HollyMae, author of the brilliant Mountains, Monuments and Mud, recently nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award and it’s now my pleasure to nominate 15 other blogs and bloggers for the award. Full details on this award can be found on its website.
Here are my nominations, in no particular order:
- The Egyptiana Emporium – Egyptological news, museum pieces, research, and more. I’ve been following Gemma’s blog ever since it was launched and it’s by far one of the best Egyptology blogs out on the web.
- GraecoMuse – Jenni specializes in ancient Greek history, philology and the history of medicine and has participated in archaeological digs around the world. She’s like Lara but with a much greater regard for archaeological sites and academic integrity.
- Petite Chouette des Bois – Nicole blogs about Maya culture, history, and language as well as everyday life. She’s even trying to learn to write and speak Maya in her spare time.
- Stella’s Tomb Raider Blog – While she’s best known for her “stellar” Tomb Raider walkthrough guides, Stella also maintains a blog devoted to Tomb Raider, Lara Croft, and gaming.
- Pfangirl Through the Looking Glass – The geeky pop culture obsessions of a child of the 80s. Pfangirl’s also a web cartoonist, writer, and occasional cosplayer. Excellent stuff.
- Acropolis of Athens – Nikos Chatziandreou’s blog is “an initiative that aims to support the reunification of the Acropolis sculptures in Athens”. He’s very passionate about this cause so check out his blog to learn more!
- Archaeology, Academia and Access – Emily is an archaeology and digital heritage student who is currently investigating how people interact and engage with the past in video games.
- History Kicks Ass! – Nadine’s a history teacher and her blog aims to prove that history really does kick ass. If you think history’s a boring, irrelevant subject, check out her blog . You’ll soon change your mind.
- Res Gerendae – This is a collaborative blog run by Classics students at the University of Cambridge. The Classics are still very much alive and kicking!
- Not Culturally Relevant – Ostercy is very much a fan of “classic” Lara (as am I) and his blog pays tribute to the “cartoonish” Lara Croft most of us grew up with.
- Archaeology Fantasies – This archaeogeophysicist in training has been debunking bad archaeology and pseudoscience for some time now so I can only imagine what she thinks of the Tomb Raider series…
- History and Archaeology – René is primarily an amateur Egyptologist but he’s also interested in ancient and European cultural history. His blog, therefore, reflects his wide range of interests in all things ancient.
- 9 Muses News – Keri Douglas’ blog on art, people and news from around the world. She regularly blogs about cultural heritage issues and archaeological ethics.
- The Heritage Journal – A fantastic blog that “promote awareness and the conservation of the incomparable but often-threatened prehistoric sites of Britain, Ireland and beyond”.
If you’ve been nominated for the award and wish to join in the fun, you will need to:
- Thank the person who nominated you this award and include a link back to their blog.
- Select 15 awesome blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
- Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award (if possible, include a link to the website so that others can learn more about the award)
- Share 7 facts about yourself.
- Optional: You’re free to add the Versatile Blogger Award button to your blog if you’re one of the 15 nominees and have nominated 15 blogs of your own. Just save the image below, upload it to your blog, insert it in your blog post and/or menu, and add a link back to the Versatile Blogger Award website.
And, last but not least, here are seven facts about yours truly:
- My partner and I own two cats, Juno and Rico. Juno is not named after the Roman goddess (though she certainly acts like one) but after Juno Eclipse, the pilot and main love interest in the Star Wars game The Force Unleashed (I’m a geek at heart). Rico is named after the mute and nutty penguin in the Madagascar films (yes, the one that coughs up random weapons on command).
- My favourite animals are snow leopards and tigers (both are animals that Lara seems to relish killing) but I’m also very fond of jaguars, clouded leopards, red pandas, otters, fennec foxes, snowy owls, barn owls, peregrine falcons, kestrels, quetzals…this list could go on and on.
- I usually don’t mention that I did a BA in Modern Chinese Studies at university as it usually leads to people asking me to translate some obscure phrase for a tattoo they’ve been thinking about. My Mandarin skills are no longer what they used to be but I occasionally translate articles on archaeology and cultural heritage from Chinese into English. Some of my more recent work can be found here (the blog I’ve linked to is an older, now inactive blog of mine).
- Before Lara came along, my favourite fictional archaeologist/Egyptologist was actually Dr Daniel Jackson from Stargate (the original 1994 film, not the spin-off TV series). I was a dorky teenager who was fascinated by ancient Egyptian culture and art so I saw him as something of a role model. It’s crazy, I know, but I was just 14 at the time. Having said that, I still haven’t succeeded in teaching myself how to read Egyptian texts. Some Egyptologist I’d make, huh?
- Just in case I haven’t established how huge a geekish nerd I am: I met my Dutch partner through a Star Trek chat room. We met in real life about a year later, got together, survived a 3-year long distance relationship (I was still at university and he was working) and then finally moved in together. 11 years on, we’re now engaged and travelling the world whenever we have the chance, time, and money. He’s not a big fan of the Tomb Raider series but he won’t object to watching the films or watch me repeatedly kill off Ms Croft. If anyone is interested, my favourite Star Trek series is Deep Space Nine and I still think First Contact is the best Trek film to date (please note that I haven’t seen Into Darkness yet as it won’t be released here till 6th June).
- After watching Marvel’s The Avengers, my partner and I decided to finally sign up for archery classes. I’m now the proud owner of a beautiful Hungarian horse bow. Unlike Hawkeye and Lara, my aim is less than perfect. If Lara had my archery skills (or lack thereof), she would have starved to death early on in the game…
- Archaeology is a passion of mine but I must confess that I’ve never watched an episode of Time Team…
PS. Visit the Versatile Blogger Award’s website if you need any more information about the award or rules and don’t forget to let me know who you’ve nominated. You can do so by leaving a link to your blog post in the comments section below. 🙂
UPDATED: 28th May 2013
Here are the responses from the bloggers I nominated. Visit the links below to find out who they nominated and maybe even find some new blogs to follow. 🙂