Every year it was the same handful of kids, on rotation, that would get that award, the big one, in front of the entire school. It wasn’t a particularly fancy looking thing either, printed portrait on white A3 80gsm paper, as if it had just come from a photocopier. The stickers on it jazzed it up a bit though. Our school was humble, as were the certificates themselves.

It wasn’t the award itself that made my Mum proud, it was what it represented. At the end of every year, only one kid would get it. You had to be the star of the year in the class. Consistently good in everything. I wasn’t particularly bright, so it was probably more based on my effort than actual results.

To this day, twenty five years later, my Mum still tells that story, the day I stood up at assembly and received my very own one. I think it was probably her most proudest moment. And that’s what makes me happy I got it. For her joy.

Since then, through nothing other than hard work, things come and go in my life. Adult life yeilds very little tangible certificates, except when we take out an insurance policy, or register a car. It’s nice though, every now and then, to be recognised for our work, for standing out, or being different.

My new blogging friend Rachel, also known in the blogosphere as “Ray” from hartofblogging.com bestowed upon me a sense of humility in awarding me the Versatile Blogger Award.

There are a few awards that passionate and community based bloggers share with their colleagues. This one was interesting as it got me thinking what bloggers need to do to stay afloat.

Versatility, in the blogging sense, is the ability to adapt, to flex up or down, and to grow as our blog and community expands.

If I can accept that definition then I’m thrilled to think I’m doing my little part in the world of blogging, for my fellow bloggers, and most importantly, our communities.

To fulfil this award, I must of course share seven things about myself. So here we go, shall we?

  1. By the time some of you get to reading this, I will have become a Dad for the third time.
  2. I for real still don’t know all of my times tables (despite having studied quantum mechanics in University, go figure).
  3. My absolute favourite pastime is camping. I love everything about it. It’s invigorating, stress relieving and brings me back to my centre.
  4. I’m 173 cm tall. Is that short or average?
  5. My favourite colours to wear are white, grey or varying shades of blue. Rarely anything else.
  6. I’m legit afraid of needles, more so blood tests.
  7. I originally grew a beard to save myself from looking like a 16 year old about to jump the gates for a free ticket at a train station. When I turn 40 I plan on shaving my beard and growing some hair to look 30 again. True story.

A big thank you to Ray for the nomination. This was fun. If I’m being honest, I most like reading everyone’s about me posts, learning interesting things about you, so it’s enjoyable to write one.

I’m supposed to nominate 15 people, but I don’t quiet know if I can reach that number so here are some of those I’d be keen to hear from, so I nominate the following wonderful bloggers;

  1. Fiona, sunraintea
  2. Michael Neale
  3. Sam’s Blog
  4. Michelle Buck
  5. Thegoodthehuman
  6. Kim, inmygalaxy30
  7. Blueskydays365

As always, thank you for reading.


Read #blogtober 16: Tuesday, 16th October 2018

5 thoughts on “I think my Mum was most proud – Versatile Blogger Award

    1. ๐Ÿ˜ It’s interesting, I was deciding whether to call them times tables or multiplication tables as we use both names but the Aus and US language difference always plays on me. ๐Ÿ˜‚

      Mum’s (Mom’s) are certainly awesome. And here is the language difference again. Lol.

      Looking forward to reading your post should you choose to accept ๐Ÿ˜


  1. Awesome job Ivan!
    I love the way you ran with this award. It proves how much you deserved it. Thank you for participating and posting this.
    By the way, we have a few things in common! I certainly donโ€™t know all of my times tables off the top of my head and I have always loved camping too! Especially in the mountains during Autumn ๐Ÿ‚!
    Youโ€™re welcome for the nomination, it was very much deserved.
    ~ Ray

    1. Wow, that means alot. Thank you so much for this really nice feedback.

      You’d have lots of mountains and parks out your way I’m sure would be nice to camp in. Picturesque. Besides the bears, if you have those. I think I need to plan a trip camping in the next few weeks. ๐Ÿ˜

      Thanks again Ray, means alot.


  2. Thank you so much for nominating me Ivan, thatโ€™s really kind of you. It is lovely to find out a few more things about you. How lovely that you have kept that wonderful memory locked in of your mum being so proud of you! ๐Ÿค— here in the U.K. we say mum and times tables! I do know mine, but working in a school for so long probably helped me retain them! Iโ€™m looking forward to doing this, thanks again ๐Ÿ˜€

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