Originally posted on May 8th, 2013. Good advice doesn’t age.
David commented on my Facebook post yesterday:
Many tips I share are because of personal experience. I made the mistake(s), I learned how to do it better and I share my lessons with you. Creating a separate email address just for entering is one of them.
When I began entering on a daily basis in 2001 I used my personal email address. I used it for everything; work, connecting to family and friends and contesting. It slowly got out of control. To the point, I was getting hundreds of emails a day. It was time to separate my personal life from my hobby. I created a Yahoo email (Gmail was by invitation only at that point!) and began to slowly switching over all my entries.
It had to be planned out very carefully as I didn’t want to disqualify myself from anything I had already entered or contests that were still running. If I was already entering a daily contest with the old address, I continued to do so. If I was entering a new giveaway, I used the new address. It sounds like a simple enough system, and it was, but it was time-consuming. (The key to keeping myself from being disqualified and keep track of the entire transition, was to save each entry as a Passcard on RoboForm.)
It took a full year before I was 100% on the new email because many sweepstakes that have long entry periods, plus I wanted a buffer for delayed drawings. This is why I recommend those new to the hobby start out with a separate address to save them all the work it took me to change over.
So, David, you can do it (without disqualifying yourself), and I recommend you do. It’s just going to take time.
Do you have a separate email for winning?