The Beautiful Blogger Award

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Well I had a pleasant surprise this week when I was nominated to take part in the Beautiful Blogger Award by Julie Haiselden, over at her blog. It’s an honour to be nominated and it put a great big smile on my face. And whilst we’re on the topic of jhbooksblog, it’s definitely worth checking out – it’s full of author musings and a gentle humour that’ll have you going back there time and again.

So here are the rules of the nomination:

  1. Link to the blogger who took the time to nominate you.
  2. List seven random things about yourself.
  3. Nominate seven creative beautiful bloggers.
  4. Notify the amazing people that you nominated for the award.


I’ll be honest here, I almost didn’t take part due to the last two rules of this challenge. The truth is, I wouldn’t know which seven ‘creative beautiful bloggers’ to nominate. That’s not, of course, because there aren’t seven of you but quite the opposite – there are too many of you! So instead, I’m going to list my seven random things, and then hope to discover seven random things from all the wonderful bloggers that I follow (and that follow me) as well.


So here goes:

  1. Riley J. is actually a pseudonym. My real name is Vicky, and Riley J. comes from my dad, who has called me Riley Jones (or Riley Jones Smith, on a particularly bonkers day) since I was little.
  2. I do freelance writing of a more serious nature, under my real name. Check out my portfolio here (although I don’t update it as much as I should!)
  3. My mum is undoubtedly my number one fan but she is also my ever-suffering editor/proof-reader. She checks absolutely everything write – from blog posts to books – and sometimes I send her something at 11pm, hoping to have it back the next morning! I don’t thank her enough for doing this – she is awesome!
  4. Mario_Artwork_-_Super_Mario_3D_World.pngThere is a special place in my heart for 1980s computer games like Super Mario and Tetris. I play them regularly!
  5. I have two penpals – I love writing and receiving letters. (If you fancy being a penpal, send me a message!)
  6. I earned a level two in British Sign Language, which means I can communicate to a conversational level – although I completed the course a few years ago and I’ve probably forgotten half of it now!
  7. I always thought I’d never get married. I never saw the point. And then I met my husband. (He wasn’t my husband when I met him, of course. I wasn’t knocked on the head, secretly married off, and then revived to find myself in marital bliss. That would be weird). He changed my life for the better.
  8. I don’t have a TV and I don’t want one, although I occasionally watch imagethe odd show on BBC iPlayer (I can’t resist a bit of Gregg Wallace in Masterchef).
  9. I had a motorbike accident in 2008 and broke my pelvis in several places. Despite that, I’d still get on a motorbike and ride off into the sunset if I had one.
  10. I’m a strong believer in the idea that if you are not happy with your life, you should do something about it. And if all you do is sit around moaning about it, then perhaps you don’t hate it quite as much as you think!
  11. It appears I can’t count and have given you eleven facts instead of seven, but at least ‘eleven’ and ‘seven’ rhyme. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!


I was expecting it to be hard to think of seven things but actually, I could have gone on for longer! I haven’t talked about my gorgeous dog for example, or my funny brother with whom I like to get drunk, or my wonderful real-life book club – but perhaps those facts are for another time and another challenge!

I’m looking forward to reading everyone else’s seven random things, and I hope you enjoyed mine! Thanks again to Julie for nominating me, it’s been fun!


  1. Should have realised how much we had in common Riley. Pseudonyms, pen names originating from family nickname, Tetris, old fashioned letters, accidents, Motorbikes, names beginning with V, never wanting to get married, and a mutual Glasgee-ish friend named Seumas. Does that make nine? which rhymes with ‘mine.’ Forgot, also dogs and booze which makes eleven. See what you mean about getting on a roll. 😀 Good luck with your blogging nomination.

  2. Congratulations Riley, this is an excellent post. You never disappoint. I’m so pleased you accepted my nomination and if you win, the award will be well deserved! I knew I’d chosen wisely!

    1. Aw thank you 🙂 I didn’t realise it was an actual award! I may not be eligible since I didn’t nominate people, but I genuinely didn’t know who to nominate! There are so many great bloggers out there.

      1. I suspect it’s more the taking part that’s important but nice to have an additional credit: ‘blogging award nominee’. I struggled with nominations too, hence ending up with eight instead of seven!

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