So, about this Versatile Blogger thing…..

(AP Photo/Rob Carr)

Air Cooled Underware nominated me for a Versatile Blogger award, and I have to say I’m flattered. It’s really cool that somebody’s reading me and thinks I’m a Renaissance woman. Well, I am….but it’s nice that it’s noticed. So in keeping with the whole Versatile Blogger protocol (which I had to look up), here we go:

(Not everyone is necessarily into the VBA thing; that’s cool–if I nominate you, it’s because I honestly think you’re great, not because I expect you to follow suit.)

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

Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.

That’s done. Or at least it was implied by the flattery. But to be clear, Thank You.

Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.

Done. What’s next?

Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. (I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)

OK, this might take a little thinking. There are a lot of blogs I subscribe to and read—some a little more actively than others. But these are a few that I carve some time out for:

Girl On The Contrary

Funny and random as all getout, and a twisted sense of humor. In other words, my sister from another mister.

My Inner Chick

Just as funny and random with an added consciousness—she is a vigilant supporter of domestic violence outreach following her sister’s death at the hands of her abusive husband. Many of her entries deal with the loss and pain she still feels.

The Redneck Princess

I had to—it was a given that the White Trash Princess reach out to the Redneck Princess. She has a wide variety of subjects and several daily themes (recipes on Mondays, photos on Fridays, etc.)

Angry Pear

Technically my new favorite comic strip. This little sassy, sarcastic and, well, angry pear gets into the most interesting situations. She never fails to amuse me.

We Are Respectable Negroes

One of the more comprehensive blogs on black political consciousness—I should read it way more often than I do, though I receive it in my inbox regularly. There are a lot of news and political items covered that I would otherwise know nothing about. And as I hate actively following and interpreting weighty topics, anything that will help me better understand them without a few brain cells exploding in protest is a good resource.

The Crunk Feminist Collective

Black consciousness with a feminine touch—many of the same topics as WARN but a lot of women’s issue-centered news.

I Breathed Again

The very personal journey of my new online friend Jason Walker, who details his struggles with panic attacks, his re-entry in society and his quest to finish school and obtain his degree.

The Respect Dare by Nina Roesner

She doesn’t post new material as regularly as she did when I first subscribed (she pulled back from blogging time to spend with her family, and rightfully so), but at a point of intense strife in my marriage her personal and Biblical advice was needed and helpful. She occasionally reblogs older posts to keep the blog active—and the information is just and timely and informative as the first post.

Moments of Exhilaration

Written by a former lawyer turned stay at home mom, it chronicles the interaction with her young daughter and the feelings and struggles she’s dealing with.

The Sassy Curmudgeon

More general smartassery, but her blog lately has taken a MOE turn, as the curmudgeon in question just became a new mom.

Insatiable Booksluts

Three ladies who are voracious about reading, this blog is devoted to reviews about new and classic books.

Kamran Assadi

A new young friend of mine, he writes poetry and reviews all sorts of under-the-radar musicians. Also, as a recent new dad, he posts his adventures in being trained by his infant daughter. 😉

Black and Married…with Kids

Pretty obvious since I frequently reblog them. This site publishes a host of advice articles by a number of authors regarding relationship building, development and repair.

Red Lips and Academics

I follow a few egg-headed chicks (being one myself, I like to mingle with my own kind), and Miss Laura’s chronicles as a (relatively) new teacher and as an intelligent female in the dating world are introspective, wildly entertaining, and goshdarn funny.

The Food and Wine Hedonist

The title has food, wine and hedonist in it. I don’t really need another reason. But the quote from “The Jerk” clinched it for me….for I, too, was born a poor black child. 🙂

Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.

I will at the very least let them know about my posting. Some I know right off the bat will not follow suit, and as I mentioned above, I’m cool with that.

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

This ought to be interesting:

I love to dance. Been doing it since age 2, and have become fascinated with all forms of world dance.

I’m addicted to social media, mainly Facebook. I’m trying to break the habit. Can’t quite get into Twitter, though. I may have to in order to grow this blog when the time comes, but I don’t see the appeal.

I love watching the Olympics. Though I have certain sports I’ll watch, my main must-sees are the opening and closing ceremonies. There’s just something about the pageantry—I even have a few recorded.

I am a Jeopardy! FREAK. I have been wanting to be a contestant, but I’ve only passed one test, and my chosen field and workplace disqualifies me at the moment. I will resolve that before I die, because there is way too much useless information bouncing around in my head.

I hate heights. Fear has morphed into a healthy respect, particularly if there’s a guardrail and a really high fence. If I have a large cocoon of safety, even in my own head, I will gingerly test the limits. But things like bungee jumping, dangly rollercoasters and that clear observatory over the Grand Canyon? HAYAL NO.

I love children, but have run as far away from the “family business”—teaching—as possible. Save a volunteer daycare stint and a run as a dance teacher, I have not and do not intend to venture into the classroom. The children are our future but so is my sanity. And I have precious little and a slippery grip as it is.

I had an incredibly hard time coming up with seven things.

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. My Inner Chick
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 09:48:50

    Dear Drama,
    since you are crazy about facebook, will you be my friend? I am under Kim Sisto Robinson. This way, I can keep track of your naughtiness! ❤


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  3. Air Cooled Underware
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 20:41:16

    OMG OMG OMG ( do I sound like a young California girl or what)

    I – the afore mentioned Air Cooled Underware, have been absent these many months over the summer for a host of reasons. I am subscribed to way to many blogs that I can’t possibly read them all. Oh Sure I get the emails but honestly I delete darn near all of them because—I know I won’t get to reading.

    Well I decided to just sit here and read thus some of the latest writings of my friend up here and I was totally taken back to see. That YOU, my dear WTP chose TODAY to mention my nomination of your blog, and that TODAY, I chose to do some reading and found this article WOW.…….. Man that was so long ago I don’t remember. May was it?

    Talk about Providence!. It gives me chills.

    I have to say that you have intrigued me with your list of followed blogs. I guess I will be spending the next hour or two reading some of These peoples work… and adding more names to my follow list. (And I was going to try to cut a bunch of my current list JUST Because I Can’t get to all of them – and I don’t thing it is FAIR to follow someone if I am not really following.

    If I didn’t believe in God, I would defiantly be looking for Rod Serling about now.

    Take care my friend. I have some catching up to do this evening!

    Nuff Said “Congrats”.


    • dramaqueen1913
      Aug 27, 2012 @ 22:20:06

      April. LOL

      And I would have added you to the list but I didn’t know if there was some rule against nominating the nominator. Just consider yourself the unofficial 16th blog.

      I just got on NetworkedBlogs to try and compile the blogs I read/wanna read/need to read in one place….I’m just as pitifully overwhelmed but at least I’m seeing some of them more often. 😉 As for being incognito (or in my case, incognegro), no worries–I’ll be here whenever you show up. Thanks again for the nom.


  4. thefoodandwinehedonist
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 11:41:24

    Thanks for the shout out! I’m behind on paying forward awards, but will do so soon. I took a peek at the others and I’m in some great company. Thanks again!


  5. Redneckprincess
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 11:20:53

    Awe…thanks for the mention, sorry I have been blatantly absent. Sometimes life gets in the way 🙂 Hope all is well, and PS…the pic at top of post is awesome….


    • dramaqueen1913
      Aug 27, 2012 @ 14:19:06

      I can’t even tell you how woefully behind I am with reading. The one possible positive about running from this stupid hurricane is that I might be able to read them all.


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