The first thing I do after my normal pre-sitting at the computer morning routine is to plop down on my non-ergonomic chair, check my main email account, read the newspaper online, do the crossword puzzle, crypto-quip, and jigsaw puzzle (no - i never got into doing sudoku - staring at numbers gives me a headache). It used to be that when the jigsaw puzzle was complete, that was my cue to start writing. Then I got a My Space page and soon after that came Facebook. As I wanted to learn more and more about marketing, I found, and joined, a number of other sites. As of now I am a member of nine (I guess they’re called social) websites. On the days that I devote myself to marketing I find most of these websites invaluable. I’ve gotten reacquainted with old friends, stayed in touch with friends who have moved away, met some new friends, made some contacts, have done some networking, and even sold a few books. Awesome! On the days I devote to writing, however, all of these websites can create quite a hinderance. On each one I have an email address (boy, can that take up time). More often than not someone will have written an article, short story, or even a poem that catches my attention. Holy-moly, am I ever going to start writing today?Unfortunately for me, I have a somewhat addictive personality. Some addictions, like smoking, I have quit. Others, like Battlestar Galactica, I’ll quit soon enough because the series will be over. But some, like those gawd-awful Saturday night original Sc-fi movies, checking my emails, and pouring over writing sites, I see no end to. The word ‘moderation’ seems to slip from my vocabulary and I can spend hours perusing. My day of writing can become half-assed at best. So here’s my plan - I will still be checking my emails (some things are just unavoidable) and on my main email address I’ll answer quickly. But on the other sites please be patient. If it doesn’t require an immediate response (in my opinion) I probably won’t get back to you for a day or two (and probably late at night). For those of you who post articles, stories, or poems, I’m going to cut back on my responses (c’mon, my responses really aren’t that prophetic anyway). If you’re just looking to make more points (what’s the deal with points anyway?) I’m sure the one or two you’d get from me aren’t really going to make a difference. Well, I gots me some emails to check and then I guess I’d better start getting to writing.