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Hey Diddle Diddle, Stop Making Me Check Email

November 9, 2016

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:blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

Hey, diddle, diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon;
The little dog laughed
To see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

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.blank vertical space, 32 pixels high
cartoon based on Mother Goose nursery rhyme Hey Diddle Diddle cow accusing cat with fiddle of making him jump over moon little dog laughs dish running away with spoon

blank vertical space, 32 pixels highBad cow! Blaming the fiddler for his moon-jumping obsession… for shame! : )BlankVertSpace.8pixelsBlankVertSpace.8pixels

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!

It’s almost always spam and other junk– so why do I check it so often?BlankVertSpace.8pixelsBlankVertSpace.8pixels

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!!”BlankVertSpace.8pixelsBlankVertSpace.8pixels

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.

I’m taking the pledge: I’m through being a dumb cow and a slave to FOMO and checking email– no sir, I ain’t gonna do it no moo!!blank vertical space, 32 pixels high
cartoon based on Mother Goose nursery rhyme Hey Diddle Diddle cow accusing cat with fiddle of making him check his email many times a day for fear of missing out #FOMO little dog laughs dish running away with spoon

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Any other email addicts out there? Do you have a coping mechanism? Please leave a comment.

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You might also enjoy this post about why it pays to “think funny.” Humor can help us solve problems by freeing us up to think more creatively.

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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.

You can view my portfolio, and connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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