A few days ago, I learnt that I have been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award by Kannan Raja, the blogger of Scribbles of a Zoology Student. I am honoured to be nominated and thankful for the opportunity to shed the spotlight to my cause!
Hurrah, an award!
Honestly though, being a little on the overreacting/ suspicious side of things, my first thoughts were “OMG, it’s one of those chain letter-like things that plagued my primary school years, or one of those ponzi pyramid schemes which my neighbour hounded my family to join after giving us a suspiciously nice tea party, or one of those spiritual images my relatives regularly forwards that promises me good luck if I forward it to 7 others (or be cursed for 7 years if I don’t).”
However, with some reading, I learnt that this award is more of a way for bloggers to recognise the work of other bloggers and show some support.
It was only very recently that I decided to filter out my environment-related blog posts, shed that cloak of anonymity and move to the WordPress platform. Through the process, I discovered many other great blogs and bloggers related to conservation, bonded with a few bloggers over this shared interest in writing AND managed to start some conversations on conservation through social media. On the downside, I also realised that there are literally thousands of bloggers like me, writing accounts of their life and work in an effort to promote a good cause.
For those who’ve been told they are special, I urge them to read the second sentence too (Image source: AllGreatQuotes)
In line with the rules of the Versatile Blogger Award (VBA), I hereby nominate the following noteworthy blogs. Some I’ve recently discovered, others I’ve followed for awhile and some are blogs of good friends. Of course, some of them are big names that don’t need special mention, or are professional sites that may not even know I follow their work, still, I appreciate their inspiring work, talent for writing and their commitment to share knowledge.
http://www.jamesborrell.com/blog/ (James Borrell is a conservation Guru and prolific writer who’s given us many inspirational and resourceful blog posts)
https://window2nature.wordpress.com/ (Informative articles by a renown environmental journalist in Sri Lanka)
https://fishingcats.blog/ (amazing work being done for the conservation of Fishing Cats in Sri Lanka)
http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/ (the mostly-hilarious accounts of Allie Brosh)
http://theoatmeal.com/blog/ (the humorous blog and comics of Matthew Inman)
https://krishashok.me/category/blog/ (a personal favourite)
https://crackedroses.wordpress.com/ (this millennial I know with her outspoken stance towards injustice is a force to reckon with)
https://mizarksitchyfeet.com/ (the travel blog of an adventurous couple who I had the pleasure to meet in Sri Lanka)
And now to answer the question from my nominator, If you could time travel, which point of time would you go to, and why?
It would definitely be to the time of the dinosaurs in the Mesozoic era, specifically, the Jurassic Period when Brontosauruses were around. Reptiles are cool and I have a soft spot for them (though it’s just a one-way street). Recently, I caught Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and couldn’t help but think that it was just another movie about the illegal wildlife trade of reptiles and man’s obsession to own and control animals.
Also to answer 7 things about myself (this is tough):
1. Having failed to achieve my childhood ambition of being a veterinarian and if I wasn’t doing what I was doing now, I’d probably be a zoo keeper. As the threats to wildlife keep increasing due to anthropogenic activities, the role of well managed zoos in education and conservation are taking prominence.
2. I love to explore new places and go on expeditions. Only having managed to explore parts of Sri Lanka, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Nepal, Bali, Oman, Malaysia and France so far, the list of countries I want to explore is extremely long (and hypothetical for the moment).
I do have a tendency to get lost, even with maps, GPS and guided instructions (Image source: mountainmodernlife.com)
3. Speaking of which, The Hobbit might be my most favourite book of all time.
4. One of my bucket list items is to watch Queen live in concert (even though their legendary frontman is no more).
5. When I’m not making a fuss about environmental injustice, I also get riled up over issues like gender inequality, racism and inconsiderate behaviour. In my universe, basic decency and respect are a must when living on a shared planet.
6. Having spent a good amount of my younger years in a more rural part of Sri Lanka, I still maintain my skills in peeling coconuts and climbing trees (with branches).
7. In case it wasn’t downright obvious, I am introverted. I was one of those odd and quiet children in class. And left-handed introverts are a deadly combination, I hear. Jokes aside and as clichéd as this sounds, sooner or later, we have to accept ourselves for who we are (quirks and all) and move out of comfort zones to achieve higher aspirations.
And now my question to my nominees who take up the challenge: What would you do today that would fill you with joy?
I hope I’ve done justice to this VBA post. Looking forward to blogging more, reading the posts of my new network of bloggers and discovering other great blogs.