10 Easy Steps To End Award Procrastination

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One of my prestigious awards

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

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. Make a pot of coffee.  User creamer if you need to, otherwise drink it like you blog it — hot and bitter.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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)
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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13 thoughts on “10 Easy Steps To End Award Procrastination

    1. OH yeah? Well same to you. I haven’t gotten around to telling everyone yet, so you’ll be the first. You and Cheeky have been awarded the first ever of its kind in the history of the world wide web of blogging, co-bestowment of the Very Inspirational Blogger Award. Check it out on my award page. You’re going to need a sash for all those badges, Adam!

  1. Thank you so much for all that wonderful information. Someone nominated me for an award and I panicked and turned it down. I didn’t know how to fulfill my obligations. Thanks to you and another helpful blogger, I’m learning what needs to be done. As my health improves, my thought process improves, I can read more blogs and learn more from each person I read. I so very much appreciate you taking the time to instruct the many who are new to this and doing it so clearly.

    1. I am sure you will have many more opportunities to accept awards. Don’t sweat it, and break any rules that are overwhelming. I love all I am learning about blogging, writing, life, and people.

  2. This post is most timely for me: I have just been nominated for my first award by the lovely spokenheart…I was feeling a bit confused about what I’m supposed to do about it: now I have a better idea! Oo and Congrats to you 🙂 P.S. you said you were new to blogging; you seem like a pro to me!

    1. It is important to take it at your own pace — this award thing, I mean. Rules are all meant to be broken, except for those that will get you arrested, of course. Step #4 is key.

      PS I might be new to blogging, but not the art of deception 😉

      PSS I really look forward to visiting you more in the future.

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