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Five Things you May Not Know about this little ProBlogger

Well the five things meme has circulated backwards and forwards through the blogosphere and I thought I’d escaped it as it does seem to be whimpering out – however Chris Garrett posted today that I was the only slack one in his list of tagees not to respond which alerted me to the fact that I had in fact been tagged. Doh!

Ok – so let me see what I can come up with.

Five things not commonly known about me:

  1. I used to be a goth (you know – black everything, hair, nail polish, lipstick….).
  2. I’ve done quite a variation of jobs over the past decade including – office furniture buyer and sales, youth work, in-flight catering kitchen work, laborer, warehousing, tour manager for a band, stationary sales, minister/church planter… blogger.
  3. I started my first business when I was 11 – selling pictures of Brooke Shields from my mothers magazines to my male classmates to stick on their books. I started my second business at 13, selling pens, paper, folders and other stationary to my classmates out of the spare locker next to mine. Bother operations were eventually shut down by teachers – but not before making me some nice coin (well nice for a kid).
  4. I used to smoke a pack of cigarettes a day.
  5. When studying my Bachelor of Business in Marketing I failed Business Statistics 101 three times before passing it on my fourth attempt.

Ok – so who to tag with this? Is there any blogger out there that hasn’t done it yet? Leave a comment and I’ll tag the first 5.

Tag Update
Here are my ‘tags’ to the first five who asked – Josh, Alan, Rich, Vincent and Tim.

Go to it Fellas!

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Comments

  1. Josh says:

    I have not done this yet and would love to continue the chain.

  2. Liza says:

    I’m a new blogger and just got tagged. It was actually fun doing it.

    Ms. Q tagged you. Ms. Q also tagged Digitalrich who in turn tagged me.

  3. Liza says:

    I’m a new blogger and just got tagged. It was actually fun doing it.

    Ms. Q tagged you. Ms. Q also tagged Digitalrich who in turn tagged me.

    Liza

  4. Alan Patrick says:

    I’ve done a similar variation of jobs over recent years…hope that I can end that run in a similar way to you by becoming a successful blogger!

    Tag me if you like, as I have yet to do the five things meme…

  5. Rich Owings says:

    Darren,

    I’d love to be tagged so I can spread some link love around!

    Have a great holiday and thanks for helping out so many bloggers all year long.

    Rich

  6. Dana says:

    I haven’t heard of this – how does it work?

  7. Josh says:

    @Dana – You have to blog five things about yourself and then tell five other bloggers to do the same themeselves. They will then do the same – it’s just like that chain mail you get in your spam filter, except this one is actually quite useful and good!

  8. Donovan says:

    We all have some skeletons. Love it!

  9. Brian Clark says:

    A Goth? I never would have guessed that one…

  10. Gary Rodgers says:

    Nice list, I’m going to make one in a couple of days.

  11. Vincent says:

    I have seen people tagging around for quite some time, but no one actually tagged me. Will you? Sigh, I’m too late I guess, the sixth one.

  12. MikeRo says:

    Darren,

    How about you post up a pic of you in the goth days!

  13. Nice list, never would have spotted you as a Goth!

  14. Tim Nash says:

    Its an odd feeling you half want to be tagged half don’t well I’m still untagged but I’m sure its just an oversite and people love me really…

  15. bernard says:

    What a coïncidence. I actually blog for the Goth scene, while not being a goth myself, I just like the music, there is a widespread community in that scene. You’ve hidden that very well Darren.

  16. bulut says:

    Sister of Mercy, Mission Uk, Bauhaus, Siouxsie And The Banshees
    I’m still interested in goth scene , it’s good to hear that . All of you have a great holiday!

  17. Justin says:

    Church planter huh? cool.

    Are you still actively involved in ministry?

  18. There was quite a few things that I didn’t expect. Goth was one. The smoking was a second. :)

  19. William says:

    Hmmm… Goth turned pastor turned blogger? I am sensing a trend here. Now Darren, any chance you would post an old pic of yourself in Goth? That would be great for the b5 scrapbook!

  20. Alex Becker says:

    haha. Wow so how did you decide that goth was not your thing? anything specific, or did you just grow out of it?

  21. Jeff Ventura says:

    You think you’re late? I haven’t even HEARD of this, much less DONE it.

    My Google Reader has failed me. I am sad. ;-)

  22. I have not been tagged! I’ve heard about this — but didn’t realize that you had to be tagged to get into the fun. Since I’m not one of the first five to hit this posting, I’m assuming you may not tag me… but I might just have to jump into this anyway!

