The Versatile Blogger Award

Recently, Jacqui of The French Village Diaries nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award! I’m pleased as punch as my blog is so new – to be honest it’s a surprise to know that peeps are reading and enjoying it! So – many thanks, Jacqui (you’ll be having second thoughts when I bring my hiking mischief to France this summer…)  :-)

The Versatile Blogger Award is a great way for bloggers to introduce different bloggers to each other and also to promote quality blogs that the awardees and their followers might not otherwise discover. (Note from Karen: Although I enjoy lots of well-established blogs with large readerships, I have tried in this instance to choose my 15 blogs with the above thought firmly in mind).

The rules of the award are quite simple:

Thank the person who gave you this award.Include a link to their blog. Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award. Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs. (Note from Karen: I informed my chosen bloggers in various ways). Include this set of rules in your post.

Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

My 15 nominated blogs (in no particular order) are:

Tout Sweet
This French Life
Blog in France
A Little Drop of Cognac
Chez Lou Lou
See My Travels
Stewart Smith Photography
Walk 2012
Cumbrian Rambler
Dean Read dot net
Chronicles of Chloe Greene

Do pay them a visit – some are informative or inspirational, some humorous and others showcase some great photos. At first I thought it might take me a while to come up with 15 blogs but at least 20 blogs rolled off my pen effortlessly; there are obviously some great blogs out there. Either that or I spend far too much time online reading blogs when I should be working!

The last request of this Versatile Blogger Award is for me to reveal 7 things about myself. Here we go… If I get arrested afterwards will you all vouch for me…?

1. I never wear black. Don’t get the obsession – it’s such a draining colour! What’s wrong with charcoal, aubergine, olive or chocolate? Still hides those naughty excess pounds but much more flattering.

2. I once took the controls of a jumbo jet in the air. I loved it, passengers noticeably queasy. Told you I’d get arrested.

3. I love pastry. Cornish pasties, pork pies, sweet pastries, doughnuts…really must stop..

4. I don’t watch TV – not a big reveal I know but it is rare! Not that I’m against the box – I’ve just got too many other things I’d rather do instead!

5. I really love hiking. Funnily enough I love driving too which may seem odd! I’ve driven over a lot of UK and France on my lonesome. Now that’s a story for another day…

6. I have 3 kids (I say kids, they’re all taller..and smarter..than me)

7. I have moved house (and area) so many times that I’m told I now have a hotchpotch of an accent. Have a listen for yourself…

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  • Merewoman

    Congratulations! Very well deserved. I’m surprised it took so long. :D

    • karenguttridge

      What a lovely comment – thank you. I may make a blogger of myself after all.. Ha! :-)

  • Nicky

    Who has said you have a “hotchpotch of an accent”? I’ve never heard anyone say that about you…! 

    • karenguttridge

      It was after I did the BBC Radio thing – bit of a mini debate on my origins..! Mix of north and south :-)

  • Karenwheeler

    Hi Karen,

    As a fellow hiker and pastry lover, thanks for the nomination.

    Karen x

    • karenguttridge

      Hi Karen

      Please assure Biff that if he’d had his own blog, I’d have nominated him too! 

      Karen x

  • Dean Read

    Thanks Karen, I better get racking my brains and think of my 15 now :-) not until I’ve visited all your nominations first though.

    • karenguttridge

      There are some great blogs around – it’s hard to choose! But I do enjoy yours :-)

      • Dean Read

        Thanks again Karen, need to do a little tweaking over on my blog but it’s nice to know folk do read it.
        I’ve been very jealous of your pictures this week :-)

  • Andrea – Butterflyist

    I don’t watch TV either! Well, not apart from Come Dine With Me :) And I watch Desperate Housewives on 4oD (so highbrow). Thank you for the nomination though – am honoured!

    • karenguttridge

      Haha yes Desperate Housewives was a bit of a wrench but once I recognised too much of myself in there it had to go! Love your blog – and the inspirational thoughts behind it :-)

  • @Heelwalker1

    Thanks Karen! Several of those will feature in my top 15! Sounds like a fab award :-)
    Tanya @heelwalker1 x

    • karenguttridge

      I think it’s a great idea because how else can you find all these great blogs springing up everywhere? Once they’re well established & well known it’s different – easier to get noticed!

  • Chloe Greene

    Ahh warm thanks to you Karen for including me in this. I will ponder carefully my 15 blogs. 
    And I’m so with you on the wearing black issue. I think we should all wear more colour. You walk down the street and there is so much black, navy and grey. Drab!  Now I always make a point of having a red coat to wear in the winter as it cheers me up.

    I look forward to checking out the 14 other blogs you have selected.

    Thanks again.

  • Sarah Somewhere

    Thank you for the honour! I’ve enjoyed discovering some of the other blogs as well as your own.
    It’s such a gift to be able to connect with so many people who are living inspired, creative lives of their choosing. Thanks again Karen!

    • karenguttridge

      Love following your adventures Sarah (fab pics too!). I’ll be hot on your heels soon – can never quell the wanderlust :-)

  • Steph J Dagg

    Thank you for the award! Delighted to have discovered your blog and looking forward to following your adventures.