to myself at all!

2) My children’s great grandfather (on their father’s side) was a passenger on the Titanic. He survived, which he was very lucky to do as a 3rd class male passenger.

3) My earliest memory is from my 1st birthday. Nobody believes me that I have such an early memory, but it’s true. I spent my 1st birthday in Ibiza and I have a clear memory of my Dad holding me on top of an inflatable dolphin in the pool whilst I watched the dolphin’s nose bobbing up and down in the water.

4) A few weeks ago I did my first stand-up comedy gig at a pub in London. Just a little 5 minute slot amongst other acts. It was completely terrifying, but it went much better than I expected, and I’ve been booked to do another one in April.

5) On a dark and stormy evening in my early 20s I accepted a lift from a stranger. The car pulled up, the door opened, and a voice said “Get in”, so I got in. I assumed it must be someone I knew, I really did. As I fastened my seat belt, I saw it was a stranger, and we sped off. It turned out to be fine, but while we were driving all I could think about was that if anything happened to me everyone would be saying “What was she thinking, getting into a strange man’s car like that? Stupid girl!”.

6) When I was 10, I decided to run away from home one day. Not because I was unhappy there but just for the adventure. I walked for about 20 minutes. Then it started to get dark and I got scared so I went back home. It was an adventure of sorts.

7) I love pick’n’mix sweets, olives, seafood, asparagus, cherries, prosciutto, champagne (to name a few consumables).

Pass award on to 15 other bloggers

Let me say first that if any of the people I nominate don’t want to ‘join in’ by posting about it and nominating other bloggers then that’s absolutely fine. If it feels like a burden or chore then that rather defeats the point. But I hope they appreciate the sentiment at least. I would also like to say that it was really hard to make the choice because I always want to please everyone, and as I follow 43 blogs I’ve had to leave lots out. Sorry. Just remember though, if I’m following you then it means that I do like your blog. Just not as much as the ones I nominated. (Kidding!). So I’ve tried to select a range of different types of blogs. It took me an unnecessarily long amount of time.

In no particular order…

She describes herself as a young-hearted senior. She’s a wonderful writer with great zest. What a fabulous lady, it’s

She’s one sassy gal, with great fashion news, tips and ideas delivered in a non-condescending way, it’s

He’s a father of four who writes about parenting and life. Amusing, touching, an all-round good read, it’s

She’s a strong and lovely girl taking a stand against bullying, it’s

I’m sure they’ve had lots of awards, but I couldn’t leave them out. For everything writing related, it’s

She’s a Health Psychologist and much more. Her and her partner have been very supportive and encouraging of my various writing and acting exploits over the last few months, and hers was the first blog I followed when I signed up to WordPress, it’s

He’s an engaging and intelligent writer with great stories that make me smile, it’s

He’s an excellent photographer and a downright lovely chap. His blog charts his mental health illness and recovery (although he hasn’t posted for a little while, but maybe this nomination with encourage him to), it’s

Always varied, always entertaining, and he has a picture of Friends, one of my all-time favourite sitcoms in his header! It’s

Delightful musings on life and kids, with lots of great food and recipe talk thrown in, it’s

She’s a mother of 4, whose posts bubble with personality, it’s

Fun adventures and recipes, often both at the same time! An enthusiastic and busy mum, it’s

Open and honest, she’s been through a lot, but bounces back to tell the tale, it’s

A non-WordPress blog (hope that’s allowed, but he’s a friend and may sulk if I don’t include his). Dr Richard Bailey talks education and sport. He has some reasonably interesting things to say I suppose, I only wish I was male so that I could understand them, teehee, it’s

Another non-WordPress (if I’m allowed one then I’m allowed two right?). She’s a life coach, mentor and writer. We worked together for a while so I can vouch for her loveliness, it’s

Phew, that was hard work!


33 responses to “The Versatile Blogger Award

  1. Congratulations! You deserve it for sure! I particularly liked the story about remembering your first birthday on Ibiza.


  2. Thank you fakename2, and I’ve just realised I wasn’t even following your blog – I thought I was as we’ve engaged in comments on here! Sorry, I’m now following yours too 😉


  3. Hi- I was also nominated by Pete Denton. It’s surprising difficult to think of those seven things, isn’t it? I enjoyed your list though. Very brave of you to do stand up comedy!


