…because not all of us have our Peking ducks in a row

The Versatile Blogger Award

As I turned on my computer the other day, I noticed this comment from blogger, Sharon, of Hyperactive Inefficiency:

Heyo, I’ve finally updated that Versatile Blogger Award post, and yes, you are one of my favourite 15 blogs out of the trillion or whatever on WordPress. Thank you for being interesting.

Unaccustomed to receiving unsolicited compliments and thinking that the world was about to collapse, I immediately scurried under my desk and curled up into a fetal position.

The Versatile Blogger Award is given by one blogger to another blogger.  The former blogger is under no duress to give the award and she/he is usually not seduced, bribed, nor threatened into giving the award to the latter blogger.  No money should change hands, no free escort services, no complimentary margaritas.

At least, this is what I’m led to believe. 

The rules are:

1.  Thank the award-giver(s) and link back to them in your post.

Sharon, thank you from the bottom of my rapidly-beating heart.  Like many bloggers, I write because it’s fun and fulfilling for me.  To have the recognition of  my peers in the form of this Versatile Blogger Award is a kindness I didn’t expect.  So thank you.

When you have a chance, please check out Sharon’s blog – http://hyperactiveinefficiency.wordpress.com.

2. Tell your readers seven (7) things about yourself.

i/  The Google search terms that lead to my blog and their corresponding posts – according to WordPress stats: dark fetish net:human.slaughterhouse (this came up twice in the last 48 hours), oatcakes (you won’t believe how many people Google those godforsaken oatcakes, like there’s a world shortage), gin tonic (and most things alcohol), crossed eyes, Pierre Trudeau, UV Arm Wraps, granny panties, weight loss pills, Dopey and Sneezy.

Sounds like the guest list, menu, entertainment and party favors for a schizophrenic soiree.

You’ll have to figure out for yourself which one falls under what category.

ii/ I’ve lived in Taipei, Vancouver, Montreal, Phoenix, Seattle, and Guangdong, China.  China is the smelliest.  Montreal is the Frenchest.

I despise Las Vegas.

iii/ The existence of Brussels sprouts puzzles me greatly.

iv/ Places on my “must see” list – Cambodia, Africa, India, Italy, Spain, and that secluded beach nobody has yet discovered.  I’m only listing the ones that are a vague possibility.  The Shire and a guest spot on the Jay Leno Show are not realistic goals, so I will not list them here.

v/  Currently on rotation in my iPod – Who Kill – Tune Yards, Goat Rodeo Sessions – Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, Bad As Me – Tom Waits, Replica – Oneohtrix Point Never, and Mezzanine – Massive Attack.

vi/ I used to buy a World Almanac every year, but have finally figured out this year that nothing has changed prior to 2012.

vii/ I received a case of 15 bottles of red and white wines the day I vowed to start my New Year’s resolution of drinking less.  Yes, I know.  God is vengeful and maybe a practical joker.  In any case, he’s no longer invited to my barbeques, especially if he keeps bringing that Safeway-bought tub of potato salad.

3.  Nominate 15 more blogs for the award, then inform the bloggers that they have received this prestigious award and that they should buy me a drink.

We blog, because something compels us to do so.  The fact that we have the discipline to sit down in front of a computer and express ourselves on a regular basis is commendable in itself.

The blogs I’ve chosen all use different in writing styles, subjects and media.  But these bloggers have been consistently contributing posts and have shown some versatility in their writing or presentation.  I’ve only included 10 bloggers, because I only want to recommend blogs that I’ve spent some time looking at, instead of pulling random ones from the internet.

The blogs are listed in the order that I’ve discovered them, with the ones I’ve been following the longest first.  I’m also listing the message I’ll be sending them to notify them of the award:

1.  Gin & Lemonade


I’ve been following your blog on WordPress for a while and although I’ve not had a chance to read everything you write, some of your posts resonate with me, in terms of their sincerity and simplicity.  So, I am giving you the Versatile Blogger Award.  Congrats and thanks for your blog.


2.  Mostly Bright Ideas


Not that you need another accolade to throw onto the heap you already have, I’m awarding you with the Versatile Blogger Award.  You know I’ve enjoyed your posts, particularly the post about moving to Canada.  Your observations are always spot on and humorously expressed.  Thanks for your blog.


3. Ginger Fights Back

Jim et al,

Yes, China really does love you Gingers.  We love you so much that I’m giving you the Versatile Blogger Award plus a case of Walkers Scottish Oatcakes for your intestinal health.  Being on this side of the world I might not always understand what the hell you’re talking about, but your writing has provided me with hours of chuckles, the occasional guffaw, and often a slap on the knees.  Thanks for your blog.


4. The Camel Life

Hey, Ms. Breezy —

Congrats!  I’m giving you the Versatile Blogger Award!   I always find your writing thoughtful, funny and sometimes incomprehensible to me – mainly because I’m older and think that “Kim Kardashian” is the way our potatoes should be sliced. 🙂

Thanks for your blog.


5. Malate

Hey Elmer!

You’d better drag yourself out of your drunken baijiou stupor and write another entry, because I’m giving you the Versatile Blogger Award.

I’ve enjoyed the beautiful pictures you’ve taken during your travels in China and hope to see more of it more regularly.  If you ever stop by in Guangdong, please stop by and we can enjoy some good vodka (not baijiou) together.

