Lawyer Advertising; I Have an Admission to Make…I Am An Internet Marketing Junkie

MedicationI need my fix each day.
I need to check my email each morning.
I need to check Facebook when I awake.
I need to check my blog posts and their stats for the day.
I need to check my video views and monthly stats.
I need to check my website stats daily.
I need to monitor and check my YouTube inbox daily.

By the time I’m done getting my early morning fix, I’m raring to go create some great new content for my internet marketing.

I’ll have ideas.
I’ll have to-do lists.

I’ll start implementing those ideas and to-do items before I’m done with my morning routine.

There have been times when I can’t do my morning routine.
Maybe while traveling on vacation.
Maybe doing activities with my family.
Maybe, heaven forbid, when I don’t have internet access.
Maybe when I’m working on other matters.

When that happens, I feel deprived.
I feel constrained.
I feel like I’m missing out on something significant.

Then I get that feeling of “It’s ok. Not a big deal. I’ll get to it later.”
Then I get those urges that I need it now.
I get those hunger pangs that I need to be online and connected.

Unless I’m 100% committed to other activity that morning, I feel like I’m in withdrawl and it’s not a good feeling.

I hear there’s help for this.

I tried going cold turkey, but couldn’t.

I tried checking my email once or twice a day, but couldn’t break the habit.

I tried going on FB once or twice a day and realized I needed to see what comments and shares my articles generated and who “Liked” my comments or articles. How ridiculous.

I realize these are self-imposed and self-created and that’s what’s so frustrating.

Discipline. Online discipline and offline discipline.

I need to get motivated to shut off all online sources of nonsense and focus on growth, stability and improving.

Years before YouTube, Facebook and email, what did we do to occupy our time?

Hmmm…we read books. We talked to people at dinner instead of looking at our iPhone and whether there was another incoming email. We spoke to someone face to face. We wrote letters (now known as snail mail).

Well, It’s now 6:05 a.m. here on St. Maarten and I have no internet access. I’m on vacation with my family and I’ve been up for 30 minutes already trying to decide whether this is a blessing or a curse.

I have concluded this is awesome. So, I started to write as I do every morning. Religiously.

I love writing and sharing my ideas and thoughts. I’ll post this whenever I get back internet access. I’m on a Caribbean Island. Looking out over my balcony onto the magnificent ocean.

Internet? Schminternet. Heck, it’s family time. I’m going down to the pool when my kids wake up and head into Phillipsburg (center of town) later for some shopping with my wife.

The internet, email and FB will be there when I return. It’s not going anywhere. But I am.

Hope you enjoyed today’s post and let me know if you can relate to this and what you do about it each day.

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