Being world famous isn’t as hard as it used to be – admittedly that depends a bit on your definition of the term “world famous”; it has been made much easier in the last 10 years or so with the advent of this digital medium, where you can hang out any manner of personal endorsement or testimony, for the world to stumble upon.  What’s even more better is when you appear on other peoples’ websites, as it means it’s not just you blowing your own trumpet.

The reason for that fairly pointless preamble was to gesture towards my main source of global noteriety (appearances on tv documentaries about bell ends not withstanding) – the critically acclaimed and globally significant splendour of TRAVELBEARD.COM.  The premise is fairly simple – you don an unrealistic looking false beard, and then have your photo taken in exotic locations around the world.

Last month I was honoured to learn that I was proclaimed (by popular vote) the winner of the highly coveted and fiercely contested Beard of the Month award.  The prize was for my beard-work in Berlin, in front of a giant Lego giraffe.

This is exactly the sort of thing that Tim Berners-Lee had in mind when he wrote to Al Gore and asked him to invent the Internet.

Now ordinarily folks I wouldn’t put a blog post up in order to brag about my magnificent achievement (Beard of the Month, August 2008!), however there’s a way YOU can get involved.  YES!  AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION!  This blog truly offers – and satisfies – all things.

I’m currently in the running for the title of Beard of the Month for September, as well.  It’s always been my dream to win back-to-back beard recognition trophies, and if you’d like to help then… well, that’d be an honour for me.

All you need to do is visit www.travelbeard.com and – completely using your own discretion – vote on the beardy candidate which has the best photo.

I don’t want to try to influence your decision in any way – I just want to ensure that you’re aware that if people don’t get on board then there’s a (slim) risk that a photo of a guy in a fake beard standing in front of a phalanx of terracotta Darth Vader heads may in fact not get the recognition it deserves.

If you feel particularly strongly about this contest, it’s worth mentioning that you can’t vote more than once in the same day, however you can register your enthusiasm upon future visits.

As always, I thank you for your time.  If anyone wants a character reference, by the way…

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