Thursday, February 26, 2009

Call My Blag

So sue me, I’m a blagger. What’s a blagger? I hear you ask. Well, it's easy to define. One dictionary of British slang (see below) says:
blag: (verb) wheedle; bluff; wangle: I managed to blag a ride to work. Or: I had no idea what I was talking about but I think I managed to blag it. Likely derived from the French “blague,” meaning a tall story. Americans use “mooch” and “moocher” in the same context.
Wiktionary adds this helpful little note: (Internet slang) To brag on one’s blog.

So, there you have it, I’m a bragger blagger but, believe it or not, I’m also a bit of a bashful one, with an annoying thing for over-alliteration that’s going to drive you barmy if you keep up with this blog. But I digress. I mean, it’s one thing writing a blog to market my business. I don’t have any qualms about that, what-so-ever. I can blather on about NEEDSer till the cows come home and have gone to bed after being milked to udder satisfaction but as I said, that ain’t the problem.

After all, I stand behind NEEDSer one hundred percent, believe unstintingly in the quality and value my native-English editing service provides to clients. And if I ever do suffer a dose of self-doubt which, ahem, does happen, for an instant boost to my confidence I only need turn to the Warmly Recommended pages on NEEDSer to see what satisfied clients have said about my work (yes really! No one was bribed or otherwise hurt in the making of this business commercial blog).
No, NEEDSer is not what the bashful part of the blagger is all about. It’s me. Little me. Like Sally Field accepting an omigod-an-Oscar-for-me type of Little Insecure Me (or LIM, as in “going out on a LIM”). Will you feel it? Will you like... erm... this blog since it's going to be all or nothingly devoted to All About Me and my life in the fast lane of freelancing. Working from my office at home. In my pyjamas. Nyah-nyah-nyah.

Guess there’s no answer to that. Not yet anyway. Just have to wait and see and judge by your actions and comments if you rate NEEDSer ~ The Bashful Blagger as worth following. Please don't be bashful. Do feel free to comment and let me know what you think of this one and all subsequent posts (added weekly). Believe you me, at least one of us will be watching this space.

[UPDATE] The Bashful Blagger has pulled up sticks on Blogger and moved over to Facebook. Join us there for more fun, frivolity and wordplay with NEEDSer. See you there!


  1. Hi, it's great reading your blagger posts, may there be many! They'd buck up anyone's day, even if their head were down the dun-duns! I look forward to more posts!

  2. Dear Fanny,
    The dubious honour of being the Blagger's first commenter (comentator?) (commentee?) must go to you, O faithful Follower. Humble thanks and a free link to your site, if it's not already listed, that is.... Methinks we should be told.
    Dun-duningly yours,
    The B. Blagger

  3. Hi Ragini,
    I like your blog. A nice mixture of the personal and the informative. And as a film lover, I like the reference to Sally Field's notorious Oscar acceptance speech.
    By the way, I'd be interested to know how you set up your website and how much it cost.
    Francis Cox

  4. Dear Mr Cox,
    Flattery will get you anything (including an Oscar)(perhaps). Thank you for your compliment and to answer your question: the Blagger's blawg is free of course, but NEEDSer's business site ( (sorry, folks, the Blagger just couldn't resist pushing in yet another plug) did demand a little monetary investment, i.e. the spending of hard-earned moolah. More info coming your way off-line but in the meantime, why don't you check out NEEDSer's incredibly fine and friendly web designer: He's worth the investment!
    Personally and informatively yours,
    The B. Blagger

  5. Postscript to previous comment:
    Notty notty! A good editor should always check references before posting a message and NOT afterwards! It should of course be and NOT the Dutch spelling of domicile.

  6. Hi Ragini
    You did an excellent job here Ragini! I really enjoyed your presentation. Looking forward for more to come.
    Bye bye for now

  7. Dear Nonny,
    What can I say... but, thanks.
    Look in again tomorrow (Thursday) for the next hot installment of um... excellence.
    Humbly yours,