Ow! It Burns!

No. I haven’t been to Tijuana lately, or gotten too friendly with any of the “paid companions” that frequent the hotel.

But I do have a malady that is causing me some discomfort. It’s difficult to discuss online but an open dialogue always helps in these situations so here goes…

I have Social Media Burnout.

Yes, I know it’s hard to believe it’s happened to The Hook but this sort of thing doesn’t discriminate.  While we don’t have exact figures, SMB effects millions of people worldwide. Of course most of them are too old to turn on a computer or device. Some are living healthy, unplugged lives outdoors. (Gasp! I know, right? There are bees out there!) And some of them just don’t give a shit about social media.

Those people scare the spit out of me.

As for me, well, I’m just plain burned out. The season has barely begun, but it’s been a killer already and while I have some cool 5×5 interviews lined up, I just can’t muster the enthusiasm to get them out there right now. Plus, there’s the whole “real life” experience to factor in; my home life has been a whirlwind of activities and milestones lately and those have left me knackered.

But don’t despair, gentle readers; the treatment for SMB is relatively simple and affordable.

All I have to do is… nothing.

Fortunately for me, I come from a long line of Nothing-Doers. The wife can attest to that; part of the reason I’m so burned out is that we’ve been tackling jobs at home that have been neglected for various reasons for years. 

So while you continue to blog, tweet, post on Instagram and immerse yourselves in dozens of other aspects of the social media experience I’m going to regroup, finish up the 5×5 posts I have sitting in my Drafts folder and get back to fighting strength eventually. Until then, here’s a shot of me and director Kevin Smith. Meeting Silent Bob himself is the coolest thing that’s happened to me at work in quite some time and while I’ve already shared this pic on Twitter, I’m doing it again.

So there.

See you then, kids…

Hook and Smith

About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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40 Responses to Ow! It Burns!

  1. lisaorchard1 says:

    Sending you strong vibes of recovery and hope you’re back soon!

  2. Sending you strong vibes of recovery!

  3. 1jaded1 says:

    We’ll be here when you post…

  4. Paul says:

    Great picture Hook. Relax – we’ll be here when you are ready again.

  5. Allie P. says:

    Ah yes, SMB. At least you have been wise enough to refrain from posting too many photographs of yourself. I saw yesterday about the rising scourge of our age: selfie elbow.

    Get better soon!

  6. shimoniac says:

    When you get back we’ll be waiting. That didn’t sound creepy at all did it?

  7. Tara says:

    I’m right there with you. And just when I’m ready to post again…. tragedy strikes America again. I’m toast. But looking forward to a little down time after work tonight (and hopefully to Hook’s recovery.) Until then.

  8. Yes, I know that illness. They need a vaccine for it! Enjoy your time off and we’ll see you eventually.

  9. As we say on the Gulf Coast, “Everything in good time.”

  10. nbratscott says:

    Which one is Kevin Smith?

  11. I am officially impressed! Silent Bob!! Yes, this time of year is rife with interruptions from the life online. Damned home projects, birthday and graduation celebrations. Cursed good weather beckoning us outside again. And high season for the tourist season.

    I suppose it’s as good a time as ever to give the electronic world a rest. We had a tree go over and is blocking our satellite dish. No TV for a week now. And with the internet and movie rentals we haven’t missed it. Once I get over this bug, we’ll get the chainsaw out and take care of it.
    As for your burnout, do as they recommend on airplanes and put your oxygen mask on first. Give yourself a break, and remember: family first.

  12. umashankar says:

    “We’ll eventually all fall asleep.”
    ~Paul Simon (Insomniac’s Lullaby)

  13. A says:

    I am with you on the burnout, Hook. I’ve been trying to fight it but I think the more you fight it the harder it hits you. ::sigh:: Oh well… I’ll be looking forward to your return, my friend!

  14. curvyroads says:

    A well-earned break! We’ll be here waiting…

    🤗

  15. Austin says:

    I’m a huge Kevin Smith fan. Very jealous. Met him once at a comic book signing, but wasn’t smart enough to get a photo…

  16. Mark Myers says:

    Rub some dirt on it and get back in the game. 😉

  17. There’s that handsome face!

    So, my friend, I’m right there with you. Thank goodness, I’ve had talented guest posters to pick up the slack while I hide in a hole. I even deactivated my Facebook for a couple of days. Ultimately, I reactivated, but still haven’t felt like engaging. Not there. Not Twitter. Not even in my home.

    Keep doing what you’re doing. Sometimes we truly do need breaks and a chance to reinvigorate. I have no doubt you’ll be back with bells on and more great stories to share. Perhaps we an emerge out of the fog together. xo

  18. Ned's Blog says:

    S&M… Oops, I mean SMB is a real thing (so is S&M, but…). I go through the same from time to time and, like you, just need to unwind (Just so we’re clear, I’m still talk about SMB and not S&M). You deserve it and need time to unplug. We’re not going anywhere. Especially if we’re tied up. I’ll be waiting for you in the hall…

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