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Versatile Blogger Award


I opened my email today to find that I had been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award! Thank you, Saoirse Alainn, for bringing a smile to my face and making my day all the brighter 🙂

But I had no idea what this Award entailed. Even after I read about the VBA on WordPress, it still didn’t really answer my questions. So naturally, I spent a lot of time trying to Google what it is, what it means, and what I’m supposed to do with it.

No one really has a good answer, but I suppose it’s because no one really thought that it needed to be explained. But I have come to the conclusion that the Versatile Blogger Award is just a way for bloggers to let other bloggers know how their work is appreciated, and to allow bloggers to connect. Being nominated for the Award means that you have already been “given” this Award by a fellow blogger who enjoys your work. It took me a while to figure this out – I thought it was to be some kind of contest.

According to Veratile Blogger Award rules:

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  •  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

I would have to say that it is common sense to thank whomever had given you the award – but it’s nice that they have it in the rules, just in case anyone forgets. I also tend to link back to blogs or bloggers that I mention in all my posts, so this was a no-brainer as well.

But I would still like to say thank you again to Saoirse Alainn at beautetresor. Saoirse Alainn blogs about skincare, makeup, and other cosmetics. The alias is Irish for Beautiful Freedom and the domain is French for Beauty Treasure. Drop by and check it out!

I have 9 blogs that I would like to nominate for the Versatile Blogger Award, listed in alphabetical order (because I don’t like disorder, or lack of any order :P):

  1. A Confederacy of Spinsters: “Unsolicited opinions on sex, dating, and surviving your twenties” – Three twenty-something female writers who are versatile indeed. Each post is well-written and full of wit and humour – highly recommended read.
  2. angelandthings: Angel blogs about makeup, fashion, and everyday tidbits of life. What makes her posts enjoyable is that they are short and sweet, but still manages to catch my attention and keep it.
  3. Baker Bettie: Kristen is an amazing baker who is very skilled with the photography of her baking ventures. Her pictures alone always makes me want to get out my baking gear.
  4. Domestic Diva, MD: “My mother raised the perfect housewife… then I went to med school” – First of all, MD? And on top of that, housewife skills. I am duly impressed. Each post starts of with an anecdote before a yummy recipe: interesting short story, plus easy-to-follow recipe without unnecessary clutter.
  5. Ella Elle L’A: Ella blogs about the dating pool. She’s got lots of spunk and her funny stories end with lessons learned. I love her outlook – Ella’s got the right idea.
  6. eyemasq: Shannon is a MAC lover and always has creative ways to wear her eye makeup. I love the new ideas she shares and they inspire me to try them too. She also loves traveling and has been to 17 different countries!
  7. I’ve become my parents: “Things my son needs to know before he grows up to be just like me.” – I dread the day I become my parents and fervently hope I will never come to that. Even though I probably will. With the alias Barmy, this dad’s writings remind me of my childhood, and reveals humour in parenthood. The little cartoons are cute, too!
  8. Moths to a Flame: “A collection of dating mis-adventures” – A new blog with an amusing collection of stories that make your eyebrows rise and your jaw drop. Man, that’s a lot of unfortunate incidents.
  9. The Scrumptious Pumpkin: “transforming fresh, healthy ingredients into everyday, delicious dishes” – Jen is a fantastic cook. With a focus on healthy AND delicious dishes, she’s got recipes for everything – appetizers, mains, and desserts. Lots of pictures supplement detailed instructions, with compact ingredient list and directions at the end. I haven’t yet seen a recipe I don’t want to try. Yum!

I would also like to mention that aside from the above, I appreciate all of the blogs I am following for keeping me well entertained at all times.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the bloggers who are following pearlessence. I would like to do an appreciative event for you sometime, and thank you for enjoying my work.

Lastly, Saoirse Alainn (and anyone else who decides to read this), here are 7 things about me:

  1. I have been wearing hard contacts every night when I sleep since the 6th grade. The process is known as orthokeratology, where the contact lenses reshape the cornea of the eye to reduce nearsightedness. My vision is clearest in the morning when I take my contacts off and it slowly deteriorates throughout the day. They’re kind of like braces for your eyes.
  2. My favourite hot drink at Starbucks is a short extra hot, light foam, light caramel drizzle skinny caramel macchiato. Short because it’s cheaper and not advertised and I can’t finish a tall anyway. Extra hot because otherwise it gets cold within 10 minutes. I like my cold drinks with extra light ice to get my money’s worth of liquid – otherwise you get a cupful of ice and the drink tastes like gross water.
  3. My teammates on my highschool badminton team used to use me to gauge legitimate net height: 5′ 2″ at the ends and 5′ 0″ in the middle.
  4. I have dislocated my right shoulder twice and my right patella once – all from badminton. I now have to wear a shoulder brace and knee brace whenever I play, but I don’t care, because I’d rather play than not.
  5. I think sheep and lamb stuffed animals are extra cute.
  6. I have always dreamed of swimming with killer whales and dolphins. And maybe belugas too.
  7. I would also like to try a pixie cut, but lack the courage to because I don’t think it would be flattering (at all) for my round face.

I know someone will be curious about orthokeratology (because most people are), so feel free to ask me anything. Or if you prefer, check it out yourself here. I haven’t read the site in its entirety but they seem be quite thorough.

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Author: pearlessence

She who loves shopping, baking, gaming, and all things Disney! All on a student's meager budget :)

7 thoughts on “Versatile Blogger Award

  1. Thank you for the nomination 🙂 This is a great list of interesting blogs and I can’t wait to check them out. Thank you again!

    • It’s well deserved, all your recipes look so good. First on my list to try is your shepherd’s pie, still… no time or resources to go for groceries 😦 Hope you enjoy the reading!

  2. Thanks for the nomination my dear, I am truly flattered! Like the Scrumptious Pumpkin I am excited to comb through all the other nominated blogs and see what I’ve been missing!! 🙂

    • I hope it helped make your day a little brighter (especially since it was so darn snowy yesterday)! I tried to include a variety of topics that I enjoy reading myself. Happy surfing!

  3. Aww, I’m so glad that my nomination made you smile! Your 7 facts are awesome 😉 I am also nearsighted so your mention of orthokeratology is definitely very intriguing.
    Checking out your nominations now – you have excellent taste! x

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