A Moment For Melinda

I have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award. But seriously, I think overall in the scheme of things winning a Versatile Blogger Award is not important. Let’s get our priorities straight. I think we all know what’s really important in life – winning a Hugo. During my reign, which lasts until the post falls from the front page, I must carry out the duties and responsibilities vested in this vaunted meme:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • Add the Versatile Blogger logo to your post
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers
  • Inform them of the nomination
  • Share 7 random things about yourself

Versatile Blogger Award

Thank You, Melinda

Thanks, Melinda! Not only are you my favorite online comedian, you are also one of my biggest supporters (long live Blogmogrifier!) By nominating me for this awesome award, you have shed light on what I believe is a chronic problem in the blogosphere: fear of eclecticism. I stand firmly in the shifting sands of conventional wisdom, while acceding to the demands of using a blog for business.

Your encouragement and unwavering support have done much to keep me “honest,” doing what I love, instead of trying to be another niche blog. I appreciate you! Instead of a dictionary, let’s play treasure hunt. You have to find as many Brad, Ellen and Seinfeld references as you can. Bookmark this post so you can procrastinate – that’s the solution to every problem.

15 Versatile Bloggers

Melinda has already nominated many of my favorites, though I have a few more to share. If you want to be moved, enlightened and entertained in 2012, add these folks to your blog reader!

  • Marian Allen: MarianAllen.com. A little bit of this, a little bit of that. With writing prompts thrown in!
  • Shane Arthur: CreativeCopyChallenge.com, a writing prompts site. Yeah, anchor text love for my favorite hangout!
  • Leah Petersen: LeahPetersen.com. Fighting Gravity with 5 Minute Flash Fiction challenges!
  • Jessica Hagy: ThisIsIndexed. Support yourself with 3×5 index cards (financially, not structurally.) Brian, this specific link is for you. It’s thematic, if not better.
  • Noeleen: Words Fall From My Eyes. Serious reflections on life, a playful spirit with a wing on the mend.
  • lovelylici1986: Conchsaladesque. Because eclecticism knows no bounds.

I feel like breaking the rules, as I always do. Instead of adding 15, I’m asking you to nominate your picks for the Versatile Blogger Award. Whee!

Seven Random Things

  1. I had a turtle. It was boring. Needed salt, I guess. (I’m kidding!)
  2. I’ve only ever owned two bicycles. I wrecked the first, over time. Sold the second.
  3. I DJ’ed three parties. The first time, I begged my dad for his turntable – and promptly destroyed the needle. The second one, I was just a flack, hauling crates of extended play vinyl for my frat brother. The third time, I was booed from the room. After playing Boogie Nights by Heatwave.
  4. I’ve been on four different airplanes – all non-stop; to and from Miami, Florida and to and from Atlanta, Georgia.
  5. I’ve never owned five golden rings. I’d have to get married three more times…Oh, I never told you, but I was married once before.
  6. I can trace my mass storage through six generations: paper tape, Hollerith punch cards, cassette tapes (Commodore 64), floppy disks, Iomega ZIP disks, CDs. Nowadays, I’m in the cloud and on a 3TB removable drive.
  7. I have seven children. I named them all, despite vehement denials to the contrary.

No matter what you choose to believe about social media, one rock-solid fact is this: you will meet cool people. Social media, as a whole, is the key that unlocks a treasure chest of your own private Six Degrees of Separation. Sometimes, you can even trace those connections but, even if you don’t remember, the links are just as strong.

My treasure chest has gold links looping, twisting and clinking together in pleasing tones and sparkling bangles. I try to take a peek into the treasure chest at least once a day. What good is treasure if you store it in climate-controlled warehouses, accessible only through a flipbook catalog? Bah! Bling is for flaunting, Yo! (Melinda, this is a reference to Mrs. Spelling. Keep looking!)

I was taught to share. Whether I had two cookies or one, if you were sitting on the steps next to me with nothing, I had your back. Today, it’s considered bad form to share cookies on the web (snicker) but I still share links from my treasure chest. You see, links are like ideas, not cookies. If I give you a cookie, I no longer have it (not that there’s anything wrong with that.) However, if I give you a link, we both have a link! Sweet!

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