And the badge is spiffy

It’s easy to be cynical about blog awards: imagine the Ouroboros gazing into his own navel. (For that matter, imagine the Ouroboros having a navel in the first place.) I’ve picked up a few over the years — some of them are hanging on the Backdrop — and some of them might even have been deserved.

The Versatile Blogger AwardCertainly Nancy Friedman, the second-smartest woman in the nation — admittedly I’ve never met the first, and I’d probably be afraid to — earned her Versatile Blogger Award, and she was kind enough to pay it forward in the general direction of Your Humble Narrator. Specifically, she said this:

In a typical week, the sole author, C. G. Hill, might cover social media, automobile tires, basketball, My Little Pony, print magazines, transportation in Oklahoma, women’s shoes, and Zooey Deschanel — all with enviable literary skill and brio.

Words like that from someone who makes a living from words — well, either I’m blushing or I’m having an amoxicillin reaction.

The rules of the game:

  • In a post on your blog, nominate 15 fellow bloggers for The Versatile Blogger Award.
  • In the same post, add the Versatile Blogger Award.
  • In the same post, thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog.
  • In the same post, share 7 completely random pieces of information about yourself.
  • In the same post, include this set of rules.
  • Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs. (Or tweeting.)

Seven random factoids:

  1. The stack of magazines on my breakfast bar is as tall as I am — or would be, were it not subdivided into four substacks.
  2. Given my limited kitchen skills, it’s perhaps a surprise that I eat out maybe once a week at most.
  3. There are books in the back room that I have yet to unpack from the last move in 2003.
  4. I have never owned a television set larger than 20 inches.
  5. While I have made progress, I’m still entirely too susceptible to implausible impulse purchases.
  6. I have an amazing capacity for denial, although it usually takes 12 to 24 hours to kick in once the Bad News is received.
  7. They say the camera adds ten pounds. In that case, I’ve lost seven cameras in the past seven years.

Equally deserving, if not more so:

Notifications to follow.


  1. McGehee »

    10 February 2012 · 1:08 pm

    Congrats, Charles.

    Maybe for 2013 I’ll make two resolutions, the second being to be more versatile.

  2. CGHill »

    10 February 2012 · 1:53 pm

    One man’s versatility is another man’s lack of focus, if you ask me. (And there’s no reason why you should ask me.)

  3. Kirk »

    10 February 2012 · 3:19 pm

    Congrats, Chaz. Now the larger internet knows what we few, we proud, we completely insane have always known.

    One of the best things about this kind of award is that it exposes me to blog I would otherwise never read.

  4. Jeffro »

    10 February 2012 · 5:57 pm

    Congrats, Chaz. How you manage to do it………

  5. Rita »

    10 February 2012 · 9:55 pm

    Wow. Now I know where all the cool kids are.

  6. Tatyana »

    11 February 2012 · 8:03 am

    “Versatile” is not quite appropriate for that list

  7. Melanie Sherman »

    11 February 2012 · 9:03 am

    You are totally versatile, plus you have a great blog. And thanks SO much for passing it on to me. :)

  8. CGHill »

    11 February 2012 · 11:58 am

    Truth be told, I didn’t think “versatile” was quite appropriate for me. But the rule around here has been “If the shoe fits, um, review it.”

  9. Nicole »

    11 February 2012 · 2:26 pm

    You completely deserve an award like that. You cover so much content I’ve been amazed. At the same time you manage to not be just like a link dump or aggregator site since you always add some observations of your own, often witty or humorous.

    Thanks for the nod as well. :)

  10. Lisa Paul »

    12 February 2012 · 12:38 am

    Congratulations, Chaz.

    No one deserves this award more than you. I never know what I’m going to encounter when I “tune in”.

  11. Roger Green »

    12 February 2012 · 4:19 am

    Thanks for the award. Really. I responded to it here:

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