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Do you have Internet Addictions?
Do you find yourself to be restless or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop using the Internet?
My article does not involve using intoxicating drugs or having an emotional attachment to on-line friends. I do NOT suffer from low-self esteem or have feelings of inadequacy. Such negative self-concepts like depression and anxiety are often found in people who do have Internet addictions.
Lately we have attracted such an individual in our lives that is why I was questioning this within me. The reasons were because the people in our lives are there for a reason.
Mine is more to do with Imagery with the help of my computer and then see the results on my computer screen. My virtual fantasy story telling is enhanced through the Internet, but NOT as a substitution for real-life human connection.
Have any of you ever done a virtual addiction test? If so what was your score? Mine was 3 points. For me the internet is more of a blessing. It gives me the opportunity to be creative and at the same time in today's economy I'm aiming to establish a passive income in years to come so. At least that is my intent. By visualizing a free and happy lifestyle, while doing what I enjoy. .
I stumbled on a new hobby
Last year September (2014) a friend on Skype told me about Redbubble.com I had never heard of websites like that. After reading up on the rules and regulations I learned that most of my art and craft works from long ago, including my leather work, paintings, digital graphics and today’s photography shots, can all earn me an additional income! Before I knew it, instead of writing I was spending my time shaping images for product templates. My most popular design so far happens to be succulents. I love growing them and now they decorate many different products. How cool is that.
So far I have made two sales, but I’m having a lot of fun.
Has creating images become an addiction?
While I was teaching myself how to create the templates for each product on Redbubble, that same friend told me about Zazzle.com! The days flew by and my writing came to a full stop.
Zazzle works totally differently, so I needed to watch some Youtube movies to get the hang of how to work with this site. It was then that I awakened to a brilliant marketing idea!
How about using our Kima Global book cover designs, and at the same time promoting the books! We hold the copy rights to these graphics and the layered files were still stored on my computer.
Was I looking for ways to justify my craving for designing graphics?
By adjusting the layered graphics and adjusting them for each product like T-shirts,coffee mugs,pillows... and at the same time using the book title and include a short 'blurb' within the description box about the design with a live hyperlink to the actual book, how genius!
At Zazzle they even allow active hyperlinks, so every book jacket design has a link to our kimabooks.com website. How cool is that?
I was hoping that our authors would be interested in seeing their book design on many product websites, but how to show them several products all in one graphic? Polyvore was the answer.
My 'addiction' for this new hobby has taken me to websites I would never have discovered. What is the website Polyvore about?
When you look at the images below for 'the awakening' store at Zazzle you see that one design is shown on different products. In the "life" set each item, when the curser goes over it, that takes the visitor directly to the product. Any artist can work in Polyvore if they can manage the designs on products. Its a rather easy website to work with and is again for FREE! My mind is already exploring how I can create my own background settings to advertise the many products that holds my artwork!
The Awakening shop
The birth of three separate shops
Over the years my artworks were created in different media and for different reasons, and I did not feel that the Kima Global book cover graphics, that are now decorating all kind of products should be mixing with my leather art or oil paintings from the past, so the creation of three different shops with Zazzle was appropriate.
I learned from the forum members on Zazzle that it is possible to earn a regular income if a member has a well stocked shop with well designed graphics or any kind of artwork. Since the publishing world was going through great changes, looking for ways to establish a different income stream was again a great excuse to leave my writing for now.
My three shops at Zazzle are still rather empty, but I’m working at it. So far I’ve earned 32 dollars, but at least every product in my three shops has a passive income potential in years to come. Was this new hobby going to stop me from creative writing?
I promised myself that this year 2015 I was going to finish my two novels, but when I came across Society6.com this February, the thrill of creating more designs for my Just kidding shop took the lead. By now I had connected with many artists all over the world. Many of these graphic designers are also active on other similar websites. The social networking scene has now also starting to change. Before I had many followers due to my blogs, articles and novels, but now I made friends with creative people from all walks of life.
As I’m typing this post it’s Society6.com that has become my favorite site to work with. It’s a very easy work-wise and so far the most lucrative for me. They also pay out immediately. Waiting to reach the $50. mark is not the rule here. My Time flies by...
My publisher is reminding me that he wants to see the 5th novel in my awakening to our ascension series in print! Oh dear, but I'm having so much fun!
The art of photography
March seemed to have been the month where I spent some days reorganizing my image files and clearing out large images by saving them on a separate hard drive, because my computer is now getting 'indigestion' from all the many large image files.This cleanup was clearly necessary because ( Nadine May) is now also a member on four more art-design-sites.
My sister from Holland had given me a lovely Christmas present of a better camera. Now my new Canon is going with me everywhere. Every flower, beach scene or other great picturesque scenery has now become a income possibility. I will never completely delve into the art of photography, but my workload is starting to pile up. My twelve hour work time has to be divided in order to fit in all my projects, and... I have to find the time to get back to my writing! its now April and my two novels are still waiting for more chapters!