    One thing that people might not know about someone like me who writes on the somewhat ‘boring’ topic of insurance: I have Pink Floyd, Extreme, ELO and Jeff Healey Band in my music collection, alongside of Diana Krall, Gordon Lightfoot and Loreena McKennit. (If someone actually browsed my music collection — stored in alphabetical order — they might think I’m a multiple personality. Did I mention that I have Madonna and Back Street Boys? Or that I’m 46?)

  23. I’m a recovering goth, I still do the nail polish every so often… It keeps me grounded.

    Used to smoke a pack a day eh? Did you entirely kick the habit? Hope you did.

  24. Stuart says:

    So many people who didn’t pick the Goth thing :)

    I didn’t either but Toni took one look at your picture and said – “Yeah I can believe that.”

    Sometimes that woman scares me :)

  25. Ellen says:

    I never was a goth but am now finding that I like some goth music. A could become a middle-aged goth :) Anyway, nice to learn a few more things about you.

  26. Darren Rowse says:

    LOL – I thought the Goth thing would get a reaction.

    There are no photos left….. :-) and yes I guess I did sort of ‘grow out of it’.

    Yes I still am in ministry (voluntary) with the church we planted a few years ago (LivingRoom).

    Yes I fully kicked the smoking habit (although I do have a cigar or two at the boys poker nights I go to every few moths). I did it cold turkey 15 or so years ago – not a pleasant week but a good decision.

  27. Congrats on kicking the habit, I know how hard it is first hand.

    Cigars every once in a while don’t count against you :P

  28. Paul Jacob says:

    Darren,

    I didn’t know that you were a smoker and a goth.Well anyways good luck with everything.

  29. I’ve not done it, but I’m similarly not sure if there’s five things interesting to write about….

  30. Kamrul says:

    Darren,
    Honestly Goth was totally surprise.
    I have a question? how did you quite that one pack smoking? As i am having serious issue with that.

  31. Darren Rowse says:

    Kamrul – it wasn’t an easy week but I simply stayed at home (away from my smoking friends), told those I was living with to be extra patient with me, made myself as busy as I could doing other things to distract me and used as much will power as I could summon. It wasn’t easy at all but after a week I was a lot better than the first few days. I also kept reminding myself how much money I’d be saving :-)

  32. Josh says:

    Thanks for the tag Darren

  33. Tim Peter says:

    Congratulations on quitting smoking, Darren. Kamrul, you can also spend your time focusing on what you could do instead of smoking. Visualization helps a lot with things like that. I’ve not been a smoker, but I had great success losing 25 pounds visualizing what a healthier me would do. Give it a try and best of luck.

  34. Rick says:

    Very nice Darren-good to see you turned out to be such a nice boy :P

  35. Fox says:

    I have never been tagged either, I guess I’m kind of new though and I don’t have a lot of readership (yet, I hope), I haven’t played tag in a while.

    http://sanityfordummies.blogspot.com

  36. Tim Nash says:

    Thanks for the tag, I didn’t plan my web site moves very well and now have problogger traffic going to the wrong site, I moved my blog off wordpress.com the same day you tagged me :-( still I posted my 5 things onhttp://www.timnash.me.uk
    Merry Christmas everyone…
    Tim

  37. Weaver SEO says:

    ‘Tag’ is something i’ve seen spread on myspace. Is this now the newest fad on the blog interface as well?

    sorry pst 34 wrong site, forgot the ‘blogspot’ long day :)
    Happy Holidays

  38. Nicholas says:

    Considering the light nature of your blog theme, and the wonderful topics relating to blogging, I think the most amazing factoid that you posted here is that you were once…. let me pause, because it is such a surprise….

    You used to be Goth??

    Now, that’s a pretty interesting factoid, that would’ve remained unknown were it not for this meme…

    Hopefully, I won’t be tagged anytime soon…

  39. Leo says:

    Darren,

    You are doing a great job!

    regards
    Leonardo

  40. Smithson says:

    ha ha ha, Seriously Goth? Can’t imagine it!!!

  41. oseas says:

    Proceed to tag me…please?

  42. Manoj says:

    I haven’t used these web2.0 sites like digg, friendster, myspace Im getting some decent traffic to my site mostly its thru word of mouth. I write articles and do some blogging.

  43. Darren Hill says:

    LOL
    my name is Darren, I have a shaved head now and I used to be a goth too – what a small world this is. Thanks for all the posts keep up the good work.

  44. Marti says:

    OK, you got me with the Goth thing.

    (Trying to picture it, trying to picture it…failing – maybe some clever soul can photoshop you as a Goth. LOL)

  45. Dustin says:

    Is this the blog version of those mass email surveys I used to get when I was on AOL? Either way, send me a line.

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