About a month ago, Nillu Stelter did me the great honor of nominating me for The Versatile Blogger Award. Nillu writes

“The Versatile Blogger Award is given to writers who bring something special into your lives, whose love of words comes across on the page and who have a unique perspective. It’s wonderful to be chosen to receive the award, especially alongside fellow nominees whose work I admire.”

The conditions for accepting this award include a list of seven things about myself that you may or may not know already, and I have to nominate bloggers onwards for the same award. This is the tough part of this nomination, because I was surprised at how limited my exposure was to quality bloggers. Which is why I took my time finding nominees.

My Nominees

After a few weeks of research, these are my nominees for the award:

Khalid Muhammad: Author of Agency Rules, Khalid blogs extensively about politics in Pakistan (and there’s so much to blog about), about espionage (because his book is a spy thriller) and occasionally about social issues. He’s a marketer-turned-writer, a Pakistani-American who’s embraced his homeland, which is a difficult thing to do. In so many ways, Pakistan is a third-world country, and making the transition from first-world to third-world is rough, to say the least.

Lisa Veldkamp: I met the modern druidess less than 5 months ago (January 2014), and in that short time, I’ve come to regard her as a friend and to admire her generosity. I recently went through her blog posts (which she charmingly calls her ‘column’) and wasn’t surprised to find a great deal of variety and depth in her words.

Marialena Carr: I met Marialena over a few retweets on MondayBlogs, and I found posts covering art, science, mythology, fiction, and a range of wordless observations that made me think of the artists’ sketchbooks we studied (and kept) in art school. If anyone deserves the versatile blogger label, it’s Marialena!

SS Kuruganti: SS Kuruganti is a book blogger, a professional reviewer, a fan fiction writer, and now she’s writing her own book. She’s both creative and snarky on her blog, so her nomination shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who knows her.

Paula Reed Nancarrow: Paula is a writer and a performance artist; I know her only from Twitter, but from what I’ve seen, she’s a discerning reader, a