How can I reorganize my days better.? How can I tear myself away from my computer and do some reading and research again for my writing?
Added to my daily writing schedule, and posting at least one new design to all the Just kidding shops Ive created, I knew that the word ‘Marketing’ was next on my agenda. The products that have my designs are not going to sell without some marketing. Like my novels, marketing is an absolute necessity!
I simply had to create an online shop blog. I knew how both Wordpress and Google blogs work so I created a blog for my products on each platform, and added a Facebook fan page for all the posts I managed on a daily basis. Still no time for writing!
Artist & Author
Clearly this year my new on line 'hobby' has taken me away from my article writing altogether, especially after I had sold a duvet design at Society6 and got paid for it on the first of April. My Just kidding shops are all hungry for more designs.
I’ve always been involved in creative activities. For the last fifteen years my writing has taken priority, but when I saw how many products were available for me to be creative with, I found myself getting more and more hooked; not only for the possible income I could attract in years to come, but seeing my artwork on a 3D product images was exhilarating.
Has this new hobby becoming an addiction?
I know that I'm not an addictive person in general, but...what is it that the moment I work in Photoshop, time seem to stand still.
My publisher keeps asking me when I am getting back to my writing! Needless to say I have to admit that I'm starting to get addicted to creating product designs. I now have to take stock of myself and do some serious soul searching.
I'm I procrastinating to do with finishing my two novels!
This weekend Ive written the last chapters for the ebook: The Self Employed Housewife book 1 .It really feels good, but my novel Parallel Worlds – book 5 in my awakening to our ascension series is still logging totally behind.
Are you addicted to the internet?
Am I a workaholic?
Yes I must admit I am. I’ve always been an active person that has several projects on the go, so what was new. Apart from having to find ways to earn a supplemental income, having fun while doing it make my days fly past.
A great friend who introduced me to The Human Design decoding and she kept telling me that its all to do with my wiring! I was intrigued and joined some workshops on the Human design. The link will take my readers to an article I wrote about my experience learning about the human design method.
My love for creative artistic adventures, either by drawing, painting, leather craft, fashion design and for the last fifteen years the illustrating of books and book covers keeps me in the MOMENT! They are like MEDITATIONS. Never have I got nothing to do!
No matter how difficult life can sometimes be, especially financially, being creative and thinking of ways to attract financial independence that has always pulled me through, and it keeps me from being worried.Taking action has always been my way of overcoming obstacles.
I’m on many social networks and it’s very necessary to keep our followers up to date with what is going on locally and globally. Marketing our Kima Global publications on Facebook, twitter and Google+ must be squeezed in on a daily basis. We also do run a kind of book, plant and odds and end shop on the ground floor of our home. This space has been known under several different names.
Over the years several Facebook fan pages have been allocated for this space and today it’s known as the Clovelly Trade Shop.
We use the same space as a reception for Kima Global Publishers where we can offer coffee or tea to any prospective authors who found us locally and made an appointment. Gosh we do live a busy life don't we.
Being a keen gardener & landscaper
My love for plants, flowers and anything to do with our outdoor surroundings, especially my need for a pleasing outdoor living environment has also always inspired me to tackle outrageous projects.
Landscaping is one ongoing activity, so getting away from the computer for health reasons is a good excuse. We, my partner and I feel that we are living in one of the most beautiful parts of Cape Town. Clovelly and we have many plants. I have written a few posts to do with our renovation and landscaping projects, so I will not repeat those journeys in this article, but again finding time to write during nice days weather wise is also a challenge.
Physical or Mental activities
There has to be a balance. I became more and more aware that my time in front of the computer was getting too long compared to my physically activities. So The Hanging Gardens of Clovelly is a good thing that came about due to the load-shedding times in South Africa. Read this great article on Loadshedding – What to do when electricity is not available 24/7 By Martie Coetser
We aim to always take a brisk stroll around the wetlands that divide Clovelly from Fish Hoek. This is usually a thirty minute walk which also includes a climb up and down several flights of steps.
Hubpages - homework
During these last few months I have tried to keep up with writing comments on other member’s posts on hubpages in between other tasks, especially when they left a comment on my post, and it was then that I came across the interview challenge. That inspired me to find a radio interview file from several years ago first before posting this hub.
Now that I have kept my promise to my publisher and finished my final chapter of the novel: The Self Employed Housewife – book one, so he can format the files for an ebook and later for the print-on-demand upload, and Ive written this, a new post for hubpages, I feel a lot better.
I'm a multitasking individual so soon I will gradually publish all the remaining chapters of the Self Employed Housewife, and add a link to the ebook for readers who like to read this novel away from the internet.
Thanks for reading my rather long post on the topic of internet addictions. What do you think, am I addicted?