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Versatile Blogger Award

I’ve been a very lucky guy in regards to blogging.  When I started seriously blogging on the now closed MyOpera platform, I quickly ran into some great blogging friends which encouraged my continued output.  versatile-blogger-award-3 After a year or two, my output became less prolific due to a few personal issues.  During this near hiatus MyOpera closed and a number of us ported our blogs to WordPress.  For nearly two years, my posts here were sporadic but during the latter half of 2015 I gave WordPress some effort and have been rewarded with a new collection of great friends again.

That’s my blog history pretty much summed up.  2016 has started with two awards from my fellow bloggers here at WordPress.  Earlier this month, I was nominated for the You Are My Sunshine Award.  And now, I have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by the wonderful Chanel Bailey at The Real Life/ Real Talk.  Do check out her blog, it is a great read.

Okay, I had better get to the rules:

  1. Thank the person that nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  2. Nominate at least 15 bloggers of your choice. When considering a fellow blogger for the Versatile Blogger Award, keep in mind the quality of their writing, the uniqueness of their subject matter and the level of love displayed on the virtual page.
  3. Link your nominees and let them know about their nomination.
  4. Share seven facts about yourself.

I’m a bit of a maverick at times (joking) so I won’t list 15+ bloggers in this post.  I would like to nominate all of the blogs in my list to the right of the screen, so please all do take this as a nomination from me.  Also, please do visit all of the blogs that I follow.

Anyway, seven facts about me:

  1. My online names ‘Harry…the man’ and ‘ChartonJeremiah’ are references to two of my favourite bands The Cure and Talking Heads.  ‘Harry…the man’ is a reference to a song by The Cure ‘Happy the man’ and Charlton and Jeremiah are the real first names of Talking Heads members Chris Frantz and Jerry Harrison.
    EDIT My name actually is Harry which is why some friends originally sang Harry the man whenever Happy The Man was played
  2. Infamously, I ate tinned cat food at a party after drinking too much.  That weekend, my Mum served me up a can of cat food after hearing the story from the sisters hosting the party as they were good friends with my parents.
  3. I worked at a school for a couple of years.  Two of the then school children who I saw pretty much every day were Juno Temple and Cara Delevingne.  I didn’t speak much to Cara Delevingne but I can confirm that Juno Temple was, and I imagine still is, a wonderful girl (whenever I was about she was, anyway).
  4. At Junior School, I played hockey as a team captain in a county meeting.  I coincidentally wore the exact same shirt my brother – nine years my senior – wore when he represented the school playing soccer.
  5. With Yasmin finally calling me Dad, that is one of my two long held parenting goals achieved.  The other is to have a daughter who is legally my own child.  This will most likely be by adoption if at all.
  6. I have a few digestion issues aka lactose intolerance and IBS.  Both of these are pretty much under control nowadays, but I was tested for bowel cancer a few years back.  I was suffering badly mainly from not then knowing how to control the symptoms by taking care of what I ate.  For example, this means that I cannot eat brussels sprouts or apples without suffering later on but the juice from either has no effect on me.
  7. I have a dragonfly wing shaped scar on the inside of my right elbow joint from an accident with an iron when I was a toddler.  I was too scared to cry from the pain as I thought my Mum would be angry; and so my Mum didn’t realise about the accident until she went to bath me an hour or so later.  Needless to say, she took me straight to the hospital!

 

Moan, moan, moan – the British way

I think the one thing that every one of us has in common is that we each have something that we can feel bad about.

Emo Kids - get happy!

Some people never know when they are well off

In some way or other, life is unfair to pretty much everyone.  Well, okay, some people get better breaks than others.  However, a sense of perspective is something that few of us have.

At least I haven’t been born in a country where wrong doings are punished by public flogging.  Nor have I been born a girl to either be married and pregnant to a man old enough to be my grandfather while being still at the an age that is below the age of consent in European countries, or to be raped on the order of an unelected all male counsel for some crime committed by a relative.  And I’m not an elderly person facing starvation because I find it hard to do the only available but poorly paying work because my body is collapsing with age.

I could go on about the life of the majority of the World’s inhabitants, but I won’t.

I watch television documentaries and news broadcasts and see people moaning about their lot while all of the time I watch everything as if through the eyes of one of these people I mention.  They’d love to live on the benefits breadline in Britain if that meant that they lived in a house with a spacious enclosed garden, full indoor sanitation and warm clothes.  Sorry, with this image that I describe I am thinking about a particular family that I saw this year on BBC News.

…Okay, I won’t go into a full rant here.

I do listen to gothic inspired music. One of my five favourite albums is Pornography by The Cure, for example. I can relate to the words as bad things have happened to me in the past. But, I’m not unique in having a bad past. I have a right to feel depressed about things that have happened to me but there is a lot that makes me feel grateful and happy as well.

Let’s just say, caring about everyone else in the World helps you to appreciate the few blessings that you do have.

So, to this WordPress thing…

Blogging!  I love blogging – well, I love the interaction.

Blogging for me started tentatively when teased by sites such as MySpace, Facebook and DeviantArt.  Well, I left those sites long ago for various reasons – actually, pretty much the same reason.  They seemed to have more than their fair share of infantile and argumentative people.  Maybe that’s an unfair assessment on these sites, but the people that kept contacting me on these sites were quite infantile and argumentative.

Blogging became my favourite waste of time when I started my blog on MyOpera.  MyOpera had its share of odd people, but it also had a large amount of really great and interesting people.  The reasons for the types of people who blogged at MyOpera was partly owing to the history of the Opera browser.  There were those dark days when Microsoft Windows had a near total monopoly on the World operating system battlefield and Opera was the only mainstream browser to bother with users of Linux.  There were other factors as well that shaped the Opera community but it is enough to say that MyOpera had a great community going.

And then, MyOpera was no more.  They helped those of us who loved the activity of blogging to migrate our old blogs to WordPress or other suitable platforms.  For posterity, my old MyOpera blog Depressing Music, Dark Literature and Positive Thoughts is preserved here at WordPress.

Insert Ubuntu here - D'oh!

D’oh! – Ubuntu, the solution to utilising limited hardware

I remember being asked just once about the title of my blog.  The title described me when I started this blog and the title still rings quite true to this day.  I listen to mainly depressing music, I read literature that is sometimes dark in nature but I try to think positively.

Back to this blog.  Many of my current WordPress friends were also MyOpera bloggers.  Like me, I notice that they also seem to have struggled to maintain regular blogging on WordPress.  The old MyOpera blogging community has sort of vanished in the WordPressSphere.  That I’ve posted only nine blog posts in 22 months tells its own story.

So, what for the future of this blog?  A blog on cooking, perhaps?  No, I’m not a great cook.  How about me giving you all some inspirational thoughts and stories?  Hardly a good idea when I’ve struggled to get going at times over the last few years.  How about a blog on my favourite books and albums?  Nah, that could get a little tedious.

No, I don’t need to think of a new theme for this blog.  I just need to blog whilst in the main avoiding reference to all of the bad things that have happened in recent months.

Hopefully, I’ll get to meeting some new online blogging friends at WordPress and become part of post-MyOpera-scene blogging revival.  Will this post-MyOpera-scene be as good as the post-Punk scene…?

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