This colorful green (my favorite color) graphic came from charlottesville winter who has nominated me for this “Versatile Blogger Award”. I was both honored and humbled to accept the nomination, but also a bit befuddled. As a neo-Conservative on many Biblical and social issues, I’m often described as “intractable”, “closed-minded” and “judgmental”. I thought – me, versatile? So I looked it up and found a few clues as to how one might view me (and my blog) as “versatile”. Since part of the requirements of accepting the honor is to write 7 things about myself, I’ll use 7 synonymns for “versatile”.
1. “ambidextrous” – (or, as my dad likes to call it “amateur-dextrous”). When I was growing up wanting to be a professional basketball player, and playing point guard, I learned to dribble equally well with both hands. Now, I use both hands on the keyboard, allowing me to type as fast as (or faster than) I think.
2. “conversant” – I had a Physics professor in college who once said, “The purpose of a liberal arts education is to prepare you to have a dinner conversation with almost anyone in the world and be able to ask good questions.” Instead of being a “jack of all trades”, I have studied and am equally deficient in 5 languages.
3. “facile”- One of the sub-definitions of facile is “articulate”. Another is “shallow”. I take great pains in using language that is precise and descriptive. As my blog indicates, I have “A Way With Words”. Yet, it’s also true I often lack the integrity to back up my words with actions, which makes it easier to relate to me as a writer than as a husband or father.
4. “plastic” – One little known fact about me is that after college, instead of pursuing an M.F.A. degree in Creative Writing, I chose to go to work in a factory that manufactured plastic bags. Plastic catches a lot of heat from environmentalists for clogging up landfills and not being bio-degradable. But, where we be without plastic?
5. “puttylike” – While I have over time developed strong opinions particularly about such things as Biblical issues, I can on various occasions be readily “shaped” by a convincing argument or an emotional appeal. When I developed my Facebook profile, for instance, I listed my political orientation as “chameleon-like”. I tend to take on the shape of the one with the strongest thumbs.
6. “resourceful” – If it didn’t require me investing in more costly education, I wouldn’t mind having a second career as a resource librarian. When it comes to getting information about particularly trivial subjects (but also those worthwhile), I can be a good sleuth in solving the mystery.
7. “varied” – As you’ll note, I like to address a number of subjects when I write. I envy those who have maybe 3 “categories” into which all their posts fit. I’m luck to keep my categories down to a number that would fit in a small football stadium.
So that’s me, one versatile blogger.
Now, the second requirement of accepting the award is to nominate 15 other versatile bloggers. Rather than just listing 15 blogs I follow (or bloggers who follow me), I think I will spend some time doing some research (after all, I am very “resourceful” – remember) and come back with a follow-up post within a week with 15 links. I hope this satisfies the spirit, if not the letter of the award.