Hey Diddle Diddle, Stop Making Me Check Email
I do cartoons for Fiddler Magazine.
Am I a fiddler? No. Just a hack guitarist. But I love reading about fiddlers and their music. Fascinating people, and a truly unique niche.
My latest cartoon had some fun with a famous Mother Goose rhyme:
The Fiddler cartoons are published in B&W, but I decided to add color to this one, and offer it as a print in my online store.
I got thinking about obsessive behavior, and decided I’m a lot like that dumb cow.
Why? Because I check email probably 20 times a day– or more!
Have you ever heard the expression dancing to someone’s tune? It means to always obey someone who has power over you.
I decided I’m dancing to the tune of FOMO: the Fear Of Missing Out. Sometimes you see it expressed as a hashtag: #FOMO. It’s the same fear that salesman play on when they tell us: “You must act now!! Offer good for a limited time only!! Don’t wait, call now!!”
I decided to turn the cartoon into an infographic to remind myself that constantly checking email is a big waste of time– time I should be spending on assignments, marketing, networking, and other goals.
Any other email addicts out there? Do you have a coping mechanism? Please leave a comment.
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About Mark: I’m an illustrator specializing in humor, branding, social media, and content marketing. I create images that get content seen and shared.
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