Many hubbers admit to being addicted to the forums and I've been afraid that it would happen to me. I'm sure it's difficult to overcome this addiction.
I know it's a lot of fun to participate, but I still want to be very productive and write as much as I can. I think I maybe at high risk for getting addicted to forum participation. So, I need your help.
I just did one forum post (YAAAAY!) and this is my first topic posting. Before I get addicted to forum participation, can you please share your strategies for preventing this addiction?
I really hope you're mistaken. Today is my first day here and I will try to be good. So far, it doesn't look too good for me. I'm supposed to be working out before I start writing again, but obviously I'm replying to your forum post.
Admitting that it isnt an addiction to the forums, but to the interaction with other people helps. Enjoyment of other peoples company, input and insights are what make the 'forums' addictive... personally I find Forum interaction a help for writing not a hinderance
Actually, forums are a good thing because you can present yourself and it's also one way of drawing more traffic to your hubs! You just need to post answers or comments on the topics you're really interested in, if you're sure about what you have to say. And as for the addiction, dear, you're the one to decide how much time you'll spend on forums, Hubpages, Internet or anything else. Controlling ourselves is the art of living!
Hmmmm... that's an unusual idea! You probably have to be somewhat obnoxious to be banned, don't you? I don't know... I tend to be kind. So, it looks like I have to have discipline to stay away from the forums.
I am so addicted to the forums I have considered getting a different job that won't allow me so much time online during the day - but I know I would just stay up half the night then, so I could make jokes and talk with my buddies here. They do inspire me to write too, so it's not all time lost!
I have no plans to form a strategy. I fully intend to become addicted. I'm loving it and I suggest you check out the thread about the Ruffled Cock Oh I've never laughtd so hard at the posts. LOL LOL LOL LOL
Discipline, as prettydarkhorse said. First sit down and contemplate exactly why you are on HubPages. Is it for income? Is it for creativity? Is it for the social interaction? Is it all the above?
If it's for income and/or writing I would suggest just digging in and write "offline" your several hubs. Sure, dig around the forums but do so in search of ideas on hubs and improving hubs. There are many threads regarding backlinks. Read them. The same with affiliate settings. Read them.
The hardest thing for the vast number of us sitting in front of the computer is learning how to discipline our time and minds. If you are not accomplishing the reason you joined HubPages then it's probably an issue of time mismanagement and spending time doing things that are not productive. This leads to self loathing and will bring down your spirit until you feel you cannot accomplish anything.
Gain that focus and run with it. The internet is a wonderful tool but is especially useful when used with discipline. It's your fingers doing the typing and clicking the mouse. Don't let the internet become a flaxen cord around your neck.
I guess I have no strategy which is why I am here.
I only got 3 hours sleep last night, but got up this morning and did 90 minutes cardio with the intention of writing.
Having decided to start writing it is revealing that I went straight to the forums.
This is a timely reminder that for me it isn't forum addiction part of a broader strategy of avoidance and procrastination.
Thanks for the reminder. It came at exactly the right time. Having said that (the time is 'now' blah blah blah) many times, I still havn't written my first hub, so I have hit the heights of hypocrisy again.
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