    • It is difficult to do the seven, yes – it would have been easier if I hadn’t recently done 10 things! Choosing the 15 to nominate and thinking of what to say about them was difficult too; I know you can just list them and not say anything about them, but I wanted to so that people could have a bit of an idea about whether it’s a blog they want to check out.

      Thanks for stopping by – I’ll go and look and have a proper look at your blog later.


  4. This list is amazing! Especially the grandfather surviving the Titanic. WOW! I’ve always been fascinated by the ship since waaaay before James Cameron’s film.


  5. Vanessa, I feel so privileged!!! Thank you so much More importantly, I am so pleased you have been aware of how much Alex and I believe in your talents! Thanks again xxx

    Great to have a list of new fab bloggers to follow too!


    • Thanks Nicola. Whenever I blog or tweet or facebook about something new I’ve done, you or Alex (or both of you!) always take the trouble to say something supportive about it, I really appreciate it. I always think that you must be super-organised to keep up with all the many people you interact with on the various platforms, and the range of different writing projects you always seem to have on the go! Keep up the good work 😉


  6. Moment Matters

    Hey, your child’s great grandfather is so cool! Have you talked to him? HAHA just curious. God, how can you have a memory of your first year? I can only remember being 5 years old, still struggling.

    This is an awesome award; I get to know interesting things about co-bloggers. I’m pleased to be nominated, and thanks! I’d do this if my schedule permits =))


    • No, didn’t speak to him, he died many years ago, before I was on the scene as it were.

      Yes I saw you had been nominated a few times, so at some point you can do a bit acceptance speech blog for all of them!


  7. Wow Vanessa, thank you so much xxx


  8. Thanks for the mention and testimonial Vanessa and great to learn more about you too! 🙂


  9. When I read the first “thing about you” I thought to myself “Why didn’t I ever think of that?!?” Brilliant.


  10. Thank you so much for the award, it’s lovely of you 🙂

    Our 8 year old has been learning about the Titanic this term so it’s fascinating that your related (by marriage) to a survivor.

    I love the turning the clock forward an hour idea! We’re so hopeless that none of our clocks are ever set to the correct time and we use the laptop or our mobile phones to keep track so it totally wouldn’t work in our household (an extra hours peace sounds heavenly though).

    Number 5 is scary, so glad you came out of it alive and unharmed. I once climbed into a stranger’s car on a freezing cold night walking home with 2 kids in tow. Our littlest at the time was only a few months old and I was walking home as we didn’t have a car at the time (public transport in my hometown was always atrocious). The stranger was an old man in his early 70’s and he offered us a lift telling me it was too cold to be out with children. I was so cold and exhausted I accepted. My hubby was furious telling me it could have been a bait and switch but fortunately it all turned out okay in the end.

    Thanks again!


    • I think most hubbies would be furious at that! I do think that most people have got into a stranger’s car at some point – when I was living in France for a couple of years aged 5/6ish, my Mum and I used to hitch-hike all the time, so were always getting in stranger’s cars. The difference with my one that I mentioned was the shock when I had thought it was someone I knew until it was too late! (and the dark and storminess added to the drama of it all of course),


  11. Thank you so much Vanessa!!

    I love that you set the clocks forward! Brilliant!!

    My ex-husband always said that he remembered being a baby in a shawl in his mums arms. So I think a few people can remember quite far back!!

    Congrats on the stand up show – that’s fantastic. And thank goodness nothing sinister happened when you got a ‘lift’. Still, it must have been a frightening experience.


  12. Congratulation and thank you for accepting the nomination. Some interesting things on your list. The clock idea is a great one, shame you didn’t benefit. I don’t see any reason why people can’t have really early memories. I have some from a young age, though not that young. Well done for doing the 5 minutes of stand-up. Kudos.


  13. Since writing this post I have been nominated twice more! was one that I nominated, and he has nominated me back again, how lovely, thank you! who blogs both on his own and as part of nominated me. Pete Denton who nominated me in the first place is also part of the Steel City Writers (are you keeping up with all this?)

    Thanks both!


  14. Hi Vanessa, thanks for following my blog. Loved reading your list. The standup sounds good fun, though I’d have been petrified. Good for you.


  15. Thanks Susan, and thanks for stopping by 😉


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  17. Oh my gosh, I totally didn’t thank you on here! Thanks love! Laughed at your things about you! Funny lady x


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