The Versatile Blogger Award & 7 things about EllaDee

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Thank you to Pete Denton – Writer for nominating this award and its attendant encouragement to a blogging newbie.

When I need something it finds me: books I need to read fall off shelves; song lyrics remind of that thing I need to do or remember; random conversations trigger a memory of something important but lost in the grist of day-to-day.

And so it was that in December 2011 blogging found me. I had time & creative energy on my hands, and my sanity was slowly starting to unravel. For 3 years my work life had pretty much consumed everything. Then the project ended and I had time, and lots of it, still at a desk in front of a keyboard & computer screen. I had been dabbling in OneWord & Scribd and it was through OneWord I found .

Simultaneously, a friend Facebooked me a link to which she’d done a course to create as a means to promote her artwork, and a past neighbour now FB friend created .

No-one at work was paying much attention to anything I was doing so I gave myself a quick DIY course in WordPress and started was inspired by our new neighbourhood which is a gallery of street art, and was born of an unplanned road trip that reminded me there is a world out there.

Blogging suits my available time, my subject matter and my attention span.
My blogging inspiration comes from everyday life: what I see and what’s happening in my world.

The rules for accepting this award are as follows:
1. Thank the award-givers and link back to them in your post.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass this award along to 15 or 20 bloggers you read & admire.
4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.

7 things about me.

1. I lead a double life. I live in inner city Sydney (NSW, Australia) in a tiny apartment with my partner, the Gorgeous One (G.O.) and have a corporate desk job. That life pays the bills. We also have a house in a small village 6 hours drive up the coast. It’s where I live in my head & my heart. When I can’t sleep, instead of counting sheep I take a virtual walk around my garden. That life gives me the will to live the life that pays the bills.

2. I’m a cat person, and also a dog person. Currently we’re a catless & dogless household but it takes double the amount of time it should to walk home after work each afternoon from the local train station as I stop for neighbourhood cat & dog pats along the way.

3. The other day I had a flashback to a childhood game of “let’s pretend”. It was the early 70’s and we were pretending to be grownups at work, and I was tapping away at my imaginary typewriter. And yes, today a keyboard is an integral part of my life.

4. I love old & found stuff from op shops, garage sales, footpaths… Our apartment & house other than the basics, is accessorized with found or cheap goodies.

5. I appear to be crappy at writing fiction. I once wrote a 500 word short story called “The Journey” about dragons named Djimele & Djametris, for a fantasy fiction competition.

6. It may be that my penchant for blogging has a precedent in my family history. “ “A regular noting of plain facts in memorandum form” was Emily Evelyn Barwick’s modest aim when she began keeping this record of her life in domestic service” writes cousin Heather Ashford in her introduction to our early relative’s diary written in the 1880’s & 1890’s and published in 1987. (

7. It’s not just me. Sometimes when I cook, food transpires as if by alchemy, and it’s the same with blogging. In the shower, on the train or wherever it amuses the muses… even at the keyboard, inspiration & words materialize.

I follow an array of amazing blogs & I couldn’t select only 20 myself so I gave it up to the Universe and this is the list, this time. In no particular order, for Versatile Blogger Awards, my nominations are:


Click on the links and be amused & inspired also.

14 thoughts on “The Versatile Blogger Award & 7 things about EllaDee

  1. Thank you so much. I am so flattered. I am a little behind right now, but will be accepting this with a couple of other awards soon. In the meantime, I appreciate the honor. Again, thank you.


    1. You’re welcome. I know exactly what you mean. Accepting this award has taken up all my available blog time, and a little more, so far this week. 🙂


      1. Hello Ella! Welp, My award from you, has been proudly posted on my blogsite. And as soon as I figure out how to do it, I’m going to go back in and add the icons to the actual award post. Silly me… I’m computer illiterate, it seems. 😦 Anyway, thank you for the nomination.


  2. Thank you for that. I am not an awardy sort of person in theory – but it is nice to receive them 😀 I do like the opportunity to publicise other blogs though, so I will get round to writing it up at some point, I’ve got them piled up at the moment for mine and Pippa’s blog! I’ll probably have a look at the other 19 on your list first though 🙂 Thanks again.


    1. You’re welcome. I enjoy your blogs. The pay it forward aspect of the awards is time consuming, taking up my allocated blogging time so far this week.


  3. Thank you for nominating me I feel very honored and overwhelmed, too.
    I hope I get it all, being excited makes it quite hard to think.
    I feel kind of high and forget what I’m supposed to do.
    Anyway, while I figure out how it all works – congratulations to you for winning the award! 😀


  4. Thanks from me over here at RoxyVespa as well! It feels great when someone else does something like this for you… and this blog means a lot to me. So a hearty thank you from me to you! I might have to make a whole new page over at my blog so that I can respond to this properly. Keep calm and scoot on! 😉


  5. Congratulations and thank you for accepting the nomination. I am a cat person. I’ve never had a dog, though part of me wants to get a beagle. Maybe one day!

    Happy blogging 🙂


    1. Thnx. It was the photo of Munchie & the caption on your “About” page that lead me to follow your blog 🙂 PS. I’ve started reading the Steel City Writers anthology via PDF download to my desk top at work & Smashwords on my phone, and am enjoying it .


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