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Do you have Internet Addictions?

Updated on February 8, 2017
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Nadine joined Kima Global Publishers in 2001. She loves creative writing and has written short stories about her own novel characters.

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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. .

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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.

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Zazzle

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.

Polyvore

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!

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The Awakening shop

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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?

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Society6

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.
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  • PrintAllOverMe.com
  • ArtofWhere.com
  • Oarttee.com
  • Pixels.com

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?

Marketing

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!

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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 Worldsbook 5 in my awakening to our ascension series is still logging totally behind.

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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.

Social networking

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.

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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?

Nadine.

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      Nadine May 4 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi, Deborah when are you adding a profile picture up on Hubpages? Yes, the internet is for many an addiction ( especially the social media forums) and for others, it's their livelihood.

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      Deborah Minter 4 months ago from U.S, California

      Good article! Addiction to the internet is becoming a common problem for people in this day an age. I totally understand becoming addicted to creativity. Sounds like you have a good, plan balancing things out.

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      Nadine May 18 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Ha ha yes Sandy that is very true. I love creating the POD designs and upload them on all kinds of products. It’s feeding my entrepreneurial spirit.

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      Sandy Mertens 19 months ago from Frozen Tundra

      Yes I have internet addiction. These POD are very addicted as well.

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      Nadine May 19 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Virginia thanks for the visit and reading my post. Yes Most of us are spending at least 6 hours a day on our computer, and I must admit it takes some adjustments to change my daily routine when we are without power, which does happen at our end of the world. On a positive note I then ( weather permitted) go into the garden or read a book and before I know it the day has gone and it felt like a holiday!

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      Virginia Allain 19 months ago from Central Florida

      I'm definitely hooked on my computer. It's not just the source for so much information, but also my socialization place. It's my creative outlet with writing and photography.

      Sure, I have real friends and daily activities like golf, travel, gardening, but I spend about 6 hours a day on my computer.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks Flourish to have read my post. Yes the internet has been a great gift for many people.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Genna many thanks for your comment of two weeks ago. I must get back to my article writing here as well.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      You are very talented and it's good to see that you are finding outlets for your creativity, both written and visual. I, too, thoroughly love being on-line, and most things I choose to do I throw myself in pretty enthusiastically. More power to you! I wish you much success.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      My goodness – where do you find the time? Your creativity and artistry are amazing, and so impressive. I loved reading through this hub -- I especially liked The Awakening Shop. The art design sites are beautiful and fascinating. I have to confess that I’m afraid to take a serious peek for fear of becoming addicted. Congratulations on your inspiring and well-deserved achievements. I wish you great success in the future. :-)

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I'm so glad to read your comment, because after all I love to inspire others no matter how it was done.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you for your comment that every creative work is an meditation.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Larry thanks for reading my post on this topic. I have since edited it because I needed to explain the reasons why I choose to write about this topic.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      So glad you mentioned making the most of each opportunity. It so ties in why I wrote it. I have since edited it because I needed to explain the reasons why.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Many thanks for your comments. I have since edited it because I needed to explain the reasons why I choose to write about this topic.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I gladly shared your hub on our loadshedding, and for me its almost a blessing because it gets me away from the computer. Look forward to meet you in person one day.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Shauna I will indeed write more on some of my landscaping projects in the years to come. I have since edited this post because I needed to explain the reasons why I choose to write about this topic.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for reading my post on this topic. I have since edited it because I needed to explain the reasons why I choose to write about this topic, but was probably to promotional for hubpages standards.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Yes you are far more focused on writing and I'm sure its paying off for you when I see how many posts you have. I like your comment: burning up the internet. Ha Ha

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      But you are good! Thanks for your visit. Yes I love being busy, no time to ponder or worry ,and I know that I soon get back to my writing.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Good to see another hub from you and this one is as interesting and informative as others. I am getting interested in your hobby and I would like to give it a try. After all life is for learning!

      Congratulations for publishing your book. It sounds interesting by the title.

      Thanks for sharing, voted up and pinned!

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      Dr Pran Rangan 2 years ago from Kanpur (UP), India

      Great information about some sites. I will also explore them. You really possess artistic talents. Any creative work is a meditation because it keeps a person so engrossed in the Now. Thanks for nice hub.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      I don't know if I'm addicted to the internet or not. Great read!

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      Nadine, I feel exhausted just reading your hub and perhaps a little guilty - I'm a big procrastinator. You are so artistic - well done on all these achievements and finishing your book too. I don't know if it's internet addiction, workaholic, or just making the most of each opportunity. Absolutely well done.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      All very interesting but I confess a lot of this is beyond me. I am not so blessed. Still, new designs and additional artisty has to be commended. I wish you well.

      Careful of addiction, as you say, but it all seems healthy enough. Just lots of work.

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Nadine, you are most certainly a very busy woman. I hope to visit your Clovelly Trade Shop and hanging gardens before the end of this year. I am busy reading The Self-Employed Housewife, and love your style. I am a keen amateur photographer, but just dont have enough time on my hands to indulge in this hobby.

      This is a very inspiring hub. I wish you only the best of success with all your projects.

      Thanks for sharing my hub about loadshedding - Let it give your readers even a deeper insight in the challenges you/we have to meet in this beautiful country. Oh, and how I envy you down there in Clovelly, Cape Town - one of the most beautiful parts in SA. You can grab your camera and capture nature during loadshedding :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      You certainly are a busy woman, Nadine! Your artwork is beautiful and is worthy of the creative products you're making available online. I wish you the best in all your endeavors. I'd love to see another post on your landscaping renovations.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wow nadine you certainy have been busy..a sure sign of Internet addiction. Thanks for introducing me to all these other sites and congratulation on finishing the novel. I'm sure your artwork is very popular.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well congratulations on finishing your novel. You are burning up the internet with all those activities. :) I don't know how you are doing it. Honestly, I have my hands full just writing. :)

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      It sounds as if you're staying busy, which is a good thing. I know these fun sites can be addictive, and I can only imagine the possibilities if I was good at design.