Once again, I have been the lucky recipient of some quite prestigious awards.
Did I say luck? Luck has nothing to do with it. You are looking at bona fide skill, here. I like to equate the blogging awards to Pokemon cards. I never did understand what the kids did with Pokemon Cards. I do, however, appreciate these blogging awards and display them prominently HERE.
I have been procrastinating accepting my awards. It’s a little like homework, and I procrastinated at that too. Just ask my teachers. Wait. They are probably all old and senile, or worse . . .
Anyway, today is the day. I have three awards to dig myself out from under. It occurred to me that it might be helpful to document my story for others who find they are in the same predicament. You, too, can end Award Procrastination
- Catch up on all new posts in your Reader. You need to be current on all new content from anyone you follow. Imagine the embarrassment of posting a link to Willy Week without realizing it ended on Friday, November 30th!
- Check out your notifications and reply to all of them. This ensures a full house cleaning, making sure there are no awards lurking in the corners or on the top shelf of that entry closet.
- Make a pot of coffee. User creamer if you need to, otherwise drink it like you blog it — hot and bitter.
- Step away from the computer. Slip on your favorite hoodie and run a brush through your hair. You’re going to need donuts . . . or a vice of some equivalence. Vodka, if necessary. I’m not here to judge. Basically the idea is raise your blood sugar.
- Find a format for handling awards that works for you. Irishkatie had a procrastination problem worse than mine. Let this be a lesson to all of you. There is always someone who puts things off more than you. You do NOT want to be that person. But here’s the deal. She addressed it and handled it. I’m proud of her. I love the format Adam S. at My Right To Bitch uses to display his Pokemon . . . er awards. I’m going for that look. It’s going to take the better part of this day and maybe more donuts.
- Find a few blogs you would like to promote . . . per award. This could take some time. I like to try to find writers who don’t receive many of them. It’s kind of like receiving that first Pokemon card. At first glance you are like, “What the . . .?” And then you see how cute it is, and how happy it makes the person who gave it to you, and the next thing you know you’re making a separate page just for your awards.
- Click on “New Post.” Find a snappy title announcing your good fortune. Write about it. Include appealing visuals, relevant links, possibly a soul-wrenching music video, or pictures of your pets.
- Give credit to the blogger who gave it to you. Didn’t your mother ever teach you to say thank you? What the matter with you? I was told you write a thank you card like this:
- Use the person’s name
- Say thank you for [insert the item given]
- List one thing you like about it (or in the case of money, how you might use it)
- Follow any other guidelines your awarder has directed. There may be questions to answer, trivia to list, or money to send. I’m just kidding. As a side-note, if they ask for money, it is okay to decline the award.
- You, too, can have an award. For those of you without this backlog of recognition, it’s like getting a free Pokemon toy inside your McDonald’s Happy Meal. Click HERE and follow the 10-Step Process above. Let me be the first to say, “Congratulations! You deserve it. You’re the BEST!”
So there you have it. As I stated above, you may view not only my latest three awards, but the first two as well by clicking HERE. In addition, you will find some really cool bloggers which could lead to *enriching your life in ways unimaginable.
*Results may vary.