Thanks for your blog.


6.  My Parents are Crazier Than Yours



Even though you don’t know me from a can of Ovaltine, I want to let you know that you’ve received the Versatile Blogger Award.  Hope this makes all of your angst worthwhile.

I’ve really enjoyed following your writing and, like others, hope you can achieve the success you’re looking for. 

I’m also wondering, when you’re parents move to Florida, what will you be writing about?

Thanks for your blog.


7.  Twentysomethingwaitress


I’m so glad I found your hilarious website.  Never thought that working as a waitress in a restaurant can provide so much fodder for your writing.  That’s why I’m giving you the Versatile Blogger Award.  You can print off the logo and put it on a button and tell customers to F*** off, I’m a versatile blogger now, if they give you any crap. 

Congrats and thanks for your blog.


8.  Kitchen Slattern

Hey, Kit-Slat!

I’m an idiot. Just realized the other day that your posts have recipes… I mean I always knew that’s the purpose of your blog and the reason for the name, but I’ve always been so hung up on the hilarity of it all I glossed over the recipe part.  That’s why I’m giving you the Versatile Blogger Award.  Break out a case of champagne and celebrate!

Thanks for your blog.


9.  Becoming Cliche


I’ve enjoyed your musings and I’m sure we can all relate to becoming our mothers (although I hope I dress better when I’m her age).  That’s why I’m giving you the Versatile Blogger Award.  Thanks for your blog.


10.  F Words by Sue Fenton


Even though I’ve just started following your blog, I enjoy your style of writing and your wit.  I’ve noticed we have many bloggers on here from the UK on WordPress and I do appreciate the diversity.  Thanks for your blog.


22 comments on “The Versatile Blogger Award

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  3. bronxboy55
    January 28, 2012

    Thank you for the award, Susan, and I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to acknowledge your thoughtfulness. It’s an honor to be recognized by you, just as it was an honor for you to be given the award by Sharon. Congratulations, and thank you again.


    • lostnchina
      January 31, 2012

      Charles, believe me. I searched high and low for someone deserving of this award and your name always popped up. So, revel in the glory!



  4. Sue Fenton
    January 19, 2012

    Hey Susan, have posted my Versatile Blog Award nominations…. you’re on there as my nominator (is that the right word?) And take it as read that had you not nominated me I would have nominated you.


    • lostnchina
      January 19, 2012

      Hi Sue,

      Thanks for the note. Who cares whether “nominator” is correct. It rhymes with “terminator” and that sounds cool.



  5. elmer
    January 17, 2012

    You know I am much more thrilled in enjoying a vodka with you than having the award! Makes me wanna go to Guangdong now. But I’ll be going back with this Versatile thing when I’m not too overloaded. My genuine thanks to you Susan!


    • lostnchina
      January 18, 2012

      Look forward to hearing from your blog soon, Elmer!


  6. LKD
    January 14, 2012

    Susan, thank you for your kind and genuine words. I identify with your writing as well, and I’m glad I found your blog.

    My factoids are up,



    • lostnchina
      January 15, 2012

      Hi Lorna,

      Thanks for your note. I look forward to reading the 7 things about you that we don’t know about. I’m sure it will be great.



  7. mrmarymuthafuckingpoppins
    January 14, 2012

    What are you going to do to celebrate ??!!?!?!


    • lostnchina
      January 14, 2012

      Well, since I’m fighting a cold, only two glasses of port last night. Maybe something more later this weekend?


  8. Sue Fenton
    January 13, 2012

    It’s lovely to be nominated, Susan, thank you! I’m glad you enjoy my blog. Funnily enough (re number 1 on your list of 7 facts about yourself), I just did a post about the strange search terms that have brought people to my site. Hairy arms, dogging and daddy long legs porn are, worryingly, among them. I never set out to attract perverts to my site but hey, we’ve all got to find our niche.
    I’m going to spend the weekend now trying to think of seven things I can say about myself.


  9. Kitchen Slattern
    January 13, 2012

    Susan, pull that thumb out of your mouth and give yourself a pat on the back! You deserve all the kudos that come your way and more for being one of the funniest and most insightful bloggers out there. I’ve been in the word business a long time (I got my start in clay tablets and worked up to smoke signals), and your work is just stellar for both style and substance. So you will certainly now believe me when I say how flattered I am to make your list. I will now remove the thumb from my mouth long enough to take a satisfying pull off one of the many champagne bottles I keep at the ready for just such occasions, or breakfast, whichever comes first. Thanks, girlfriend!


    • lostnchina
      January 13, 2012

      HI Wendie:

      Thanks so much for giving me your name – sounds so much better than Kit Slat….

      You spout mighty high praises indeed. And I appreciate it. Now, please don’t forget to pay it forward!



      • Kitchen Slattern
        January 13, 2012

        Will do. If you’re ever in the Big Apple and find yourself next to an empty barstool…


  10. mrmarymuthafuckingpoppins
    January 13, 2012



  11. gingerfightback
    January 13, 2012

    Susan – many thaks for the kind words – very much appreciated – my only concern is that you are under the impression that we understand what we are prattling on about – but it’s good to know that you are having a giggle at the nonsense. Many thanks again and best wishes.



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