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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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Who . . . Me?

I’m not exactly accustomed to receiving awards . . .
There were a couple bowling trophies from my adolescent years:
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Before the internet we had to bowl for entertainment.
And the Pinewood Derby Adult Division 2000 from the Boy Scouts:
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Laugh if you must, I’m very proud of this one.
The Girl Scout Leader awards:
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I miss the cookies . . .
Now, and with no warning, I have been nominated for the Liebster Award:
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I am overwhelmed!  However, as we all know, of those to whom much has been given, much is required.  There are questions to answer, questions to ask, a thank you to write, and nominations to . . . um . . . nominate!  And so with no further ado, I’d like to formally thank Lois from livingsimplyfree for presenting me with this nomination.
Lois asks that I answer eleven questions she has posed to her nominees:
  • Why do you blog?

I blog because I enjoy putting my random thoughts into words and editing them until I like the way they sound when read.

  • If you had more free time, how would you like to fill it?

First of all, I would take a nap, which would give me more energy to do all the things I say I’m too tired to do.  I would read, hike, hang with my kids, cook, fix stuff, play with the dogs, organize my photos, write . . .

  • With the holidays fast approaching, what is your favorite/least favorite holiday and why?

What is not to love about Thanksgiving?  Food, family, and no gift expectations to meet.

  • What is one place you would like to visit?

Hard to say . . . you won’t find it in a travel brochure.  I like off-seasons, nearby sites and the unexpected — maybe even around the next corner!  I won’t know where I want to visit until I’ve been there and seen it.

  • If you could meet anyone, in any time period who would it be?

I would like to meet Galileo and show him our science textbooks.

  • I love a good laugh, it makes even the worst days better.  So what caught you off-guard and made you laugh recently?

At work the other day I accidentally called my cell phone while trying call a co-worker.  I thought, “Who the heck is calling me, now?”  The number looked familiar.  Indeed, it looked like a number from my workplace.  In fact . . . it looked like MY number!  Then just as I looked at my desk phone, I heard in my headset my own cheerful voice, “Hello!  You’ve reached the cell phone of Jean . . . ”  Laughed so damned hard, I snorted!

  • If you had to choose, would you choose more money or more time?

As shallow as this sounds, I would take more money.  I barely have enough money for the time I’ve already been given, so more time would just be more expensive, and lead to more anxiety.  Wishing for more time is romantic, but I’m an incurable realist.  There is no such thing as more time, but more money?  Hand it over!

  • What is your biggest pet peeve?

I can’t stand know-it-alls — this includes the person who knows how I should eat, how everyone should vote, who knows what kind of person you are by the way you look, who knows how to raise your children . . . you know this person, and you can’t stand them either.  Admit it.

  • What is your favorite low cost/no cost activity or hobby?

Being a very visual person, I love photography.  It’s not a serious hobby.  I have a digital camera and don’t do anything terribly creative with it.  Photography slows me down and encourages me to look for things of beauty or interest that I would otherwise walk by.

  • Are you a morning person or a night owl?

My best day begins early after a good night’s sleep, quietly watching the sun illuminate the landscape.

  • Since those of us in the northern hemisphere are moving towards winter, what is your favorite spot inside your home to spend time in?

If actions speak louder than words, it would be my living room where I read, write, watch movies and steal the occasional nap.  BUT if I can get myself in bed early enough, I do take pleasure in the 15 to 30 minutes before I drift off, when the dogs are settled in, I am washed and brushed, the lights are low, with a good book in hand.

Pass it on:

This award also requires that I nominate bloggers who have 200 or less followers.  Of those blogs I follow, only a few actually show the number of followers they have.  I’m not sure who makes these rules, but I’ve seen some Liebsters say they have to list 5, others say 3 to 5, some 11.  I will list my favorites of those who I think have 200 or less followers.  Let’s see how long the list gets:

  1. Richly Bizarre (who has random thoughts like me)
  2. Boomdeeadda (writes about love and life and two black rescue animals — cats, but I won’t hold that against her)
  3. The Rabbit Rabble (did I mention I have opened my home to a rabbit? — that will be a future blog)
  4. Jiggly Bitch (it was the whipped cream/dirty dancing post that made me follow her)

Okay well only four.  And to be fair, I didn’t see how many followers The Rabbit Rabble had, but I took a stab that it is less than 200.  Hopefully being wrong will not cost me the award.

The bloggers above must now answer the eleven questions of my choosing, listed below:

  • How old would you think you are if you didn’t know your age?
  • When you have 30 minutes to kill, what do you do?
  • If you knew it would be personally read and replied to, which celebrity would you choose to write?
  • What is one of your favorite quotes?
  • How do you prepare your favorite vegetable?
  • What do you need that other people might not?
  • Would you rather hunt for paranormal activity with Jason and Grant on Ghost Hunters, fish for River Monsters with Jeremy Wade, or have dinner with Les Stroud on Survivorman?
  • What rule do you like breaking?
  • What was the last song that got stuck in your head?
  • If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
  • What do you spy with your little eye?

For those of you who were not nominated, but are still reading, I would love to read your answers to any of the above!

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Renewed Narcissism

In my opinion, there are no truly altruistic actions.  People blog primarily for the warm fuzzies it brings to our psyche.  There are those who say technology is encouraging narcissism.  

Still, if along my narcissistic journey I can bring some good to others along the way — well then — why shouldn’t I?

I woke up this morning having been given my first award by a fellow blogger who has, herself, touched me with her writing.  Come November nominated me for my post Loving Your Inner Child, published September 3rd, 2012.  The award for which I was nominated was the Compassionate Communicator.  I am flattered, touched by the fact that she found meaning in my post.  I am honored that she thought of me after having received the nomination herself.  My narcissism is renewed!

I started this project (blogging) as a way to release my thoughts and see if they alight anywhere in particular.  These are a few stipulations I laid down for myself:

  1. I will treat my potential readers, and those they may know, with respect.
  2. I will speak respectfully of myself, my life, and those in it.
  3. I will come up with a tag-line that directs me in my writing.
  4. I will write with honesty, being as true to my own voice as I am able.

If respect is something that is needed for compassion, and I believe it is, then I accept this award with the spirit in which it is offered.

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The Compassionate Communicator Award

This award can be given, by any blogger who has received it, to any blogger they feel has benefitted them.

Passing it Forward . . .

The fellow narcissists I have chosen to recognize are for very different reasons.  Their particular posts touched me, though it was a monumental task to choose just one from each blog.

I would like to nominate the post Crap . . . eggs it is by Grapes, Gripes and Gratitude.  She uses humor and honesty to convey the love she carries for her children, their father, and herself.  I wish I had known her writings back when I was a mother of young children.  She would have reminded me that under the Super-Mom uniform is a real human being who needs nurturing and an occasional glass of wine.

There is someone at work who has become very special to me.  She brings treats to work.  ‘Nuff said?  Not quite.  She is a loving daughter of her mother who is suffering the onslaught of Alzheimer’s Disease.  They are the two most lucky people in the world to have each other.  I nominate Mary of Just want to ride for her post Mom and Daughter — Difference?

Lastly, there is a new blog I have started to follow, One Thousand Single Days.  I was mesmerized by the post Qualification: Pain.  She writes of compassion born of experience.  The quote she includes from a szisophrhenic patient illustrates the pain of the people she is compelled to help, ‘Even if I tell you my name I will die.

Guidelines…

1. That in awarding it to a blogger you simply link it to one of their blog posts which you feel has personally benefited you in some way.

2. You give a brief explanation of why you feel it benefited you

3. On accepting the award you link back to and thank the person who awarded it to you.